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4:50 PM ET, November 8, 2015


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James Hibberd /
DONALD TRUMP GIVES SNL ITS BIGGEST RATINGS IN YEARS  —  Trump is still bringing the bump.  —  With Donald Trump hosting, Saturday Night Live jumped to its biggest overnight rating since 2012.  —  According to NBC, SNL had a whopping 6.6 household rating on Saturday night …
Hank Stuever Tv / Washington Post:
Trump's sorry night on ‘SNL’: An overhyped bummer for us all  —  Donald Trump's highly touted and almost certainly inappropriate hosting gig on NBC's “Saturday Night Live” turned out to be an anemic and halfhearted dud.  —  Once upon a time, not so long ago, there might be a lesson to learn …
Maureen Ryan / Variety:
Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’: Not Hugely Entertaining  —  The fevered lead-up to Donald Trump's “Saturday Night Live” episode turned out to be more exciting than the edition of the show he hosted.  —  Most of the sketches involving Trump were weak, timid or predictable …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Larry David yells 'Trump's a racist' during ‘SNL’ monologue
Discussion: Althouse, Towleroad and Slantpoint
John Santucci / ABC News:
Donald Trump Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Looks Ahead to 2018 in the White House
Discussion: Associated Press, Hot Air and Politico
Ana Marie Cox / The Daily Beast:
Ben Carson Thinks You're the Crazy One  —  The real reason we should mock Ben Carson's pyramid theory?  Because it reveals a very dim view of humankind.  —  Of all the gifts that Ben Carson has given comedy writers and Twitter wags in the past weeks, it's his stubborn belief …
Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Says Ben Carson Has to ‘Explain a Lot of Things’
Discussion: Politico
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Ben Carson and Donald Trump
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Carson thanks ‘biased media’ for $3.5M fundraising haul
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and Mediaite
Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
Missouri football players to boycott until president Tim Wolfe resigns  —  More than 30 football players at the University of Missouri will not participate in any practices or games until Missouri System president Tim Wolfe resigns or is terminated.  Several black team members announced …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Ben Carson's Psychology Test Story Gets Even Weirder  —  More Ben Carson news today!  You remember Doc Carson's story about the psychology test hoax that proved he was the most honest man at Yale?  Well, Carson says it really happened, and the proof is on the right.
Elias Isquith / Salon:
“A turning point for Obama”: How the president learned to love the national security state  —  NYT reporter Charlie Savage tells Salon the real reason why Obama has broken less from Bush than many hoped  —  One of the great mysteries — and ongoing controversies — of the Barack Obama presidency …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
James Murray Exclusive / Daily Express:
British extremists linked to jet bomb: London & Birmingham voices heard cheering disaster  —  BRITISH extremists were behind the bombing of a Russian jet over Egypt, intelligence experts believe.  —  GETTY  —  British extremists have been linked to the Russian jet bomb
Exclusive - Investigators ‘90 percent sure’ of bomb on crashed Russian plane
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Dying of the Whites  —  STARTING around the turn of the millennium, the United States experienced the most alarming change in mortality rates since the AIDS epidemic.  This shift was caused, not by some dreadful new disease, but by drugs and alcohol and suicide — and it was concentrated …
New York Post:
Mall downplays Christmas decorations so as not to ‘offend’  —  A Long Island mall swapped Santa's sleigh for something resembling a spaceship and nixed the Christmas tree because it didn't want to “offend” anyone, irate shoppers told The Post.  —  The Roosevelt Field Mall ditched …
Mukhtar Ibrahim /
Applebee's attack victim: 'I'm scared for my life'  —  Asma Jama was sitting at a Coon Rapids Applebee's last Friday when a fellow diner confronted her for not speaking English.  When Jama, who speaks three languages, responded, the woman smashed a glass beer mug across her face.
Discussion: Slantpoint
Paul Hakimata / National Review:
Democrats Asked for Obamacare but Now Try to Duck Out of Paying for It  —  Congressional Democrats led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are quietly working to repeal the “Cadillac tax,” a 40 percent excise on certain expensive health-insurance policies enacted as part of the so-called Affordable Care Act …
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog and The Hill
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Hillary in History  —  IT'S officially one year until the presidential election.  Amazing how time flies, isn't it?  Once again we're watching debates featuring what appears to be the entire supporting cast of “Ben-Hur.”  Once again we're asking ourselves why Iowa always gets to be first.
Discussion: Althouse and Still4Hill
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Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
O'Malley: Unlike Sanders, I'm not disloyal
Discussion: Business Insider and Slantpoint
New York Times:
Marco Rubio's Use of Party Credit Card Reinforces a Picture of Messy Finances
Discussion: Fusion
Deroy Murdock / New York Post:
Black Lives Matter's numbers are bogus
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Fiorina defends not correcting ‘black Muslim’ remark about Obama
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
We Live In a World Gone Mad, Yale Edition
Discussion: Roger's Rules