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3:25 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 …
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
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
Vice President Joe Biden pays surprise visit to Salt & Straw in Portland
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 …
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.
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
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.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Newly Vigilant, U.S. Will Screen Fliers for Ebola
Discussion: National Review
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.
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.
CBS News:
Will Obama be a driving force for midterm voters?  —  Shares -  —  Although he is not on the ballot this year, President Obama remains a motivating force for some voters, and voters are more apt to say theirs will be a vote against Mr. Obama rather than a vote for him, according to a new CBS News poll.
Discussion: Hot Air, Rush Limbaugh and
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Emily Ekins / Reason:
Poll: Americans Want Congress to Vote on Military Force Before Midterms, Say an Ebola Outbreak Is Likely and Kids Should Be Required to Get Vaccinations  —  Nearly four out of five Americans, 78 percent, say Congress should return to Capitol Hill before the November elections to hold a vote …
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
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Tarini Parti / Politico:
Barbara Comstock pushed client's issues, didn't disclose
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg View:
Peter Thiel Is Wrong About the Future
Lina Batarags / Opposing Views:
Anonymous Letter States “Beheadings Are Planned” In Three Rhode Island Elementary Schools
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Dems have new hope in Georgia
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
EPA tells court it may have lost text messages
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