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3:15 PM ET, October 7, 2014

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TMZ.com:
‘7TH HEAVEN’ DAD STEPHEN COLLINS  —  CONFESSES ON TAPE TO CHILD MOLESTATION  —  NYPD Investigating [AUDIO]  —  10/7/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Stephen Collins — who played the pastor/dad on “7th Heaven” — confessed to his estranged wife he was a child molester …
Tom Ley / Deadspin:
Cardinals Fans Get Ugly In Clash With Ferguson Protesters  —  This guy right here, the one with “I am Darren Wilson” taped onto the back of his Cardinals jersey—an homage to the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot an unarmed teenager named Mike Brown to death in August—was at the Cardinals game last night.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Political Scientists: November Is Still A Slam-Dunk For The GOP  —  Amid the quibbling between Nate Silver and Sam Wang, academic political scientists have stepped in to release their own election forecast for November — and it doesn't look great for Democrats.
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
What If I'm Wrong About GOP Flipping at Least 7 Seats?
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Why Loss of Senate Would Carry Silver Linings for Obama
Brad Richardson / The Claremont Independent:
George Will Uninvited from Scripps College  —  A prominent conservative political pundit was uninvited from speaking at Scripps College, in a program designed to promote conservative views on campus, because of his conservative views.  —  Nationally syndicated columnist George Will was slated …
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
NOW: Post should drop George Will column  —  The National Organization for Women is calling on The Washington Post to drop George Will's column after his controversial claim that sexual assault on college campuses “make victimhood a coveted status” that “confers privileges.”
Discussion: National Review
Murray Weiss / DNAinfo.com New York:
VIDEO: NYPD Officer Hits Unarmed Teen in the Face With His Gun  —  BROOKLYN — Two NYPD officers are under criminal investigation after punching and bashing a 16-year-old suspect in the face with a gun despite the teen raising his hands to surrender, according to a video obtained by DNAinfo New York.
Politico:
Republicans brace for 2016 free-for-all  —  The message from Republican officials has been crystal clear for two years: The 2016 Republican primary cannot be another prolonged pummeling of the eventual nominee.  Only one person ultimately benefited from that last time — Barack Obama …
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Bob Herbert / Politico:
The plot against public education
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
They Are Coming for Your Children  —  Teacup totalitarians target Connecticut home-schoolers  —  Home-schoolers represent the only authentically radical social movement in the United States (Occupy Wall Street was a fashion statement) and so they must be suppressed, as a malevolent committee …
Discussion: City Journal
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
GOP Candidates May Benefit From Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decision  —  Some strategists hope the legal decision helps push the issue of gay marriage off the political agenda  —  The Supreme Court's decision Monday clearing the way for same-sex marriages in five states may benefit an unlikely group …
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Supreme Court's gay marriage decision not a rallying cry for Republicans
Matt Fox / Daily Surge:
VIDEO: Lois Lerner Tries Barging Into Neighbor's Home To Evade Questions  —  Lois Lerner attempted to bust into a neighbor's home uninvited, in a desperate attempt to avoid answering questions about her involvement in the targeting of conservative groups.  —  Jason Mattera, author …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
NRSC cuts Michigan TV  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has cut the remaining television it had reserved in Michigan amid signs former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) is having trouble catching Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.).  —  The NRSC's independent expenditure arm …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Leon Panetta, other former Obama subordinates show stunning disloyalty  —  Aspiring Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, scheduled a big Washington speech for Monday to condemn President Obama's defense policy.  But an unexpected competitor beat him to the punch.
Jennifer Lawrence / Vanity Fair:
Cover Exclusive: Jennifer Lawrence Calls Photo Hacking a “Sex Crime”  —  “I was just so afraid.  I didn't know how this would affect my career.”  —  That's just the beginning of what Jennifer Lawrence has to say about her stolen-photos saga in the cover story of Vanity Fair's November issue …
New York Times:
Syria Border Town, Kobani, Falling to ISIS, Turkey's Leader Says  —  MURSITPINAR, Turkey — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said Tuesday that the Syrian border town of Kobani, under siege from Islamic State fighters, was about to fall to the militants despite United States-led airstrikes on the group.
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Why Would Obama Try to Make the Election About Himself?  —  The president made headlines last week during a speech on the economy, where he implored voters not to make any errors: “Now, I am not on the ballot this fall .... But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot—every single one of them.”
Discussion: Washington Post
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to eliminate health insurance coverage for some of its part-time U.S. employees in a move aimed at controlling rising health care costs of the nation's largest private employer.
Jack Moore / International Business Times:
Nigeria: Boko Haram Torch 185 Churches in Captured Towns of Borno and Adamawa  —  A prominent Nigerian reverend has revealed Islamist terror group Boko Haram destroyed over 180 churches in the West African country following its capture of towns and villages in the north-eastern states of Borno and Adamawa.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Right Scoop
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Lil Jon on Midterms: Turn Out For What?  —  The rapper teamed up with Rock the Vote and a bunch of celebrities to encourage people to turn out and vote this November.  —  Rock the Vote's latest voter mobilization ad will make more than a Lil splash.  —  The non-partisan millennial advocacy group …
Discussion: Mediaite
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Making Harding Look Good  —  Many have described the Obama departure from the 70-year-old bipartisan postwar foreign policy of the United States as reminiscent of Jimmy Carter's failed 1977-81 tenure.  There is certainly the same messianic sense of self, the same naïveté …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay  —  A few days ago, I posted a piece about my rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, the senior rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., the largest Conservative movement-affiliated synagogue in the nation's capital.  The post concerned an excellent Rosh Hashanah sermon …
New York Times:
Big Banks Face Another Round of U.S. Charges  —  The Justice Department is preparing a fresh round of attacks on the world's biggest banks, again questioning Wall Street's role in a broad array of financial markets.  —  With evidence mounting that a number of foreign and American banks colluded …
 
 
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Bill Maher: I had drinks with Rand Paul
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Associated Press:
VA moves to fire 4 senior executives due to scandal
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
A Campaign Dollar's Power Is More Valuable to a Challenger
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
0ptimus FL poll: Adrian Wyllie gaining at 13%; Charlie Crist, Rick Scott deadlocked 40-39%
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog
Chicago Sun Times:
Hardball tactics alleged in lawsuit against Bruce Rauner
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
2 Japanese and 1 American Share Nobel in Physics for Work on LED Lights
Discussion: Gigaom and NPR
Politico:
David Perdue: ‘I spent most of my career’ outsourcing
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Book, Panetta Recounts Frustration With Obama
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National Journal:
John Hickenlooper has gone from a kind of political fairy tale …
T. Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
State Dept. inspector general: More evidence of rampant mismanagement under Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
‘Moment of Truth’ on Emissions
Kaleb Horton / VICE:
I Accidentally Fooled Conservative Twitter with a Fake Lena Dunham Quote
Discussion: Raw Story
Kevin McCorry / Philly.com:
A heartbreaking act of staggering cowardice
Discussion: Booman Tribune