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2:25 PM ET, October 3, 2014


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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
CDC chief on Ebola: We can't shut the border  —  Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday said restricting travel between the U.S. and West Africa would likely “backfire” and put Americans more at risk of contracting Ebola.
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Ebola Scare, Secret Service Enter Campaign Politics
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Who's Actually Leading The U.S. Response To The Ebola Epidemic
Discussion: VodkaPundit and CNN
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.
Discussion: Power Line
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer: The real reason winning the Senate matters  —  You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda.  You can't win presidential elections that way.  It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014.  Here's why.
Discussion: National Review
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton plans midterm blitz
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.
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
Lindsey Graham: The Embodiment of Everything Wrong with the GOP  —  Reading this Stephen Hayes report was good for a laugh: … Graham is kidding himself if he thinks he could be the nominee, so I'm not sure what the point of this would be.  The likely 2016 field will already be filled with reliably hawkish candidates.
Discussion: The Dish
John Fund / National Review:
Obama's Éminence Grise  —  As the Obama administration crashes and burns, insiders begin to blame Valerie Jarrett.  —  Are significant chunks of the mainstream media in despair over Barack Obama?  This past week, Obama used 60 Minutes to attempt to shift blame for the failure …
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.
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Labor Participation Rate Drops To 36 Year Low; Record 92.6 Million Americans Not In Labor Force  —  While by now everyone should know the answer, for those curious why the US unemployment rate just slid once more to a meager 5.9%, the lowest print since the summer of 2008 …
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: WTVR-TV and Talking Points Memo
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McAuliffe aide offered job to daughter of Democrat who left VA state legislature
Discussion: RedState
Irin Carmon /
5th Circuit decision to close most of Texas abortion clinics  —  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday allowed Texas to begin enforcing tough new abortion restrictions that will effectively close all but eight abortion facilities in the nation's second-largest state.
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Decision Allows Abortion Law, Forcing 13 Texas Clinics to Close
Rusty Marks / Charleston Gazette:
Sources: Charleston cop suspended over videos  —  Charleston Police Lt. Shawn Williams talks to the media on the West Side in April.  Williams has been suspended from the force and is under investigation.  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston police lieutenant on paid administrative leave …
Discussion: Liberaland, Shakesville and Raw Story
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: GOPer Ernst Backed Arresting Feds Over Obamacare In 2012 Survey  —  State Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, once said she would support legislation that would allow “local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement” Obamacare.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
David Perdue: ‘I spent most of my career’ outsourcing  —  David Perdue has run aggressively as a “job creator,” touting his record as a top executive with Fortune 500 companies as the chief selling point in his Georgia Senate campaign.  —  Yet during a controversial chapter in his record …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Could Rand Paul support gay marriage?  —  Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) — Campus politics aren't always a clear winner for Rand Paul, as he discovered here this week during an appearance at the College of Charleston.  —  The Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 contender opened …
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 …
Dionne Searcey / New York Times:
Jobless Rate in U.S. Falls Below 6% as Hiring Picks Up  —  American companies are hiring again at a healthy pace, adding 248,000 jobs in September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.  —  The unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent, the first time it had been below 6 percent since July 2008 …
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Economy — Northwestern University  —  THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Evanston!  (Applause.)  Hello, Northwestern!  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Everybody, have a seat.  Have a seat.  It is so good to be here.  Go 'Cats!  (Applause.)
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Obamacare A Threat To Freedom On Fox News But It's Working In Reality
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
More Than 3,000 New Voters Have Registered In Ferguson Since Mike Brown's Death
Discussion: ACS Blog, Raw Story and USA Today
John Cook / The Intercept:
The NSA and Me  —  The tone of the answering machine message …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Prairie Weather
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Kansas: GOP Has Numbers Advantage, but Support Drops
Christopher Beam / The New Republic:
The Uglier Side of the Hong Kong Protests
Discussion: VodkaPundit, The Dish and Guardian
Ezra Klein / Vox:
What Obamacare needs to do in year two
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Federalist
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden On His Own Job: “Isn't It A Bitch?”
Stephen Moore / Investor's Business Daily:
Next Big Bailout May Go To ObamaCare Health Insurers
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Terry Eastland / Weekly Standard:
After Holder  —  During his confirmation hearing in early 2009 …
The Atlantic Online:
Is Support for Gay Marriage Dropping? Don't Count On It
Catherine Herridge / Fox News:
Army warns US military personnel on ISIS threat to family members