Today’s edition of quick hits:
* This “controversy” appears to effectively be over: “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.”
* You’ll be watching, right? “The three Democratic presidential candidates will meet in this key presidential state for the first time Friday evening at a forum hosted by MSNBC and the state Democratic Party on the campus of Winthrop University. The candidates will not interact with each other, but rather be interviewed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow back-to-back.”
* The downside to good news: “Hiring at American companies shifted into higher gear in October, helping to lift wages and clearing the path for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.”
* Russia: “President Vladimir Putin suspended all Russian flights to Egypt on Friday, pending the outcome of probes into last week’s deadly plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula as Moscow investigates whether a bomb is to blame.”
* North Carolina’s governor gets some good news: “A pair of ethics complaints that a liberal advocacy group filed against Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year have been dismissed…. The complaints in January and March by Progress N.C. Action alleged a pattern of omissions and discrepancies in the economic interest disclosure forms that the governor is required to submit.”
* Quinnipiac poll: “All American voters support 93 - 5 percent requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Among voters in households with a legal gun, support for background checks is 92 - 7 percent.” Among self-identified Republicans, support is 88%.
* Smart piece from Jon Chait: “Eventually something will happen to break up the current arrangement. Maybe Republicans will one day move to the center, or left-wing activists will push Democrats out of it. (Right now the latter seems more likely than the former.) For the time being, the dominant fact of American politics is that nobody is changing their mind about anything.”
* Fascinating quote from former President George H.W. Bush: “I feel like an asterisk…. I am lost between the glory of Reagan – monuments everywhere, trumpets, the great hero – and the trials and tribulations of my sons.”
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