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2:45 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.
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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Police officer fatally shoots teenager in south St. Louis  —  • By Margaret Gillerman mgillerman@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8126 and Valerie Schremp Hahn vhahn@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8246  —  Update, from 1 a.m. media briefing:  —  St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the officer …
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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.
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Justices uphold North Carolina's voting restrictions
Discussion: PBS, Feeds and The PJ Tatler
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden Devours Ice Cream In Most Joe Biden Photos Ever  —  Double-fold vanilla.  —  During an appearance in Portland on Wednesday to campaign with Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley in his race against Republican opponent Monica Wehby, the vice president made an appearance at Salt and Straw ice cream shop to devour an ice cream cone.
Discussion: American Spectator and BroBible
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Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Vice President Joe Biden pays surprise visit to Salt & Straw in Portland
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
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.
Washington Post:
U.S. frustration rises as Turkey withholds military help from besieged Kobane  —  Islamic State fighters were battling outgunned Kurdish fighters in the heart of Kobane on Thursday, a day after the Pentagon warned that U.S. airstrikes alone will not save the Syrian border town from being overrun by the militants.
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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.
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.
Matt Fox / Daily Surge:
Harry Reid's Bodyguard Physically Attacks “Crapitalism” Author Jason Mattera  —  One of Harry Reid's bodyguards accosted a conservative journalist for asking a few basic questions about the Senate Majority Leader's wealth.  —  Jason Mattera, author of the explosive new book CRAPITALISM …
Discussion: TPNN and The PJ Tatler
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 …
The GW Hatchet / Newsroom:
Behind-the-scenes moments from the College Democrats' trip to Kentucky  —  Three days of traveling with the College Democrats on their canvassing trip to Kentucky couldn't all fit in one story.  Here are some behind-the-scenes moments from the weekend.  —  1. Sleeping on the ground wasn't what kept them up at night
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and National Review
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Americans Want Flights Banned From Ebola Countries  —  The survey found that 51 percent of respondents said they were worried there would be an Ebola outbreak in the United States, and 30 percent worried they or someone in their family would be exposed to the virus.
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
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Barbara Comstock pushed client's issues, didn't disclose  —  It was a remarkable run of success: From 2011 to 2013, Republican Virginia state legislator Barbara Comstock shepherded a trio of bills that were opposed by labor interests through the Legislature and into law.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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 …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
‘Doing an IRS’? EPA can't find top official's text messages
 
 
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Dems have new hope in Georgia
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
U.S. Steps Up Fight to Block ISIS Volunteers
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
The best evidence yet Charlie Crist might win this thing
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Obama slams billionaires at the home of a guy named Rich Richman
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 Earlier Items: 
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Embattled House Democrats Turn Against Nancy Pelosi
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
OK Republican: Any Muslim Who Practices Islam Shouldn't Be Trusted
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Raw Story
James Carville / The Hill:
Arkansas: How Bill Clinton will save the Senate
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Obama's 2008 Backers: We're Ready for Warren
Discussion: Shakesville
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
NBC Wanted to Hire Jon Stewart As Host of Meet the Press