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9:00 AM ET, October 20, 2014


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Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
New York Times:
Dozens Declared Free of Ebola Risk in Texas  —  DALLAS — At least one chapter of the Ebola saga neared a close here Sunday, as most of the dozens of people who had direct or indirect contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola here, had been told by officials …
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
NIH official firm in opposition to travel ban  —  A top official at the National Institutes of Health on Sunday said a travel ban on flights to and from West Africa would only make things worse in the fight against Ebola, pushing back against calls from lawmakers to institute one.
Wall Street Journal:
The Travel Ban and the New Czar
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Beast
Alexander Burns / Politico:
POLITICO poll: Alarm, anxiety as election looms  —  An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism …
Ted Cruz / USA Today:
Republican priorities for 2015  —  A GOP led Congress in 2015 will pass a serious agenda, or expose an obstructionist Obama.  —  By all signs, Americans are preparing to send Washington a clear message in the 2014 elections.  —  The question is, will Washington listen?
Discussion: CNN
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS  —  Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.  —  GAZIANTEP, Turkey — While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and PUNDIT PRESS
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Obama Brief  —  The President considers his judicial legacy. … “Of course I drink during the day—I'm way too tired to drink at night.”  —  BUY OR LICENSE »
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Female voters hold key to midterms  —  Republicans have more women running for Congress this year than ever before.  They have five female Senate nominees, one less than the record high set during the 2012 campaign.  They also have 50 female House candidates, two more than in 2012.
Al Goodman / CNN:NEW!
Spanish nurse's aide found to be Ebola-free in third test  —  Madrid (CNN) — Teresa Romero Ramos, a Spanish nurse's aide who had contracted Ebola after caring for a patient with the deadly disease, is now free of the virus, Spain's Special Ebola Committee said Sunday.
Discussion: BBC and Hot Air
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Next - Obama To Sidestep Congress On Iran  —  Who needs Congress anyway?  David Sanger of the Times reports that Team Obama is strategizing to “suspend” Iranian sanctions rather than end them, therby sidestepping any need for action by Congress.  No word on whether this will follow or precede executive action on immigration.
Discussion: New York Times
John Fund / National Review:10 minutes ago
The Trouble with Early Voting  —  Early and absentee voting have their place, but they are becoming the rule not the exception.  —  The headline in the Florida's Sun-Sentinel newspaper this weekend says it all: “People Who Vote Before Election Could Decide Outcome of Governor's Race.”
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel
Rachelle Blidner / NY Daily News:
Tennessee state Sen. Jim Summerville arrested for stalking, assault one month after public intoxication charge  —  The outgoing Republican senator was arrested twice this weekend after a Dickson, Tenn., neighbor filed stalking charges and Summerville allegedly threatened her the next day.
Ryan T. Anderson / Daily Signal:
Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
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Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Tillis-Hagan showdown could be nation's most expensive Senate race ever   Find
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Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Tillis-Hagan showdown could be nation's most expensive Senate race ever
Discussion: Washington Post
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town
Discussion: Fox News and The PJ Tatler
Agence France-Presse:
Britain threatens Internet ‘trolls’ with two years in jail
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
The Cost of Campaigns  —  Beyond its durable imprint …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
A toxic president  —  Chalk it up to karma, fate or bad luck.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
 Earlier Items: 
The Hill:
‘Clinton Democrats’ falling flat
Discussion: New York Times, RedState and Hot Air
James Prichard / Associated Press:
Drunk Michigan Woman Arrested When She Mistakes Jail For A Bar
Discussion: New York Magazine
Chris Brummitt / Associated Press:
Serena Williams hits back at Russian official
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette