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11:40 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.
ProPublica:
The Red Cross' Secret Disaster  —  IN 2012, TWO MASSIVE STORMS pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks.  —  Americans did what they so often do after disasters.  They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross …
Discussion: Gawker, Bloomberg View and NPR
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  October 29, 2014 - Ernst Inching Ahead In Iowa Senate Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Branstad, The Iowa Institution, Cruising To Reelection  —  Iowa Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst is inching ahead among likely voters in the U.S. Senate race and now has 49 percent …
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Sarah Laskow / The Atlantic Online:
The Democrats' Ground Game May Be Falling Short in Iowa
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Democrats' Ground Game May Be Falling Short in Iowa
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:   Is the Washington Press Corps Covering Up Another Obama Administration Fiasco? [Updated]
Dr. Keith Ablow / Associated Press:
It's time for an “American jihad”  —  Among the many definitions of jihad are a “war or struggle against unbelievers” and “a crusade for a principle or belief.”  Given those definitions, I believe it's time for an American jihad.  —  An American jihad would reawaken in American citizens …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Jeb: Obama ‘incompetent’ on Ebola  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is calling President Barack Obama's initial response to Ebola “incompetent.”  —  “It looked very incompetent to begin with, and that fueled fears that may not be justified,” Bush said during a discussion at Vanderbilt University, according to The Tennessean.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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Joey Garrison / Tennessean.com:   Jeb Bush talks presidential run, Common Core in Nashville
CNN:
Ferguson police chief expected to step down, officials say  —  (CNN) — The police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, is expected to step down as part of the effort by city officials to reform the police department, according to government officials familiar with the ongoing discussions between local, state and federal officials.
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Pierre Omidyar / First Look Media:
Important Announcement  —  I regret to announce that after several weeks of discussions, Matt Taibbi has left First Look.  We wish him well.  —  Our differences were never about editorial independence.  We have never wavered from our pledge that journalistic content is for the journalists to decide, period.
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Sarah Varney / Politico:
Mississippi, burned  —  How the poorest, sickest state got left behind by Obamacare.  —  By SARAH VARNEY NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 … The first year of the Affordable Care Act was, by almost every measure, an unmitigated disaster in Mississippi.  In a state stricken by diabetes, heart disease …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Big Role of Black Churches in Two Senate Races  —  Early voting on Sundays has been one of the biggest fronts in the voting wars of recent years.  Some of this past Sunday's early voting numbers make the reason quite clear.  —  Data from two states that permit Sunday early voting …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: The Momentum Mirage  —  You might be hearing that Democrats or Republicans have “momentum” heading into the final week of the 2014 campaign.  On Tuesday, for example, a Washington Post headline asserted “Midterm momentum belongs to GOP.”  That was based on a generic ballot poll showing …
Emily Lane / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Does Edwin Edwards have a legitimate shot at being elected to Congress?  —  With an accent reared in Avoyelles Parish, Edwin Edwards insists to the journalists, colleagues, friends or anyone else who asks: “I just feel like running for Congress.”  —  “In spite of the fact that there may be obstacles …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Matt Ford / The Atlantic Online:
In Texas, the Death Penalty is Slowly Dying Out  —  On Tuesday night, the state of Texas executed Miguel Paredes by lethal injection for murdering a woman and her two children sixteen years ago.  With no executions scheduled by the state department of criminal justice for November or December …
Dawn Gagnon / Bangor Daily News:
Lawyer for Fort Kent nurse held on Ebola fears says she won't abide by quarantine  —  Attorneys for a nurse released from isolation in New Jersey after returning to the U.S. from West Africa say she will not comply with Maine health officials' requirements that she remain under quarantine at home for 21 days.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Lobbyists, Bearing Gifts, Pursue Attorneys General  —  When the executives of the company that makes 5-Hour Energy, the popular caffeinated drinks, learned that attorneys general in more than 30 states were investigating allegations of deceptive advertising — a serious financial threat …
Discussion: Naked Politics
CBS News:
Do Americans believe there should be a quarantine to deal with Ebola?  —  Shares -  —  A new CBS News poll finds that Americans overwhelmingly support quarantine for travelers arriving from West Africa.  Eighty percent think U.S. citizens and legal residents returning from West Africa …
Harvard University:
Fall 2014 Survey  —  LIKELY MILLENNIAL VOTERS UP-FOR-GRABS IN UPCOMING MIDTERM ELECTIONS, HARVARD YOUTH POLL FINDS … Cambridge, MA - A new national poll of America's 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard's Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government …
Lanny Davis / The Hill:
To Republicans: Watch out for traps after midterms  —  Most pundits are predicting a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate next Tuesday.  I am ready to go on record against the conventional wisdom: I predict Democrats will surprise the pundits on election night and hold the Senate …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Toward Better Teachers  —  More than halfway through Joel Klein's forthcoming book on his time as the chancellor of New York City's public schools, he zeros in on what he calls “the biggest factor in the education equation.”  —  It's not classroom size, school choice or the Common Core.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
 
 
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Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
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Sheri Fink / New York Times:
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Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election
Washington Post:
To frighten voters, the GOP conjures up a wide-open border
Discussion: Shaheen for Senate
Wall Street Journal:
Insider-Trading Probe Focuses on Medicare Agency
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Fox News
Reid Wilson / Washington Post:
Election could tip historic number of legislatures into Republican hands
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AEI:
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Derek Willis / New York Times:
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