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5:15 PM ET, October 2, 2014


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In just two weeks, Obama proven completely wrong about Ebola  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA HEALTH CARE EBOLA  —  On Sept. 16, President Obama visited the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.  The agency is the lead organization …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Were YOU on the same flight as America's first Ebola victim?: …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: What If The 3K Troops Obama Sent To Africa All Catch Ebola?
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Pavlich /
White House: No, We Don't Think We Should Ban Flights From Ebola Countries
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 …
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.
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.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
George W. Bush: I think Jeb wants it!
Shawn McCoy / InsideSources:
IS Exclusive: Secret Service Agent Leaked President's Campaign Stops  —  As scandal continues to envelop the Secret Service, InsideSources has learned of a security failure leading up to the 2012 election.  Multiple sources inside the Romney presidential campaign confirm …
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.
Daily Mail:
A slapdash Secret Service detail isn't what's wrong with the White House …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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
Rich Lowry / Politico:   The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson
Russell Wilson / The Players' Tribune:
Let's Talk About It  —  I used to beat people up.  Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot.  Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up.  In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall.
Discussion:, ABC News and Mediaite
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Bill Clinton can save Dems  —  On Oct. 6 and 7, Bill Clinton will spend two days barnstorming across Arkansas to support Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and other Democrats.  This all-out campaign tour will give a strong boost to Pryor's chances for reelection.  As the former president continues …
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Donor Blames Harry Reid for Low Approval Ratings, Being Out of Touch
Discussion: America Rising and National Review
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
Leon Panetta / TIME:
How the White House Misplayed Iraqi Troop Talks  —  Leon Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011, and as secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013.  —  As U.S. forces return to Iraq to counter the surging al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq …
Discussion: Fox News and “The Lid”
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
The IOC Demands That Helped Push Norway Out of Winter Olympic Bidding Are Hilarious  —  Oslo is dropping out of bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics, leaving Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing as the only remaining cities seeking to host the event.  Why?  One reason is that people are starting …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
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
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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USA Today:
Voter registration in Ferguson surges after Brown killing
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Jim Galloway / Political Insider blog:
The Islamic sponsorship of a Georgia congressional debate
Dan Merica / CNN:
New to Hillary Clinton's stump speech: Her granddaughter
Discussion: OnPolitics
Fed Critics Say '10 Letter Warning Inflation Still Right
Jane Harman / Politico:
A Republican for attorney general?
John Cloud / The New Republic:
The Fate of the Senate Could Rest on Alaska's Quirky Politics
Seth Wenig / Associated Press:
NYPD: Police Accidentally Killed Unarmed Hispanic Man
Alan Zibel / Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Warren Is Now a Jeopardy! Category
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
White lesbian mother sues sperm bank after she gave birth to mixed-race baby because she was sent black man's sperm
Center for Public Integrity / The Daily Beast:
Even Local School Board Members Are Running Against Obama
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yahoo! News
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Exclusive: Piers Morgan dishes on CNN
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
George Packer / New Yorker:
Two Speeches and a Tragedy
Michael Wear / The Atlantic Online:
The American Family Is Making a Comeback
Discussion: The Daily Caller