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5:10 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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: A brutal reality check for the Democratic Party  —  The news that Tea Party Republican Matt Bevin snatched the Kentucky governor's mansion away from Democrats is a particularly stark reminder of how deep a hole Democrats have dug for themselves on the level of the states …
Kyle Kondik / Politico:
How Democrats Could Win the House. Really.
Discussion: The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
Jeb Bush plummets in latest national poll
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
The meaning of Ben Carson's stunning rise
Discussion: VodkaPundit
U.S. intelligence: Bomb likely brought down plane  —  The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.
Barbara Starr / CNN:
First on CNN: U.S. officials believe ISIS planted bomb on Russian plane  —  (CNN)The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the crash of a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai over the weekend was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: From coast to coast, conservatives score huge victories in off-year elections  —  THE BIG IDEA: Just like the midterms one year ago, it was another awful night for Democrats.  — Republican Matt Bevin won a big upset in the Kentucky governor's race.
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.
Fernando Gregory / National Review:
Obamacare Is Dead  —  It doesn't work because it couldn't work.  —  Regardless of whether there is a President Cruz or a President Rubio in January 2017, regardless of the existence or size of a Republican majority in Congress, the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has failed.
Discussion: The Hayride and Washington Times
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Watch The Top Democrat In Kentucky's Epic Meltdown After Matt Bevin's Win
A.J. Bayatpour /
“On a school bus?!”  Driver fired after he was caught on camera allegedly doing raunchy things on board  —  MILWAUKEE — A bus driver was caught in the act on Tuesday, November 3rd, and what was allegedly happening on the school bus was sick enough to make one neighbor take notice.
Discussion: WGN-TV, FOX31 Denver and Daily Mail
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and Politico
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
The GOP's Primary Rules Might Doom Carson, Cruz And Trump
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Sen. Reid mocks ‘Morning Joe’ for Koch brothers interview  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday slammed the hosts of “Morning Joe” for their interview with Charles and David Koch, arguing that the media “rolls over” for the conservative billionaires.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Reid mocks ‘Morning Joe’ interview of Kochs
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Los Angeles Times:
Assailant killed by police after stabbing five in UC Merced campus attack  —  Daniel Garcia-Ceja was walking to class at UC Merced Wednesday morning and ran into a campus police barricade at the Scholars Lane bridge.  Students stopped at the barricade were confused about why it was closed.
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
David M. Ewalt / Forbes:
The World's Most Powerful People 2015  —  Forget about the 1%.  The 73 men and women who are featured on Forbes' annual ranking of the World's Most Powerful People are the 0.00000001% -the global elite whose actions move the planet.  These heads of state, financiers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs truly run the world.
Rush Limbaugh / National Review:
The Conservative-Media Revolution Has Forced the Liberal Media to Abandon Any Pretense of Objectivity  —  From the November 19, 2015, issue of NR  —  When I arrived in New York City 28 years ago to begin my national radio program, my objective was to have the most-listened-to show in the country.
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.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Super PACs, Outside Groups Dominate GOP '16 Ad Spending  —  A whopping 95 percent of the TV ad spending in the Republican presidential race has come from outside groups and Super PACs, while just 5 percent comes from the actual campaigns, according to an NBC News analysis of TV ad spending data from SMG Delta.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Bryan Cranston's First Amendment Crusade: On ‘Trumbo,’ Trump, and Why He Respects Fox News  —  The award-winning actor sat down to discuss his fine turn as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the political divide in America, and his three words for Dick Cheney.
Andrew McKenna / The Hill:
Presidential campaigns must address heroin addiction  —  I had nothing left in my emotional tank as I robotically entered the SIXTH and final bank.  I stared blankly ahead as I stood in line with a note in my hand that said $100s, $50s and $20s.  Stay calm, no alarms, I have a gun, stay calm.
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Stacy Lange / WNEP-TV:
Is Bentley the World's Largest Dog?
Discussion: Daily Mail, WGN-TV and FOX31 Denver
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic:
Who Pays the Price for the First Amendment?
Discussion: Balkinization
Tom Parfitt / Daily Express:
Islamic extremists ‘break into church and spray Allah on walls before destroying crucifix’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Hadas Gold / Politico:
About that debate demands letter...
Discussion: New York Magazine and Daily Kos
Melissa Gregory /
Child dead, driver injured in Marksville pursuit
Discussion: Hit & Run and Raw Story
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Conservative plan would boot chairmen off Steering panel
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ksn Tv / KSNG-TV:
American Airlines flight diverted to Wichita due to disruptive passenger
Discussion: Daily Mail and NBC News
 Earlier Items: 
Dale Carpenter / Washington Post:
Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota
Discussion: Fight Back! and Power Line
Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic:
The Chilling Regularity of Mass Extinctions
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks