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12:50 PM 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.
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.
Chris Smith /
Fatal officer involved shooting in south St. Louis leads to crowd unrest
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mashable
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court allows North Carolina voting limits  —  The Supreme Court, with two Justices noting dissents, on Wednesday afternoon allowed North Carolina to bar voters from registering and casting their ballots on the same day, and to refuse to count votes that were cast in the wrong polling places.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Justices uphold North Carolina's voting restrictions
Discussion: PBS, Feeds and The PJ Tatler
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
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.
Washington Post:
U.S. frustration rises as Turkey withholds military help from besieged Kobane
The Fiscal Times:
Obama's Dismal Performance Is His Personal Failure  —  The Fiscal Times  —  Presidents in political trouble tend to resist change, mainly because they convince themselves of their wisdom.  Ronald Reagan once declared that he would “stay the course” on his economic policies when short-term pain caused …
Michael Cohen / The Daily Beast:
Leon Panetta Is What's Wrong With DC
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: CNN, 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
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Diversity of Islam  —  A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher's television show on HBO that became a religious war.  —  Whether or not Islam itself inspires conflict, debates about it certainly do.  Our conversation degenerated into something close to a shouting match and went viral on the web.
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
Matthew Stanmyre / New Jersey Online:
Sayreville football parent reveals sexual nature of alleged locker room hazing ritual (Exclusive)  —  It came without warning.  —  It would start with a howling noise from a senior football player at Sayreville War Memorial High School, and then the locker room lights were abruptly shut off.
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 …
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Obama's 2008 Backers: We're Ready for Warren  —  The Massachusetts Senator says she'll sit out 2016.  But some Democratic diehards won't take no for an answer, and are already building a campaign for her.  —  She is, she insists, not interested, telling The Boston Globe, “There is no wiggle room.
Discussion: Shakesville
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
Bruce Alpert / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Sen. Landrieu replaces campaign manager and brings in familiar faces to help re-election effort  —  U.S. Sen Mary Landrieu qualifies to run for re-election  —  Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is shuffling up her campaign staff, bringing in some accustomed faces from previous campaigns.
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mary Landrieu replaces campaign manager
Discussion: Hot Air
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Lina Batarags / Opposing Views:
Anonymous Letter States “Beheadings Are Planned” In Three Rhode Island Elementary Schools
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Dems have new hope in Georgia
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Steps Up Fight to Block ISIS Volunteers
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
The best evidence yet Charlie Crist might win this thing
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Obama slams billionaires at the home of a guy named Rich Richman
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Embattled House Democrats Turn Against Nancy Pelosi
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
OK Republican: Any Muslim Who Practices Islam Shouldn't Be Trusted
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio
James Carville / The Hill:
Arkansas: How Bill Clinton will save the Senate
John Kerry / Washington Post:
Other countries aren't doing enough to stop Ebola
Discussion: Firedoglake, TIME and Guardian
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man shot at Ferguson apartment complex dies
Discussion: FOX News Radio