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11:15 AM ET, October 17, 2014


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Steve Mason / ABC News:
Hospital Worker Who Handled Ebola Samples Is on Cruise Ship  —  A Dallas health care worker who handled clinical specimens from an Ebola-infected patient is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, with the worker self-quarantined and being monitored for signs of infection, the State Department said in a statement.
Greg Botelho / CNN:
Nurse may have had symptoms of Ebola longer than first thought  —  Are you on the front lines of Ebola?  We'd like to hear your story.  —  (CNN) — A nurse with Ebola may have shown symptoms of the virus as many as four days before authorities once indicated, meaning that she might …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer: Ebola vs. civil liberties  —  Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus.  Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation.  It will stop the epidemic “in its tracks.”
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Keeping Ebola at Bay
Wall Street Journal:
Biden's Son Hunter Discharged From Navy Reserve After Failing Cocaine Test  —  Lawyer Pursued Military Service Relatively Late as a Public-Affairs Officer  —  WASHINGTON—Vice President Joe Biden 's son Hunter was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Biden's son discharged from Navy after testing positive for cocaine  —  Washington (CNN) — The Navy Reserve discharged Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter this year after he tested positive for cocaine, U.S. officials confirmed.  —  The discharge of Biden, a 44-year-old lawyer …
Fox News:
Biden's son discharged from Navy after reportedly testing positive for cocaine
Discussion: FishbowlDC and The PJ Tatler
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republican Joni Ernst Admits Why Republicans Really Hate Obamacare  —  Another secret recording.  —  Shares  —  Conservatives have made a series of specific predictions about the effects of Obamacare — overall costs would rise, insurers would flee the exchanges, premiums would go up, the ranks of the uninsured would not even fall.
As Dems sweat Iowa, Sen. Tom Harkin sits on millions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jake Tapper / CNN:
First on CNN: Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar  —  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)  —  Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his “Ebola czar,” knowledgeable sources tell CNN.  —  The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea …
Why a travel ban wouldn't work  —  The political momentum for a travel ban on West African nations continued to swell Thursday, but health and transportation experts were uniform in saying it wouldn't stem the spread of Ebola — and could do more harm than good.
Discussion: The Federalist and Mediaite
The Hill:   Ebola, Wall Street stock slide deepen '14 gloom for Dems
Obama's Ebola challenge
Discussion: ABC News
Yuval Levin / National Review:
Lessons of the Ebola Crisis
Discussion: Power Line and Yahoo! News
New York Post:
Alarm after vomiting passenger dies on flight from Nigeria to JFK  —  Demonstrators demand a travel ban outside the White House on Oct. 16 to stop the spread of the Ebola virus.  —  A plane from Nigeria landed at JFK Airport Thursday with a male passenger aboard who had died during the flight …
Mark Steyn / Steyn Online:
Protocol Theatre  —  Thomas Frieden has now got his Protocol Ali routine down pat: … Gotcha.  You can't get Ebola on a bus or a plane, you can only give it.  Good to know.  Thanks, Doc.  —  The Centers for Disease Control is one of those elite federal agencies that people hitherto assumed was …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Blitzer Grills Rick Scott: Why Was Crist's Fan an Issue in the First Place?  —  Florida Governor Rick Scott appeared on CNN earlier tonight to address “fangate” and why he didn't appear on stage to debate Charlie Crist for several minutes.  Wolf Blitzer asked Scott why exactly this was an issue of contention in the first place.
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
What Markets Will  —  In the Middle Ages, the call for a crusade to conquer the Holy Land was met with cries of “Deus vult!”  — God wills it.  But did the crusaders really know what God wanted?  Given how the venture turned out, apparently not.  —  Now, that was a long time ago, and …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq's Real WMD  —  There's one man, some Republicans say, who kept the public from learning about the chemical shells littered around Iraq.  He was Bush's most important political adviser.  —  Starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration …
Sylvia Westall / Reuters:
Islamic State training pilots to fly in three jets: Syria monitor  —  (Reuters) - Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.
Donald R. Winslow / NPPA:
SYRACUSE DISINVITES WASHPOST PULITZER PHOTOGRAPHER DUE TO EBOLA FEARS  —  UPDATED at 9:12 p.m. CST with response from Syracuse University  —  Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michel du Cille of The Washington Post, who returned from covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia 21 days ago …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties  —  In August, Tom Steyer and seven campaign advisers sat in a small conference room in Coral Gables, Fla., trying to figure out how to save the world.  Steyer, who is 57, has a fortune of roughly $1.5 billion …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis police officer under investigation following call to protester's employer
Discussion: Firedoglake, Liberaland and Raw Story
James Brierton / WRBL-TV:
COLUMBUS, Ga.  —  A new WRBL News 3, The Ledger-Enquirer newspaper …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Paul: African-American leaders may not yet embrace GOP
Discussion: Washington Times
Joe Klein / TIME:
Obama's Leadership Shortage
Stuart Stevens / The Daily Beast:
How Older Voters Will Decide Your Future
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
No one at the helm on Ebola  —  The spread of Ebola in America …
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
What Ezra Klein Gets Wrong About How Laws Work
Sean Trende / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
What to Expect From Senate Polls in the Final Days
Discussion: The Dish
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Teen mother gives tot to heroin user, then claims son was kidnapped, St. Charles police say
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Delta CEO: 'You Really Can't Catch Ebola on an Airplane'
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Bill Maher: Yes, I Can Generalize About Muslims
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hillary Clinton subtly swipes at Mitt Romney over auto bailout
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Everyone In What Looks Like A Group Photo On GOP Governor's Website Is Photoshopped
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Here Are The Most Conservative And Liberal Names In America
Discussion: Mediaite