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9:00 AM ET, October 28, 2014


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New York Times:
Ebola Policies Made in Panic Cause More Damage  —  With good reason, Americans are deeply confused about the risks of Ebola.  It is a frightening disease, made more so by dueling theories about how best to deal with people arriving from West Africa and by wildly different messages …
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Scott Walker to Chris Christie: Thanks for nothing  —  MAYVILLE, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he needs more help from the national GOP in his reelection fight — and an upcoming visit from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't going to cut it.  —  Speaking with reporters …
New York Times:
Two Governors' Shifts on Ebola Are Criticized as Politics, Not Science  —  Shifting stances and a lack of clear standards from the governors of New York and New Jersey over their Ebola quarantine policy left critics and even some allies questioning on Monday whether the two men had fully worked through …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
What Will the GOP Senate Be Like?  —  Republicans promise that if they seize the majority, they'll stop Obama—and stop the Washington gridlock.  Can they really do both?  —  In Kansas recently, Republican Senator Pat Roberts, who's in a tough race for reelection, made a statement that left me puzzled.
Mark Preston / CNN:
CNN poll: Voters are angry  —  Washington (CNN) — Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance, two troubling signs for Democrats one week before the midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   House Dems fret debilitating losses
Timothy Noah / Politico:
Why Dems are winning on minimum wage
Discussion: The Federalist
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Corrects Fumbled “Jobs” Line  —  “I short-handed this point the other day.”  —  Mark Makela / Reuters  —  SOMERS, N.Y. — When Hillary Clinton fumbled a line at a rally last Friday — “Don't let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs” …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Warren vs. Clinton: Dems say ‘Why not?’
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton clarifies jobs comment
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Priebus: Clinton ‘not really good at politics’
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Poll: Midterm momentum belongs to GOP  —  Republicans enter the final week of the midterm campaign holding higher ground than the Democrats, aided by public dissatisfaction with President Obama's leadership, with the overall direction of the country and with the federal government's ability …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Economic, Political Discontent Make for a Midterm Double Punch  —  Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP Photo  —  A double punch of economic and political dissatisfaction marks public attitudes in the closing week of the 2014 midterm campaign - a dynamic that reflects poorly …
Toronto Star:
CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations  —  Ousted host of Q denies claims by three women of unwanted sexual violence and threatens to sue broadcaster for $50 million.  —  Ousted host of Q denies claims by three women of unwanted sexual violence and threatens to sue broadcaster for $50 million.
Jason Sickles / Yahoo! News:
Ebola-free nurse Amber Vinson to leave Atlanta hospital  —  Yahoo News 1 hr ago  —  DALLAS - Amber Vinson, one of two Texas nurses to contract Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, will be released Tuesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, officials said.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Heyun Jeong / The Daily Californian:
Students spring into opposition after Bill Maher announced as keynote speaker  —  In response to an announcement last week that comedian Bill Maher would speak at UC Berkeley's fall commencement, an online petition started circulating Thursday that demanded that the campus rescind its invitation.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo! News:
Feds identify suspected ‘second leaker’ for Snowden reporters  —  Yahoo News 2 hrs ago  —  The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called second leaker who turned over sensitive documents about the U.S. government's terrorist watch list …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell tries humor and an old hit in new ad  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), fighting for re-elction in a tight contest, is up with a new humorous ad in the Louisville television market that echoes the famous “Bloodhounds” ad that helped first elect him to the Senate.
Discussion: CNN
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Ann Romney blasts Democrat for sexist slur  —  Washington (CNN) — Ann Romney, the wife of former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, condemned South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's Democratic challenger after he mistakenly called her a “whore” — and then chuckled.
Discussion: Washington Post
Myroslava Gongadze / Committee to Protect Journalists:
The Road to Justice  —  Breaking the Cycle of Impunity in the Killing of Journalists  —  The lack of justice in hundreds of murders of journalists around the world is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today.  While international attention to the issue has grown over the past decade …
Discussion: Raw Story and Poynter
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Latest Alaska Polls Show Surprising Shift Toward Mark Begich  —  Kansas, Georgia, South Dakota.  We have cycled through a lot of wild-card red states over the last month in surveying the landscape of competitive Senate races.  But the most likely wild card might be the one we always expected: Alaska.
Ebola: Who is patient zero?  Disease traced back to 2-year-old in Guinea  —  (CNN) — Before the virus ravaged West Africa, before the deaths soared into the thousands, before the outbreak triggered global fears, Ebola struck a toddler named Emile Ouamouno.  —  Virtually no one knew the 2-year-old by name.
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit …
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The Nation:
Edward Snowden: A ‘Nation’ Interview
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN media reporter: Costello deserves all the criticism she's getting
Discussion: Fox News and Mediaite
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Freedom Summer, 2015  —  The Supreme Court's year usually follows a predictable pattern.
Trulia Trends:
Blue Markets Face Bigger Housing Challenges Than Red Markets
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
John Boehner Still Hasn't Sued Obama Over Obamacare. Why Not?
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media's ‘Panic Panic’ Is Reaching New Annoying Levels With Quarantines
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Sasha Issenberg / Bloomberg Politics:
The Persuadables  —  How strategists see the 2014 Senate battlefield …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
National Organization For Marriage Spends More Than $100K In North Carolina Senate Race
Discussion: NOM Blog
Carl Gibson / ThinkProgress:
Kansas Governor Is Forcing Disabled People Off Medicaid
Discussion: The Mahablog and Shakesville
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Fence Jumper Screams; Forcibly Removed From Court
Kara Lankford / Politico:
Yes, BP Did Damage the Gulf