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9:55 AM ET, November 6, 2015


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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.
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 …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:   Ben Carson: Trans People Don't Deserve ‘Extra Rights,’ Like Using Bathroom
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”  —  Sheriff says manifesto indicates attacker was angered over being kicked out of study group  —  Attacker was 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad from Santa Clara  —  Mohammad's plan apparently interrupted by construction worker
Discussion:, and Mediaite
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Fox Business debate: Christie, Huckabee bumped from main stage  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee have failed to qualify for the prime time Republican debate on November 10, making them the first top-tier candidates to be relegated to the undercard round …
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
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Path to a Wild GOP Convention
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 …
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 …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly slanders Ronald Reagan  —  Donald Trump is just one symptom of today's cultural pathology of self-validating vehemence with blustery certitudes substituting for evidence.  Another is the fact that the book atop the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list is a tissue of unsubstantiated assertions.
Discussion: Power Line, The PJ Tatler and Mediaite
The indispensable European  —  Angela Merkel faces her most serious political challenge yet.  But Europe needs her more than ever  —  From the print edition  —  LOOK around Europe, and one leader stands above all the rest: Angela Merkel.  In France François Hollande has given …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Obama administration concedes that Mideast peace is beyond reach on his watch  —  President Obama has concluded that a peace deal between Israel and Palestinians is beyond reach during his presidency and will press Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take steps to preserve …
Discussion: Hot Air, Political Wire and Fox News
WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
Sources: Gliniewicz family orchestrated sham marriage to boost son's military benefits  —  Share Update:  —  The Gliniewicz family reportedly took part in a sham marriage to boost the military benefits to the lieutenant's son.  —  Sources tell WGN Investigates that officials were briefed …
Discussion: Daily Mail and
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Added 271,000 Jobs in October; Unemployment Rate at 5.0%  —  The American economy added 271,000 jobs in October, a very strong showing that makes an interest-rate increase by the Federal Reserve much more likely when policy makers meet next month.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
House Rejects Measure to Bar Ex-Im Financing for Terrorism Sponsors  —  Taxpayers could end up footing the bill for Iran's purchase of American-manufactured planes thanks to legislation passed on Thursday that critics say facilitates U.S. support for an Iranian commercial airline sector frequently used …
New York Times:
Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General  —  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.
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Houston has a problem with bigotry
Discussion: The Federalist and New York Times
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’
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Don't laugh: The Jeb Bush victory scenario
Discussion: Hot Air
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St. Augustine Starbucks barista signs with customer
Discussion: Daily Mail, Slantpoint and NBC News
The Conversation / Raw Story:
Native-born Canadian Ted Cruz has a birther problem
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Discussion: The Daily Caller