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7:20 AM ET, October 9, 2014


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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  —  2.4k  —  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 …
Washington Post:
Obama aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena prostitution scandal  —  As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Nephew of Ebola Patient Thomas Duncan Decries ‘Unfair’ Treatment  —  Ebola patient Thomas Duncan died in the hospital in Dallas Wednesday, after weeks of being treated for the virus, and just hours later his nephew, Joe Weeks, spoke out against the “unfair” way he believes his uncle was being treated by the hospital.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
David Schechter / WFAA-TV:
Jesse Jackson questions level of care for Ebola patient
Discussion: Guardian, TPNN and Truth Revolt
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
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 …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and CANNONFIRE
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Police officer fatally shoots teenager in south St. Louis  —  • By Margaret Gillerman 314-340-8126 and Valerie Schremp Hahn 314-340-8246  —  Update, from 1 a.m. media briefing:  —  St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Police officer fatally shoots teenager in south St. Louis  —  • By Margaret Gillerman 314-340-8126 and Valerie Schremp Hahn 314-340-8246  —  ST. LOUIS  • An off-duty city officer fatally shot a teenager who opened fire on him Wednesday night, police said.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mary Landrieu replaces campaign manager  —  In what appears to be a significant October campaign shakeup, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is replacing her campaign manager and hiring her former chief of staff as a senior adviser.  —  The Democrat has pushed Adam Sullivan out of the manager role …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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: Globe and Mail and Liberal Values
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.
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:
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 …
Katherine Timpf / National Review:
School Told to Call Kids ‘Purple Penguins’ Because ‘Boys and Girls’ Is Not Inclusive to Transgender  —  A Nebraska school district has instructed its teachers to stop referring to students by “gendered expressions” such as “boys and girls,” and use “gender inclusive” ones such as “purple penguins” instead.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man shot at Ferguson apartment complex dies  —  • By Christine Byers 314-340-8087  —  Updated at 10 p.m. with death of shooting victim.  —  FERGUSON  • Police said a man who was shot here about 4 p.m. later died.  —  The shooting was in the 1300 block …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Renewed assault on Kobani; 21 dead in Turkey as Kurds rise  —  (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters launched a renewed assault on the Syrian city of Kobani on Wednesday night, and at least 21 people were killed in riots in neighboring Turkey where Kurds rose up against the government for doing nothing to protect their kin.
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 …
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
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voter Engagement Lower Than in 2010 and 2006 Midterms
Daily Mail:
Obama slams GOP as party of billionaires then attends $32k-a-head fundraiser hosted by billionaire …
Discussion: American Spectator and Pat Dollard
Roll Call:
Republicans Eye Obamacare Showdown in Lame Duck
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Google chief blames feds for phone locks
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
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%
Brent Bozell / Politico:
Karl Rove Is Ruining the GOP
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:
No, Islamic State Militants Have Not Been Caught by U.S. Border Patrol