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7:40 AM ET, October 18, 2014


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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.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Who Do They Think We Are?  —  The administration's Ebola evasions reveal its disdain for the American people.  —  The administration's handling of the Ebola crisis continues to be marked by double talk, runaround and gobbledygook.  And its logic is worse than its language.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Ripple Effects of a Travel Ban Could Make The Ebola Problem Even Worse  —  Calls for an Ebola travel ban have gotten a lot louder.  And they are not just coming from the lunatic fringe.  Prominent Republican leaders, like House Speaker John Boehner, are now among those proposing …
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
Six Reasons to Panic
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Obama's New Ebola ‘Czar’ Does Not Have Medical, Health Care Background  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation's Ebola response as efforts to clamp down on any possible route of infection from three Texas cases expanded …
Jake Tapper / CNN:
First on CNN: Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar
David McCabe / The Hill:
GOP blasts Obama Ebola czar pick
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Ron Klain is a great choice for Ebola czar
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Vice-Presidential Aide to Lead Ebola Response
Agence France-Presse:
Obama names ‘Ebola czar’
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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 …
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
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
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Cliven Bundy Makes A Midterm Ad Showing What He Knows About ‘The Negro’  —  Everyone now knows he has at least one Black friend!  —  Cliven Bundy really is determined to make sure everyone knows he's not a racist because he has a black friend and we all really do know the government is to blame …
Discussion: Mediaite
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Political Polarization in Action: Insights into the 2014 Election from the American Trends Panel  —  The Pew Research Center has developed a new tool for looking at the 2014 elections - a panel survey that enables us to check in with the same representative group of Americans several times during the course of the campaign.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Scott Brown: “We Would Not Be Worrying About Ebola Right Now” If Romney Won  —  The New Hampshire Republican talked with Brian Kilmeade Friday morning about Ebola and the 2012 Republican nominee for president.  —  WASHINGTON — Scott Brown told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade Friday that Ebola …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton: It's Complicated  —  Reporters have focused on how the former defense secretary's memoir praises her and criticizes the president.  The book itself tells a different story.  —  I'm thinking of teaching my journalism students about Leon Panetta's book tour—as a case study in how to game the press.
Associated Press:
PENTAGON READYING FOR LONG WAR IN IRAQ, SYRIA  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten weeks into its war against Islamic State extremists, the Pentagon is settling in for the long haul, short on big early successes but still banking on enlisting Syrians and Iraqis to fight the ground war so that U.S. troops won't have to.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Koch Group Sends Fake Voter Information To Discourage Illinois Voters  —  They're not satisfied to be breaking the law in North Carolina.  Now they're aiming at Illinois.  —  First it was North Carolina, now it's Illinois.  Same pattern of voter suppression by fraudulent mailing, too.
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CBS News:
Public confidence in CDC nosedives, poll finds
Discussion: Hot Air, Washington Post and Fox News
Stephen Braun / Associated Press:
Biden's son faces no bar review after discharge
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
The Second Obamacare Election
Matt Higgins / CBS Tampa:
Satanic Group Wants To Put Display In Capitol Rotunda Showing Devil Descending Into Hell
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Rev. Billy Graham: ‘America is Just as Wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah Ever Were’
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Vox Popoli
Rasmussen Reports:
Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 52%, Grimes (D) 44%
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gallup
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
In a Louisiana Race for Congress, Edwin Edwards Can't Wait
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Not Following the Midterms? You're Missing All the Fun
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Hamas Could Infect Themselves With Ebola And Come To America
Discussion: Daily Kos