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12:40 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.
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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 …
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
How Houston Was Lost: Prop 8 Redux as LGBT Rights Are Put on the Ballot  —  Political strategists warned LGBT activists in the days ahead of the vote: There was little Spanish-language outreach, no big ad buy in Spanish-language media — in a city that is 44% Hispanic …
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
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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.
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 …
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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.
Ian Simpson / Reuters:
GOP keeps control of Virginia state Senate despite gun control spending
Discussion: America Rising and Moe Lane
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republican Bevin wins Kentucky governor's race
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 …
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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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Dale Carpenter / Washington Post:
Israeli academic shouted down in lecture at University of Minnesota  —  On Tuesday afternoon an Israeli academic was shouted down by two dozen protesters as he tried to begin a lecture before about 100 students and faculty at the University of Minnesota.  The speaker was Moshe Halbertal …
Discussion: Power Line and Fight Back!
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.
James Hibberd / EW.com:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  —  Exclusive: Inside J.K. Rowling's newest magical world  —  The magic is back!  The wizarding world of Harry Potter is returning to theaters next year with the ultra-mysterious prequel film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and EW has the scoop.
Discussion: Tech Times, The Week and Comicbook.com
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump team says his retweet of a Nazi image was an accident  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday night retweeted — and promptly deleted — a collage attacking his GOP primary rival Jeb Bush that featured a swastika.  —  The tweet, which Trump manually reposted …
Roger Simon / Politico:
Why are the candidates so afraid of the press?  —  Just before the doors to the press bus close with a sigh, a tall, tanned man with weathered skin leaps aboard and walks to the rear.  —  He is wearing a brown suit with a carefully folded white pocket handkerchief.  His dark hair is slicked back.
 
 
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Edward D. Murphy / The Portland Press Herald:
Voters reject city's $15 minimum wage
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
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: Algemeiner.com and Truth Revolt
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg Business:
Steve Jobs Considered Building an Apple Car in 2008
The Hill:
Koch brothers seek softer image
 Earlier Items: 
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
School vs. Society in America's Failing Students
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
The Hill:
Ryan refuses to rule out riders on spending bill
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Instapundit
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Case for Bernie Sanders
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hullabaloo
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is Ben Carson Running for President?