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4:05 PM ET, October 8, 2014


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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Anthony Kennedy Halts Gay Marriage In Idaho, Nevada  —  Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order to halt same-sex marriage in Idaho — and apparently also Nevada — on Wednesday after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the states' bans one day earlier.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   BREAKING: Justice Kennedy Halts Same-Sex Marriages In Idaho
Associated Press:
Justice Kennedy blocks gay marriage ruling
Texas Ebola patient dies  —  (CNN) — Thomas Eric Duncan, the man with Ebola who traveled to the United States from Liberia, died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the hospital said.  —  He had been in critical condition after being diagnosed with the virus in mid-September.
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
First Ebola Patient to Be Discovered in U.S. Dies  —  DALLAS — Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, the patient with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and the Liberian man at the center of a widening public health scare, died in isolation at a hospital here on Wednesday, hospital authorities said.
New York Times:
U.S. to Begin Ebola Screenings at 5 Airports  —  WASHINGTON — Federal officials said Wednesday that they would begin temperature screenings of passengers arriving from West Africa at five American airports, beginning with Kennedy International in New York as early as this weekend …
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
General: If Ebola Reaches Central America, ‘There Will Be Mass Migration into the U.S.’
Discussion: DoD, Pat Dollard and Hot Air
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   CDC: Airborne Ebola possible but unlikely
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.
President Obama's executive action plan falls short
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and his vorpal sword
U.S. officials: ISIS will capture Kobani, but it's not a big concern to us  —  (CNN) — The key Syrian border city of Kobani will soon fall to the Islamist terror group ISIS, several senior U.S. administration officials said.  —  They downplayed the importance of it, saying Kobani is not a major U.S. concern.
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
No, Islamic State Militants Have Not Been Caught by U.S. Border Patrol
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Tom Cotton: Terrorists collaborating with Mexican drug cartels to infiltrate Arkansas
Washington Post:
U.S. air campaign against Islamic State isn't achieving its aims
Discussion: Mediaite and Mashable
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Open carry enthusiast robbed at gunpoint: ‘I like your gun.  Give it to me.’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Gresham, Oregon open carry enthusiast was robbed of his weapon on Saturday by another man with a gun.  —  According to KOIN Channel 6, 21-year-old William Coleman III …
Discussion: Addicting Info
Man practicing open carry law robbed of gun
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Man openly carrying new gun in Gresham robbed by armed man
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Black Teen Pepper-Sprayed By Cops After Entering His White Foster Parents' Home
Discussion: Shakesville
Peter Hamby / CNN:
The hardest-working man in Democratic politics  —  Hillary Clinton's potential challengers  —  Washington (CNN) — A Democrat with White House ambitions is furiously criss-crossing the country to help the party's candidates — and it's not Hillary Clinton.
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
More Still Say Health Law Has Hurt Instead of Helped Them  —  Nearly half in U.S. say ACA will make healthcare worse in long run  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although more provisions of the Affordable Care Act have taken effect over the past year, more Americans still say the law has hurt rather than helped them.
Jenna Levy / Gallup:   In U.S., Uninsured Rate Holds at 13.4%
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Tens of thousands of Walmart workers are about to lose their health insurance — and it's good news!  —  Walmart, the world's largest retailer, announced Tuesday that it would no longer offer health insurance benefits to its 26,000 part-time workers.  —  Nobody likes losing any kind of benefit at work.
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 …
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: ‘Biblically Correct Sex is Safe’ Sex - No STDs  —  ( - The Bible teaches that God made one man and one woman to come together and be married, a union through which they can procreate and “fill the Earth with offspring,” said Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson …
Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson: You can't get STDs from ‘Biblically correct sex’
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Addicting Info
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why Democrats may keep the Senate  —  Senate candidate, Rep. Cory Gardner, left, is an example of one of the great recruits Republicans have running for Senate this year.  Here he debates Colorado's incumbent senator, Mark Udall.  —  Every serious politico is baffled by the polling …
Discussion: American Spectator
Caleb Bonham / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
VIDEO: Harvard students claim America is a bigger threat to peace than ISIS  — Students at Harvard University claimed America is a bigger threat to world peace than the radical terrorist organization ISIS.  — ISIS began as an al-Qaeda splinter group and gained worldwide notoriety …
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 …
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Senate shaping up 50-50  —  When the new Senate convenes next year …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
One-Fifth of Americans Worry About Getting Ebola
Discussion: American Prospect, Hot Air and Politico
David Brody / The Brody File:
Video Exclusive: Kansas Governor Brownback Says The Mainstream Media And Liberal Left Are Out To Get Him
Linda Killian / Wall Street Journal:
State Voting Laws in Legal Limbo
Erika Erickson / Fox 2 News in Detroit:
Mass shooting kills mother of three, wounds five others
 Earlier Items: 
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Why the Democrats Need to Take Sides
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Allen / Opposing Views:
Detroit Homeowner Offers To Trade House For IPhone 6
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Georgia May Be Bluer Than It Appears
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Most see Obama as a failure