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2:00 AM ET, October 2, 2014


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Secret Service Chief Pierson Resigns Amid Security Gaps  —  Embattled U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency in charge of protecting the president, resigned amid mounting criticism over a series of security lapses.  —  Pierson stepped down only 18 months …
Washington Post:
Julia Pierson resigns as Secret Service director after series of security lapses
New York Times:
Julia Pierson, Secret Service Director, Resigns Under Pressure About Breaches
Discussion: Althouse
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
‘Morning Joe’ Piles On The ‘Politically Correct’ Secret Service (VIDEO)
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hullabaloo
Everett Rosenfeld / CNBC:
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
Airlines face Ebola fallout  —  Health experts say travelers face little risk of contracting Ebola on airplanes, but the disease's arrival in the United States is bringing new worries about its ability to hop between countries and continents.  —  Those concerns escalated with Wednesday's statement …
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Liberian Officials Identify Ebola Victim in Texas as Thomas Eric Duncan  —  MONROVIA, Liberia — A man who flew to Dallas and was later found to have the Ebola virus was identified by senior Liberian government officials on Wednesday as Thomas Eric Duncan, a resident of Monrovia in his mid-40s.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
White House: No Ebola travel restrictions
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
First U.S. case of Ebola diagnosed in Texas after man who came from Liberia falls ill
Boston Magazine:
EARLIER:  —  A political cartoon in Wednesday's Boston Herald is raising eyebrows and has people calling the newspaper “racist.”  —  The cartoon depicts President Barack Obama brushing his teeth in the bathroom of the White House, as the man recently accused of storming the building …
Owen Boss / Boston Herald:
Herald cartoonist apologizes for Obama cartoon  —  By:  —  Boston Herald cartoonist Jerry Holbert took to the airwaves this morning to apologize for a political cartoon that set off a social media firestorm after appearing on the paper's editorial page.  —  “I want to apologize to anyone …
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Grand jury considering the Ferguson shooting is being investigated for misconduct  —  The St. Louis County prosecutor's office is investigating an accusation of misconduct on the grand jury that is hearing the case against the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Suffolk University:
Kansas Poll Shows Independent Greg Orman Leading Incumbent Pat Roberts in U.S. Senate Race  —  Independent businessman and political enigma Greg Orman (46 percent) is leading three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts (41 percent) in the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas, with 11 percent undecided …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
College GOP: Democrats Are Like a Bad Wedding Dress  —  The College Republican National Committee launched on Wednesday a nearly $1 million digital ad campaign across 16 states, aiming to draw young voters to the GOP with what the group's chief calls “culturally relevant” ad campaigns.
Sean Coughlan / BBC:
Tom and Jerry cartoons carry racism warning  —  Tom and Jerry cartoons on television are being accompanied by a warning that they may depict scenes of “racial prejudice”.  —  The classic cat and mouse cartoons, some made more than 70 years ago, carry a warning for subscribers to Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
The Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians.  —  The strikingly sharp criticism …
Discussion: Politico
Joseph Miller / The Daily Caller:
Pentagon Official: The President Is Lying To America — About Us, And About ISIS
Discussion: VodkaPundit, Power Line and Hot Air
Chris Cox / Facebook:
I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we've put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks.
Charles Franklin / Marquette Law School Poll:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker leading in race for Wisconsin governor; attorney general race remains tied  —  Clarification on margin of error in the Marquette Law School Poll … MILWAUKEE - A new Marquette Law School Poll in the Wisconsin governor's race finds Republican …
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ben Carson's Lunacy: AP History Courses Will Make Kids Join ISIS  —  Dr. Ben Carson claims that teaching our children normal AP history courses will turn them against America and into the arms of ISIS.  —  Dr. Ben Carson is being heavily hyped as a 2016 presidential candidate by the conservarazzi …
Michael Dunn found guilty of 1st-degree murder in loud-music trial  —  Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) — Jurors found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death 17-year-old Jordan Davis.  —  Dunn's parents were in the courtroom for the verdict.
Discussion: KTLA, Hinterland Gazette and Mediaite
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Decision to let cop killer Abu-Jamal give commencement speech ‘despicable,’ widow says  —  A Vermont college's selection of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as commencement speaker is a “despicable” decision that should be reversed, his victim's widow told
Discussion: protein wisdom and The College Fix
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Nabs Historic Cable Ratings Victory  —  FNC celebrates a quarter with the most-watched primetime across the cable dial, while MSNBC slides below CNN in the demo  —  No one would say the summer of 2014 suffered any shortage of breaking news.  —  From the crisis in Ferguson, Mo. …
Discussion: Hot Air
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Facebook Lunatic Returns With Escalated Threats Toward President Obama  —  Everest Wilhelmsen is back, and he's just as determined as ever to “oust” President Obama from office.  —  On the day that the head of the Secret Service resigned for amazing lapses in security around the President …
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Sacramento Bee:
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Sacramento Bee:
Jerry Brown signs gun restraining-order bill
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hit & Run
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Kissinger Drew Up Plans to Attack Cuba, Records Show
Discussion: Daily Kos and Outside the Beltway
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Jimmy Carter says he would have defeated Reagan had he been more ‘manly’
Discussion: Hot Air and VodkaPundit
Tallahassee Democrat:
Officer placed on paid leave in tasing incident
Stevie Poole / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
State Sen. Perry discusses morals in inaugural speech
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
NYT: Say, Why Don't Republicans Want President Obama to be Killed?
 Earlier Items: 
Jaime Fuller / Washington Post:
Here is a video of a congressman pretending to be Bruce Lee
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
Thomas K. Lindsay / The Hill:
Two years after college, too many grads are still ‘adrift’
Discussion: National Review
Gun nuts' tragic confusion: Why “open carry” groups don't get police brutality
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