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8:00 PM ET, October 8, 2014


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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.
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
Robert Wilonsky / The Scoop Blog:   Frisco officials say risk is low that sheriff's deputy who visited Duncan's apartment has Ebola
Angelamartincbs / CBS Dallas:
Ebola Scare Sends Dallas County Sheriff's Deputy To Hospital
Discussion: LewRockwell and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
David Ignatius / Real Clear Politics:
Is a Talent Infusion in the Works?
Paul Krugman / Rolling Stone:
In Defense of Obama  —  President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act.  In our new cover story, Paul Krugman explores the president's successes.
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.
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:
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: Bearing Arms and Balloon Juice
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
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.
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 …
Michael Cohen / The Daily Beast:
Leon Panetta Is What's Wrong With DC  —  Obama's former defense secretary is out with a scathing new memoir about his time in the White House.  But why should we buy anything he says?  —  When Harry Truman apocryphally said, “if you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog” he might have had someone like Leon Panetta in mind.
Discussion: CNN and Firedoglake
Brent Bozell / Politico:
Karl Rove Is Ruining the GOP  —  Karl Rove recently tried to advise Republicans on how the party can more effectively take back the Senate in November.  He made two main suggestions.  —  One was that Republican candidates must “make the case for electing someone new who will be a check …
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.
Discussion: TIME, National Review and VodkaPundit
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 …
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Roll Call:
Republicans Eye Obamacare Showdown in Lame Duck
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
For McConnell, it's now or never
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Google chief blames feds for phone locks
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Clinton: I Can't Fully Speak My Mind, in Case Hillary Runs for Something
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina Senate: Hagan (D) 48%, Tillis (R) 46%
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
One-Fifth of Americans Worry About Getting Ebola
 Earlier Items: 
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
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
SAT Scores and Income Inequality: How Wealthier Kids Rank Higher
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Georgia May Be Bluer Than It Appears
Help Identify Individuals Traveling Overseas for Combat
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Jon Huntsman says no thanks to 2016 run