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6:35 PM ET, November 6, 2015


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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Exclusive: Carson claimed West Point ‘scholarship’ but never applied  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday conceded that he never applied nor was granted admission to West Point and attempted to recast his previous claims of a full scholarship to the military academy …
Rachel Stoltzfoos / The Daily Caller:
Team Carson: ‘Politico Story Is An Outright Lie’  —  “The campaign never ‘admitted to anything,’” a spokesman for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told The Daily Caller News Foundation in response to a hit by Politico claiming his campaign admitted to “fabricating” a key point about his West Point story.
Steve Eder / New York Times:
Ben Carson Says He Was Never Accepted to West Point  —  A report on Friday said Ben Carson had acknowledged never having applied to West Point, raising questions about his repeated assertions that he had turned down a scholarship to attend the military academy.
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.”
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Ben Carson's allies defend West Point story  —  Allies of retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson are defending his long-told story of a “scholarship” to West Point by saying that he merely shorthanded the free ride he'd been offered to the military academy.  The argument — which depends …
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
No, Ben Carson Didn't Lie About West Point.  It's Another Media Hit Job.  —  Never underestimate the capacity of the media to propagandize against Republicans.  —  That's the theme of this morning's overwrought news coverage on Dr. Ben Carson's supposed “lie” regarding a “scholarship” to West Point.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Ben Carson on questions about his past: “Bunch of lies'
John Nolte / Breitbart:
Video Proof: CNN's Attack On Ben Carson's Biography Is Racially-Motivated
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.
The Hill:
Obama rejects Keystone pipeline
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
Elana Schor / Politico:
Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline
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.
Diana Moskovitz / Deadspin:
This Is Why NFL Star Greg Hardy Was Arrested For Assaulting His Ex-Girlfriend  —  Barefoot and frightened, Nicole Holder walked as fast as she could through the darkness, and the moment she saw the cops she ran.  She headed west on Fifth Street toward North Church, away from the Charlotte. …
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Jury Acquits Officer Who Shot Unarmed Man Face Down On The Ground  —  On Thursday, a jury acquitted Officer Lisa Mearkle for shooting David Kassick in Pennsylvania, who was pulled over for an expired inspection sticker.  The same day, video of the deadly encounter was released by the local D.A. …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court to hear new challenge to Obamacare contraception mandate  —  Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would take up a challenge from religious non-profit groups — including the Little Sisters of the Poor— to the Affordable Care Act and the requirement …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Religious Objections on Obamacare Get U.S. Supreme Court Review
Discussion: Bloomberg View, Politico and The Week
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear New Case on Contraception and Religion
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.”
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.
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Why Bathrooms Matter  —  Last week was one of those quiet Election Days where, on the surface, nothing much happened.  But the “nothing much” might actually be something.  We may have seen voters begin to pump the brakes on runaway liberalism.  —  In Ohio, an initiative to legalize marijuana was on the ballot; it lost by 30 points.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
This Isn't A Culture War. It's A War On Culture
Greg Hilburn / The News Star:
Edwards ad: Vitter chose prostitutes over patriots  —  Democrat state Rep. John Bel Edwards has cut a TV ad attacking Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter specifically about Vitter's prostitution scandal for the first time during the Louisiana gubernatorial campaign.
Discussion: Business Insider and NPR
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Things Get Even Uglier In The Louisiana Race For Governor
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 …
NBC News:
First Read: The GOP's Bush 43 Wounds Still Haven't Healed
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Jindal challenges Cruz to a debate  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday challenged his 2016 rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), to a one-on-one debate next week in Milwaukee, a move that highlights the intensifying competition for the support of conservatives.
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Brown /
Why I'm Endorsing Ted Cruz For President
Discussion: SGBerman
Suzanne Perez Tobias / Wichita Eagle:
Conway Springs teacher says he will not resign; news conference canceled … A Conway Springs teacher at the center of a controversy over showing an anti-bullying film has decided not to resign, a move that could force a school board vote on whether he can return to the classroom.
Discussion: Guardian
Bloomberg Business:
A Wal-Mart Heir Is $27 Billion Poorer Than Everyone Thought  —  Son Lukas Walton, now 29, inherited twice as much as Christy  —  John Walton's widow was long pegged as America's richest woman  —  Ever since Wal-Mart heir John T. Walton died 10 years ago in a plane crash …
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 …
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Sonny Bunch / The Daily Beast:
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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
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Bill O'Reilly slanders Ronald Reagan
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