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6:05 PM ET, October 3, 2014


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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Case for Panic  —  Deadly, irrational, and determined, the intruder snuck across a weakened perimeter.  Eluding capture, the intruder was detained only after missteps and close calls.  The spin began soon after the threat was isolated.  Information was selectively leaked.
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.
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Ebola becomes political fight
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.
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Some Blacks See Secret Service as Flawed Shield for the President
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Ebola Scare, Secret Service Enter Campaign Politics
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton plans midterm blitz  —  Hillary Clinton has mapped out much of her political schedule through Election Day, an itinerary that focuses on helping Senate candidates and includes trips to a half-dozen states, including Kentucky and presidential early states Iowa and New Hampshire …
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.
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The GOP's Midterm Strategy Is a Lot Like “Seinfeld”
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer: The real reason winning the Senate matters
Discussion: National Review
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
Has Kim Jong-Un lost control of North Korea?  Pyongyang is on lockdown and nation's former intelligence officer says Kim has ALREADY been overthrown  —  A former North Korean counter-intelligence officer has claimed that Kim Jong-Un is no longer in control of the nation and is now just a ‘puppet leader’.
Discussion: ABC News and Power Line
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Kansas: GOP Has Numbers Advantage, but Support Drops  —  Among states with the most Republicans, Kansas has the fewest conservatives  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kansas has emerged as an unlikely battleground state in the 2014 midterm election, with two longtime Republican fixtures …
Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:   A Loss by Pat Roberts in Kansas? Actually, Not So Bizarre
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Colo. Ed Board Member: Give U.S. Credit For Voluntarily Ending Slavery  —  A member of Colorado's state Board of Education argued that the fact that the United States voluntarily ended slavery proved “American execptionalism” and this perspective should be taught to students in a recent Facebook post …
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
ISIS video claims to show beheading of Alan Henning; American threatened  —  (CNN) — A short video released by ISIS on Friday shows the apparent beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning.  —  Before he is killed, Henning speaks to the camera, referencing the British Parliament's decision to join the bombing campaign against ISIS.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Protest Camps in Hong Kong Come Under Assault  —  HONG KONG — Pro-democracy protesters in two parts of Hong Kong came under assault on Friday from men seeking to break apart their encampments, surrounding them and tearing down their tents.  —  The protesters said the attackers were pro-government gangs …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Chesterfield cop took video of teen boy's genitals during search, police say  —  CHESTERFIELD  • A Chesterfield police officer used a secret camera to take close-up video images of a teenage boy's genitals while he detained and searched the boy, authorities say.
Discussion: Liberaland and Raw Story
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Monica Wehby Also Plagiarized Her New Health Care Plan
GRPD: Court officer shoots self at bankruptcy court
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Tom DeLay Wants To Run For Office Again To Expose ‘Radical Marxist’ Obama
Discussion: WND, Liberaland and Raw Story
Jennifer Leclaire / Charisma News:
Citing Moral Failure, GOD TV Co-Founder Rory Alec Resigns
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
Amy Ellis Nutt / Washington Post:
For quarantined relatives in U.S. Ebola case, extra cautions, hope and prayer
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
More Than 3,000 New Voters Have Registered In Ferguson Since Mike Brown's Death
Discussion: ACS Blog, Raw Story and Daily Kos
John Cook / The Intercept:
The NSA and Me  —  The tone of the answering machine message …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Prairie Weather
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Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Despite voter-registration snafu Mitt Romney not shunning GOP
Discussion: Washington Post and OnPolitics