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  1. mr. popular Christie Wins Reelection in NJ Kena Betancur/Getty

    1. Christie Wins Reelection in NJ

    He’s right on track to get Mitt Romney back for those fat jokes in 2016. On Tuesday night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ensured he’d be staying in the governor’s mansion for another term. The popular Republican won reelection, beating Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono. Christie is expected to be a top contender in the presidential election three years from now, but he’ll have to step down from his job as governor early to do so.

    November 5, 2013 8:10 PM

  2. SINKING Obama Approval Falls Below 40% Pool

    2. Obama Approval Falls Below 40%

    Well, that hurts. In the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, only 39 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s work in the White House, and 53 percent say they disapprove. That number places Obama one percentage point away from his lowest ever, 38 percent, back in 2011. The botched rollout of the president’s health-care reform website and the weeks of negativity have taken a toll on an approval rating that was hovering in the 50s after his reelection.

    November 5, 2013 4:16 PM

  3. bye, bloomberg

    3. De Blasio Elected NYC Mayor

    Out with the Bloomberg, in with the de Blasio. No surprise here: on Tuesday night Bill de Blasio won over voters to become New York City’s next mayor. The Democrat beat Republican contender Joe Lhota, and polls show de Blasio had support from voters regardless of race, gender, age, education, religion, and income. He will serve as New York City’s 109th mayor after Michael Bloomberg departs the office in January. Voters also approved a constitutional amendment that authorizes as many as seven full-scale casinos intended to create more jobs for New Yorkers.

    November 5, 2013 9:05 PM

  4. Election Night McAuliffe Wins VA Governor’s Race Alex Wong/Getty

    4. McAuliffe Wins VA Governor’s Race

    Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly defeated Republican and Tea Partier Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday in the race to be the next governor of Virginia. CBS, Fox, NBC, and The New York Times called the race early. McAuliffe will take over from Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was barred by state term limits from running for reelection. McAuliffe was the Democratic National Committee chairman between 2001 and 2005.

    November 5, 2013 9:49 PM

  5. 15th state Illinois Passes Gay Marriage Seth Perlman/AP

    5. Illinois Passes Gay Marriage

    Proud of your home state, President Obama? On Tuesday, the Illinois House voted through a measure to legalize gay marriage—and the state Senate quickly folowed through. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has promised to sign it into law, making the state the nation’s 15th to pass same-sex marriage. “Who am I to judge?” House Speaker Mike Madigan said, quoting Pope Francis.

    November 5, 2013 5:22 PM

  6. fool me once, etc. Washington Times Drops Rand Paul Jose Luis Magana/AP

    6. Washington Times Drops Rand Paul

    There is a little thing called journalistic ethics that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul hasn't been abiding by. On Tuesday, after acknowledging that he didn’t properly source a number of published articles, The Washington Times announced it would end Paul’s weekly column. He took responsibility for the issues, saying they were due to improperly footnoted materials given to him by staff. The newspaper’s decision was made together with the senator, but he earlier told CNN that he’s being held to a higher standard than other politicians.

    November 5, 2013 8:26 PM

  7. Won't come CLEAN Toronto Mayor Refuses to Resign Nathan Denette/AP

    7. Toronto Mayor Refuses to Resign

    Saying he "can't do anything else but apologize," Toronto mayor Rob Ford declined to resign his post at a press conference late Tuesday afternoon. "I know I have embarrassed everyone in the city," he said, noting that the earlier admission that he smoked crack cocaine was the most difficult thing he's had to do. He said he will continue doing the job he was elected to do, and voters can decide whether he should stay in office next October. Earlier in the day, Ford admitted to his drug use. “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” he said at a press conference. “I am an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors.”

    November 5, 2013 4:35 PM

  8. HYPOCRITES Brazil Admits Spying on U.S.

    8. Brazil Admits Spying on U.S.

    Et tu, Brazil? Despite righteous indignation and a cancelled state visit to Washington, Brazil admitted Monday it spied on diplomats from the U.S., Russia, Iran and Iraq. Ironically, despite its support for Glenn Greenwald publishing leaks from Edward Snowden, the government of Brazil said that the leaked classified documents detailing its own spying were “a serious crime, which will be investigated and prosecuted under the terms of the law." The spying, which took place a decade ago, involved trailing of diplomats, as well as documenting and monitoring activities at the U.S. embassy.

    November 5, 2013 11:30 AM

  9. erasing history Dan Rather Slams CBS for JFK Snub AP Photo

    9. Dan Rather Slams CBS for JFK Snub

    Although longtime anchor Dan Rather played a historic role in covering President Kennedy’s assassination and then spent 44 years with the network, CBS News won’t include him in its 50th-anniversary coverage of the monumental event. Rather was part of initial arrangements to cover Kennedy’s Dallas visit and went on to serve as CBS’s top anchor for 24 years until a sensitive story and messy lawsuit forced him to leave in 2006. “I held off doing anything for anybody else for a while, thinking I may be asked to do something [for CBS],” Rather said. “I can’t say I had any reason for that hope.” He will instead appear on NBC’s Today show for the November 22 anniversary.

