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10:25 AM ET, November 4, 2015


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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: Political Wire and 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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Ben Carson Running for President?
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump team says his retweet of a Nazi image was an accident
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Clinton, Carson in Dead Heat in 2016 Matchup, New Poll Finds
Brad Mielke / ABC News:
Here at a barn in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush was fired up.
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg Business
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Iowa GOP expects record turnout
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
Why Is The LGBT Movement Struggling To Uphold A Simple Law In Houston?  —  LGBT groups are scrambling to defend a Houston nondiscrimination law on the ballot on Tuesday.  They started with a solid lead and have outspent their rivals by millions of dollars — but polls show the race is getting closer.
New York Times:
Houston Voters Reject Broad Anti-Discrimination Ordinance  —  HOUSTON — A yearlong battle over gay and transgender rights that turned into a costly, ugly war of words between this city's lesbian mayor and social conservatives ended Tuesday in a defeat for supporters of gay rights as voters repealed …
Lana Shadwick / Breitbart:
Perverts Lose in Houston as Voters Say No to Men in Ladies' Rooms
Discussion: ThinkProgress, BuzzFeed and Towleroad
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republican Bevin wins Kentucky governor's race
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe's hopes for Senate majority dashed
Discussion: Reuters, Slantpoint and Moe Lane
John Fund / National Review:
Kentucky's New GOP Lt. Gov. Is Black Tea-Party Activist
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP candidates move forward with plan for greater debate control
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
The Republican field has a new target: Marco Rubio
Discussion: Political Wire and PoliticusUSA
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Thank You, CNBC  —  For giving millions of Americans front-row seats …
Denver Post:
Jefferson County Public Schools see new five-member board take over after election  —  LAKEWOOD — Voters overwhelmingly chose to recall three members of the Jefferson County school board Tuesday night and elected two others to form an entirely new board in Colorado's second-largest school district.
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Jeb Bush Says He Was Wrong about France's Workweek  —  “I really did a disservice to the French,” he joked  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lightheartedly apologized to the people of France on Tuesday for making fun of their work week during last week's Republican debate.
The Hill:
Koch brothers seek softer image  —  The Koch brothers are on a publicity tour to change their image.  —  Long caricatured by Democrats as shadowy billionaires who buy Republican politicians so they can grow their profits and destroy the environment, Charles and David Koch did on Tuesday something …
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 …
The Hill:
Ryan refuses to rule out riders on spending bill  —  New Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday refused to rule out attaching legislative policy riders to an omnibus spending bill, foreshadowing a possible confrontation with President Obama next month.  —  “This is the legislative branch …
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Instapundit
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 …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Donald Trump could win over Hispanics who fear job competition from illegals  —  To hear political pundits tell it, Donald Trump has little chance to attract enough Hispanic voters to win the presidency in 2016 because of his plans to build a border wall and deport all illegal immigrants in America.
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Discussion: The Week and
Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump to launch ads in early states
Discussion: Political Wire
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
School vs. Society in America's Failing Students
Discussion: Unfogged
Fox News:
San Francisco sheriff known for ‘sanctuary city’ defense loses re-election bid
Discussion: Political Insider blog and Hot Air
Yanan Wang / Washington Post:
‘Jeb Can Fix It’ backfires in the hands of Internet meme-makers and trolls
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
U.S. Republicans ask IRS to audit Clinton charity's finances
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
Bygones: Israel and the U.S. Try to Move Beyond Iran
Rob Polansky / WFSB-TV:
Joe Ganim claims victory in Bridgeport mayor's race
Discussion: Political Wire and CBS New York
Glenn WhippContact / Los Angeles Times:
Quentin Tarantino says police boycotts don't intimidate him: 'I'm not a cop hater'