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7:20 AM ET, November 4, 2015


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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Ben Carson Running for President?  —  Or is he running a clever marketing scam?  —  On February 7, 2013, Ben Carson appeared at a National Prayer Breakfast, where he visibly annoyed President Obama by delivering a right-wing speech denouncing Obamacare and cultural liberalism, and calling for a flat tax based on the biblical tithe.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Clinton, Carson in Dead Heat in 2016 Matchup, New Poll Finds  —  One year out before the 2016 general election, Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson are tied in a hypothetical matchup, but Clinton leads three other major Republican candidates, according to brand-new numbers from the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Erick Erickson / Erick on the Radio:
Ben Carson's Burn Rate
Discussion: The Week, The PJ Tatler and VodkaPundit
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Ben Carson on Americans: “Many of Them Are Stupid.”
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.
Brad Mielke / ABC News:
Here at a barn in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush was fired up.  —  “We're Americans, damn it!” he told a crowd, reiterating his position that America is not in decline, but approaching its finest hour.  —  Bush has been repeatedly criticized by Donald Trump for being “low-energy.”
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg Business
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republican Bevin wins Kentucky governor's race  —  Republican Matt Bevin easily won Kentucky's governorship on Tuesday as the GOP made major inroads in a state that had stubbornly resisted the party at the state level even as it voted reliably Republican in federal contests in recent years.
Nick Gass / Politico:
GOP campaigns fail to unite around debate demands  —  The push among Republican campaigns to take greater control of debate negotiations collapsed on Tuesday, as candidates split over whether to sign a letter to TV networks outlining their demands for future debates.
Discussion: The Week, ABC News and Mediaite
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Megyn Kelly Ridicules GOP Debate Letter: Want A Foot Massage Too?
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republicans struggle with defections from debates plan
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Hey Ted Cruz, You're Holding Your Gun Backwards  —  Staunch gun rights advocate Ted Cruz is here seen holding a shotgun while being interviewed by CNN.  Can you see what he's doing wrong?  That's right, he's violating the first two rules of gun safety.  —  When you learn to shoot …
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Iowa GOP expects record turnout  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Top Republican strategists are almost universally predicting a record-setting turnout at the 2016 Iowa caucuses, but there's widespread disagreement between them over just how big turnout will be - and whether it will be high enough …
Discussion: Political Wire
Glenn WhippContact / Los Angeles Times:
Quentin Tarantino says police boycotts don't intimidate him: 'I'm not a cop hater'  —  Under fire from law enforcement groups across the country, director Quentin Tarantino said Tuesday that his remarks condemning police brutality have been misrepresented to “demonize” him and deflect attention away from the issue.
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.
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.
Fight over Confederate Flag decal could be investigated as hate crime, police say  —  WARNING: Video above may be violent for some viewers.  Watch with discretion.  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A fight outside a Salt Lake City hotel early Sunday morning could possibly be investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic:
Bygones: Israel and the U.S. Try to Move Beyond Iran  —  Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dispatched his defense chief, Moshe “Bogie” Ya'alon, to Washington, to help smooth the way for his own visit next week, which will be his first since President Barack Obama defeated …
Hbo Pr / Medium:
JON STEWART AND HBO CONCLUDE EXCLUSIVE FOUR-YEAR PRODUCTION PACT  —  Deal Kicks Off With Creation Of Topical Short-Form Digital Content  —  Jon Stewart and HBO have concluded an exclusive four-year production pact, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
Eitan Hersh / FiveThirtyEight:
How Democrats Suppress The Vote  —  In the ongoing fight between Democrats and Republicans over election procedures like voter ID and early voting, the Democrats are supposedly the champions of higher turnout and reducing barriers to participation.  But when it comes to scheduling off-cycle elections6 …
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
U.S. Republicans ask IRS to audit Clinton charity's finances  —  The U.S. Republican Party filed a formal complaint against one of Hillary Clinton's family charities with the Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday and is calling for an audit after the charity said this week it would not refile erroneous tax returns.
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Rob Polansky / WFSB-TV:
Joe Ganim claims victory in Bridgeport mayor's race  —  According to unofficial results, the city of Bridgeport has a new mayor.  —  On Tuesday evening, Joe Ganim claimed victory in the race for mayor, as he received more than 59 percent of the votes.  —  “Tonight we won overwhelmingly …
Discussion: CBS New York and Political Wire
Sudanese citizen tried to kill Israeli on int'l flight  —  Israeli worker in Africa attacked by Sudanese citizen during an Ethiopian Airlines flight; crew members, Lebanese passenger save the Israeli and overpower attacker.  —  Itai Blumenthal  —  Ethiopian authorities arrested …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
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Lauren French / Politico:
Freedom Caucus giving Ryan benefit of the doubt
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Polish Football Fans Unfurl 50-Foot ‘Stand And Defend Christianity’ Banner At Premier League Match
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Rosalie Murphy / Desert Sun:
Police investigating LGBT leaders' attack as hate crime
Discussion: Towleroad and Raw Story
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Scandal, Explicit Emails, Behind The Most Expensive Supreme Court Race In American History
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Larry Summers: Advanced economies are so sick we need a new way to think about them
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Andrew M. Duehren / Harvard News:
At Harvard Law School, Students Call for Change of Seal
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Margaret Cho tells Stephen Colbert white people ruined racist jokes: ‘White fragility is so annoying’
David Roberts / Vox:
Staring at computers at night is frying your brain. Here's one easy fix.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Akarshan Kumar / The Twitter Blog:
Hearts on Twitter  —  We hope you like what you see on Twitter and Vine today: hearts!