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2:45 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.
Erick Erickson / Erick on the Radio:
Hit the Brakes on the Ben Carson Story  —  I've struck through the original piece here.  —  It is looking more and more like the details of Ben Carson's West Point story are more nuanced.  —  In 2013, he said he was offered a scholarship to West Point.  The Politico story centers on Carson claiming he “applied and was accepted.”
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 …
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
ABC News:
Ben Carson Lashes Out at Media Over Questions About Violent Childhood
Discussion: and Towleroad
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Trump whacks Carson as neurosurgeon under fire for past remarks
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday announced that he has rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a flash point in the debate over his climate policies.
Elana Schor / Politico:
Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline  —  President Barack Obama rejected a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Friday, handing a major victory to green activists in the defining environmental controversy of his tenure, arguing that approving the project would undercut the United States' status …
The Hill:   Obama rejects Keystone pipeline
Katie Valentine / ThinkProgress:
In Huge Win For Environmentalists, Obama Rejects The Keystone XL Pipeline
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Amy Harder / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Administration to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, Citing Climate Concerns
Tina Davis / Bloomberg Business:
TransCanada Falls on Report U.S. Will Reject Keystone XL
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Key Clinton emails did not contain highly classified secrets, inquiry finds  —  The U.S. intelligence community has retreated from claims that two emails in Hillary Clinton's private account contained top secret information, a source familiar with the situation told POLITICO.
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info  —  As the nation's chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Religious Objections on Obamacare Get U.S. Supreme Court Review  —  The U.S. Supreme Court scheduled a new showdown over Obamacare and religious rights, agreeing to hear contentions that faith-based groups shouldn't have to facilitate what they consider to be immoral insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Supreme Court to take up challenge to Obamacare's contraception mandate
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
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 …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Fiorina quarrels with ‘The View’ hosts  —  If you had your TV on mute Friday, you would have had no idea that Carly Fiorina and the hosts of “The View” went at it, they were all smiling so big.  —  When Fiorina first appeared, Whoopi Goldberg cheerfully greeted her by saying, “Hey girl” and went on to say, “Let's clear the air.”
Discussion: ABC News
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Here's why Marco Rubio's corporate card saga isn't really a scandal  —  “People need to understand what they're talking about.  It wasn't a credit card.  It was an American Express charge card secured under my personal credit in conjunction with the [Republican] Party.  Bills would be mailed to me at home.
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 …
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
Jane Arraf / Politico:
The Iraq That Chalabi Left Behind  —  The great WMD deceiver ended up alone, abandoned and betrayed—even by his dream of a unified country.  —  ERBIL, Iraq — On the rare occasion Ahmed Chalabi consented to an interview in the last couple of years, you first had to listen to a recitation …
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Exxon Lied, People Died.  Or Overheated.  Or Something.  —  Meanwhile, back on Shakedown Street:  —  Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General  —  And why not?  Politically, this can only be a winner in My Blue Heaven, reality notwithstanding.
Michael Brown /
Why I'm Endorsing Ted Cruz For President  —  I have never officially endorsed a presidential candidate before, but I'm endorsing Ted Cruz for president for three simple reasons: 1) he is a man of unshakable, conservative moral convictions; 2) he is willing to take on the Washington establishment …
Discussion: RedState
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Bloomberg Business:
A Wal-Mart Heir Is $27 Billion Poorer Than Everyone Thought
Donna Lowry / WXIA-TV:
I'm not pregnant: Teen says she was forced to swear on Bible at local school
Discussion: Fusion and Daily Mail
Jake Silverstein / New York Times:
Virtual Reality: A New Way to Tell Stories
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and New York Times
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Uninsured rate at new low under ObamaCare
Discussion: California Healthline
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Pro-Cruz group releases ad hitting Rubio because other super PAC's spots are “boring”
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Summer Smith / Bay News 9:
Tied Bradenton Beach mayoral race decided by deck of cards
The indispensable European  —  Angela Merkel faces …
Discussion: National Review
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Strong Growth in Jobs May Encourage Fed to Raise Rates
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
House Rejects Measure to Bar Ex-Im Financing for Terrorism Sponsors
Peter Baker / New York Times:
First President George Bush Swings at Son's Aides, Rattling Clan
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly slanders Ronald Reagan
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Obama administration concedes that Mideast peace is beyond reach on his watch
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air and
Oliver Darcy /
Two-Page Handwritten Manifesto Found on Body of UC Merced Attacker — Here's What It Said, and Who He Praised