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12:05 PM ET, October 8, 2014


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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: President Obama blew it on ISIL  —  Former President Jimmy Carter is criticizing President Barack Obama's Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  —  In an interviewed published Tuesday …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jim Jones / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Carter unhappy with Obama's policies in Middle East  —  FORT WORTH — Former President Jimmy Carter put down his hammer at a Meadowbrook Habitat for Humanity project Tuesday for a wide-ranging interview that touched on subjects such as the Obama administration's use of drones, women's rights and faith.
President Obama's executive action plan falls short
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and his vorpal sword
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Jimmy Carter Thinks Obama Waited Too Long to Confront ISIS
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Justice Kennedy Halts Same-Sex Marriages In Idaho  —  Wednesday morning, Justice Anthony Kennedy offered another thin ray of light to penetrate the hidden laboratory where he and his fellow justices will decide whether to recognize the Constitution's promise of equality for all Americans.
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 …
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The Scariest Reaction to SCOTUS's Gay-Marriage Bombshell Wasn't From Ted Cruz
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
General: If Ebola Reaches Central America, ‘There Will Be Mass Migration into the U.S.’  —  Those looking for good news on the fight against Ebola will not find much encouragement from Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command.
Discussion: DoD, Pat Dollard and Hot Air
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   CDC: Airborne Ebola possible but unlikely
Draghana Jovanovic / ABC News:
Ebola Patient's Pet Dog to Be Euthanized as Precaution
Discussion: Mashable and Hot Air
The Hill:   Pentagon: US troops to have contact with Ebola virus
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 …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
The hardest-working man in Democratic politics
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Bracing for a Political Wave
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton urges young voters away from ‘resentment’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
Man practicing open carry law robbed of gun  —  GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man practicing his open carry right was robbed of the gun he was openly carrying.  —  William Coleman III was robbed of his Walter- brand P22 just after 2:00 a.m. October 4 in Gresham by a young man who asked him for it …
Man openly carrying new gun in Gresham robbed by armed man
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Help Identify Individuals Traveling Overseas for Combat  —  The FBI is asking for the public's help identifying individuals who have traveled—or are planning to travel—overseas to engage in combat alongside terrorist organizations.  —  “We need the public's assistance in identifying U.S. persons …
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Jon Huntsman says no thanks to 2016 run  —  Jon Huntsman's days on the campaign trail are over.  —  The former Utah governor, who ran a short-lived presidential campaign in 2012, said he would not run in 2016 and has no plans to run for governor again.  —  “I can't describe a pathway through …
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Why the Democrats Need to Take Sides  —  Straddling class divisions is so last century.  There's a new base in town, and it includes a lot of people who used to be middle-class but aren't anymore.  —  This spring, a prominent Democratic pollster sent a memo to party leaders …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
SAT Scores and Income Inequality: How Wealthier Kids Rank Higher  —  SAT originally stood for Scholastic Aptitude Test.  But parsing the results by income suggests it's also a Student Affluence Test.  —  On average, students in 2014 in every income bracket outscored students in a lower bracket …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Georgia May Be Bluer Than It Appears  —  For all the hype about “Purple Texas,” the real front in the Democratic demographic offensive is Georgia.  —  No other plausibly competitive state has seen a more favorable shift for Democrats in the racial composition of eligible voters over the last decade.
Andrea Blanford /
POLICE PEPPER SPRAY WAKE COUNTY TEEN INSIDE HIS HOME AFTER HE'S MISTAKEN FOR BURGLAR  —  The parents of a Wake County high school student are outraged that police pepper-sprayed him inside their home after a neighbor mistook him for an intruder.  —  It happened Monday afternoon on England Avenue in Fuquay-Varina.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
Piers Morgan / Hollywood Reporter:
Piers Morgan Pens Advice Column on CNN, Reveals He Pushed to Replace “Stiff” Anderson Cooper  —  Writing for THR, the former CNN anchor and new MailOnline editor-at-large reveals why news ratings shouldn't matter, when he became a “barroom bore” on guns and how Cooper can't compete with Megyn Kelly
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 …
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Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: ‘Biblically Correct Sex is Safe’ Sex - No STDs
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Pat Dollard
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
New pro-Ernst super PAC run out of firm of Joni Ernst strategist
Michael Allen / Opposing Views:
Detroit Homeowner Offers To Trade House For IPhone 6
Nina Rees / US News:
Opponents of education reform are terrified of Campbell Brown, for good reason.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Most see Obama as a failure
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dem pollster predicts Hispanic voters to stay home
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Andrea Jones / Rolling Stone:
The Nation's Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums
Don Carrington / Carolina Journal Online:
Hagan's Husband Used Stimulus Money To Hire His Own Company
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Up in smoke?  —  There's a new battle brewing over smoking in the military.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
Catholic League chief Bill Donahue: Liberals defend Islam because they don't like Jews
Ben Lee / The Twitter Blog:
Taking the fight for #transparency to court