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2:05 PM ET, November 4, 2015


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Katherine Driessen / Houston Chronicle:
Houston Equal Rights Ordinance fails by wide margin  —  Houston's controversial equal rights ordinance failed by a wide margin Tuesday, with voters opting to repeal the law that offered broad non-discrimination protections, according to incomplete and unofficial returns.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
How Bathroom Fears Conquered Transgender Rights in Houston  —  Houston would seem, at first glance, an unlikely the site for the gay-rights movement's first major setback since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.  —  The nation's fourth-largest city has elected …
Lana Shadwick / Breitbart:
Perverts Lose in Houston as Voters Say No to Men in Ladies' Rooms
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kyle Kondik / Politico:
How Democrats Could Win the House.  Really.  —  Whatever happens in the White House a year from now, it's an article of faith that not much will change in the House, where Republicans have a seeming lock on the majority.  —  But wait: the ascendancy of Donald Trump and Ben Carson just might have cracked the window open.
Discussion: The Week
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
The meaning of Ben Carson's stunning rise  —  It's very meaningful that the surgeon Ben Carson appears to be taking the lead in the polling for the GOP nomination — but not in the ways you might expect.  —  First, it means Donald Trump has stalled out.  Given Trump's standing atop the polls …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Nick Gass / Politico:
Jeb Bush plummets in latest national poll  —  Jeb Bush's support among Republicans nationally has plummeted to the low single digits in the latest Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, as the former Florida governor's campaign seeks to hit refresh with its “Jeb Can Fix It” tour.
New York Times:
Matt Bevin, Republican, Wins Governor's Race in Kentucky  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Matt Bevin, a Republican political novice, wealthy Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, was elected Kentucky's next governor on Tuesday, a victory that could herald a new era in a state where Democrats …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe's hopes for Senate majority dashed  —  Republicans held onto the Virginia Senate in fiercely contested elections Tuesday, leaving Gov. Terry McAuliffe without legislative leverage or political momentum as he works to deliver Virginia for his friend Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories in off-year elections
Discussion: Smart Remarks and American Power
Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio spent lavishly on a GOP credit card, but some transactions are still secret  —  It has become legend in Florida political circles, a missing chapter in Marco Rubio's convoluted financial story: two years of credit card transactions from his time in the state House …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Rubio knocks Trump for switching stances on immigration
Devin Henry / The Hill:
House panel approves climate rule resolutions  —  A House committee on Tuesday approved two resolutions to overturn the Obama administration's climate rule for power plants.  —  The Congressional Review Act resolutions, sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), are meant to block …
Discussion: Mother Jones
CNN:   We're winning the war against coal
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks
Paul Ryan / USA Today:
‘Get serious about enforcing our laws’  —  Passing immigration reform during the Obama presidency would render it meaningless.  —  The House of Representatives will not vote on comprehensive immigration legislation as long as President Obama is in office.  And the reason is simple …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and National Review
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Kelly Grills Cruz On Proposal That Only Republicans Moderate GOP Debates  —  Fox News Megyn Kelly, who has expressed skepticism of Republican candidates' demands following the CNBC debate, on Tuesday night quizzed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his pitch that only Republican journalists moderate the Republican primary debates.
Shaun Chaiyabhat / WKMG:
Oviedo middle school student gets detention for hug  —  Student's family fears principal taking policy too far  —  OVIEDO, Fla. -  —  A before-school hug between friends ended in detention for one local student, and now her parents are questioning the school's policy.  —  “I just like hugged them.
Emily Wood / WLWT-TV:
Child pretends to shoot student with imaginary bow, suspended for 3 days  —  Parents say first-grader was playing game of Power Rangers at recess when incident happened  —  A first-grader at Our Lady of Lourdes is serving a three-day suspension for pretending to shoot another student with a bow and arrow.
Alan Johnson / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohioans reject legalizing marijuana  —  Ohioans pushed a monopoly marijuana-legalization proposal out the door Tuesday by a nearly 2-to-1 vote.  —  But the question is, will pot make a comeback?  —  Although Issue 3 was handily defeated, the debate and conversations about the issue …
Ben Shapiro / Breitbart:
Feds Rule to Force High School Girls to Undress Next to Naked Boys Who Think They're Girls  —  On Monday, the federal government declared itself fit for the madhouse by mandating that a Chicago high school allow a full biological male into the girls' locker room for all purposes, including nudity.
Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic:
The Chilling Regularity of Mass Extinctions  —  One thing we know for sure is that conditions on Earth were, shall we say, unpleasant for the dinosaurs at the moment of their demise.  Alternate and overlapping theories suggest the great beasts were pelted with monster comets, drowned by mega-tsunamis …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Conservative plan would boot chairmen off Steering panel  —  Conservative House lawmakers are pitching a major overhaul of the influential Steering Committee, changes that include booting the chairmen of the six most-powerful committees off the Speaker-controlled panel in a bid to spread out the power, The Hill has learned.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Fox News:
San Francisco sheriff known for ‘sanctuary city’ defense loses re-election bid  —  The San Francisco sheriff who over the summer became embroiled in a national debate over “sanctuary city” policies on Tuesday lost his bid for re-election amid a host of local controversies.
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Yellen Signals a Fed Tilt Toward December Rate Increase
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Discussion: Liberaland, Breitbart, NPR and Hot Air
Ksn Tv / KSNG-TV:
American Airlines flight diverted to Wichita due to disruptive passenger
Discussion: Daily Mail and NBC News
Edward D. Murphy / The Portland Press Herald:
Voters reject city's $15 minimum wage
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Dale Carpenter / Washington Post:
Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota
Discussion: Power Line and Fight Back!
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
Koch brothers seek softer image
Discussion: Politico
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
School vs. Society in America's Failing Students
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump team says his retweet of a Nazi image was an accident
Roger Simon / Politico:
Why are the candidates so afraid of the press?
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Case for Bernie Sanders
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hullabaloo