    November 5, 2013 6:13 PM

  10. Drama Finke and Deadline Officially Over

    10. Finke and Deadline Officially Over

    It's official: the embattled relationship between and its founder, Nikki Finke, is over. The entertainment queen announced over Twitter two weeks ago that she would be launching her own site, and couldn't wait to "be free soon" and "report the real truth about Hollywood." Striking a different note, on Deadline, the company wrote it was "an emotional and painful parting of ways." Finke was wished well and they noted that new "significant hires" would be added to staff.

    November 5, 2013 10:09 PM

  11. poor things Bizarre Disease Melting Starfish Laura Anderson/AP

    11. Bizarre Disease Melting Starfish

    A disease scientists are calling “spooky” is dismembering a record number of starfish and then melting their tissue until the sea creatures are turned into slime. It’s called “star wasting disease” and has never spread as widely as it is now along the West Coast. In one tide pool in Santa Cruz, California, 90 to 95 percent of the starfish community has been wiped out. Marine biologists and ecologists are launching an investigation this week in an attempt to identify the source of the outbreak.

    November 5, 2013 7:30 PM

  12. ROAR Katy Perry’s Album: Biohazard?

    12. Katy Perry’s Album: Biohazard?

    As good a song as “Roar” is, it looks like Australia has not forgiven Katy Perry for being married to Russell Brand. Australia declared that all copies of Perry’s album  that were packaged overseas need to be inspected before entering the country, due to small packets of seeds given away with Prism. Officials said they have no problem with locally-sourced seeds.

    November 5, 2013 8:01 AM

  13. SO LONG Chef Charlie Trotter Dies at 54 Joe Tabacca/Bloomberg News

    13. Chef Charlie Trotter Dies at 54

    Celebrated Chicago chef Charlie Trotter was found unconscious by his son on Tuesday in his home and later was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The cause of death is not yet known, and no foul play is suspected, but an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. A tough boss, Trotter and his restaurant in Chicago achieved wide acclaim, including being named the best restaurant in the U.S. by Wine Spectator in 2000.

    November 5, 2013 3:28 PM

  14. TIED UP Obama Pushes ENDA Passage Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

    14. Obama Pushes ENDA Passage

    Your move, John Boehner. President Obama on Monday praised the Senate for passing a bill that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on sexual orientation. “Slowly, surely, we’re starting to see some common sense starting to prevail,” Obama told a group of donors at an Organizing for Action fundraiser. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed the Senate 61-30 on Monday, but it could get tied up in the House—especially since Boehner is opposed to the bill. The president on Monday urged the House to follow the Senate’s bipartisan lead, but he acknowledged that change in America has “always been slow.” Also, since when did six Republicans and every Democrat become “bipartisan”?

    November 5, 2013 7:00 AM

  15. SUICIDE NJ Mall Shooter Found Dead

    15. NJ Mall Shooter Found Dead

    The man suspected of opening fire at a New Jersey mall Monday night was found dead early Tuesday from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck New Jersey, allegedly fired his weapon at least six times in the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, causing the mall to go on lockdown—with about 400 people inside. There have been no reports of injuries. Police found Shoop’s body around 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, and have found a suicide note at Shoop’s home. The suspect had been known to local police for his use of MDMA, or molly.

    November 5, 2013 5:47 AM

  16. 'RESTRUCTURING' Paul Shakes Up Staff Mark Wilson/Getty

    16. Paul Shakes Up Staff

    If Rand Paul cut class the day that footnoting was taught, he didn't miss the day about crisis management. The Kentucky senator said in an interview Tuesday that he would be "restructuring" his office after several accusations this week of plagiarism. In the latest allegations, BuzzFeed accused Paul of plagiarizing a section of his book from a Forbes article. And on Monday, BuzzFeed reported that an editorial Paul wrote in The Washington Times in September is nearly identical to an article that ran in The Week one week before. BuzzFeed also alleged he plagiarized sections in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 16. These allegations come on the heels of reports that he copied a section of his book and speeches from Wikipedia. Paul dismissed the initial allegations last week and (hopefully) jokingly threatened to "duel" his accusers.

    November 5, 2013 1:19 PM

  17. GET WELL SOON Tom Coburn's Cancer Returns Andrew Burton / Getty Images News

    17. Tom Coburn's Cancer Returns

    Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s prostate cancer has re-emerged, a spokesman said Tuesday. He will be undergoing evaluation and treatment, and his communications director, John Hart, said the senator could return to work as early as next week. Coburn, 65, had surgery in 2011 for an early incidence of prostate cancer, and had a malignant melanoma removed in 1975.

