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4:45 AM ET, October 31, 2014


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New York Times:
From Governors, a Mix of Hard-Line Acts and Conciliation Over Ebola  —  FORT KENT, Me.  — In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, issued a stern warning on Thursday to medical experts coming to an international conference on tropical diseases that they should stay away …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:   Paul Broun: Obama And ‘Incompetent Boob’ At CDC Are Exposing Americans To Ebola
Richard L. Hasen / Talking Points Memo:
Messing With Texas Again: Putting It Back Under Federal Supervision  —  Readers of the entire 147-page opinion issued earlier this month by a federal district court striking down Texas's strict voter identification law as unconstitutional and a violation of the Voting Rights Act might …
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Prairie Weather
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Supreme Court Misstep On Voting Rights  —  Two articles about young people in search of an education caught my attention last week.  Both appeared in The Times on the same day.  One celebrated the improbable journey of a young man “from a Rwandan dump to the halls of Harvard.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice and National Review
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi's Departure From First Look Media  —  Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday.  His departure—which he describes as a refusal to accept a work reassignment, and the company describes as a resignation …
Hanna Rosin / Slate:
The Problem With That Catcalling Video  —  On Tuesday, Slate and everyone else posted a video of a woman who is harassed more than 100 times by men as she walks around New York City for ten hours.  More specifically, it's a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black …
Kelsey McKinney / Vox:
The woman who made a video about catcalling is already getting rape threats
Catcalls and the Death of Chivalry
Discussion: alicublog
John Frank / Denver Post:
COLORADO U.S. SENATE: FINAL DENVER POST POLL SHOWS DEADLOCKED CONTEST  —  One of the nation's most-watched U.S. Senate races is headed for a photo finish, as the final Denver Post poll in the 2014 election shows Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Republican rival Cory Gardner are essentially tied.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Christie 2016: 'Vote For Me Or I'll Punch You Right In Your Stupid Face'  —  All politicians have to deal with hecklers from time to time, and most try to handle it by being polite but firm, using the moments before security reaches the person and hustles them out to say something like …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: GOP Brand ‘Sucks’ Like Domino's Pizza Did  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared on Wednesday that the Republican brand “sucks.”  —  “Remember Domino's Pizza?  They admitted, ‘Hey, our pizza crust sucks.’ The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don't want to be a Republican and for 80 years …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mediaite
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Radio Host Calls Campus Rape Culture ‘Big Lie’ At Rick Scott Rally  —  At a rally for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Tuesday, conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager called the issue of campus sexual assault “a big lie” invented by “the feminist left.”  —  At the Sarasota Hyatt …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The state is failing in almost every imaginable way.  The reason why is rooted in its violent and racist past.  —  Driven by its high poverty rate, Mississippi ranks low on health and wellness.  It has one the highest rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes in the country …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ahmad Rashad / BACK9NETWORK:
Who's On Michael Jordan's Dream Team?  —  Michael Jordan talks to Ahmad Rashad about who he'd love to play a round of golf with... but according to the joking NBA legend, President Obama shouldn't be waiting by his phone for a call.  —  Tune in to AHMAD RASHAD airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Back9Network — DIRECTV channel 262.
NBC News:
Louisiana Dem: Race a Source of Obama's Woes in South  —  Noting that the South is “more of a conservative place,” she added that women have also faced challenges in “presenting ourselves.”  —  The comment prompted a fiery response from Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, who called it “remarkably divisive.”
Public Affairs / UC Berkeley NewsCenter:
Campus statement on commencement speaker  —  UC Berkeley issued the following statement today (Wednesday, Oct. 29):  —  For many years it has been the responsibility of UC Berkeley undergraduates, through a committee known as the “Californians,” to select speakers for the university's commencement ceremonies.
Ivan Watson / CNN:
‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS  —  Erbil, Iraq (CNN) — Jana was a 19-year-old in her final year of high school, with dreams of becoming a doctor.  Then, ISIS came to her village last August, and her world collapsed.  —  She described to me in chilling detail …
Discussion: Hot Air
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama May Cut Deportations  —  Length of Time in U.S., Family Ties to Others in Country Are Expected Criteria  —  WASHINGTON—The White House is considering two central requirements in deciding which of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants would gain protections through an expected executive action …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh, Power Line and Hot Air
Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:
Jeb Bush Blasts Hillary Clinton's 'Businesses Don't Create Jobs' Remark  —  Although they are not officially declared 2016 presidential contenders, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are widely considered to be building up campaign operations for the next presidential election.
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Bay in Talks to Direct Benghazi Movie ‘13 Hours’ (Exclusive)  —  Chuck Hogan, the author of ‘The Town’ and ‘The Strain,’ wrote the script for the Paramount film  —  In a massive change of pace, Michael Bay is going from toy tentpole to a Benghazi political drama.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Found Ammonium Nitrate, AK-47 In Militia Leader's Hotel Room  —  Federal agents reportedly found a supply of the explosive ammonium nitrate, along with a pile of guns and ammo, when they searched the hotel room of a leader of a Texas border militia member earlier this month.
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sean Haugh, Libertarian for Obamacare?  —  Durham, N.C.  —  “All these people are saying I'm costing Kay Hagan or Thom Tillis the election,” Sean Haugh told me as he sipped a glass of Duck-Rabbit beer on Tuesday night.  “It's like it's somehow my fault that they're terrible candidates.”
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Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
The NRA's Sexy Tom Cotton Grindr Ad
Discussion: BuzzFeed, The Daily Caller, Mediaite and CNN
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Secularist Win Is Confirmed in Tunisia
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
USA Today:
Poll: High anxiety, low expectations as election nears
Irin Carmon /
McConnell campaign event proves sleepy, underwhelming
CBS Dallas:
Texas Ebola Fears Lead To Struggles & Reports Of Discrimination
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ashlie Hardway / WTAE-TV Pittsburgh Action News 4:
Westmoreland Coroner auctions off guns used in suicides, accidental shootings
Discussion: Raw Story
The Boston Globe:
Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest serving mayor, has died at age 71
 Earlier Items: 
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
NYPD Sgt. Alberto Randazzo and Colo. woman accused of plotting on Skype to molest baby
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Magazine
Frank Serpico / Politico:
The Green Monster  —  How the Border Patrol became America's …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Cruz on Apple CEO TIm Cook being gay: ‘Personal decision’
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: Exit To Recountland
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yahoo! News
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Hillary Clinton could end up alone in Iowa
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nick Gillespie / The Daily Beast:
This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
Discussion: Hit & Run