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8:10 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:
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bill Clinton: I Can't Fully Speak My Mind, in Case Hillary Runs for Something
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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
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:
John Kerry / Washington Post:
Other countries aren't doing enough to stop Ebola  —  A few rich nations are now providing most of the money and doing most of the work.  That has to change immediately.  —  President Obama has made it crystal clear that Ebola is an urgent global crisis that demands an urgent global response.
Discussion: Guardian
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.
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
‘Doing an IRS’?  EPA can't find top official's text messages  —  The EPA is poised to “do an IRS” — similar to what the tax agency had to do with dismissed top official Lois G. Lerner — and officially notify the National Archives that it may have lost key electronic records …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
OK Republican: Any Muslim Who Practices Islam Shouldn't Be Trusted  —  A local Oklahoma Republican representative said recently that while not all Muslims are bad people, any Muslim that subscribes to the actual practices of Islam should not be trusted.  State Rep. John Bennett even went …
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.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voter Engagement Lower Than in 2010 and 2006 Midterms
Renewed assault on Kobani; 21 dead in Turkey as Kurds rise
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man shot at Ferguson apartment complex dies
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
For McConnell, it's now or never
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Google chief blames feds for phone locks
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Rasmussen Reports:
North Carolina Senate: Hagan (D) 48%, Tillis (R) 46%
Brent Bozell / Politico:
Karl Rove Is Ruining the GOP
Bob Owens / Bearing Arms:
REJECTED: Kroger Managers Are Refusing To Accept Bullying Tactics of Moms Demand Action
Discussion: Liberaland and Shot in the Dark
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Anthony Kennedy Halts Gay Marriage In Idaho, Nevada