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8:15 PM ET, October 9, 2014

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Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Anchorage Police Release Report For Palin Family Brawl  —  Police in Anchorage, Alaska announced on Thursday there are no plans to press charges over the brawl that reportedly involved several members of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's family.
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Anchorage Daily News:
Anchorage police: No charges in Palin birthday brawl  —  Prosecutors won't proceed with charges in a brawl that involved several members of the Palin family, Anchorage police said Thursday.  —  The news comes as Anchorage police released a report Thursday morning outlining witness statements in the fight.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Senate math seems impossible to some Democrats  —  Washington (CNN) — Four weeks away from the 2014 midterm elections and even some Democratic operatives struggle to imagine a scenario where they retain control of the U.S. Senate.  The terrain and current momentum seem all but overwhelming and against them.
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
South Dakota Independent: I'd be a ‘friend of Obama’ in the Senate  —  An underfunded independent from South Dakota has turned the Senate race there upside-down, giving Democrats a renewed hope of holding the seat — or at least preventing a Republican pickup.
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
CDC Director: We Have To Work Now So Ebola 'Is Not The World's Next AIDS'  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a top-level forum in Washington, D.C., that the Ebola outbreak is unlike anything he's seen since the AIDS epidemic.
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
HHS secretary: There may be other cases of Ebola in the U.S.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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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Tametria Conner / WSFA-TV:
Montgomery pastor admits to having AIDS, sleeping with church members  —  MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -  —  All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WSFA.  All Rights Reserved.  —  For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
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.
Associated Press:
‘Why do I have to be half-naked to swim?’  Muslim woman barred from swimming in public pool with her children while wearing shirt, pants and dress  — Saba Ali said she was barred from swimming at recreation center in Commerce City, Colorado on Sunday  — A distressed Mrs Ali asked: 'Why do I have to be half-naked to swim?
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
Joe Klein / TIME:
A Troubled American Moment  —  As conspiracy theories abound, voters are uncertain about what to believe  —  “How do you feel about the federal government buying tons of ammunition for the post office in order to raise the price of ammo for gun owners?” was the first question I got …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
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 …
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Washington (CNN) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson blasted Rep. Duncan Hunter's suggestion that ISIS fighters have crossed the United States' southern border into Texas.  —  “Let's not unduly create fear and anxiety in the public by passing on speculation and rumor,” Johnson said Wednesday on CNN's “Situation Room.”
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Irene / Judicial Watch:
JW Confirms: 4 ISIS Terrorists Arrested in Texas in Last 36 Hours
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
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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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House Uses Emojis To Make Its Economic Case To The Youth
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: Hot Air, TPNN and The PJ Tatler
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
Democrats Cut Bait in Virginia to Save California House Seat  —  Bera is getting some on-air backup.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has canceled its television advertising in a competitive northern Virginia House district …
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.
 
 
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Grimes Refuses To Say If She Voted For Obama (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
CBS News:
Will Obama be a driving force for midterm voters?
Discussion: Hot Air, Rush Limbaugh and Townhall.com
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Barbara Comstock pushed client's issues, didn't disclose
The GW Hatchet / Newsroom:
Behind-the-scenes moments from the College Democrats' trip to Kentucky
Washington Post:
U.S. frustration rises as Turkey withholds military help from besieged Kobane
 Earlier Items: 
Lina Batarags / Opposing Views:
Anonymous Letter States “Beheadings Are Planned” In Three Rhode Island Elementary Schools
Discussion: FOX News Radio
The Fiscal Times:
Obama's Dismal Performance Is His Personal Failure
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
Jim Angle / Fox News:
More than a dozen states plan to cancel health care policies …
Discussion: Truth Revolt
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Obama's 2008 Backers: We're Ready for Warren
Discussion: Shakesville