    November 5, 2013 12:13 PM

  18. NOT THE NEWS LEADER CNN Takes Ratings Hit Mark Lennihan/AP

    18. CNN Takes Ratings Hit

    So Jon Stewart isn’t the only person who hates CNN’s “good idea or bad idea” questions—all Americans apparently agree. CNN had its lowest rated week since the Olympics from October 28 to November 1, averaging just 385,000 viewers. The numbers matched the 20-year low the network reached in August, and also the lowest-rated week since Jeff Zucker took over. Viewers apparently were turned off by CNN’s healthcare coverage, and adding salt to their wounds is that viewers turned to MSNBC and Fox News during Friday’s LAX shooting. Fox News averaged 2.67 million viewers during the 8-11 p.m. time block (and 377,000 of those being in the coveted 25-54 age demographic), and MSNBC averaged 683,000.

    November 5, 2013 7:42 AM

  19. PHONE HOME Drew Barrymore Pregnant Amanda Schwab/Starpix, via AP

    19. Drew Barrymore Pregnant

    Actress Drew Barrymore announced on Monday that she is pregnant with her second child. Barrymore, 38, and her husband, art dealer Will Kopelman, already have a 13-month-old daughter, Olive. Perhaps giving a clue last month, Barrymore told Jay Leno that she would “very much” like to have a second child, so Olive could grow up with siblings like Barrymore had seen in movies like National Lampoon. No word yet on when number two is due.

    November 5, 2013 7:58 AM

  20. UNBELIEVABLE Fiery Plane Collision Recorded NBC

    20. Fiery Plane Collision Recorded

    Two skydiving planes collided on Saturday, leading to exactly no deaths. How is that possible? NBC News on Monday night aired a video taken by one the skydivers that shows the unbelievable: the skydivers are lining up to jump off when the plane collides with the other plane, causing all the divers to be thrown from the plane as it catches fire mid-air. The skydivers then all jumped to safety, and the (damaged) other plane landed safely. NBC News reportedly paid $100,000 for the exclusive rights to the video, which means that the skydivers won’t be able to do any TV interviews for two weeks. So get ready to see plenty of the skydivers on NBC the next two weeks: instructor Mike Robinson has already appeared on the Today show and Dateline NBC.

    November 5, 2013 11:19 AM

  21. FUMBLE NYT: Kerry’s Egypt Trip Ill-Advised GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

    21. NYT: Kerry’s Egypt Trip Ill-Advised

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Egypt on Monday made a confusing situation even worse—and Kerry should not be seeking common ground with the generals who ousted Egypt’s only democratically elected leader, according to an New York Times editorial on Tuesday. The Times calls out the bad timing of Kerry’s trip, since he arrived on the day that ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s murder trial was set to begin (it was later postponed). Given the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian protests, the Times calls Kerry’s trip “hypocritical” and says he “misfired on the tone and content” of his talks.

    November 5, 2013 9:15 AM


    22. Juveniles Break Into Denver School

    Denver police arrested two armed juveniles who allegedly broke into a middle school late Monday night, believed to be carrying BB guns. The suspects were nabbed after a three-hour “cat-and-mouse" game. The overnight janitors at the Noel Middle School called police after noticing the break-in, and officers called in the bomb squad after noticing the boys' backpacks. Police attempted to communicate with the boys via the school’s PA system. It’s still unclear if the school will be open Tuesday.

    November 5, 2013 6:55 AM

  23. PEACE? Congo Rebels End Conflict AFP

    23. Congo Rebels End Conflict

    Is this the first step to peace? Congo’s M23 rebels announced that their 20-month rebellion is over hours after government forces won two key victories early Tuesday. The rebels were cornered in in the hills along the border with Uganda and Rwanda. But there are still some 20 armed groups operating in Congo’s lawless state—including the Rwandan Hutu FDLR rebels, which include some Hutus who fled Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. “In a region that has suffered so much, this is obviously a positive step in the right direction,” said Russell Feingold, a special envoy to the Congo and the Great Lakes region.

    November 5, 2013 7:32 AM


    24. Russian Teen Sells Virginity Online

    A 18-year-old Russian girl has reportedly sold her virginity for $27,950 after putting it up for auction online. The girl, known only by her nickname Shatuniha, wrote that she is “in urgent need of money, so I am selling the most precious thing I possess.” The Siberian Times reported that a man named Evgeniy Volnev won the auction, and police said they would not be investigating since she did not appear to have broken any laws. She said she would have sex with the highest bidder at a hotel in Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

    November 5, 2013 7:54 AM

  25. TO INFINITY India Launches Mars Spacecraft Arun Sankar K/AP

    25. India Launches Mars Spacecraft

    Welcome to the space race. India on Tuesday successfully launched a spacecraft to Mars, with the hopes of reaching the Red Planet in 300 days. The spacecraft, known as the MOM (and informally as the Mangalyaan), will travel to Mars on the “Hohmann Transfer Orbit,” although it must take advantage of November’s favorable planetary alignment to embark on the right trajectory. If successful, India will be the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the U.S., Europe, and Russia. But some observers say Tuesday’s launch is just the beginning of a new space race in Asia, specifically between India, China, Japan, and South Korea.

    November 5, 2013 7:39 AM

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