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5:35 PM ET, October 15, 2014


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Dianna Hunt / Dallas Morning News:
Presbyterian workers wore no hazmat suits for two days while treating Ebola patient  —  Health care workers treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a hospital isolation unit didn't wear protective hazardous-material suits for two days until tests confirmed the Liberian man had Ebola …
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.
Ascrouch / CBS Dallas:
CDC: Ebola Patient Traveled By Air With “Low-Grade” Fever
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Ebola Test Is Positive in Second Texas Health Worker
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.
Susan Davis / USA Today:
Ernst holding lead over Braley in Iowa Senate race
Washington Post:
Poll shows Obama approval low, GOP enthusiasm higher than Democrats'  —  Americans look to November and beyond with dissatisfaction about the state of the country and the political leadership in Washington.  Two in three say the country is seriously off-track, and more than 6 in 10 …
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
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Post
Guy Norris / Aviation Week:
Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details  —  Lockheed Martin aims to develop compact reactor prototype in five years, production unit in 10  —  Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept …
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
Laura Segall / Bloomberg:
Ben Carson's Longshot Presidential Bid Suddenly Looks a Lot More Realistic  —  Rand Paul?  Ted Cruz?  Jeb Bush?  Chris Christie?  More Iowa Republicans are backing Ben Carson than all of them.  —  “I tend to be an honest and frank and open person,” says Ben Carson, his voice not much more than a whisper.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
My Conspiracy Theories Are Being Suppressed!
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Boston Globe:
Rethink Harvard's sexual harassment policy  —  In July, Harvard University announced a new university-wide policy aimed at preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence based on gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  —  The new policy, which applies to all schools within …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Where did it go wrong for Obama?  —  Fewer than two years ago, President Obama was elected handily to his second term, becoming the first Democrat since FDR to twice win an outright majority of the popular vote.  —  Now, Democrats in competitive Senate races hope he stays as far away as possible …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Rush Limbaugh
Abby Haglage / The Daily Beast:
Ebola Racism Reaches a New Low in Texas  —  A community college rejects students from countries with ‘confirmed Ebola cases,’ even if that means cutting students with little to no risk of contracting the disease.  —  “Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.”
Michael Kinsley / Vanity Fair:
It Is a Beauty Contest  —  Having dismissed Chris Christie's presidential ambitions because of his girth, the author must now apologize.  But while the New Jersey governor's dramatic recent weight loss—as much as 100 pounds—is admirable, in a physical matchup with other 2016 hopefuls he'll need to avoid losing much more.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Bachmann: ‘No plan to run for president’  —  Conservative firebrand Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Wednesday that she has “no plan” to launch another presidential campaign in 2016.  —  Bachmann, who is retiring from Congress at the end of this year, told The Hill in an interview that running for president in 2012 was enough.
Discussion: CNN
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Senate Candidate Claims People With Pre-Existing Conditions Were Better Off Before Obamacare  —  Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) thanks the moderators after one of two debates in the tight Arkansas Senate race.  —  CREDIT: Alice Ollstein  —  FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS—Tom Cotton …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court blocks abortion limits in Texas  —  Over the dissents of three Justices, the Supreme Court on Tuesday evening barred Texas from enforcing two parts of its new abortion-restriction law — one part as it applied throughout the state, the other as it applied to two clinics in the southwest part of the state.
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState, Guardian and Daily Kos
Lanhee Chen / Bloomberg View:
Obamacare Is a Job-Slashing, Deficit-Deepening Disaster
Discussion: RT and Daily Signal
Jessica Goldstein / ThinkProgress:
Today In Dubious Trend Stories: Ebola Halloween Costumes
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Nikki Haley Defends Confederate Flag: CEOs Haven't Complained (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Obama to Convene Emergency Ebola Meeting at the White House
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels
Discussion: The Intercept, RT, Firedoglake and Gawker
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Scarier Than Ebola
Discussion: Washington Post
Todd Erzen / USA Today:
Senate candidate dies in Iowa plane crash, hospital says
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Kobane's streets ‘littered with headless corpses’
Discussion: DailyTelegraph, VodkaPundit, BBC and Hot Air
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Pump War?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Harkin Steak Fry Tab for Jet-Setting Clintons: $50,000
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Santorum Gearing Up “as If I'm Running” in 2016
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Mediaite