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12:15 PM ET, October 15, 2014


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Texas Department of State Health Services Mobile:
Second Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola  —  A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States has tested positive for the disease.  —  The health care worker reported a fever Tuesday and was immediately isolated at the hospital.
Holly Yan / CNN:
2nd health care worker tests positive for Ebola at Dallas hospital  —  (CNN) — A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, health officials said Wednesday — casting further doubt on the hospital's ability to handle Ebola and protect employees.
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Ebola Test Is Positive in Second Texas Health Worker  —  DALLAS — Three days after a nurse who treated a Liberian man with Ebola contracted the virus, a second worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the virus in preliminary tests, state and federal health officials said Wednesday morning.
Associated Press:
OFFICIAL: 2ND WORKER IN ISOLATION WITH 90 MINUTES  —  DALLAS (AP) — A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday.
Washington Post:
Dallas hospital learned its Ebola protocols while struggling to save mortally ill patient
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Dallas Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Says She's ‘Doing Well’
Discussion: ABC News and FOX News Radio
Saeed Ahmed / CNN:
Ebola outbreak: Get up to speed with the latest developments
Discussion: Daily Signal
C.J. Chivers / New York Times:
The Secret U.S. Casualties of Iraq's Abandoned Chemical Weapons  —  A controlled detonation of recovered mustard shells near Taji, Iraq, on Aug. 17, 2008.  —  The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong.  —  It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Now ISIS Has Chemical Weapons?
Discussion: RedState and New York Times
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Polls Might Be Skewed Against Democrats — Or Republicans  —  This year's Senate election is close.  Republicans have the clearer path to a majority, but it's a treacherous one.  Republicans are favored in Iowa and Colorado, for example, but not by much.
Exclusive Poll: Nunn leads Senate race by 3%  —  ATLANTA — For the first time, Michelle Nunn leads the race for Georgia's Senate seat.  In an exclusive 11Alive poll conducted by Survey USA, Democrat Michelle Nunn leads likely voters 48% to Republican David Perdue's 45%.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Gardner leads Udall in Colorado Senate race  —  Washington (CNN) — Republican Cory Gardner has opened up a four-point lead in a Colorado Senate race that's key in determining whether Democrats can hold onto their majority, a new CNN/ORC poll shows.  —  Gardner held a 50 percent to 46 percent edge …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Fox News
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Democratic Party just hit a 30-year low  —  The Democratic Party is held in worse regard than at any point in the past 30 years, according to a new poll.  —  The poll, from the Washington Post and ABC News, shows 39 percent of Americans now have a favorable impression of the blue team …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Trouble Looms for Obama, Democrats with Election Day 2014 Approaching  —  Barack Obama and his political party are heading into the midterm elections in trouble.  The president's 40 percent job approval rating in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career …
Danny Vinik / The New Republic:   This Independent Candidate Is Proof of How Far to the Right Republicans Have Swung
Katherine Driessen / Houston Chronicle:
City subpoenas pastors' sermons in equal rights ordinance case … Houston's embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied …
RELATED:   Houston, we have a problem  —  Angry over voter lawsuit …
Kyle Wagner / Deadspin:
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate  —  Over the weekend, a game developer in Boston named Brianna Wu fled her home after an online stalker vowed to rape and kill her.  She isn't the first woman who's been forced into hiding by aggrieved video game fans associated with Gamergate …
Discussion: Hot Air
Terror threat against feminist Anita Sarkeesian at USU  —  LOGAN — Utah State University plans to move forward with an event featuring a prominent Canadian-American author, blogger and feminist, despite threats of terror, a spokesman said Tuesday evening.  —  The decision came …
Utah State Today:
Sarkeesian Event Canceled
Discussion: Guardian and Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Stay Open  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a federal appeals court ruling that was forcing many abortion clinics in Texas to close.  —  The Supreme Court's order, which was five sentences long, will allow the clinics to remain open while appeals proceed.
Irin Carmon /
Supreme Court saves Texas abortion access, for now
Discussion: Politico
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Pump War?  —  Is it just my imagination or is there a global oil war underway pitting the United States and Saudi Arabia on one side against Russia and Iran on the other?  One can't say for sure whether the American-Saudi oil alliance is deliberate or a coincidence of interests, but …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Official Meant ‘No Ill Intent’ When She Called For Military Coup  —  A Republican Missouri lawmaker said that she meant “no ill intent” toward President Obama when she asked on her Facebook page if the U.S. military was able to oust the president.  —  In a Facebook post last week …
Discussion: and Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The audacity of Greg Orman  —  REPUBLICAN PARTY KANSAS 2014 ELECTIONS PAT ROBERTS  —  OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The image some conservatives have of Greg Orman, the wealthy businessman running as an independent against veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts here in Kansas, is that Orman is …
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: What A Republican Win On Election Night Would Look Like
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
DSCC Goes Dark in Kentucky  —  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, where the party is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  —  After a significant investment in support of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes …
Democrats pull TV ads in Kentucky Senate race
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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