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6:55 PM ET, October 8, 2014

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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Roberts rebounds in Kansas Senate race, CNN/ORC poll finds  —  Washington (CNN) — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has galvanized enough rank-and-file Republican voters to close the gap with independent challenger Greg Orman in one of the nation's hottest races, a new CNN/ORC poll has found.
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Bloomberg:
Exclusive: Senate Democrats Flooding South Dakota Airwaves  —  Will voters in South Dakota and Kansas save Senate Democrats?  —  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will spend $1 million in South Dakota — mostly on television and the rest on field operations …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Senate shaping up 50-50  —  When the new Senate convenes next year, the most influential person on Capitol Hill could be Greg Orman, the independent candidate for senator from Kansas, who I predict today will be elected in November.  —  This is the second major Senate call I have made this year.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and CANNONFIRE
CNN:
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.
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WFAA-TV:
Ebola scare in Frisco: CareNow patient transported  —  FRISCO — Crews are transporting a patient exhibiting “signs and symptoms of Ebola” from a Frisco CareNow to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.  —  WFAA has confirmed a vehicle roped off outside the clinic is registered to a deputy …
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 …
Robert Wilonsky / The Scoop Blog:
Frisco officials say risk is low that sheriff's deputy who visited Duncan's apartment has Ebola
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.
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Associated Press:
Justice Kennedy blocks gay marriage ruling
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   BREAKING: Justice Kennedy Halts Same-Sex Marriages In Idaho
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.
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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
David Ignatius / Real Clear Politics:
Is a Talent Infusion in the Works?
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
NBC Wanted to Hire Jon Stewart As Host of Meet the Press  —  “They were ready to back the Brink's truck up,” one source said  —  This Sunday marks Chuck Todd's one-month anniversary in the anchor chair at Meet the Press.  Despite an opening-week ratings spike from his exclusive sit …
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.
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Paul Krugman / Rolling Stone:
In Defense of Obama  —  President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jenna Levy / Gallup:   In U.S., Uninsured Rate Holds at 13.4%
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.
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
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KOIN-TV:
Man practicing open carry law robbed of gun
Discussion: Bearing Arms and Balloon Juice
KPTV-TV:
Man openly carrying new gun in Gresham robbed by armed man
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Sam Harris:
Can Liberalism Be Saved From Itself?  —  My recent collision with Ben Affleck on Bill Maher's show, Real Time, has provoked an extraordinary amount of controversy.  It seems a postmortem is in order.  —  For those who haven't seen the show, most of what I write here won't make sense unless you watch my segment:
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.
Bob Owens / Bearing Arms:
REJECTED: Kroger Managers Are Refusing To Accept Bullying Tactics of Moms Demand Action  —  The body language says it all.  A Kroger store manager in Ohio (right) refuses to be an unwilling participant in Moms Demand's latest bullying public relations stunt.
Discussion: Liberaland and Shot in the Dark
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
No, Islamic State Militants Have Not Been Caught by U.S. Border Patrol  —  Since the U.S. began airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State, Republicans have frequently connected the terrorist group to border security in the U.S. In August, Texas Governor Rick Perry called it a …
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Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson: ‘Biblically Correct Sex is Safe’ Sex - No STDs  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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 …
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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson: You can't get STDs from ‘Biblically correct sex’
Discussion: Addicting Info and FOX News Radio
 
 
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Michael Cohen / The Daily Beast:
Leon Panetta Is What's Wrong With DC
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina Senate: Hagan (D) 48%, Tillis (R) 46%
Brent Bozell / Politico:
Karl Rove is ruining the GOP
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Easing the Law for New Yorkers Shifting Gender
David Brody / The Brody File:
Video Exclusive: Kansas Governor Brownback Says The Mainstream Media And Liberal Left Are Out To Get Him
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why Democrats may keep the Senate
Discussion: The Other McCain
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
U.S. officials: ISIS will capture Kobani, but it's not a big concern to us
Discussion: TIME, National Review and VodkaPundit
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
SAT Scores and Income Inequality: How Wealthier Kids Rank Higher
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
General: If Ebola Reaches Central America, ‘There Will Be Mass Migration into the U.S.’
Discussion: The Hill, DoD and Hot Air
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Georgia May Be Bluer Than It Appears
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Jon Huntsman says no thanks to 2016 run
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Most see Obama as a failure