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10:25 AM ET, October 21, 2014


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Oscar Pistorius given five years for Reeva Steenkamp death  —  South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been given five years in jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.  —  Judge Thokozile Masipa also gave Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms charge.
Discussion: Shakesville, Deadspin and Mediaite
Simon Jenkins / Guardian:
Oscar Pistorius should not be going to jail  —  Pistorius's life is ruined.  No one will be deterred by his sentence.  Imprisonment is a brutalist response that achieves nothing in such cases  —  Oscar Pistorius was guilty.  However gripped by anger, it's difficult to accept he didn't know whom he was likely to kill.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mashable
New York Times:
Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One, Dies at 82  —  Oscar de la Renta, the doyen of American fashion, whose career began in the 1950s in Franco's Spain, sprawled across the better living rooms of Paris and New York, and who was the last survivor of that generation of bold …
Discussion: Styleite, Gothamist, NPR and Mashable
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Immigration as biggest problem dips to 7%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the quarantine period ends for people exposed to the first person in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Ebola, the virus for the first time ranks among the top 10 issues Americans consider to be the most important ones facing the country.
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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 …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Chicago man to Obama: 'Don't touch my girlfriend'  —  Washington (CNN) — Even the President of the United States has to deal with jealous boyfriends.  —  Casting his ballot in Chicago on Monday, Obama stood at a voting booth next to Aia Cooper, whose fiancé decided to crack wise with the president.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mediaite
Protection for Bachmann after 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 …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
George H.W. Bush unhappy with Michelle Nunn's new TV ad  —  A new television ad from Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn seeks to refute an attack used by her Republican opponent, David Perdue.  —  In the ad, Nunn references a photo taken of her and President Obama that Perdue …
Daniel Malloy / Political Insider blog:
Michelle Nunn ad again features George H.W. Bush; again he's not pleased
Discussion: OnPolitics and Hinterland Gazette
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: Wall Street Journal
Clare O'Connor / Forbes:
Full Transcript: Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out On Ending Online Abuse
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Dem candidates avoiding me ‘have supported my agenda’  —  President Obama delivered a blow to Democratic Senate candidates looking to distance themselves from his flagging approval ratings Monday, saying lawmakers avoiding him on the campaign trail were “strong allies and supporters” who have “supported my agenda in Congress.”
Jon Street /
Surveillance Video Apparently Catches Guy Doing Something at the Ballot Box That Left Republican Monitor Stunned  —  An Arizona county party official said he saw a man stuffing “hundreds” of ballots into the ballot box and later told a local news outlet the entire incident was caught on surveillance video.
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
How Edward Snowden Changed Journalism  —  “Citizenfour,” the new documentary about Edward Snowden, by Laura Poitras, is, among other things, a work of journalism about journalism.  It opens with quotations from correspondence between Poitras and a new source who identifies himself only as Citizenfour.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Political Polarization & Media Habits  —  When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds.  There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust.  And whether discussing politics online or with friends …
Joshua Keating / Slate:
Obama's Post-Congressional Foreign Policy  —  An international deal with Iran over its nuclear program still doesn't look like a slam dunk at this point.  Nevertheless, in a New York Times article today, the Obama administration makes clear that if an agreement is eventually reached, they have no plans to involve Congress:
Scott Porch / The Daily Beast:
How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Faith in Government  —  In the mid-'60s polar opposites Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan promised America more than they could possibly deliver.  The result was decades of cynicism about government.  —  If you have been following the rolling fiftieth anniversaries …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and American Spectator
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
The race in North Carolina for Senate is well on its way to being the most expensive Senate race in history, expected to top $100 million by the time it's over.  The contest between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis is also turning incredibly ugly.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
GOP governors don't see ‘Obamacare’ going away  —  5 photos  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — While Republicans in Congress shout, “Repeal Obamacare,” GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion.  Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
White House Deletes Obama's ‘Unpaid Bills’ Admission from Transcript  —  Last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama mentioned that there are some “unpaid bills” on his desk in Chicago—which he left when moved to the White House after winning the presidential election in 2008.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Rubio to introduce Ebola travel ban legislation  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation banning travel between the U.S. and three West African countries hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus, his office announced Monday.  —  “While Ebola's deadly reach has proven …
Annie Linskey / Bloomberg Politics:
What Exactly Is Elizabeth Warren Going For?  —  Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren isn't running for president but is rallying support for her Democratic colleagues and laying the groundwork for the future.  —  Elizabeth Warren sounds like she's in the center of a national campaign …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington  —  Bilderbergers, the Iraq invasion, Alex Jones—the GOP senator has routinely flirted with America's paranoid fringe.  —  This past summer, Rand Paul, the libertarian senator from Kentucky and a potential 2016 presidential wannabe, was the GOP's It Girl.
TINA BROWN: OBAMA MAKES WOMEN FEEL ‘UNSAFE’  —  On Monday's “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, author and Daily Beast founder Tina Brown took aim at President Barack Obama and his handling of the several crises facing the country with regards to how women voters view perceive his responses.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Eddie Scarry / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Says He'll Decide on 2016 Run Basically the Same Time Hillary Does  —  Game show host Donald Trump showed up in Iowa over the weekend to campaign for Rep. Steve King (R) and (because rules are rules) someone asked the billionaire if he has plans for a 2016 presidential campaign.
Discussion: The Iowa Republican
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Hagan Put Judge Up for Federal Appointment As Judge Ruled on Husband's Million-Dollar Lawsuit  —  Just a week after Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) recommended a North Carolina judge to President Barack Obama for a seat in the U.S. District Court, the judge ruled in favor of a company partially owned by Hagan's husband.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Weasel Zippers
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Larry Klayman: ‘Ebola-Gate’ Shows That Obama Is As Racist As George Wallace  —  Predicting that President Obama is paving the way for a wave of Ebola-related deaths in the United States, Larry Klayman took to WorldNetDaily on Friday to claim that “Obama has opened the door for Muslim terrorists …
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Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China likely will never open all files on painful past, official says
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Cops: Losers Of Beer Pong Match Opened Fire On Fellow Texas Partygoers
Discussion: Mediaite
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Attorney General Candidate Says Fast Food Workers Should Get ‘A Real Job’
Discussion: Shakesville
Maureen Groppe / The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Indiana reinstates time limits for some food stamp recipients
Discussion: The Daily Caller and ThinkProgress
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cuomo: I Don't Know Enough About Ebola To Comment On It (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Cuba's Impressive Role on Ebola
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Brian Walker / CNN:
ISIS forces launch multiple attacks on Kurdish territory in Iraq, officials say
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Meghan McCain: The right is wrong
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Football Players in Sayreville, N.J., Recall Hazing
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Chris O'Connell /
Burlington County Students Kept Home From School Due To Ebola Fears
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Senator Campaign's Sunflower Fields Are In Ukraine
Discussion: The Spot
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
For-Profit Wedding Chapel Sues After Idaho Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Two Americas  —  In the course of pondering Ezra Klein's odd views …
Ebola hysteria: An epic, epidemic overreaction
Discussion: Hit & Run
David Weigel / Bloomberg:
The Worst Campaign Ad That Human Beings Actually Paid for This Year