Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Why Dems Are Confident About Reclaiming the White House
Even before the candidates from either party are selected or the campaigns take the field for the general election, Democrats know most of the macro political forces in the country favor their nominee in 2016. They predict a close, hard-fought race, but one they'll ultimately win — the same way they did in 2012 and 2008. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Clinton, Carson in Dead Heat in 2016 Matchup: Poll
One year out before the 2016 general election, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton leads three major Republican candidates: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. But against Ben Carson, who is now leading the GOP horse race, Clinton finds herself in a tied contest — 47 percent to 47 percent. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Iranians Burn Obama Effigies to Mark Anniversary
American flags and effigies of President Barack Obama were set ablaze Wednesday as thousands gathered to mark the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the Iranian capital's U.S. Embassy. Anti-U.S. slogans were also chanted — just a day after Iran's supreme leader explained that the familiar "Death to America" refrain was aimed at policies, not people. Read more in NEWS.
4. Ohio Voters Say 'No' to Legalizing Marijuana
Voters on Election Day rejected a ballot proposal allowing for both recreational and medical use of the drug. Failure of the proposed state amendment followed an expensive campaign, a legal fight over its ballot wording and an investigation into the proposal's petition signatures. Read more in NEWS.
5. Trump Tweets a Picture of Jeb Bush Next to Swastika
Tuesday's tweet from Trump appeared to be a quote from — or a partial retweet of — a supporter's message with a photo collage of anti-Bush imagery. In addition to the Nazi swastika, the montage featured an image of Bush in a sombrero next to a cactus. Read more in POLITICS.
6. After Manhunt, Cop's Death to Be Ruled Likely Suicide
Illinois investigators are expected to announce Wednesday that Fox Lake police Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz, who was found fatally shot in September, committed suicide, according to reports. The cop's death sparked a massive manhunt for three suspects, although none were ever found. Read more in NEWS.
7. Bobbi Kristina's Nurse at Hospice Wasn't a Nurse: Cops
A woman in charge of caring for Bobbi Kristina Brown at the hospice where she died was impersonating a nurse and faces charges, police said. But there was no indication in a police report that Brown's care was affected by the alleged scammer. Read more in NEWS.
Chicago food startup Farmer's Fridge offers $8 salads — prepared daily for freshness — in what seems like the most unlikeliest of places.