Trump Compares Carson To Child Molester, Rand Rags On ‘Sensitive’ College Kids, and Abortion Clinics Close In Blue States

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November 13, 2015

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Senate GOP Exposed By Their Flailing Effort To Look Tough On Obamacare

The Gist: Republicans are no longer just coming up short when it comes to how to replace Obamacare. Some are now openly admitting that fully repealing it isn’t really feasible.

Trump Compares Carson’s ‘Pathological Temper’ To Child Molester

The Gist: While discussing his belief that Ben Carson’s “pathological temper” from his youth is not curable, Trump compared Carson’s temper to child molesting.

Secret Service Agent Charged With Sexting 14-Year-Old From White House

The Gist:  A uniformed officer was arrested for allegedly sending nude photos to a contact he thought was a 14-year-old girl, with some texts sent while on the job at the White House.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

TPM’s Tierney Sneed reported that Senate Republicans are struggling to advance a bill to repeal Obamacare. The Tea Party group FreedomWorks is the latest to pressure Senate conservatives to go farther than the House bill by dismantling Medicaid expansion, while other GOP senators from states that have participated in the expansion have balked at taking it away from their constituents.

Agree or Disagree?

Though Gov. Chris Christie crowned himself the victor in Tuesday’s GOP presidential undercard debate, Brian Murphy thinks his involvement in the seemingly never-ending federal Bridgegate case means he’s “never gonna be president.

Say What?!

“Only certain opinions are acceptable on college campus. It’s almost like they’ll put you in prison for challenging the religious dogma on climate change.”

– Rand Paul thinks college students have become too sensitive.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “There are 59 tiny police departments in the St.Louis Metropolitan region. Since the City refused to merge with the county back in the day (and many cities did merge back in the day), this problem has only grown worse. The 59 police departments is simply NUTS and a small cooperative does not make it less nuts. I think a lot of the problem I’ve seen with police escalating situations into a “take-down” that seems too aggressive to me (and many other Americans, perhaps the majority), is training and follow-up within the police department. And this is much easier to do with a disciplined and larger police department with sub stations throughout the geographical area.”

Related: Five ways the right thinks Obama is trying to disarm the police.

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What We’re Reading

Abortion clinics are rapidly closing in liberal states, too. (The Guardian)

Has Putin overplayed his hand in Syria? (U.S. News & World Report)

Here are the five candidates running for FIFA president. (Buzzfeed)