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3:35 PM 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.
Washington Post:
Cruise ship carrying quarantined Texas hospital worker denied entry by Mexico  —  The cruise ship carrying a Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is headed back to the United States after Mexican authorities refused …
Discussion: New York Times, Gawker and Shakesville
Belize Confirms Patient With Ebola Symptoms On Cruise Ship Off Its Coast  —  Reports tonight are that two individuals possibly infected with the Ebola virus are in Belizean waters.  Local TV station Channel 7 monitored in the capital City Of Belmopan tonight, reported having credible reports …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Gene Sloan / USA Today:
Worker who may have handled Ebola specimen on cruise
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer: Ebola vs. civil liberties
Discussion: Betsy's Page
John Bacon / USA Today:
Nurse with Ebola: 'I'm doing really well'
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
Jake Tapper / CNN:
First on CNN: Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar  —  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 to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Ron Klain is a great choice for Ebola czar  —  Something I learned during the first two years of the Obama administration, when the staff infighting was at its worst: if you wanted to get somebody to say something nice, ask them about Ron Klain.  —  Klain entered the administration as Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff.
David McCabe / The Hill:
GOP blasts Obama Ebola czar pick  —  No sooner had the White House announced that it had selected Ron Klain to coordinate the administration's response to concerns about the Ebola virus than several congressional Republicans were expressing anger about the pick.  —  Most highlighted Klain's past as a political operative.
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Six Reasons to Panic
Discussion: American Prospect
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 …
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.
Luke Brinker / Salon:
This may be the worst race-baiting campaign ad since Willie Horton  —  Fighting to save an embattled congressman, GOP tries to spook voters with menacing images of a black convict  —  The National Republican Campaign Committee unveiled a race-baiting ad Friday linking the Democratic candidate …
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
New GOP ad tries to tie Brad Ashford to felon who went on Omaha killing spree
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
Perspectives on Inequality and Opportunity from the Survey of Consumer Finances  —  The distribution of income and wealth in the United States has been widening more or less steadily for several decades, to a greater extent than in most advanced countries.1 This trend paused during …
Irin Carmon /
This conservative cause is the GOP's worst nightmare  —  DENVER - There is one word that has defined the Colorado Senate race and it's a word that Republican Rep. Cory Gardner and other GOP candidates across the country are tired of hearing.  The word is Personhood.
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 …
Steven Beutler / The New Republic:
An infectious-disease specialist says the time for half-measures is over  —  Over the last several months, scientists at the Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization have done an excellent job of educating the public about Ebola.  They have provided a great deal …
Discussion: The Dish
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Not Following the Midterms?  You're Missing All the Fun  —  I have a confession: I think this is a great election.  It's way better than 2012.  All around, it might be the best general election in a decade.  —  There are a dozen competitive and close Senate contests and, for good measure …
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Hamas Could Infect Themselves With Ebola And Come To America  —  “Okay, well, part of their creed would be to bring persons who have Ebola into our country.”  —  View Video ›  —  A Republican congressman says terrorists from Hamas could purposely infect themselves …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Republicans Want You to Be Terrified of Ebola—So You'll Vote for Them
Discussion: National Review, Daily Kos and The Hill
Amity Shlaes / National Review:
The Other Bubble  —  Back in the late 1990s and right up to 2007 …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Power Line
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Marriages To Begin “Immediately”
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / Politico:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Stuart Stevens / The Daily Beast:
How Older Voters Will Decide Your Future
Discussion: Washington Post
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
What Ezra Klein Gets Wrong About How Laws Work
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Blitzer Grills Rick Scott: Why Was Crist's Fan an Issue in the First Place?