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4:55 PM ET, November 5, 2015

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CBS News:
Ben Carson's unusual theory about pyramids  —  NAPLES, Florida — Ben Carson stood by his long-held belief about ancient pyramids in Egypt, that they were used to store grain, rather than to inter pharaohs.  —  Asked about this Wednesday, Carson told CBS News, “It's still my belief, yes.”
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CNN:
A tale of two Carsons  — At the core of Ben Carson's narrative of spiritual redemption are his acts of violence as an angry young man  — But nine friends, classmates and neighbors who grew up with Carson told CNN they have no memory of the anger or violence the candidate has described
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Ben Carson believes Joseph built Egypt's pyramids to store grain — and it just might get him some votes  —  On Wednesday, a 17-year-old video surfaced of Ben Carson claiming that the Old Testament figure Joseph built the Egyptian pyramids to store food.  —  “My own personal theory …
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Carson Best-Liked of All Presidential Candidates  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Political novice Ben Carson retains his formidable edge in popularity over his Republican presidential rivals, with a net favorable score of +59 among Republicans nationwide.  But Carson is popular not only with Republicans …
ABC News:
Donald Trump and Ben Carson Authorized for Secret Service Protection
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Elder Bush Says His Son Was Served Badly by Aides  —  WASHINGTON — After years of holding back, former President George Bush has finally broken his public silence about some of the key figures in his son's administration, issuing scathing critiques of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
TMZ.com:
Bindi Irwin — Judge Rejects ‘DWTS’ Contract ... No Proof Her Dad Died  —  JUDGE REJECTS ‘DWTS’ CONTRACT  —  No Proof Her Dad Died … Bindi Irwin is caught in a tangled legal web ... her “Dancing with the Stars” contract just got rejected because a judge needs proof her dad is dead.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Bernie Sanders Takes Gloves Off Against Hillary Clinton in Interview  —  Democratic presidential candidate draws sharper distinctions with front-runner, casting her policy reversals as a character issue  —  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is drawing sharper distinctions …
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Daily Mail:
UC Merced stabbing suspect identified as Faisal Mohammad after he was shot dead  —  A student who stabbed four people inside a classroom at the University of California, Merced, before he was killed by police has been identified.  —  Faisal Mohammad, a freshman from Santa Clara who majored …
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Fox News:
ISIS-linked tweet praises Calif. university stabber as details on his background emerge
Ines de la Cuetara / ABC News:
Marco Rubio Calls Donald Trump's Criticism of His Finances ‘Ironic’  —  It's official: Presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Donald Trump are in a fight over finances.  —  “I find it ironic that the only candidate” to bring this up “has filed for bankruptcy four times,” …
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ABC News:
Listen to Donald Trump's First Radio Ads of 2016 Presidential Campaign
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Right-wing media aims at Rubio  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has a conservative media problem.  —  Rubio's past support for immigration reform infuriated some of the big-name conservative media personalities who backed his upstart Tea Party bid in 2010, and they're taking retribution now that he's rising in the presidential polls.
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
Can We Trust Rubio on Immigration?
Discussion: National Review
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Path to a Wild GOP Convention  —  Primary rules open the possibility that no candidate will win a majority of delegates.  —  At the past 16 Republican National Conventions, the party's presidential nominee has been selected on the first ballot.  That long streak might end next year.
Dr. Ben Carson / Facebook:
Tonight, going through all of your questions, I wanted to touch on a few issues that seem to be asked by many people.  —  I would like to deal with one question tonight in some detail.  The issue is experience.  Several people ask what they should tell their friends when people say “I like Carson but he has no political experience”.
Raheem Kassam / Breitbart:
War On Christmas: Starbucks Red Cups Are Emblematic Of The Christian Culture Cleansing Of The West  —  Before I knew what coffee was supposed to taste like, my friends and I used trot off to my nearest Starbucks almost every day (we thought we were très sophistiqué) after school …
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
Collapsing Obamacare Co-ops Signal Big Trouble to Come  —  A key piece of the Obama administration's plan to control the health insurance market is in a state of collapse.  With it will go the philosophical underpinning of big government solutions to private-sector problems …
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Exxon Mobil Investigated in New York Over Possible Lies on Climate  —  The New York attorney general has begun a sweeping investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how those risks might hurt the oil business.
Zack O'Malley Greenburg / Forbes:
The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music 2015  —  The top-earning woman in the music business has been cashing in on a massive world tour, a constant stream of hit singles and a string of endorsements with a slew of major companies, while occasionally throwing thinly veiled barbs at her chief rival.
Discussion: Guardian, Mashable and abc7chicago.com
Bill Theobald / USA Today:
Pentagon paid sports teams millions for patriotic events  —  There is no solid evidence the events helped recruiting efforts.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has paid more than $9 million to professional sports franchises the past four years, including $6.8 million to stage “paid patriotism” …
ncdc.noaa.gov:
Explaining Extreme Events of 2014  —  Human activities, such as greenhouse gas emissions and land use, influenced specific extreme weather and climate events in 2014, including tropical cyclones in the central Pacific, heavy rainfall in Europe, drought in East Africa, and stifling heat waves in Australia …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
President warns of ‘misinformation’ during ObamaCare enrollment  —  President Obama on Wednesday urged volunteers helping to sign up people for ObamaCare coverage to combat “misinformation” spread by opponents of the law.  —  Obama is trying to raise awareness for his signature healthcare …
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com
Center for Public Integrity / The Daily Beast:
Pentagon Farmed Out Its Coding to Russia  —  By Patrick Malone, Center for Public Integrity  —  The Pentagon was tipped off in 2011 by a longtime Army contractor that Russian computer programmers were helping to write computer software for sensitive U.S. military communications systems …
Discussion: RedState and VodkaPundit
 
 
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