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9:20 AM ET, October 3, 2014


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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Ebola becomes political fight  —  Ebola is becoming an issue for the midterm election campaign, with several Republicans using the spread of the virus to the United States to criticize President Obama's leadership.  —  Republican lawmakers are accusing Obama of underplaying the threat.
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Who's Actually Leading The U.S. Response To The Ebola Epidemic
Discussion: VodkaPundit and CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In just two weeks, Obama proven completely wrong about Ebola
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn't say today  —  President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago — even if they didn't feel it in their everday lives.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Are big three senate races slipping from Dems?  —  It's been the most remarkably enduring story line of Election 2014: three Democratic senators defying their states' deep red complexion and their president's abysmal approval ratings to stay competitive in races that should have, on paper, been lost long ago.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:   Charles Krauthammer: The real reason winning the Senate matters
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Obamacare A Threat To Freedom On Fox News But It's Working In Reality  —  President Barack Obama swiped Fox News in a televised speech on Thursday, in which he mounted an aggressive defense of his economic record.  —  “There's a reason fewer Republicans are preaching doom on deficits …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Pierson failed to provide fresh start for Secret Service that administration wanted
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
McAuliffe aide suggested job for senator's daughter if he remained in his seat  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's chief of staff left a voice-mail message for a Democrat who was on the verge of quitting the General Assembly in June, saying that the senator's daughter might …
Discussion: Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Return of the GOP Hawks  —  Not that they ever really left.  —  The Republican flirtation with dovish noninterventionism is over.  It wasn't much of a fling.  —  For five years, we've been hearing that foreign policy and national security issues would split the Republican party.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and ABC News
Chris Thomas / WWBT-TV:
Henrico teen beaten at school, charged with assault  —  A Highland Springs High School student is now officially facing assault charges after being brutally attacked at school.  Eric spent nine days in the hospital after a fight at Highland Springs High School left him with a long list of injuries.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Arkansas GOP Outraged About Voter Suppression After Candidate Gets Kicked Off The Voter Rolls  —  Leslie Rutledge, Republican nominee for Arkansas Attorney General  —  Arkansas Attorney General candidate Leslie Rutledge is crying foul over the cancellation of her voter registration form.
Jonathan Allen / Bloomberg:
Bogus Congressman Said to Get Backstage at Obama Event  —  An unidentified man posing as a member of Congress made it into a secure area backstage at President Barack Obama's appearance at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner in Washington Sept. 27, according to a White House official.
Discussion: Business Insider
The Atlantic Online:
Is Support for Gay Marriage Dropping?  Don't Count On It  —  Last week, a Pew Research Center poll showed a 5-point drop in support for same-sex marriage between February (54 percent) and September (49 percent) of this year.  The result set off much media speculation about the larger public-opinion trends.
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
After Holder  —  During his confirmation hearing in early 2009, Eric Holder declared he would not politicize the Justice Department.  Yet throughout more than five years in office, the attorney general has done just that—without objection from President Obama, who obviously paid no heed to Holder's promise.
USA Today:
Voter registration in Ferguson surges after Brown killing  —  More than 3,000 people have registered to vote in Ferguson, Mo., since the death of Michael Brown — a surge in interest that may mean the city of 21,000 people is ready for a change.  —  Since a white police officer shot …
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Decision Allows Abortion Law, Forcing 13 Texas Clinics to Close  —  DALLAS — Thirteen abortion clinics in Texas were forced to close immediately after a federal appellate court on Thursday sided with Texas in its yearlong legal battle over its sweeping abortion law and allowed the state …
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Despite voter-registration snafu Mitt Romney not shunning GOP  —  Mix-up » Errant form also lists old address next to warning that false information could be a misdemeanor.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  Washington  • Mitt Romney, whose name keeps popping up as a possible three …
Discussion: OnPolitics
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Stephen Moore / Investor's Business Daily:
Next Big Bailout May Go To ObamaCare Health Insurers
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Chris Johnston / Guardian:
Council removes Banksy artwork after complaints of racism
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Army warns US military personnel on ISIS threat to family members
New York Times:
Cyberattack Against JPMorgan Chase Affects 76 Million Households
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Sam Brownback Supported Wind Farms in Kansas—Until the Koch Brothers Changed His Mind
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Larry Ellison To Host Republican Fundraiser With Rand Paul
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Dan Merica / CNN:
New to Hillary Clinton's stump speech: Her granddaughter
Discussion: OnPolitics
Fed Critics Say '10 Letter Warning Inflation Still Right
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Bill Clinton can save Dems
Alan Zibel / Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Warren Is Now a Jeopardy! Category
Russell Wilson / The Players' Tribune:
Let's Talk About It  —  I used to beat people up.
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