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12:45 PM ET, November 3, 2015


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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama mocks GOP hopefuls for CNBC snit  —  President Obama on Monday mocked Republican presidential candidates as thin-skinned for lashing out at CNBC over the network's handling of last week's primary debate.  —  “They say, 'when I talk to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, ABC News and The Week
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
How The Debate Debacle Could Backfire On Republicans  —  A new round of chaos in the 2016 presidential primary has erupted, with a full-on revolt by GOP 2016ers against this cycle's debate structures.  —  After widespread frustration with the tough questioning candidates faced in last week's CNBC debate …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Great Debate Debate Is Unraveling  —  I realize news outlets (and for that matter, news-cycle blogs) have to go with what they've got, but I hope a few eyes were rolling over the weekend at the Great Debate Debate of 2015, said to be a rallying point for the vast Republican presidential field that was …
New York Times:
G.O.P.: Save Your Candidates From Themselves  —  Reeling after Mitt Romney's loss to Barack Obama in 2012, the Republican Party gathered for a soul-searching exercise called the Growth and Opportunity Project.  —  Project leaders surveyed thousands of Republican voters, technical experts and elected officials.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
GOP debate talks in disarray as consensus collapses
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Carson Surges Into Lead of National GOP Race  —  Ben Carson has surged into the lead of the Republican presidential race, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, according to a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  That's the highest percentage …
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Republicans trust Trump on economy, nuclear weapons: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  Donald Trump is the Republican candidate most trusted to manage the economy, deal with foreign leaders and serve as commander in chief, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll of Republicans conducted after the party's third debate.
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Discussion: The New York Observer and Politico
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Ninety days until Iowa caucuses: Turmoil in the Republican race
Discussion: Politico
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton's Explanations on Benghazi Attacks Winning Over Voters — WSJ/NBC Poll
ABC News:
Donald Trump: Ben Carson 'Just Doesn't Have the Experience' to Be President
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Ben Carson Vaults to Lead in Latest Journal/NBC Poll
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:   Ben Carson Is Taking Iowa One Church at a Time
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Illinois District Violated Transgender Student's Rights, U.S. Says  —  CHICAGO — Federal education authorities found on Monday that an Illinois school district had violated anti-discrimination laws when it did not allow a transgender student who identifies as a girl and participates in athletics …
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project:
U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious  —  Modest Drop in Overall Rates of Belief and Practice, but Religiously Affiliated Americans Are as Observant as Before  —  Is the American public becoming less religious?  Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person.
New York Times:
In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law  —  A few months before he took a toxic mix of drugs and died on a stranger's couch, Nicklaus Ellison wrote a letter to his little sister.  —  He asked for Jolly Ranchers, Starburst and Silly Bandz bracelets, some of the treats permitted …
Alison Elkin / news:
Charles Koch Says He, Brother Largely Fail at Influence-Buying  —  “So far we're largely failures at it, as you can tell,” Republican mega-donor Charles Koch says in interview on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” when asked if he is buying political influence and if that is at odds with his desire to end so-called corporate welfare.
Nick Gass / Politico:
Koch brothers: We're ‘failures’ at changing America
Discussion: EcoWatch and
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Ben Carson on Americans: “Many of Them Are Stupid.”  —  When retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the current GOP 2016 front-runner, campaigns, he routinely pitches “common sense solutions from We the People.”  But it seems the candidate who celebrates a cheerful and straightforward populism …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Franken gets serious about flipping Senate to Democrats  —  On a recent October afternoon, Democratic Sen. Al Franken mistakenly ambled toward the Mansfield Room, where the party in control — namely Republicans — meets weekly to hash out strategy.  —  “I keep thinking we're in the majority …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Ahmad Chalabi, Iraqi Politician Who Pushed for U.S. Invasion, Dies at 71  —  Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who from exile helped persuade the United States to invade Iraq in 2003, and then unsuccessfully tried to attain power as his country was nearly torn apart by sectarian violence, died at his home in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Dashcam video undermines Texas prof's claim of racial profiling, says chief  —  A Texas journalism professor's explosive charge that police hassled her for “walking while black,” a claim lodged in a guest column in the state's biggest newspaper, doesn't square with the videotape, according to the police chief.
CBS Los Angeles:
6 Passengers Kicked Off Plane At LAX Accused Of Being Unruly Claim Discrimination  —  LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ( - Six passengers kicked off a Spirit Airlines plane at Los Angeles International Airport Monday night accused a flight attendant of discrimination.
Lisa Belkin / Yahoo:
Being married to Bernie  —  From the stage at the first Democratic presidential debate, nearly all the candidates opened with talk about their families.  —  “My wife, Hong, came to this country as a refugee from war-torn Vietnam,” said Jim Webb, who then went on to name his five children …
Eric Roston / Bloomberg Business:
Climate Change Kills the Mood: Economists Warn of Less Sex on a Warmer Planet  —  And fewer babies would be bad news.  —  Climate change has been blamed for many things over the years.  Never, until now, has anyone thought it was possible to see it as a kind of contraceptive.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Speaker Paul Ryan Moves Fast to ‘Detoxify’ Boehner's Smoky Suite  —  WASHINGTON — There are many things Americans cannot yet know about Speaker Paul D. Ryan's plans for his fancy new digs on Capitol Hill.  Dark curtains or sheers?  Memorabilia from the 2012 presidential campaign or his first House race in 1998?
Discussion: The Week, Towleroad and Moe Lane
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Will cheaper health insurance really raise wages?  The evidence is thin.  —  Economists believe something that on its face sounds absolutely bizarre to a normal human being: Obamacare's tax on expensive health insurance will give Americans a pay raise.  —  Here's the argument …
Gerard Couzens / Daily Express:
Spain terror alert: Three men ‘set to commit Charlie Hebdo attack’ arrested in dawn raids  —  POLICE in Spain say they have arrested three Moroccans who were ready to commit a Charlie Hebdo-style terror attack.  —  GETTY  —  Police in Spain have arrested three men suspected of wanting to carry out acts of terrorism
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
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Steve Bittenbender / Reuters:
Democrat favored in Kentucky governor's race amid focus on gay marriage
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
Obama tells federal agencies to ‘ban the box’ on federal job applications
Pamela Druckerman / New York Times:
France, Paradise Lost
Alicia Pekema / BRPROUD:
Democrat John Bel Edwards in the lead, according to new WVLA poll
Discussion: Political Wire and NOLA River
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama in New York: Forget Putin. GOP candidates 'can't handle a bunch of CNBC moderators'
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Hastert portrait vanishes from House
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Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Breaking the glass ceiling is not just for liberal women