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1:20 PM ET, October 18, 2014


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New York Times:
Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe  —  WASHINGTON — Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response.
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Obama Disappointed (Again) By Clunky Big Government Fail (Again)  —  Here we go again, as the NY Times puts out their obligatory “Obama is as shocked and dismayed by this latest Big Government fail as the rest of you poor suckers” story:  —  Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Failures of Competence  —  Et tu, C.D.C.?  —  For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been the most trusted agency in the federal government.  In 2003, when Gallup did a survey to determine what the public thought of various federal agencies, the C.D.C. topped the list …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Politico
Ron Fournier / National Journal:   Naked Politics: The Ebola Czar Has No Clothes
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why An Ebola Flight Ban Wouldn't Work  —  On Sept. 19, Thomas Eric Duncan boarded a flight in Monrovia, Liberia, possibly after having lied on a screening questionnaire about his contact with persons carrying the Ebola virus.  The next day, Duncan arrived in Dallas to visit his fiancée and son.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Voter ID Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to use its strict voter identification law in the November election.  The court's order, issued just after 5 a.m., was unsigned and contained no reasoning.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   SCOTUS allows Texas voter ID to stand
Conservative Cardinal Who Clashed With Pope Francis Confirms He Has Been Ousted  —  The head of the Catholic Church's highest court speaks to BuzzFeed News from the Vatican.  —  Cardinal Raymond Burke leaves meeting during Extraordinary Synod on the Family in Vatican City.  —  Franco Origlia / Getty Images
New York Times:
Police Officer in Ferguson Is Said to Recount a Struggle  —  WASHINGTON — The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Cliven Bundy Dares Eric Holder to Visit Nevada in Bizarre Campaign Ad  —  Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who became famous for sharing his thoughts about “the Negro” earlier this year, has just inserted himself into the 2014 midterm elections.  The one-time conservative icon appears …
Discussion: Liberaland
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   Cliven Bundy Makes A Midterm Ad Showing What He Knows About ‘The Negro’
Philip Terzian / Weekly Standard:
Biden Cocaine Scandal Mirrors Joe McCarthy Scandal  —  The brief military career of 44-year-old Hunter Biden, Vice President Joseph Biden's younger son, seems to have ended after one month in the naval reserve.  Biden is reported to have tested positive for cocaine use, and was immediately discharged.
Discussion: RedState
David Atkins / Washington Monthly:
Why aren't the deficit fetishists exalting President Obama?  —  Remember just a while back how the deficit was going to swallow the country whole and lead our children into indentured servitude?  Remember the chorus of very serious people intoning that companies would hire more people …
Sam Wang / Princeton Election Consortium:
Midterm National Senate Polling Error Is Five Times Larger Than In Presidential Years  —  Yesterday, Nate Silver and I both examined Senate polling errors.  He saw no overall bias; I pointed out that recent bias has been unusually large.  Both statements are true.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jonathan Wolfe / Opposing Views:
Man Sues After He Wakes Up From Colonoscopy Wearing Pink Panties  —  Delaware man Andrew Walls, 32, is suing after he awoke from a colonoscopy to find himself wearing a pair of pink panties.  The prank took place at the Delaware Surgery Center, where Walls was an employee at the time.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
President Obama's credit card got rejected last month.  Here's what happened next.  —  Presidents, they're just like us — their credit cards get declined.  —  President Obama's credit card was rejected last month at a restaurant in New York.  —  “I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
Obama: ‘My Credit Card Was Rejected’
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Balloon Juice
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton: It's Complicated
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Discussion: FOX News Radio and Vox Popoli