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7:10 AM ET, October 24, 2014


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Marc Santora / New York Times:
Craig Spencer, Doctor in New York City, Is Sick With Ebola  —  A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus Thursday, setting off a search for anyone who might have come into contact with him.
New York Post:
Doctor who treated Ebola patients rushed to NYC hospital  —  Police officers leave the apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer (left) in West Harlem.  —  The Big Apple may have its first case of Ebola.  —  A 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea …
Fox News:
Patient at New York City hospital tests positive for Ebola, reports say  —  Health care workers display protective gear, which hospital staff would wear to protect them from an Ebola virus infection, inside an isolation room as part of a media tour in the emergency department of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, New York.
Discussion: CNN and Instapundit
Sydney Lupkin / ABC News:
Doctor Isolated at NYC Hospital With Ebola-Like Symptoms … A doctor who recently traveled from West Africa has been placed in isolation at a New York City Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms, officials said today.  —  The patient has been identified as Dr. Craig Allen Spencer, New York government sources told ABC News.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Jesse / CBS New York:
New York City Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:   Healthcare Worker Taken To NYC Hospital To Be Tested For Ebola
CNN's Carol Costello apologizes for Palin remarks  —  CNN's Carol Costello apologized on Thursday for joking about a police recording of Bristol Palin.  —  “Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family.
Ashe Schow / Washington Examiner:
CNN anchor, liberals give grins and thumbs up to violence against the ‘Right’ women  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL CNN ALASKA SARAH PALIN MEDIA WAR ON WOMEN  —  How do you get liberals to approve of violence against women?  Just tell them the women are Republicans named “Palin.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Bristol Palin: Yes, I Punched A Guy But He Had It Coming  —  Bristol Palin: feminist hero?  —  The eldest daughter of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin broke her silence on Wednesday with a blog post about the role she played in a booze-fueled brawl last month at a house party in Alaska.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Emily Yoffe / Slate:
Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine.  Do I have to give them candy?  —  Get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week; click here to sign up.  Please send your questions for publication to  (Questions may be edited.)
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Glenn Beck: Not ‘All That Bad’ If McConnell Loses To Grimes (AUDIO)  —  Glenn Beck doesn't think it would be “all that bad for the country” if Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) loses reelection to Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).  —  Less than two weeks before Election Day …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Alison Grimes doubles down on a 4-Pinocchio claim
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite, ABC News and Fox News
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
As Midterms Near, GOP Leads on Key Issues, Democrats Have a More Positive Image  —  Far Fewer Democrats See Vote as ‘For’ Obama Than in 2010  —  With less than two weeks before the midterm elections, the Republican Party holds significant leads on several major issues.
Discussion: Washington Post and Firedoglake
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   At $4 Billion, 2014 Is Most Expensive Midterm Ever
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Joni Ernst snubs Des Moines Register  —  Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst skipped out on a scheduled meeting with The Des Moines Register on Thursday, prompting criticism from one of the paper's leading political columnists.  —  “Is Joni Ernst afraid of newspaper editorial boards?”
Ernst campaign requests recount procedures of several counties
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
GOP changes tune on cutting Social Security with elections on the line  —  Cutting federal health and retirement spending has long been at the top of the GOP agenda.  But with Republicans in striking distance of winning the Senate, they are suddenly blasting the idea of trimming Social Security benefits.
Jim O'Sullivan / The Boston Globe:
Baker opens up lead over Coakley in new poll  —  Republican Charlie Baker has opened up a 9-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley, 45 percent to 36 percent, according to a new Globe poll that depicts a far more comfortable advantage than either candidate for governor has enjoyed in months.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Lewinsky mistreated by authorities in investigation of Clinton, report says  —  When onetime White House intern Monica Lewinsky broke her silence with a major speech earlier this week, one subject brought her nearly to tears.  —  Lewinsky's voice cracked as she recalled the moment in January 1998 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and CNN
Man attacks New York police officers with a hatchet  —  New York (CNN) — A man charged at four New York police officers with a metal hatchet Thursday, hitting two of them at a time of high alert for authorities concerned they might be targeted in the United States and Canada.
Discussion: Mashable
Cari Romm / The Atlantic Online:
Ebola Reaches Mali  —  The west African country is now the sixth in the region to be affected by the outbreak.  —  Less than a week after two west African countries successfully rid themselves of Ebola, another has announced its first case of the disease.  In a television address on Thursday …
Geoff McLatchey / Judicial Watch:
Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder's Wife  —  Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.  The index was forced …
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Rand Paul Summons Political Operatives for 2016 Strategy Session  —  The closely guarded gathering ahead of Paul's likely presidential run will happen only eight days after the midterms.  —  Sen. Rand Paul is summoning his top strategists and political advisers to Washington one week …
Eliana Johnson / National Review:   Rand Paul's Non-Isolationism
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Alderman Wery quizzes Muslim woman on terrorism
Kyle Kondik / Politico:
If Democrats Lose, Blame These Guys
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
Syrians to be trained to defend territory, not take ground from jihadists, officials say
Discussion: BBC, Business Insider and Hot Air
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Peter King Slams Doctors On Ebola, Suggests Ebola Went Airborne
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Poll Tax That Wasn't  —  In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader …
Lisa Lerer / Bloomberg Politics:
The Democrats' Coming Blame Game
Discussion: Bloomberg, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
James Pindell / WMUR:
Oops: Scott Brown lists self as Mass. state senator in recent campaign filing
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Obama Is Too Cool for Crisis Management
Discussion: The Daily Caller