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2:35 PM ET, October 2, 2014

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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Neil Tyson's Final Words On His Quote Fabrications: “My bad”  —  After publishing an embarrassing non-apology on Facebook last week for repeated quote fabrications, planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Facebook again earlier this week to revise and extend his remarks.  His full post can be found here.
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Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson  —  Neil deGrasse Tyson is a very famous and popular scientist.  He even has a TV show.  And wears a cool astronomical vest.  Only he's not infallible.  — Obama's life is at risk  — FCC sacks NFL blackout rule  — Liberal doves run as war hawks
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
George W. Bush: I think Jeb wants it!  —  Former President George W. Bush says he thinks his brother Jeb wants to be in the White House and added that he is pushing his younger sibling to run for president in 2016.  —  “I think he wants to be president,'” George Bush said on Fox News on Thursday.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Why Boehner is wooing Jeb Bush  —  It's been a yearlong courtship, but no one quite knows if it will pay off.  —  For the past year, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been wooing his longtime friend Jeb Bush to jump into the 2016 presidential race, even as he has shunned potential Tea Party rivals …
Discussion: Washington Post
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson  —  Tyson could have said of the Bush quote, “You know, I might have messed that one up, and will check it out.  Thanks for raising it.”  Instead, he said he had an “explicit memory” of Bush saying it, and of “making a note for possible later reference in my public discourse.”
Fox News:
Bush on ISIS: America has learned ‘lesson’ about Iraq  —  Former President George W. Bush, who before leaving office warned against withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq too early, told Fox News that America has since learned the “lesson” that Iraqis are not yet capable of providing for their own security.
Discussion: New York Times and CBS DC
Reuters:
Were YOU on the same flight as America's first Ebola victim?:  United Airlines releases flight numbers for the planes Thomas Duncan caught from Liberia to Dallas  — United Airlines revealed flight numbers for two out of three planes Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan reportedly traveled on during his trip to the US
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Parents fearing Ebola pull kids from school
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
White House: No, We Don't Think We Should Ban Flights From Ebola Countries
Discussion: Israel Matzav, RedState and Hot Air
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
White House: No Ebola travel restrictions
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Republican Chances of Senate Takeover Are Improving  —  But Kansas race complicates matters  —  The race for the Senate is perceptively moving in the Republicans' direction, but not so dramatically that we're ready to call the race definitively for them.  —  While we've long said the 2014 map …
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Bryce Covert / The New Republic:
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Was a Victim of the “Glass Cliff”  —  On Wednesday, Julia Pierson, the first woman to ever lead the Secret Service in its nearly 150-year history, resigned her post amid heavy criticism over an intruder who was able to get as far as the East Room of the White House.
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Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Pierson Punted: Obama, Congress Must Now Undo Bush-Era Injustice to Secret Service
Daily Mail:
A slapdash Secret Service detail isn't what's wrong with the White House …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Supreme Court Just Took A Case That Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Even Worse  —  The American people voted to make this woman Speaker of the House in 2012  —  The Supreme Court of the United States may be poised to give the Republican Party a big gift — more seats in Arizona's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Constitution Daily
Politico:
Special Report: The Obama Paradox  —  BEYOND THE WHITE HOUSE BUBBLE  —  Obama's plans for a late night in Rome were shrouded in secrecy.  —  While American and Italian reporters chronicled his audience with Pope Francis and his tour of the Colosseum that day in late March …
Discussion: Washington Post
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
What's Eating Nate Silver?  —  Nate Silver acknowledged that he was doing something a little unusual in a Sept. 17 blog post when he called out fellow forecaster Sam Wang of Princeton University.  But it also appears to have been the culmination of a long-simmering — if largely under-the-radar — feud.
Karen Kaplan / Los Angeles Times:
Study: Good access to birth control prevents teen pregnancy, abortion  —  Birth control prevents teenage pregnancies and abortions — when teens know about it and are able to use it.  —  Of 560 young women deemed at high risk for pregnancy who were given free access to hormonal implants …
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George Packer / New Yorker:
Two Speeches and a Tragedy  —  In his first year in office, President Obama gave two speeches—one in Cairo, the other in Oslo—that bear directly on the crisis in the Middle East today.  The Cairo speech, in June, 2009, offered a message of peace and coöperation between America, the West, and the Muslim world.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin death  —  The Justice Department is not expected to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to three law enforcement officials, despite allegations that the killing was racially motivated.
 
 
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Daily Mail:
White lesbian mother sues sperm bank after she gave birth to mixed-race baby because she was sent black man's sperm
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Center for Public Integrity / The Daily Beast:
Even Local School Board Members Are Running Against Obama
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Exclusive: Piers Morgan dishes on CNN
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Growing evidence that Obama's decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: What If The 3K Troops Obama Sent To Africa All Catch Ebola?
Discussion: Raw Story
FinalCall.com News:
Justifiable Homicide: Black youth in peril, ‘An Executive Decision’ -Part 2 Continued
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hit & Run
Politico:
Michele Bachmann strives to be the ‘anti-Hillary’
Michael Wear / The Atlantic Online:
The American Family Is Making a Comeback
Discussion: The Daily Caller
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Slovakia Becomes The Seventh EU Country To Ban Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Facebook Lunatic Returns With Escalated Threats Toward President Obama