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2:50 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 …
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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
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
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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Drug case dropped when Officer Darren Wilson fails to show
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Suspicious cyber activity at White House detected, addressed
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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 …
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BBC:
Australia suspends visas for people travelling from Ebola-hit countries
Discussion: Mashable
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Army major general speaks to CNN from inside Ebola quarantine  —  Washington (CNN) — They're just back from the Ebola hot zone, they can't have any physical contact with family or loved ones and their plastic forks are being burned after each use.  —  But American troops quarantined in Italy …
Discussion: Guardian and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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 / TheBlaze.com:
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 …
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Melissa Rivers to file multimillion-dollar wrongful death lawsuit  —  Joan Rivers' daughter has selected a powerhouse Manhattan law firm and will file a multimillion-dollar medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against the endoscopy clinic where the legendary comedian lapsed …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Matt Taibbi Disappears From Omidyar's First Look Media
Maya Rhodan / TIME:
Nobel Peace Prize Winners Push Obama for Release of Torture Report
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Firedoglake
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Martin O'Malley, a Hillary Clinton Loyalist, Is Now a Potential 2016 Alternative
Andy Baio / Medium:
72 Hours of #Gamergate  —  Digging through 316,669 tweets …
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
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Why Partyism Is Wrong  —  A college student came to me recently with a quandary.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Sarah Palin: Climate Change Is The New Eugenics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Senate Polling In Alaska Is Making Us Sweat