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9:55 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.
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 …
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
Robert Wilonsky / The Scoop Blog:
Frisco officials say risk is low that sheriff's deputy who visited Duncan's apartment has Ebola
Discussion: CBS Dallas and The PJ Tatler
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: ABC News
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:
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
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 …
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.
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.
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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
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
OK Republican: Any Muslim Who Practices Islam Shouldn't Be Trusted
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
Roll Call:
Republicans Eye Obamacare Showdown in Lame Duck
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
For McConnell, it's now or never
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Google chief blames feds for phone locks
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Michael Cohen / The Daily Beast:
Leon Panetta Is What's Wrong With DC
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina Senate: Hagan (D) 48%, Tillis (R) 46%
Brent Bozell / Politico:
Karl Rove Is Ruining the GOP
Paul Krugman / Rolling Stone:
In Defense of Obama  —  President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act.
Bob Owens / Bearing Arms:
REJECTED: Kroger Managers Are Refusing To Accept Bullying Tactics of Moms Demand Action
Discussion: Liberaland and Shot in the Dark