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Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Court Refuses To Intervene In Case of 40,000 Missing Voters In Georgia  —  Dr. Francys Johnson with the NAACP leads an occupation of the Georgia State Capitol to protest voter suppression.  —  CREDIT: Alice Ollstein  —  ATLANTA, GEORGIA—On Tuesday, Judge Christopher Brasher …
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Kristina Torres / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia judge declines to intervene in ‘missing’ voters lawsuit  —  A Georgia judge declined Tuesday to intervene in Georgia's voter registration process, letting stand existing measures by state and local election officials to help applicants ahead of the Nov. 4 election.
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Georgians Occupy Secretary of State's Office To Protest Voter Suppression: ‘Let Us Vote’
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Crisis in U.S.-Israel Relations Is Officially Here  —  The Obama administration's anger is “red-hot” over Israel's settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama's understanding of the Middle East.  Profound changes in the relationship may be coming.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell: ‘No One Thinks’ A GOP Senate Could Repeal Obamacare  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) downplayed the prospects of repealing Obamacare if Republicans win control of the Senate next week, which they are slightly favored to do in numerous forecasts.
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Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and God isn't ‘a magician with a magic wand’  —  Francis goes against Benedict XVI's apparent support for ‘intelligent design’ - but does hail his predecessor's ‘great contribution to theology’  —  The theories of evolution …
Discussion: NPR and Gawker
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Josephine McKenna / USA Today:
Pope says evolution, Big Bang are real  —  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it.  —  The pope was addressing the plenary assembly …
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.
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Martin O'Malley, a Hillary Clinton Loyalist, Is Now a Potential 2016 Alternative
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 …
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections  —  Joni Ernst, the Iowa state senator and Iraq War veteran, was standing in a barn in a purple flannel shirt and an unzipped vest.  Beside her, various swine burrowed in the hog lot; two small pigs spooned; there was copious squealing.
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Dems Desperately Seeking the Gender Gap  —  Even Mitch McConnell—running against a woman—is running even among women.  What's going on?  Simple.  The Democratic women aren't motivated.  —  With the finish line approaching and key races stalemated, two new polls—in Colorado showing Democrat Mark Udall …
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Seth Masket / Pacific Standard:
That Time the Polls Were Wrong  —  One of the key races right …
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 …
RebelPundit:
Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership  —  Chicago activists Paul McKinley, Mark Carter, Joseph Watkins and Harold “Noonie” Ward recently went on the record with RebelPundit to deliver a message to black communities across the country.  —  That message shed's light on who they say are the …
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab bomb-threat suspect  —  The FBI created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times Web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Timberline High School in 2007, documents reveal.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Columnist Sets Off Storm Calling Michael Brown ‘Animal’ Who Had To Be ‘Put Down’  —  The frustration from Charleston Daily Mail's editor and publisher Brad McElhinny was clear when TPM reach him by phone on Tuesday afternoon.  —  “I've had better days,” he said.  —  His exasperation was understandable.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Magazine
FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Senate Polling In Alaska Is Making Us Sweat  —  If there's a race that keeps us awake at night, it's Alaska.  The state is home to one of the most important Senate races in the country, but it also has a history of quirky and often inaccurate polling.  —  Until late last week, the main challenge had been a lack of polling.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Latest Alaska Polls Show Surprising Shift Toward Mark Begich
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
GOP Senate Candidate Called ‘Uncle Tom’ at Hillary/Hagan Rally in N.C.  —  Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis was called “Uncle Tom” at a recent Senator Kay Hagan rally in North Carolina.  Hillary Clinton was also on hand to help rally Democrats in support of Hagan …
Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska voters upset about public-shaming mailers, but experts say they work  —  On Saturday, Nikki Adams received an official-looking letter in her East Anchorage mailbox.  —  The return address was for an entity called the “Alaska State Voter Program,” and the envelope bore …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Sarah Palin: Climate Change Is The New Eugenics  —  Sarah Palin has declared that climate change is the eugenics movement of the 21st century.  —  Piggybacking on a Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman's denial of man-made climate change, Palin posted a video from her online channel to her Facebook page Monday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann, queen of the tea party, searches for what's next  —  The “Queen of the Tea Party,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is leaving Congress at the end of the year.  Here is a round-up of some of her most memorable moments in politics and on the campaign trail.  (Jackie Kucinich/The Washington Post)
 
 
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Maya Rhodan / TIME:
Nobel Peace Prize Winners Push Obama for Release of Torture Report
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Army major general speaks to CNN from inside Ebola quarantine
Discussion: Guardian
Andy Baio / Medium:
72 Hours of #Gamergate  —  Digging through 316,669 tweets …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korean Leader Was Sidelined by Foot Surgery, South Says
David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Partyism Is Wrong  —  A college student came to me recently with a quandary.
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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Drug case dropped when Officer Darren Wilson fails to show
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
The GOP's Giddiness Over Hillary Clinton's Jobs “Gaffe” Will Backfire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
House Dems fret debilitating losses
Discussion: The Hill and his vorpal sword