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4:40 PM ET, October 7, 2014


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‘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.
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 …
Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Skewed  —  Why Americans hate the polls.  —  Overall, the post-Labor Day poll averages performed well, pointing to the winner in 37 of the 42 cases.  But that leaves five winners (about 12 percent of the total) who trailed in at least one aggregator's average.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Bob Herbert / Politico:
The plot against public education
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Steven Dennis / Roll Call:
Ted Cruz Slams SCOTUS on Gay Marriage: ‘Tragic and Indefensible’  —  While most Republicans shied away from commenting Monday on the Supreme Court's historic decision to let stand a slew of lower court rulings legalizing gay marriage, Sen. Ted Cruz torched the court's decision.
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.
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 …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
NOW: Post should drop George Will column
Discussion: National Review
Murray Weiss / 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.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
‘A Terrible Slaughter Is Coming’  —  The theme of the week in the Syria conflict—that airstrikes are of only limited use in the struggle to degrade and destroy the Islamic State terror group—is about to be underscored in terrible fashion in the besieged border town of Kobani …
New York Times:
Syria Border Town, Kobani, Falling to ISIS, Leader of Turkey Says
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 …
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 …
Chris Hamby / BuzzFeed:
Government Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman's Name  —  The Justice Department is claiming, in a little-noticed court filing, that a federal agent had the right to impersonate a young woman online by creating a Facebook page in her name without her knowledge.
Discussion: TPNN, Raw Story and New York Magazine
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Huge Increase In Voter Registrations In Ferguson Apparently Never Happened  —  Last week, numerous news outlets, national and local, reported on a huge increase in registered voters in Ferguson, Mo., following the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.  But it apparently didn't actually happen.
Discussion: KMBC Channel 9
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.
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 …
Project Veritas Action:
Top Grimes Donor: “She's going to f**k 'em when she gets elected”  —  [Warning: Explicit Language]  —  Part Two of investigative report where chorus of campaign workers insist that Senate candidate Alison Grimes deceives voters about her energy policy  —  Investigators secretly record video …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republicans lead in Georgia, but Senate race close  —  Public Policy Polling's newest Georgia survey finds a tight race for the US Senate.  Republican David Perdue is at 45% to 43% for Democrat Michelle Nunn.  Libertarian Amanda Swafford is polling at 5%, which would be enough to send …
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
Wvwv Af Mgr / Women's Voices. Women Vote Action Fund:
Unmarried Women Overwhelmingly Favor Democrats in Senate Battleground Races, New Poll Finds  —  Unmarried Women Support Democratic Candidates by 22 Points in 12 Battleground States  —  Washington, DC, October 6, 2014 - Unmarried women favor Democratic candidates by an overwhelming 22 points …
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 …
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Bill Maher: I had drinks with Rand Paul
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Making Harding Look Good
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Lil Jon on Midterms: Turn Out For What?
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Associated Press:
VA moves to fire 4 senior executives due to scandal
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
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A Campaign Dollar's Power Is More Valuable to a Challenger
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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
0ptimus FL poll: Adrian Wyllie gaining at 13%; Charlie Crist, Rick Scott deadlocked 40-39%
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Leon Panetta, other former Obama subordinates show stunning disloyalty
Chicago Sun Times:
Hardball tactics alleged in lawsuit against Bruce Rauner
David Perdue: ‘I spent most of my career’ outsourcing
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Book, Panetta Recounts Frustration With Obama
Discussion: The Intercept
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay
Kevin McCorry /
A heartbreaking act of staggering cowardice
Discussion: Booman Tribune