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9:30 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 …
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
Pierson Punted: Obama, Congress Must Now Undo Bush-Era Injustice to Secret Service
Daily Mail:
A slapdash Secret Service detail isn't what's wrong with the White House …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Instapundit and Althouse
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 …
Katie Pavlich /
White House: No, We Don't Think We Should Ban Flights From Ebola Countries  —  SHARES  —  Speaking from the White House Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dodged questions about why flights from countries with Ebola outbreaks are still being accepted to the United States.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
White House: No Ebola travel restrictions  —  The White House said Wednesday it will not impose travel restrictions or introduce new airport screenings to prevent additional cases of Ebola from entering the United States.  —  Spokesman Josh Earnest said that current anti-Ebola measures …
Discussion: Power Line
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
The Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans …
Discussion: Politico
Scott Bland / National Journal:
Why Women Are Democrats' Last Best Hope to Salvage the Senate  —  Republicans are nervously watching the gender gap widen as Democrats press their advantage with female voters.  —  LINES TO SHARE  — The Dem-GOP gender gap has ballooned to historic proportions across 2014's battleground states
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 …
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.
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.
George Packer / New Yorker:
Two Speeches and a Tragedy  —  In his first year in office, President Obama gave two speeches—one in Cairo, the other in Oslo—that bear directly on the crisis in the Middle East today.  The Cairo speech, in June, 2009, offered a message of peace and coöperation between America, the West, and the Muslim world.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Michael Wear / The Atlantic Online:
The American Family Is Making a Comeback  —  Marriage is on the decline, birthrates are down, and divorce rates are high.  But politicians in both parties are finally putting forth proposals to help—and strengthen society.  —  On April 24, 2012, President Obama went on Late Night …
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
Michele Bachmann strives to be the ‘anti-Hillary’  —  Michele Bachmann will not go gently into the night.  —  The divisive four-term congresswoman is leaving Capitol Hill in January, but she has no intention of fading into post-congressional irrelevance.  —  Instead, the Minnesota Republican …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Esquire and The Huffington Post
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 …
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Oklahoma Department of Corrections releases new execution protocol
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Slovakia Becomes The Seventh EU Country To Ban Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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Facebook Lunatic Returns With Escalated Threats Toward President Obama
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Jimmy Carter says he would have defeated Reagan had he been more ‘manly’
Discussion: Hot Air and VodkaPundit
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Decision to let cop killer Abu-Jamal give commencement speech ‘despicable,’ widow says
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Nabs Historic Cable Ratings Victory
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Tallahassee Democrat:
Officer placed on paid leave in tasing incident
Chris Cox / Facebook:
I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens …
Stevie Poole / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
State Sen. Perry discusses morals in inaugural speech
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Gun nuts' tragic confusion: Why “open carry” groups don't get police brutality
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
College GOP: Democrats Are Like a Bad Wedding Dress
Matt Campbell / Matt Campbell's Blue Hog Report:
BREAKING: Leslie Rutledge's Voter Registration Canceled; Candidacy Now In Question