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3:40 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
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.
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.
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
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump team says his retweet of a Nazi image was an accident
Chris Buckley / New York Times:
China Burns Much More Coal Than Reported, Complicating Climate Talks  —  BEIJING — China, the world's leading emitter of greenhouse gases from coal, is burning far more annually than previously thought, according to new government data.  The finding could vastly complicate the already difficult efforts to limit global warming.
Devin Henry / The Hill:
House panel approves climate rule resolutions
Discussion: Mother Jones
CNN:   We're winning the war against coal
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
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
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.
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 Week and Politico
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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: Politico, Hot Air and Mediaite
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.
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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
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Former Reps. Courser, Gamrat defeated in comeback tries
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Hadas Gold / Politico:
About that debate demands letter...
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Hill
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ksn Tv / KSNG-TV:
American Airlines flight diverted to Wichita due to disruptive passenger
Discussion: Daily Mail and NBC News
Dale Carpenter / Washington Post:
Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota
Discussion: Fight Back! and Power Line
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
School vs. Society in America's Failing Students
Roger Simon / Politico:
Why are the candidates so afraid of the press?