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8:15 AM ET, October 8, 2014


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David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Some Ebola experts worry virus may spread more easily than assumed  —  U.S. officials leading the fight against history's worst outbreak of Ebola have said they know the ways the virus is spread and how to stop it.  They say that unless an air traveler from disease-ravaged West Africa …
The Hill:
Pentagon: US troops to have contact with Ebola virus  —  Several dozen U.S. troops could come into contact with Ebola while testing for the deadly disease in Liberia, the Pentagon said Tuesday.  —  The highly trained troops will help operate seven mobile labs, where they could be working …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   CDC: Airborne Ebola possible but unlikely
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
In This Election, Obama's Party Benches Him  —  CHICAGO — When he soared to victory by almost 10 million votes in 2008, President Obama won in states like Virginia that Democratic candidates had not captured since 1964.  He was trumpeted as a transformational leader who remade American politics …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Bracing for a Political Wave  —  Voters are registering record levels of anger at their elected officials.  Why that's not good for Senate Democrats—or any politician on the ballot—in November.  —  It's become commonplace for pundits to remark that while Washington is tremendously unpopular …
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
In a Nasty Fight for Senate Control, Democrats Hold Lead in Negative Vibes
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Exclusive: Missouri police plan for possible riots if Brown cop not charged  —  (Reuters) - Missouri authorities are drawing up contingency plans and seeking intelligence from U.S. police departments on out-of-state agitators, fearing that fresh riots could erupt if a grand jury does not indict a white officer for killing a black teen.
Discussion: Liberaland and
Tom Ley / Deadspin:
Cardinals Fans Get Ugly In Clash With Ferguson Protesters
Saeed Ahmed / CNN:
Federal judge rules that police in Ferguson violated the Constitution
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Two more bans fall (UPDATED)  —  UPDATED 10:58 p.m. The Ninth Circuit Court put its ruling into full effect on Tuesday evening, in this order and this formal mandate.  That should clear the way promptly for same-sex couples to file for marriage licenses in the two states involved directly and …
Discussion: Mashable and Washington Post
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.
Jenna Levy / Gallup:
In U.S., Uninsured Rate Holds at 13.4%  —  As open enrollment looms, uninsured rates unchanged across age groups  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” appears to be meeting its goal of reducing the percentage of Americans without health insurance.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Andrea Jones / Rolling Stone:
The Nation's Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums  —  For decades, lawyers, scholars, and judges have criticized mandatory drug sentencing as oppressive and ineffective.  Yet tens of thousands of nonviolent offenders continue to languish behind bars.  —  No one embodies the emerging consensus …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down One Of The Most Aggressive Gerrymanders In The Country  —  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who has something to smile about right now.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Helber  —  One of the most aggressive gerrymanders in the country is unconstitutional …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
David Dausey / Washington Post:
Epidemiologist: Stop the flights now  —  Infected men and women may not be contagious on the plane, but they could wreak havoc when they arrive.  —  The United States got its first scare from Ebola last week when Thomas Eric Duncan, a man sick with the virus, traveled from Liberia to Dallas.
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Up in smoke?  —  There's a new battle brewing over smoking in the military.  —  Congress and the Defense Department are mulling over a potential ban on selling tobacco products — cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco — on military bases and ships in an effort to curb high smoking rates …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
RNC Chairman Thinks Marriage Equality Is A Threat To Our Economy And National Security  —  Twenty-four hours after the Supreme Court announced it would not consider appeals of lower court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage in five states, effectively paving the way for couples to marry in Indiana …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Ninth Circuit Rules For Marriage Equality In Nevada And Idaho
Draghana Jovanovic / ABC News:
Ebola Patient's Pet Dog to Be Euthanized as Precaution  —  Spanish health authorities reacted forcefully today after a nurse's aide was found to have contracted Ebola, putting her in an isolation unit, quarantining her husband and two other people, and getting a court order to euthanize her dog.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mashable
David Limbaugh / Washington Examiner:
Democrats will pay the price for Obama in November  —  BARACK OBAMA HEALTH CARE 2014 ELECTIONS ECONOMY  —  Democrats are panicking, and rightly so.  Going into the November congressional elections, voter opposition to Obama is worse than it was for George W. Bush and for Bill Clinton …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton urges young voters away from ‘resentment’  —  FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday made a tailored pitch to young voters, urging students to back Democrats on the 2014 ballot because they are “too young” to cast votes of “resentment.”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
Catholic League chief Bill Donahue: Liberals defend Islam because they don't like Jews  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, said Tuesday that one of the reasons that liberals defended Islam was because they shared common enemies: The United States and Jews.
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
UN: Syria Declares Another 4 Chemical Facilities  —  Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it hadn't mentioned before, a special representative of the U.N. secretary-general told the Security Council on Tuesday.  The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government …
Steve Liesman / CNBC:
Confidence in Obama on economy sinks to new low  —  Survey: Confidence in Obama sinks to all-time low  —  Americans' confidence in President Obama's economic leadership stands at an all-time low, despite an improving labor market, according to the latest CNBC All-America Economic survey.
NATGEO CHANNEL CASTS MUSLIM ACTOR TO STAR IN ‘KILLING JESUS’  —  National Geographic Channel has announced the cast for Killing Jesus, its third adaptation — after Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy — of a bestselling historical thriller by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard …
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Sasha Issenberg / Bloomberg:
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Don Carrington / Carolina Journal Online:
Hagan's Husband Used Stimulus Money To Hire His Own Company
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
In Defense of Male Aggression: What Liberals Get Wrong About Football
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Producer of anti-Obamacare movie ‘Sick and Sicker’ hit with IRS audit
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Chad Livengood / The Detroit News:
Southeast Mich., women favoring Peters
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Conservative Groups Use Aurora Shooting Photo In Attack Ads ... Again
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Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
43 Missing Students, a Mass Grave and a Suspect: Mexico's Police
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Larry J. Sabato / Politico:
Skewed  —  Why Americans hate the polls.  —  Overall …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Huge Increase In Voter Registrations In Ferguson Apparently Never Happened
Discussion: KMBC Channel 9
Anne D'Innocenzio / Associated Press:
Wal-Mart Cuts Health Benefits for Some Part-Timers
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
They Are Coming for Your Children
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Monthly