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1:20 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.
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Bathroom Fears Flush Houston Discrimination Ordinance
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
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.
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 …
Ian Simpson / Reuters:
GOP keeps control of Virginia state Senate despite gun control spending
Discussion: America Rising and Moe Lane
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.
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
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 …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rubio touts success of minorities in GOP field
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg Business:
Steve Jobs Considered Building an Apple Car in 2008  —  The Apple co-founder kicked around ideas with longtime confidant and iPod co-creator Tony Fadell.  —  Count Steve Jobs among those curious about what an Apple car would look like.  In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced …
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 …
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.
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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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!
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Can Washington's Most Interesting Egghead Save the Senate?
Discussion: NPR, Fox News, Hot Air and Weekly Standard
NBC News:
Iranians Burn Flags, Obama Effigies to Mark Anniversary
Discussion: and Truth Revolt
The Hill:
Koch brothers seek softer image
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
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
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Donald Trump could win over Hispanics who fear job competition from illegals
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