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10:55 AM ET, October 9, 2014


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Washington Post:
Aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena, Colombia, 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.
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Obama Administration Officials Knew About a Possible White House Link to an Advance Team Prostitution Scandal—and Covered It Up  —  In the midst of the 2012 reelection campaign, the White House appears to have covered up a story involving a presidential advance team member, a prostitute …
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.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GAO report: Voter ID laws stunted turnout  —  Voter ID laws helped contribute to lower voter turnout in Kansas and Tennessee in 2012, according a new study by the Government Accountability Office.  —  Congress's research arm blamed the two states' laws requiring that voters show identification …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court allows North Carolina voting limits
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Justices uphold North Carolina's voting restrictions
Discussion: PBS and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Irene / Judicial Watch:
JW Confirms: 4 ISIS Terrorists Arrested in Texas in Last 36 Hours  —  Islamic terrorists have entered the United States through the Mexican border and Homeland Security sources tell Judicial Watch that four have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr.
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: Scared Monkeys and FOX News Radio
David Schechter / WFAA-TV:
Jesse Jackson questions level of care for Ebola patient
Discussion: Guardian, TPNN, Truth Revolt and CNN
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
EPA tells court it may have lost text messages  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told a federal court that it may have lost the text messages at the center of a lawsuit by a libertarian think tank.  —  The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) sued the EPA last year in federal court …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
‘Doing an IRS’? EPA can't find top official's text messages
Clinton Yates / Washington Post:
Foxhall police encounter caught on video and the interaction is fascinating  —  If the police were on your front lawn, questioning someone you know about a call they received, what would you do?  If you're Jody Westby, you defend your people.  And you do it sternly, with an air of authority …
Discussion: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Jim Angle / Fox News:
More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies not in compliance with ObamaCare in the coming weeks, affecting thousands of people just before the midterm elections.  —  “It looks like several hundred thousand people across the country will receive notices in the coming days and weeks …
Discussion: Truth Revolt
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Obama slams billionaires at the home of a guy named Rich Richman  —  President Obama blasted Republicans as the party of “billionaires” on Tuesday while mingling with high-rollers at the $26 million estate of Rich Richman — yes, that's his real name — in Greenwich, Conn.
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Daily Mail:
Obama slams GOP as party of billionaires then attends $32k-a-head fundraiser hosted by billionaire …
Discussion: American Spectator and Pat Dollard
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
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Dems have new hope in Georgia  —  Senate Democrats are feeling increasingly upbeat about former charity executive Michelle Nunn's chances in Georgia after a rough week for businessman David Perdue (R).  —  The GOP nominee is facing heat over revelations that he said in a 2005 legal deposition he had …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Embattled House Democrats Turn Against Nancy Pelosi  —  She has long been among Republicans' top targets, but some of her own now see value in turning against their leader.  —  House Republicans have surprising new company in attacking Nancy Pelosi: her fellow House Democrats.
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 …
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
The best evidence yet Charlie Crist might win this thing  —  First a confession: For most of the past year, my gut has told me that Rick Scott would likely win a second term and that there was a reasonable likelihood it wouldn't even be close.  Around the start of October …
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.
James Carville / The Hill:
Arkansas: How Bill Clinton will save the Senate  —  As I was having my morning coffee and chicory, I couldn't help but smile reading Jonathan Martin's piece on former President Clinton's recent appearance in Arkansas on behalf of incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, who is facing a tough race for reelection.
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Steps Up Fight to Block ISIS Volunteers
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
OK Republican: Any Muslim Who Practices Islam Shouldn't Be Trusted
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Obama's 2008 Backers: We're Ready for Warren
John Kerry / Washington Post:
Other countries aren't doing enough to stop Ebola
Discussion: Firedoglake, TIME and Guardian
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voter Engagement Lower Than in 2010 and 2006 Midterms
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man shot at Ferguson apartment complex dies
Discussion: FOX News Radio
 Earlier Items: 
Roll Call:
Republicans Eye Obamacare Showdown in Lame Duck
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
For McConnell, it's now or never
Michael Cohen / The Daily Beast:
Leon Panetta Is What's Wrong With DC
Paul Krugman / Rolling Stone:
In Defense of Obama  —  President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act.
Exclusive: Senate Democrats Flooding South Dakota Airwaves