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7:20 AM ET, October 31, 2014

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New York Times:
From Governors, a Mix of Hard-Line Acts and Conciliation Over Ebola  —  FORT KENT, Me.  — In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, issued a stern warning on Thursday to medical experts coming to an international conference on tropical diseases that they should stay away …
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:   Paul Broun: Obama And ‘Incompetent Boob’ At CDC Are Exposing Americans To Ebola
Richard L. Hasen / Talking Points Memo:
Messing With Texas Again: Putting It Back Under Federal Supervision  —  Readers of the entire 147-page opinion issued earlier this month by a federal district court striking down Texas's strict voter identification law as unconstitutional and a violation of the Voting Rights Act might …
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Supreme Court Misstep On Voting Rights  —  Two articles about young people in search of an education caught my attention last week.  Both appeared in The Times on the same day.  One celebrated the improbable journey of a young man “from a Rwandan dump to the halls of Harvard.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and National Review
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi's Departure From First Look Media  —  Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday.  His departure—which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment, and the company describes as a resignation …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Christie 2016: 'Vote For Me Or I'll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face'  —  All politicians have to deal with hecklers from time to time, and most try to handle it by being polite but firm, using the moments before security reaches the person and hustles them out to say something like …
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
David Axelrod hit: Chris Christie ‘Sopranos’ governor
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Washington Post
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Polls Tend to Undercount Democrats  —  Polls show that the Republicans have an advantage in the fight for control of the Senate.  They lead in enough states to win control, and they have additional opportunities in North Carolina and New Hampshire to make up for potential upsets.
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John Frank / Denver Post:
COLORADO U.S. SENATE: FINAL DENVER POST POLL SHOWS DEADLOCKED CONTEST
Kelsey McKinney / Vox:
The woman who made a video about catcalling is already getting rape threats  —  Shoshana B. Roberts — who walked around New York City for 10 hours while being filmed by a hidden camera so that she could record the harassment she received from men on the street — is already getting rape threats.
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Ricochet:
Catcalls and the Death of Chivalry
Discussion: alicublog
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:15 minutes ago
Obama's Midterm Loss Record Could Make History  —  President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row.  —  In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The state is failing in almost every imaginable way.  The reason why is rooted in its violent and racist past.  —  Driven by its high poverty rate, Mississippi ranks low on health and wellness.  It has one the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in the country …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Radio Host Calls Campus Rape Culture ‘Big Lie’ At Rick Scott Rally  —  At a rally for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager called the issue of campus sexual assault “a big lie” invented by “the feminist left.”  —  At the Sarasota Hyatt …
Ivan Watson / CNN:
‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS  —  Erbil, Iraq (CNN) — Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor.  Then, ISIS came to her village last August, and her world collapsed.  —  She described to me in chilling detail …
Discussion: Hot Air
NBC News:
Louisiana Dem: Race a Source of Obama's Woes in South  —  Noting that the South is “more of a conservative place,” she added that women have also faced challenges in “presenting ourselves.”  —  The comment prompted a fiery response from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who called it “remarkably divisive.”
Ahmad Rashad / BACK9NETWORK:
Who's On Michael Jordan's Dream Team?  —  Michael Jordan talks to Ahmad Rashad about who he'd love to play a round of golf with... but according to the joking NBA legend, President Obama shouldn't be waiting by his phone for a call.  —  Tune in to AHMAD RASHAD airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Back9Network — DIRECTV channel 262.
Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush Blasts Hillary Clinton's 'Businesses Don't Create Jobs' Remark  —  Although they are not officially declared 2016 presidential contenders, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are widely considered to be building up campaign operations for the next presidential election.
Public Affairs / UC Berkeley NewsCenter:
Campus statement on commencement speaker  —  UC Berkeley issued the following statement today (Wednesday, Oct. 29):  —  For many years it has been the responsibility of UC Berkeley undergraduates, through a committee known as the “Californians,” to select speakers for the university's commencement ceremonies.
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama May Cut Deportations  —  Length of Time in U.S., Family Ties to Others in Country Are Expected Criteria  —  WASHINGTON—The White House is considering two central requirements in deciding which of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants would gain protections through an expected executive action …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh, Power Line and Hot Air
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: GOP Brand ‘Sucks’ Like Domino's Pizza Did  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared on Wednesday that the Republican brand “sucks.”  —  “Remember Domino's Pizza?  They admitted, ‘Hey, our pizza crust sucks.’ The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don't want to be a Republican and for 80 years …
 
 
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Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
The NRA's Sexy Tom Cotton Grindr Ad
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Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Secularist Win Is Confirmed in Tunisia
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Found Ammonium Nitrate, AK-47 In Militia Leader's Hotel Room
Discussion: MySanAntonio.com and Hullabaloo
USA Today:
Poll: High anxiety, low expectations as election nears
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
McConnell campaign event proves sleepy, underwhelming
CBS Dallas:
Texas Ebola Fears Lead To Struggles & Reports Of Discrimination
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Bay in Talks to Direct Benghazi Movie ‘13 Hours’ (Exclusive)
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Ashlie Hardway / WTAE-TV Pittsburgh Action News 4:
Westmoreland Coroner auctions off guns used in suicides, accidental shootings
Discussion: Raw Story
The Boston Globe:
Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, has died at age 71
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
NYPD Sgt. Alberto Randazzo and Colo. woman accused of plotting on Skype to molest baby
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Magazine
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Cruz on Apple CEO TIm Cook being gay: ‘Personal decision’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: Exit To Recountland
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
Discussion: Hit & Run
 

 
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