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11:50 AM ET, November 12, 2015


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Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Why GOP elites are totally ignoring a political reality that could destroy their party  —  For months now, the race for the Republican presidential nomination has actually been split into two races.  —  In the one that gets talked about the most by the professional political press …
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP on Economics  —  The good, the bad, and the ugly at the fourth presidential debate.  —  Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate wasn't the most entertaining, but it was by far the most educational.  The two-hour session gave the candidates a chance to critique the Obama record …
Ken Shepherd / NewsBusters:
Chris Matthews Not Sure If Cruz, Rubio Really Hispanic; They're ‘Cuban Nationals’ Though  —  Share it Tweet it  —  According to Chris Matthews, it's uncertain whether the term Hispanic can properly be used to describe GOP presidential aspirants Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Florida).
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Just 8 percent of GOP likes GOP-controlled Congress.  That's bad for Paul Ryan and great for Trump and Carson.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Bill Scher / Politico:
Jeb Bush Is 2016's John Kerry
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Populism on the Rise in GOP Race for President  —  Candidates bash big banks, the Fed, corporations and international trade deals in their latest debate  —  The latest presidential debate vividly captured how the 2008 financial crisis has reshaped the Republican Party by unleashing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Power Line
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
How Cruz Wins Debates: An Inside Look
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: GOP Enters Debate-Free Month
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
G.O.P. Fight Now a Battle Over What Defines a Conservative
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Confrontation Brews as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Vie for Conservative Vote
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Charles Koch: We are doling out welfare for the wealthy  —  Billionaire Charles Koch said Wednesday that the federal government is widening the gap between America's rich and poor.  —  “For most of this nation's history, our country has been characterized by opportunity …
New York Times:
Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Maintaining Lead Over Bernie Sanders  —  Despite a month of sharpened attacks, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has failed to significantly dent Hillary Rodham Clinton's lead in the Democratic presidential race, according to a New York Times/CBS News survey released on Thursday.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Postal workers union backs Bernie Sanders
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Promised Bipartisanship, Obama Adviser Found Disappointment  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama first won the White House, he recruited Ray LaHood, a Republican congressman, to join his cabinet.  The appointment, Mr. Obama declared, “reflects that bipartisan spirit” that would distinguish his presidency.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ray LaHood: Obama Was Unable To Execute Bipartisan Approach
Discussion: The Week
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Chris Christie: College unrest a product of ‘lawlessness’ that Obama allows  —  MUSCATAINE, Iowa — In his first campaign stops after a well-received performance in Fox Business's “undercard” GOP presidential primary debate, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) mixed raw talk about addiction …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Raw Story and Mediaite
Crying Wolfe Exposes Real Problem
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller and Moe Lane
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Mizzou, Yale and Free Speech  —  On university campuses across the country, from Mizzou to Yale, we have two noble forces colliding with explosive force.  —  One is a concern for minority or marginalized students and faculty members, who are often left feeling as outsiders in ways that damage everyone's education.
Discussion: TIME, Shakesville, Mediaite and Instapundit
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Race and the Free-Speech Diversion
Discussion: Washington Post and Here & Now
Peter Hasson / Campus Reform:
Mizzou prof. resigns following outrage over his refusal to cancel exam  — “If you don't feel safe coming to class, then don't come to class,” Dr. Brigham told his students.  “I will be there, and there will be an exam administered in our class.”  —  Dr. Dale Brigham, considered …
Myles Artis / USA Today:
Suspect arrested over social media threats at U. of Missouri
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
As death threats spread fear at Mizzou, professor asks students to defeat ‘bullies’ and attend class
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Jeb Chest-Bumps Supporter For Jumping Ship From Cruz's Campaign  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is offering up an incentive to people who ditch his presidential rivals to support his campaign instead: a chest-bump.  —  Bush smacked pectorals Wednesday with an Iowa man who Bush …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors and Mediaite
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Offers a Chest Bump ‘for Every Convert’
Discussion: Jezebel and Mashable
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's claim that she tried to join the Marines  —  “He looks at me and goes, 'Um, how old are you.  And I said, ‘Well I am 26, I will be 27.’ And he goes, ‘Well, that is kind of old for us.’ And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, ‘Maybe the dogs will take you,’ meaning the Army.”
Keith BieryGolick /
Boehner resignation leads to election oddity  —  Scroll to the bottom of this story for a complete breakdown of important upcoming election dates.  —  It's unlikely to happen, but voters could elect two different congressmen to fill John Boehner's vacated seat in the March primary.
Agence France-Presse:
EU flag burned as tens of thousands join Warsaw nationalist demo  —  Organisers said that up to 50,000 were on the march which marked the anniversary of Poland's independence after the First World War  —  Tens of thousands of protesters poured into Warsaw's streets on Wednesday …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Chateau Heartiste
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Reihan Salam / Slate:
The United States Doesn't Spend Enough on Its Military
Oliver Darcy /
Mizzou Demonstrators Segregate White Allies to Form ‘Black Only Healing Space’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Geoff Manaugh / New York Times:
The Dream Life of Driverless Cars
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
New York Post:
Hillary Clinton's bought-and-paid-for betrayal of charter schools
Mireya Navarro / New York Times:
Public Housing Nationwide May Be Subject to Smoking Ban
Discussion: Hit & Run, Washington Post and The Week
Washington Post:
Mr. Trump praises a grotesquely inhumane immigration plan from the 1950s
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Devin Henry / The Hill:
EPA seeks to block chief's deposition in coal lawsuit
Rafael Romo / CNN:
Human trafficking survivor: I was raped 43,200 times
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Rand Paul is right: The most economically unequal states are Democratic