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12:05 PM ET, November 6, 2015


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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship  —  Ben Carson's campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
Ben Carson on questions about his past: “Bunch of lies'  — Carson's autobiography — a centerpiece of his campaign and star power — has long revolved around his allegedly violent past and stories of outbursts  — Carson has had a shifting explanation of why the stories cannot be corroborated since CNN published its findings
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
5 of the stupidest things said this campaign season  —  The gaffe-phobic script of modern American politics has been shredded, stomped on and set ablaze in 2016 — especially on the Republican side.  The GOP base wants passion in its candidates, and the media has grown accustomed to the Trump treatment …
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Trump whacks Carson as neurosurgeon under fire for past remarks  —  Donald Trump is fully on the attack against Ben Carson, his top Republican rival in the polls, as journalists have called into question the retired neurosurgeon's anecdotes about his violent past.
Ben Carson: Names of some childhood victims are ‘fictitious’  —  (CNN)Ben Carson said Thursday that the names of two people he has previously identified as victims of his childhood violence are “fictitious.”  —  “I don't like to generally bring them in, the names I used for instance …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:   Ben Carson: Trans People Don't Deserve ‘Extra Rights,’ Like Using Bathroom
Amy Harder / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Administration to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, Citing Climate Concerns  —  State Department review faced many delays since TransCanada's 2008 proposal  —  WASHINGTON—The Obama administration will reject the Keystone XL pipeline, according to people familiar with the decision …
Elana Schor / Politico:
Obama expected to reject Keystone XL pipeline  —  President Barack Obama is poised to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline, handing a major victory to green activists in the defining environmental controversy of the president's tenure.  —  Obama is scheduled to give a statement at 11:45 …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Hollywood Reporter:
“And a lot of it is going to be driven by Tarantino, who is nothing if not predictable.”  —  In a veiled threat, the largest police union in the country says it has a “surprise” in store for Quentin Tarantino.  —  Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police …
Oliver Darcy /
Two-Page Handwritten Manifesto Found on Body of UC Merced Attacker — Here's What It Said, and Who He Praised  —  The man who went on a stabbing rampage Wednesday at the University of California, Merced, praised Allah in a two-page manifesto recovered from his body, the Merced County Sheriff said Thursday.
Sheriff: UC Merced attacker planned to kill “a lot of people”
Andrew Shain / The Charlotte Observer:
Lindsey Graham punted from GOP debate next week  —  U.S. senator from Seneca failed to win enough support in polls  —  Graham had won the last two “undercard” debates with his humor  —  Christie, Huckabee fall off main stage to early debate … Next week's GOP presidential undercard debate just lost its best comic.
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Fox Business debate: Christie, Huckabee bumped from main stage
Christie fails to make main stage at Fox Business debate
Stacie Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee Miss Cut for Next Prime-Time Debate
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
First President George Bush Swings at Son's Aides, Rattling Clan  —  WASHINGTON — Former President George Bush's unusually sharp indictment of his son's presidential advisers touched off a round of recriminations on Thursday that exposed rifts within America's leading political dynasty …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Law Students Wrote This Unconstitutional, Ungrammatical Speech Code: ‘Do Not Comment Despairingly on Others’  —  According to a new social media policy, students enrolled in the University of Missouri School of Law must communicate in a “respectful and friendly manner,” be “transparent” …
Elie Mystal / Above The Law:
University Releases Orwellian Social Media Policy, Hopes Students Are Too Dumb To Fight
Video of Off.  Lisa Mearkle/David Kassick  —  The Dauphin County District Attorney's Office today released the video footage shown at the trial of Officer Lisa Mearkle.  The footage is from the Taser camera that Officer Lisa Mearkle deployed as she fired two shots at David Kassick in South Hanover Township …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Strong Growth in Jobs May Encourage Fed to Raise Rates  —  The American economy added 271,000 jobs in October, the government reported Friday, a very strong showing that makes an interest-rate increase by the Federal Reserve much more likely when policy makers meet next month.
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Summer Smith / Bay News 9:
Tied Bradenton Beach mayoral race decided by deck of cards
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Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
House Rejects Measure to Bar Ex-Im Financing for Terrorism Sponsors
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly slanders Ronald Reagan
Discussion: Power Line, Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Obama administration concedes that Mideast peace is beyond reach on his watch
Discussion: Fox News, and Hot Air
Krishnadev Calamur / The Atlantic:
What Happened in Kunduz?  —  On October 3, the U.S. bombed …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter JamisonContact / Los Angeles Times:
Whoops! L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's Clinton endorsement was issued ‘in error’
WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
Sources: Gliniewicz family orchestrated sham marriage to boost son's military benefits
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Don't laugh: The Jeb Bush victory scenario
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Discussion: Daily Mail, NBC News and Slantpoint
The Conversation / Raw Story:
Native-born Canadian Ted Cruz has a birther problem
Discussion: Liberaland
New York Times:
Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General