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7:35 AM ET, October 29, 2014


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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.
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 …
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.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Hackers breach some White House computers  —  Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cyber teams worked to contain the intrusion.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is the Washington Press Corps Covering Up Another Obama Administration Fiasco?  [Updated]  —  Last week, we got information from a source in the Executive Office of the President that the EOP's computer system had been down for, at that time, a week.  Federal IT personnel evidently …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed
Discussion: Power Line
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
Joe Millitzer /
CNN: Ferguson police chief expected to step down
Discussion: Mediaite and Mashable
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
Josephine McKenna / USA Today:
Pope says evolution, Big Bang are real
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 …
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security's internal review of the Secret Service's 2012 prostitution scandal quietly resigned in August after he was implicated in his own incident involving a prostitute …
Discussion: Gawker, Washington Post and Mediaite
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Homeownership in America Has Collapsed—Don't Blame Millennials  —  Homeownership Rate, Seasonally Adjusted  —  The U.S. homeownership rate has fallen to a 19-year low.  Why?  —  Let's begin with the youths, as we must.  It is a truth universally acknowledged that a journalist in possession …
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run and New York Magazine
Dave Johnson / Campaign for America's Future:
Polling Irony: People Think Economy Is Rigged; Trust The GOP To Fix It  —  “It's the economy, stupid” is from a sign that hung in the Clinton “war room” during the 1992 election.  The point was that the economy was the only thing that really mattered in the election.
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Harrison / Sydney Morning Herald:
Australia shuts borders to Ebola-affected countries  —  Australia has temporarily closed its borders to people from Ebola-affected west African nations as it steps up the nation's defences against the virus.  —  Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament on Monday Australia …
Australia suspends visas for people travelling from Ebola-hit countries
Discussion: Mashable
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Antares Rocket, Bound for Space Station, Explodes  —  An unmanned cargo rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded seconds after liftoff Tuesday night.  —  The Antares rocket, carrying 5,055 pounds of supplies, science experiments and equipment …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner seeks to run up score  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — Speaker John Boehner is crisscrossing the country in a bid to run up his House majority and ease his job leading a fractious GOP conference.  —  The Ohio Republican is spending the final, precious days of the 2014 campaign flying …
Discussion: Politico
Catalina Camia / OnPolitics:
Sarah Palin: Haters may drive me to run again  —  Message to Sarah Palin haters: The former Alaska governor says you can't get rid of her so easily.  —  In an interview with Fox Business Network, Palin had this to say when host Stuart Varney asked her whether the vitriol she gets from critics would drive her out of politics.
Zach Noble /
Small Town Deploys ‘Military-Style Maneuvers’ to Collect 75-Year-Old Man's Debt  —  What do you do when a 75-year-old man owes you $86,000?  —  If you're with the sheriff's department in Marathon County, Wisconsin, you send in a SWAT team.  —  The tiny town of Stettin, Wisconsin …
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.
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 …
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Hugh Hewitt /
How High Will Your Health Insurance Premiums Go In 2015?
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Discussion: Hot Air
Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Matt Taibbi Leaves Omidyar's First Look Media [Updated]
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Melissa Rivers to file multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuit
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 and The PJ Tatler
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Martin O'Malley, a Hillary Clinton Loyalist, Is Now a Potential 2016 Alternative
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Dems Desperately Seeking the Gender Gap
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann, queen of the tea party, searches for what's next
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab bomb-threat suspect