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12:30 PM ET, October 3, 2014

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James Hohmann / Politico:
Are big three senate races slipping from Dems?  —  It's been the most remarkably enduring story line of Election 2014: three Democratic senators defying their states' deep red complexion and their president's abysmal approval ratings to stay competitive in races that should have, on paper, been lost long ago.
Discussion: Power Line
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton plans midterm blitz  —  Hillary Clinton has mapped out much of her political schedule through Election Day, an itinerary that focuses on helping Senate candidates and includes trips to a half-dozen states, including Kentucky and presidential early states Iowa and New Hampshire …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer: The real reason winning the Senate matters  —  You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda.  You can't win presidential elections that way.  It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014.  Here's why.
Discussion: National Review
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn't say today  —  President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago — even if they didn't feel it in their everday lives.
John Fund / National Review:
Obama's Éminence Grise  —  As the Obama administration crashes and burns, insiders begin to blame Valerie Jarrett.  —  Are significant chunks of the mainstream media in despair over Barack Obama?  This past week, Obama used 60 Minutes to attempt to shift blame for the failure …
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Jonathan Allen / Bloomberg:
Bogus Congressman Said to Get Backstage at Obama Event  —  An unidentified man posing as a member of Congress made it into a secure area backstage at President Barack Obama's appearance at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner in Washington Sept. 27, according to a White House official.
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Ebola Scare, Secret Service Enter Campaign Politics
Discussion: WRAL-TV and Daily Kos
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Return of the GOP Hawks  —  Not that they ever really left.  —  The Republican flirtation with dovish noninterventionism is over.  It wasn't much of a fling.  —  For five years, we've been hearing that foreign policy and national security issues would split the Republican party.
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Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
Lindsey Graham: The Embodiment of Everything Wrong with the GOP
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Ebola becomes political fight  —  Ebola is becoming an issue for the midterm election campaign, with several Republicans using the spread of the virus to the United States to criticize President Obama's leadership.  —  Republican lawmakers are accusing Obama of underplaying the threat.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Who's Actually Leading The U.S. Response To The Ebola Epidemic
Discussion: CNN and VodkaPundit
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
5th Circuit decision to close most of Texas abortion clinics  —  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday allowed Texas to begin enforcing tough new abortion restrictions that will effectively close all but eight abortion facilities in the nation's second-largest state.
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Decision Allows Abortion Law, Forcing 13 Texas Clinics to Close
Rusty Marks / Charleston Gazette:
Sources: Charleston cop suspended over videos  —  Charleston Police Lt. Shawn Williams talks to the media on the West Side in April.  Williams has been suspended from the force and is under investigation.  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston police lieutenant on paid administrative leave …
Discussion: Liberaland and Raw Story
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Despite voter-registration snafu Mitt Romney not shunning GOP  —  Mix-up » Errant form also lists old address next to warning that false information could be a misdemeanor.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  Washington  • Mitt Romney, whose name keeps popping up as a possible three …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe aide suggested job for senator's daughter if he remained in his seat  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's chief of staff left a voice-mail message for a Democrat who was on the verge of quitting the General Assembly in June, saying that the senator's daughter might …
Discussion: Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Could Rand Paul support gay marriage?  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) — Campus politics aren't always a clear winner for Rand Paul, as he discovered here this week during an appearance at the College of Charleston.  —  The Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 contender opened …
Dionne Searcey / New York Times:
Jobless Rate in U.S. Falls Below 6% as Hiring Picks Up  —  American companies are hiring again at a healthy pace, adding 248,000 jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.  —  The unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent, the first time it had been below 6 percent since July 2008 …
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Economy — Northwestern University  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Evanston!  (Applause.)  Hello, Northwestern!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Everybody, have a seat.  Have a seat.  It is so good to be here.  Go 'Cats!  (Applause.)
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Obamacare A Threat To Freedom On Fox News But It's Working In Reality
Discussion: Liberal Values
Fox News:
Panetta unloads on White House for pulling US forces out of Iraq  —  In this Feb. 22, 2013 photo, then U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addresses a news conference during a NATO meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels.  (Reuters)  —  Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta …
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Christopher Beam / The New Republic:
The Uglier Side of the Hong Kong Protests
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
What Obamacare needs to do in year two
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden On His Own Job: “Isn't It A Bitch?”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Elizabeth Campbell / Bloomberg:
You Know It's a Tough Market When Ben Bernanke Can't Refinance
Stephen Moore / Investor's Business Daily:
Next Big Bailout May Go To ObamaCare Health Insurers
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Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
After Holder  —  During his confirmation hearing in early 2009 …
The Atlantic Online:
Is Support for Gay Marriage Dropping? Don't Count On It
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