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6:55 PM ET, October 11, 2014


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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Turnout fears mount for Dems  —  The Democratic Party's worst fears about the midterm election look to be coming true.  —  Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms.  That's bad news for Democrats because core groups …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
U.S.-led air war in Syria is off to a difficult start, with moderate rebels disenchanted  —  REYHANLI, Turkey — The U.S.-led air war in Syria has gotten off to a rocky start, with even the Syrian rebel groups closest to the United States turning against it, U.S. ally Turkey refusing to contribute …
Sarah Fruchtnicht /
12-Year-Old Boy Scout Killed Stepsister, Himself With Father's Gun: Police  —  A 12-year-old boy in Washington state allegedly fatally shot his stepsister and himself with his father's handgun.  —  Officials in Benton County on Friday ruled the deaths of Ethan, 12, and Kaitlin Austin, 16, a murder-suicide.
Discussion: Liberaland and FOX News Radio
James Hohmann / Politico:
Gov. Scott Walker defends voter ID law in first debate  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his voter ID law Friday night during the first gubernatorial debate with Democratic challenger Mary Burke.  —  Walker said that the voter ID law, which the U.S. Supreme Court just blocked from being enforced …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Maneuvering Persists After Courts Block New Voter Conditions
Alastair Beach / Telegraph:
Iraq asks for US ground troops as Isil threaten Baghdad  —  Islamic State jihadists move within eight miles of the Iraqi capital, sparking calls for America to return to the country  —  Iraqi officials have issued a desperate plea for America to bring US ground troops back to the embattled country …
Discussion: Power Line and Pat Dollard
Marc Santora / New York Times:
As U.S. Steps Up Fight, J.F.K. Begins Screening Passengers for Ebola  —  As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa and fears grow that the virus will spread around the globe, enhanced screenings began on Saturday at Kennedy Airport in New York.  —  Travelers coming from three hard-hit African countries …
New York Times:
At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 911 call could not have sounded more urgent: A man was beating a woman holding a baby outside their apartment as she tried to leave.  —  “You just need to get someone out here right away because it is really bad,” …
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Please Tell Me More About How It Was Obama Who Failed To Close Gitmo  —  Senator Pat Roberts proves what I've said all along: Congress failed, not Obama.  —  For six years I've listened to people on all sides of the debate complain because 'Obama failed to shut down Guantanamo" and for six years I've said it was Congress, not Obama.
James Cook / Business Insider:
Hackers Access At Least 100,000 Snapchat Photos And Prepare To Leak Them, Including Underage Nude Pictures  —  A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years.  Shocked users of the notorious chat forum 4chan …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Wendy Davis is running one of the nastiest campaign ads you will ever see  —  Wendy Davis is almost certainly not going to be the next governor of Texas.  Apparently, though, she's willing to try just about anything to alter that reality.  —  Witness her new ad that begins with this visual.
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
Ferguson protesters kick off weekend of demonstrations at prosecutor's office  —  With heavy rain falling, hundreds of protesters marched through Clayton, Mo., to the office of prosecutor Bob McCulloch, insisting that he be removed from the investigation and legal proceedings into the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
Officials Admit a ‘Defeat’ by Ebola in Sierra Leone  —  FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Acknowledging a major “defeat” in the fight against Ebola, international health officials battling the epidemic in Sierra Leone approved plans on Friday to help families tend to patients at home …
Molly Worthen / The Daily Beast:
Despite ObamaCare, US Health System Still a Complete Mess  —  Having a baby is stressful enough, but add in the byzantine labyrinth of American medical insurers and you have a nightmare scenario straight out of Kafka.  —  I am a pretty healthy person and, until recently …
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Denver Post Dumps Udall, Endorses Gardner in Colorado Senate Race
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Warner discussed job for Puckett's daughter
Discussion: Weekly Standard
James Hohmann / Politico:
NRSC hikes TV ad buys in 6 states
David Shaftel / New York Times:
Brunch Is for Jerks  —  It's over.  I'm through with brunch.
Discussion: PandoDaily, Mediaite and Ed Driscoll
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Burke ad features woman once charged with domestic abuse
Chris Allbritton / The Daily Beast:
Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner
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Detroit Sgt. Suspended After Found To Be Wearing Murder Victim's Expensive Watch
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