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10:55 AM ET, November 4, 2015

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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
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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?  —  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.
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Trump team says his retweet of a Nazi image was an accident
Yanan Wang / Washington Post:
‘Jeb Can Fix It’ backfires in the hands of Internet meme-makers and trolls
Brad Mielke / ABC News:
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Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg Business
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 …
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 and BuzzFeed
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
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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.
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.
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Tampa Bay Times:
Marco Rubio spent lavishly on a GOP credit card, but some transactions are still secret
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rubio touts success of minorities in GOP field
Discussion: Hot Air
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
The Republican field has a new target: Marco Rubio
Discussion: Political Wire and PoliticusUSA
John Fund / National Review:
Kentucky's New GOP Lt. Gov. Is Black Tea-Party Activist  —  Matt Bevin's 53 percent to 44 percent victory tonight marks only the second time in 48 years that Republicans have won the Kentucky governor's race.  But Republicans also made history in another way.
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republican Bevin wins Kentucky governor's race
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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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.
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
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 …
 
 
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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: Truth Revolt
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg Business:
Steve Jobs Considered Building an Apple Car in 2008
Discussion: AppleInsider and The Verge
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
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Donald Trump could win over Hispanics who fear job competition from illegals
The Hill:
Ryan refuses to rule out riders on spending bill
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Instapundit
Roger Simon / Politico:
Why are the candidates so afraid of the press?
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
The Case for Bernie Sanders
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Hullabaloo
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
Glenn WhippContact / Los Angeles Times:
Quentin Tarantino says police boycotts don't intimidate him: 'I'm not a cop hater'