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12:05 AM ET, November 3, 2015


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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump's campaign says he'll negotiate directly with TV networks on debates  —  The format and content of upcoming Republican debates became increasingly uncertain on Monday after Donald Trump's campaign said the real estate mogul would negotiate his terms directly with television executives instead …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama mocks GOP hopefuls for CNBC snit  —  President Obama on Monday mocked Republican presidential candidates as thin-skinned for lashing out at CNBC over the network's handling of last week's primary debate.  —  “They say, 'when I talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin …
Discussion: ABC News and PoliticusUSA
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Read the new debate demands Ben Ginsberg has compiled from Republican campaigns  —  Ben Ginsberg, the Republican attorney who's become the pro bono debate negotiator for frustrated GOP candidates, has amended his initial letter of questions to TV networks.  When Sunday night's meeting …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: Republicans shoot themselves in foot with Latinos, again
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Meet Your New Republican 2016 Front-Runner: Ben Carson  —  Ben Carson has surged into the lead of the Republican presidential race, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  That's the highest percentage any GOP candidate has obtained so far in the survey.
Kendall Breitman / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Gets Personal in Attacks on Marco Rubio
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and Slantpoint
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cruz rising in Iowa; Clinton back out to dominant lead
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Rubio's polling numbers skyrocket in NH
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Eschaton
Ed Tibbetts / Quad City Times:
Santorum targets Cruz on immigration
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds  —  Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans.  Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Paul Starr / American Prospect:
A Shocking Rise in White Death Rates in Midlife—and What It Says about American Society  —  In a reversal of earlier trends, death rates among white non-Hispanic Americans in midlife increased sharply between 1999 and 2013, according to a new study by economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton …
Discussion: NPR and Guardian
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
Bush's Lies About the Nuclear Deal  —  Jeb Bush delivered a speech today meant to relaunch his flagging campaign.  Among other dubious foreign policy claims he made, this was the most remarkable for its dishonesty: … Bush's statement is just one falsehood after another.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush's big speech: What he said, and what he meant
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Jeb Bush Borrowed His New Slogan From England's Most Notorious Child Abuser  —  To most American voters (especially the younger ones), Jeb Bush's new slogan will mostly just sound uninspired, and slightly reminiscent of Bob the Builder.  But for pretty much anyone even mildly aware …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
TransCanada asks Obama to suspend review of Keystone XL pipeline  —  The company seeking to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline is asking the Obama administration to pause the process for reviewing its permit.  —  TransCanada Corp., which until recently repeatedly pressured President Obama …
Discussion: Politico and Reuters
Amy Harder / Wall Street Journal:
TransCanada Requests Suspension of U.S. Permit for Keystone XL Pipeline
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Week
NBC News:
Satellite Shows Heat Flash When Russian Metrojet Plane Crashed, But No Missile: U.S. Officials  —  While many have speculated that a missile may have struck a Russian commercial airliner that went down over Egypt's Sinai peninsula, U.S. officials are now saying satellite imagery doesn't back up that theory.
Discussion: The Week and Slantpoint
New York Daily News:
Notre Dame academic coach fired amid claims she coerced athletes into having sex with her daughter  —  Notre Dame fired a female academic coach amid allegations she coerced young football and basketball players into having sex with her daughter, according to an internal school report obtained by the Daily News.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Lessig drops out of presidential race  —  Harvard University professor Lawrence Lessig abandoned his Democratic presidential run on Monday, capping a candidacy that failed to get any real traction at all.  —  Lessig, an outspoken academic who had been a vocal proponent of campaign finance reform …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Larry Lessig ends presidential campaign, citing unfair debate rules
Jay Greene / The Seattle Times:
Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar bookstore — at U Village  —  Two decades after it started selling books online, Amazon opens a shopping center storefront with books for sale on actual shelves.  —  Bookstore owners often think of as the enemy.  —  Now it's becoming one of them.
The Federalist:
FINALLY: Rachel Dolezal Just Admitted That She's White  —  Rachel Dolezal, the former professor and NAACP president who pretended for years to be black, finally admitted that she is actually a white person.  —  During an appearance on the daytime television show The Real …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and
Ari Melber / MSNBC:
Obama bans the box  —  On Monday, President Obama is announcing a new order to reduce potential discrimination against former convicts in the hiring process for federal government employees.  —  It is a step towards what many criminal justice reformers call “ban the box” …
Ian M. Smith / The Hill:
Leaked DHS memo shows Obama might circumvent DAPA injunction  —  A newly leaked internal DHS memorandum produced for an off-the-record agency conclave reveals that the Obama administration is actively planning to circumvent a federal court injunction that suspended part of last November's deferral-based amnesty initiative.
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Federal health officials approve Montana Medicaid waiver  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana will become the 30th state to expand its Medicaid program after federal health officials on Monday approved provisions that include requiring beneficiaries to pay premiums that amount to 2 percent of their income.
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
What's Killing Poor White Women?  —  For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women.  They have lost five years, and no one knows why.  —  On the night of May 23, 2012, which turned out to be the last of her life, Crystal Wilson baby-sat her infant granddaughter, Kelly.
Stephen L. Miller / National Review:
South Park Shows How to Defeat the Social-Justice Warriors  —  South Park's PC Principal and fraternity
Dan Merica / CNN:
First on CNN: Clinton meets with Trayvon Martin's family  —  Chicago (CNN)Hillary Clinton met Monday with a collection of parents whose African-American children have died in shootings at a local Chicago cafe, discussing their loss and outlining her criminal justice reform and gun control plans.
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite, Mashable and theGrio
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
The Perils of Obama's Latest Undeclared War  —  Without Congressional permission, public debate, or any attempt to rally the American public's support, President Obama has ordered U.S. ground troops to a war zone, his most flagrantly unconstitutional war-making since he unlawfully helped to overthrow Muammar al-Qaddafi.
Discussion: American Thinker
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
New ‘Star Trek’ TV Series a Go at CBS All Access  —  Alex Kurtzman is attached to the new series, which will premiere in January 2017 on CBS before new episodes debut on its digital and VOD platform.  —  Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Star Trek is returning to the small screen.
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Rand Paul To Young People: Treat Free College Like Somebody's Offering You Heroin
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Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Franklin Graham Praises ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law, Critizes US ‘Secularism’ In Russia Visit
David Morgan / Reuters:
Google aims to begin drone package deliveries in 2017
Discussion: Mashable, Computerworld and The Verge
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Foundation spinoff won't refile tax returns
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Promote Rehabilitation and Reintegration …
Discussion: CNN, Common Dreams and The Week
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
THE BIG IDEA: Gay marriage may be settled law, but it's …
Discussion: Metro Weekly and Joe.My.God.
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
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Discussion: Mediaite, Balloon Juice and Mashable
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Ralph Nader Bizarrely Lectures Janet Yellen About Interest Rates, Says She Should Listen More to Her Husband
Discussion: Salon, Mother Jones and Weekly Standard