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9:30 PM ET, October 20, 2014


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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
The Obama Brief  —  The President considers his judicial legacy. … “Of course I drink during the day—I'm way too tired to drink at night.”  —  BUY OR LICENSE »
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Clyburn challenger: Gay couples are ‘gremlins’  —  Rep. James Clyburn's (D-S.C.) Republican challenger referred to same-sex couples as “gremlins” and “bullies” in a Facebook post urging supporters to oppose gay marriage at the polls this fall.  —  Anthony Culler, the GOP nominee for Clyburn's seat …
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:   GOPer: Gay Couples Are ‘Gremlins’ That Will Destroy Our Way Of Life
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Monica Lewinsky Gives Tearful Speech About Falling ‘In Love’ With Bill Clinton And Being Shamed Online  —  Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky gave an emotional speech about her role in one of the world's most infamous sex scandals on Monday in Philadelphia at the Forbes Under 30 Summit.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Clare O'Connor / Forbes:
Full Transcript: Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out On Ending Online Abuse
Discussion: U-T San Diego stories
Doug Henwood / Harper's:
Stop Hillary!  —  Vote no to a Clinton dynasty  —  ow's that hopey, changey stuff working out for you?  " Sarah Palin asked American voters in a taunting 2010 speech.  The answer: Not so well.  We avoided a full-blown depression, but the job market remains deeply sick …
Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
Here Are 5 Takeaways From The Harper's Anti-Clinton Story  —  In the November issue of Harper's magazine, Doug Henwood argues that Hillary Clinton, if elected president, would do little to assuage liberals' disappointment in President Barack Obama.  This is how Henwood sums up the case …
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Joni Ernst Is the GOP's Breakout Star.  The Democratic Machine Could Still Beat Her.  —  Bruce Braley is a flawed candidate, but his team's superior ground game might push him over the top.  —  DES MOINES, Iowa—Marilynn Wadden, a retired elementary school teacher, was smiling as she settled …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Morning Plum: It's not over yet, but Democrats have their backs to the wall
Bill Scher / Real Clear Politics:
How Republicans Could Blow It  —  There are two battlefields raging …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Michele Bachmann given security detail over ISIL threat  —  Federal law enforcement officials are taking an ISIL threat against Michele Bachmann so seriously that Capitol Police have given the Minnesota Republican her own security detail.  —  An online threat against Bachmann emerged recently …
Brian Walker / CNN:
ISIS forces launch multiple attacks on Kurdish territory in Iraq, officials say  —  (CNN) — ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory.
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Two Americas  —  In the course of pondering Ezra Klein's odd views on due process with respect to “Yes Means Yes” and rape allegations, I have come across the following popular notion, written by Tara Culp-Ressler of Think Progress and endorsed by Michelle Goldberg of The Nation.
KC Johnson / Minding The Campus:
Ezra Klein's Confusion on the California Sex Law
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Indiana Plans To Cut Tens Of Thousands Off Food Stamps  —  Indiana will cut tens of thousands of its poorest people off of the food stamps roles beginning next spring, the state announced.  Gov. Mike Pence (R) has decided to join seven other states in reinstating work requirements …
Discussion: Shakesville
Maureen Groppe / The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Indiana reinstates time limits for some food stamp recipients
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alexander Burns / Politico:
POLITICO poll: Alarm, anxiety as election looms  —  An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism …
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Americans' Gloom Marches Into Second Decade
Discussion: AEIdeas
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K.  —, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.  —  O.K., I know that was kind of abrupt.  But I wanted to get the central point out there right away, because discussions of Amazon tend, all too often, to get lost in side issues.
David Weigel / Bloomberg:
The Worst Campaign Ad That Human Beings Actually Paid for This Year  —  A breathtakingly bad GOP ad in the one Senate race that's going great for Democrats.  —  Michigan's race for U.S. Senate is the sick man of the GOP's electoral map.  Halfway through the cycle, Republicans …
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Mike Cason /
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on 23 felony corruption charges by Lee County Grand Jury  —  Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
Supreme Court's civil rights backlash: How a new case could set us back decades  —  Here's what the practical effects will be  —  In the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting, there was a brief moment when much of America was forced to look at an inconvenient truth about ourselves …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Flip Benham Crashes Gay Weddings In North Carolina  —  With gay marriage now legal in North Carolina, it was only a matter of time before Flip Benham of Operation Save America started crashing wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.  —  The North Carolina-based pastor …
Chris O'Connell /
Burlington County Students Kept Home From School Due To Ebola Fears  —  Connect With Chris O'Connell On Facebook  —  Fears of an Ebola outbreak at a Burlington County elementary school have parents worried about the safety of their kids.  The school district responded on Sunday.
Ebola hysteria: An epic, epidemic overreaction  —  (CNN) — This is getting ridiculous.  —  While the threat of Ebola is very real in Africa, the paranoia it's generated in the United States is unreal.  —  You can count the number of documented cases in America on two hands — and still have fingers to spare.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Senator Campaign's Sunflower Fields Are In Ukraine  —  Pat Roberts represents the Sunflower State (Kansas).  —  The image Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on every page of his website and on his press releases of a sunset on a sunflower field is of a field in Ukraine.
John Fund / National Review:
The Trouble with Early Voting  —  Early and absentee voting have their place, but they are becoming the rule not the exception.  —  The headline in the Florida's Sun-Sentinel newspaper this weekend says it all: “People Who Vote Before Election Could Decide Outcome of Governor's Race.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Sun-Sentinel
Reid Wilson / Washington Post:
Both parties poured big money into early voting. Who's got the edge?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cuomo: I Don't Know Enough About Ebola To Comment On It (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
CBS Baltimore:
President Obama Campaigns For Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown In Md.
New York Times:
Cuba's Impressive Role on Ebola
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Meghan McCain: The right is wrong
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Football Players in Sayreville, N.J., Recall Hazing
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Daniel Malloy / Political Insider blog:
Michelle Nunn ad again features George H.W. Bush; again he's not pleased
 Earlier Items: 
Julian Zelizer / CNN:
Obama: One very successful president?
Discussion: Salon and PJ Media
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Voting by Numbers  —  October is to political prognosticators …
Man Accidentally Shoots and Kills Brother
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lauren Raab / Los Angeles Times:
Ebola patient Amber Vinson's family disputes CDC story, gets a lawyer
Alexandra Sifferlin / TIME:
Nigeria Is Ebola-Free: Here's What They Did Right
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Gay GOP House candidate: Harassment allegations driven by my sexuality