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9:25 PM ET, October 8, 2014


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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.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Polls: Senate battleground races trending GOP, Roberts up in Kansas  —  Oct. 8, 2014: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., left, answers a question during a debate with independent candidate Greg Orman, right, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP)  —  New Fox News battleground polls show a Republican trend …
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 …
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.
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
Fox News:
Dallas Ebola patient dies, hospital confirms
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Truth Revolt
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.
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:
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 …
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
For McConnell, it's now or never  —  If Republicans fall short of expectations this fall, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) could face a leadership challenge.  —  Republican senators say there is much riding on the Nov. 4 elections for McConnell, who is gunning to become majority leader …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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 …
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Ebola in Europe: What Went Wrong  —  In Spain, where a nurse came down with the extremely contagious disease, all the people concerned are trying to prove they did nothing wrong.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  —  ROME, Italy — When Teresa Romero Ramos, the Spanish nurse …
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 …
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
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
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