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5:50 PM ET, October 2, 2014


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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.
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 …
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
Discussion: National Review
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
George W. Bush: I think Jeb wants it!
Fox News:
Bush on ISIS: America has learned ‘lesson’ about Iraq
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
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: What If The 3K Troops Obama Sent To Africa All Catch Ebola?
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Ground game looms large in close Kansas Senate race
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
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
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”
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
Jane Harman / Politico:
A Republican for attorney general?  —  At this point in his presidency, Barack Obama has an opportunity to build consensus.  With Eric Holder's resignation, he should consider taking this opportunity to mend fences and revive a Cabinet once billed as a “team of rivals.”  So how about a Republican for attorney general?
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Larry Ellison To Host Republican Fundraiser With Rand Paul  —  The former Oracle CEO will host a $1,500 per person fundraiser at his home for the National Republican Senatorial Committee with the Kentucky senator.  —  Larry Ellison, one of the richest men in the world …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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.
Fed Critics Say '10 Letter Warning Inflation Still Right  —  Signatories of a letter sent to then-Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in 2010 warning of the risks associated with the bank's policy of quantitative easing are standing by their claims — even as the biggest U.S. companies are flourishing …
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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
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
Daily Mail:
White lesbian mother sues sperm bank after she gave birth to mixed-race baby because she was sent black man's sperm
 Earlier Items: 
Center for Public Integrity / The Daily Beast:
Even Local School Board Members Are Running Against Obama
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yahoo! News
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Exclusive: Piers Morgan dishes on CNN
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
George Packer / New Yorker:
Two Speeches and a Tragedy