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10:40 AM 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 …
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.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Jimmy Carter Thinks Obama Waited Too Long to Confront ISIS  —  Even History's Greatest Monster Jimmy Carter is scoring points off President Barack Obama's foreign policy, telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Obama waited too long to confront the rise of ISIS and general has a confused Middle East policy.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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: Mashable and Hot Air
The Hill:   Pentagon: US troops to have contact with Ebola virus
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
CDC: Airborne Ebola possible but unlikely
Discussion: Weekly Standard and DoD
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Most see Obama as a failure  —  A clear majority of Americans describe President Obama's tenure as a “failure” according to a new poll released Monday.  —  The survey from IBD/TIPP indicates that 53 percent of adults in the United States now characterize Obama's presidency as a …
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Bracing for a Political Wave
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 …
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
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dem pollster predicts Hispanic voters to stay home  —  Democratic pollster Celinda Lake says her party will have a tough time getting out the Hispanic vote, because President Obama did not take executive action on deportations affecting millions of workers in the U.S. illegally.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
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 …
Discussion: OnPolitics and ABC News
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.
Michael Allen / Opposing Views:
Detroit Homeowner Offers To Trade House For IPhone 6  —  An unidentified homeowner in Detroit is offering to trade his house for a new iPhone 6 or a 32gb iPad.  —  According to CBS Detroit, the 2,400-square foot house is a two-story brick colonial residing on the east side of Detroit.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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 …
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Producer of anti-Obamacare movie ‘Sick and Sicker’ hit with IRS audit … The producer of a new movie that criticizes Obamacare has reportedly become the latest prominent conservative slapped with an IRS audit.  —  Logan Clements, producer of “Sick and Sicker: ObamaCare Canadian Style,” …
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
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.
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New pro-Ernst super PAC run out of firm of Joni Ernst strategist
Nina Rees / US News:
Opponents of education reform are terrified of Campbell Brown, for good reason.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Sasha Issenberg / Bloomberg:
How Do You Change Someone's Mind About Abortion? Tell Them You Had One.
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Don Carrington / Carolina Journal Online:
Hagan's Husband Used Stimulus Money To Hire His Own Company
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton urges young voters away from ‘resentment’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
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Cara Anna / Associated Press:
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Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
Catholic League chief Bill Donahue: Liberals defend Islam because they don't like Jews
David Dausey / Washington Post:
Epidemiologist: Stop the flights now
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down One Of The Most Aggressive Gerrymanders In The Country
Discussion: Election Law Blog
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
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Ben Lee / The Twitter Blog:
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