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5:30 PM ET, November 3, 2015

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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
How The Debate Debacle Could Backfire On Republicans  —  A new round of chaos in the 2016 presidential primary has erupted, with a full-on revolt by GOP 2016ers against this cycle's debate structures.  —  After widespread frustration with the tough questioning candidates faced in last week's CNBC debate …
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Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Republicans trust Trump on economy, nuclear weapons: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Donald Trump is the Republican candidate most trusted to manage the economy, deal with foreign leaders and serve as commander in chief, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll of Republicans conducted after the party's third debate.
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Ninety days until Iowa caucuses: Turmoil in the Republican race  —  With just 90 days left before the Iowa caucuses, the race for the Republican presidential nomination is wide open — and the party appears to be losing control of the process.  —  The last 48 hours have been characterized …
Discussion: Bloomberg.com news and Politico
CNN:
Obama rips into 2016 GOP field, mocks their debate complaints  —  (CNN)President Barack Obama tore into Republican presidential candidates Monday night at a Democratic fundraising event in New York, saying their complaints about CNBC's debate moderation aren't an encouraging preview for their governing abilities.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
DNC chief to Trump: ‘Just keep talking’  —  The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday urged GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump to keep talking, saying the outspoken billionaire's comments are a godsend heading into the 2016 election.
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republicans struggle with defections from debates plan
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump knocks rivals, gets literary in New York
Discussion: Bloomberg.com news
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Great Debate Debate Is Unraveling
Discussion: Vox, Daily Kos and Mother Jones
ABC News:
Donald Trump: Ben Carson 'Just Doesn't Have the Experience' to Be President
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Hbo Pr / Medium:
JON STEWART AND HBO CONCLUDE EXCLUSIVE FOUR-YEAR PRODUCTION PACT  —  Deal Kicks Off With Creation Of Topical Short-Form Digital Content  —  Jon Stewart and HBO have concluded an exclusive four-year production pact, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Illinois District Violated Transgender Student's Rights, U.S. Says  —  CHICAGO — Federal education authorities found on Monday that an Illinois school district had violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates in athletics …
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Eitan Hersh / FiveThirtyEight:
How Democrats Suppress The Vote  —  In the ongoing fight between Democrats and Republicans over election procedures like voter ID and early voting, the Democrats are supposedly the champions of higher turnout and reducing barriers to participation.  But when it comes to scheduling off-cycle elections1 …
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Nicholas Stephanopoulos / The Atlantic:
A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Ben Carson Running for President?  —  Or is he running a clever marketing scam?  —  On February 7, 2013, Ben Carson appeared at a National Prayer Breakfast, where he visibly annoyed President Obama by delivering a right-wing speech denouncing Obamacare and cultural liberalism, and calling for a flat tax based on the biblical tithe.
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David Corn / Mother Jones:
Ben Carson on Americans: “Many of Them Are Stupid.”
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project:
U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious  —  Modest Drop in Overall Rates of Belief and Practice, but Religiously Affiliated Americans Are as Observant as Before  —  Is the American public becoming less religious?  Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person.
CBS Los Angeles:
6 Passengers Kicked Off Plane At LAX Accused Of Being Unruly Claim Discrimination  —  LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBSLA.com) - Six passengers kicked off a Spirit Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport Monday night accused a flight attendant of discrimination.
Discussion: CBS News, theGrio, Daily Mail and Mashable
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New York Times:
In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law  —  A few months before he took a toxic mix of drugs and died on a stranger's couch, Nicklaus Ellison wrote a letter to his little sister.  —  He asked for Jolly Ranchers, Starburst and Silly Bandz bracelets, some of the treats permitted …
Glenn WhippContact / Los Angeles Times:
Quentin Tarantino says police boycotts don't intimidate him: 'I'm not a cop hater'  —  Under fire from law enforcement groups across the country, director Quentin Tarantino said Tuesday that his remarks condemning police brutality have been misrepresented to “demonize” him and deflect attention away from the issue.
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
‘Take Yo Panties Off’ defense: Redskins cite other protected products in trademark appeal  —  Nearly four months after a federal judge ordered the cancellation of the Washington Redskins' federal trademark registrations for disparaging Native Americans, the National Football League team …
Peter Fricke / Campus Reform:
VIDEO: Administrators literally shred Constitution after reporter calls it ‘oppressive’ and ‘triggering’  — A reporter from Project Veritas covertly filmed administrators at Vassar College agreeing to shred the Constitution.  — Other profs. at Oberlin are shown in the video seemingly agreeing …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Franken gets serious about flipping Senate to Democrats  —  On a recent October afternoon, Democratic Sen. Al Franken mistakenly ambled toward the Mansfield Room, where the party in control — namely Republicans — meets weekly to hash out strategy.  —  “I keep thinking we're in the majority …
RT:
Migrant crisis pushing Germany towards ‘anarchy and civil war’ … Germany now is somewhere at the edge of anarchy and sliding towards civil war, or to become a banana republic without any government, says Hansjoerg Mueller of the Alternative for Germany party.
Andrew M. Duehren / Harvard News:
At Harvard Law School, Students Call for Change of Seal  —  A new student movement at Harvard Law School is organizing to change the seal at the school, which the students argue represents and endorses a slaveholding legacy.  The seal is the coat of arms of the family of Isaac Royall Jr. …
Akarshan Kumar / The Twitter Blog:
Hearts on Twitter  —  We hope you like what you see on Twitter and Vine today: hearts!  —  We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we'll be calling them likes.  We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers.
Lisa Belkin / Yahoo:
Being married to Bernie  —  From the stage at the first Democratic presidential debate, nearly all the candidates opened with talk about their families.  —  “My wife, Hong, came to this country as a refugee from war-torn Vietnam,” said Jim Webb, who then went on to name his five children …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Hot Air
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Republican says ObamaCare could ‘collapse’ this year  —  A top Senate Republican is predicting that ObamaCare could “collapse” this year.  —  Sen. John Barrasso (Wyo.), the No. 4 Senate Republican and a leading critic of the healthcare law, made the prediction one day after ObamaCare's new sign-up period began.
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Ahmad Chalabi, Iraqi Politician Who Pushed for U.S. Invasion, Dies at 71  —  Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003, and then unsuccessfully tried to attain power as his country was nearly torn apart by sectarian violence, died at his home in Baghdad on Tuesday.
 
 
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Scandal, Explicit Emails, Behind The Most Expensive Supreme Court Race In American History
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Larry Summers: Advanced economies are so sick we need a new way to think about them
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Margaret Cho tells Stephen Colbert white people ruined racist jokes: ‘White fragility is so annoying’
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
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USA Today:
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David French / National Review:
White Liberals Love Black Radicals — That's Why They Love Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Pamela Druckerman / New York Times:
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