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8:15 PM ET, November 3, 2015


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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.
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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
GOP campaigns struggle to unite around debate demands
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republicans struggle with defections from debates plan
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Ben Carson on Americans: “Many of Them Are Stupid.”
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.
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 …
Nicholas Stephanopoulos / The Atlantic:
A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: Politico and news
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.
Hey Ted Cruz, You're Holding Your Gun Backwards  —  Staunch gun rights advocate Ted Cruz is here seen holding a shotgun while being interviewed by CNN.  Can you see what he's doing wrong?  That's right, he's violating the first two rules of gun safety.  —  When you learn to shoot …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CBS Los Angeles:
6 Passengers Kicked Off Plane At LAX Accused Of Being Unruly Claim Discrimination  —  LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ( - Six passengers kicked off a Spirit Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport Monday night accused a flight attendant of discrimination.
Discussion: CBS News, Daily Mail, theGrio and Mashable
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran Ayatollah: ‘Death to America’ refers to US policies  —  1 photo  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The slogan “Death to America” is not aimed at the American people, but rather American policies, Iran's supreme leader said in comments reported on his official website Tuesday.
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 …
Heidi Beirich / Southern Poverty Law Center:
What's the Matter with Kansas' Kris Kobach?  —  On Oct. 25, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was a featured speaker at a “writers' workshop” put on by the white nationalist The Social Contract Press (TSCP), according to a report from the Center for New Community.  For an elected official, this is a problem.
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.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Texas man snaps up  —  Jeb Bush could fix this.  —  The former Florida governor apparently failed to secure the domain name when he rolled out the slogan as part of the relaunch of his sagging presidential campaign.  —  In the meantime, Jimmy Flannigan …
Fight over Confederate Flag decal could be investigated as hate crime, police say  —  WARNING: Video above may be violent for some viewers.  Watch with discretion.  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A fight outside a Salt Lake City hotel early Sunday morning could possibly be investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Polish Football Fans Unfurl 50-Foot ‘Stand And Defend Christianity’ Banner At Premier League Match  —  Polish football (soccer) fans unveiled an enormous anti mass migration banner at Sunday's Silesian Wrocaw match against Pozna.  Images from the match last night show a giant crusader defending Europe …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Larry Summers: Advanced economies are so sick we need a new way to think about them  —  Lawrence H. Summers, the Charles W. Eliot university professor at Harvard, is a former treasury secretary and director of the National Economic Council in the White House.
Rosalie Murphy / Desert Sun:
Police investigating LGBT leaders' attack as hate crime  —  Two leaders in the Palm Springs gay community, George and Chris Zander, were assaulted in downtown Palm Springs around 8 p.m. Sunday night, police said.  —  The Palm Springs police department believes the men were targeted …
Discussion: Raw Story and Towleroad
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 …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Scandal, Explicit Emails, Behind The Most Expensive Supreme Court Race In American History
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew M. Duehren / Harvard News:
At Harvard Law School, Students Call for Change of Seal
USA Today:
Hacktivist group Anonymous publishes names of alleged Ku Klux Klan members
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Margaret Cho tells Stephen Colbert white people ruined racist jokes: ‘White fragility is so annoying’
Josh Harkinson / Mother Jones:
Study: White Dudes Rule. Literally.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Roberts / Vox:
Staring at computers at night is frying your brain. Here's one easy fix.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
David French / National Review:
White Liberals Love Black Radicals — That's Why They Love Ta-Nehisi Coates
Discussion: Progress Pond
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Top Republican says ObamaCare could ‘collapse’ this year
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Pamela Druckerman / New York Times:
France, Paradise Lost
Lisa Belkin / Yahoo:
Being married to Bernie
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Politico