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Linda Killian / The Daily Beast:
Meet the One Numbers-Cruncher Who Foresees Democrats Holding the Senate  —  He's not as well-known as Nate Silver, but Princeton's Sam Wang has a method, too, and he sees Democrats holding (barely) the upper chamber.  —  The list of pundits, political analysts, and numbers-crunchers …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate  —  Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, the Post's statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections.  —  Election Lab puts Democrats' chances of retaining …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Bobby Jindal Calls Obama Admin ‘Science Deniers’  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal paid a visit to Washington, D.C. this week to roll out his national energy policy blueprint.  —  At a breakfast for reporters Tuesday hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, the Republican governor attacked …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Bobby Jindal Refuses To Say If He Believes In Evolution
Discussion: Raw Story
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bobby Jindal: White House ‘science deniers’
Daily Mail:
US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola danger zone as Obama administration shuffles military's mission in Africa  — The Obama administration said late Monday night that the U.S. military will set up a command post in Monrovia, Liberia, the Ebola outbreak's epicenter
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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CNN:
Obama: U.S. ready to take the lead in Ebola fight
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
US Troops Could Fight ISIS in Iraq, General Tells Senate
Discussion: The Hill
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Pentagon: US ground troops may join Iraqis in combat against Isis
Discussion: Gawker and Shakesville
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Dempsey: U.S. advisers may fight alongside Iraqis
Discussion: Politico, The Intercept and Hit & Run
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Judge: Hobby Lobby Decision Means Polygamous Sect Member Can Refuse To Testify In Child Labor Case  —  A law enforcement officer escorts polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs (center) from the courthouse where he was convicted of two counts of child sexual assault
Bryan Lowryeagle Topeka / Wichita Eagle:
Justices question why Democrat Chad Taylor can't withdraw from Senate race  —  ›  —  ‹  —  Kansas Supreme Court justices grilled Secretary of State Kris Kobach's attorney at a special court hearing Tuesday about whether Democrat Chad Taylor should remain on ballot as a candidate for U.S. Senate.
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Blupman / Our Bad Media:
Fareed Zakaria Never Stopped Plagiarizing: How Dozens Of Episodes Of His CNN Show Ripped Others Off  —  Earlier this year, a certain CNN employee specializing in international news was caught red-handed plagiarizing dozens of instances of reporting.  What did the network do?
Sam Tanenhaus / The New Republic:
Dinesh D'Souza Is Planning His Prison Memoir  —  The conservative firebrand speaks as he awaits sentencing for campaign fraud  —  On September 23, Dinesh D'Souza will appear before a federal judge in Manhattan to learn whether he will do jail time for violating campaign-finance law.
Eric Thompson / GoFundMe:
EAGLE RIVER, AK  —  $3,630 of $7,500  —  Raised by 74 people in 15 hours  —  Eric Thompson was at a party for about 70 friends on September 6th, 2014.  At some point during the evening a massive, “Jerry Springer” type fight broke out involving the Palin family.
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Newly-Crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev Worked at Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz  —  You probably know her best as the newly-crowned Miss America or the contestant who belted out the infectious pop tune “happy” as she gleefully tapped on a red solo cup.  But here's something you probably didn't know about the new Miss America.
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Another Day, Another Quote Fabricated By Neil deGrasse Tyson  —  “I'm beginning to think this Neil deGrasse Tyson fellow is a serial fabricator of quotes.”  — President Thomas Jefferson, “Stuff Jefferson Said: The Prequel,” Originally self-published at Amazon.com in 1573
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
In Kentucky, Health Law Helps Voters but Saps Votes  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Affordable Care Act allowed Robin Evans, an eBay warehouse packer earning $9 an hour, to sign up for Medicaid this year.  She is being treated for high blood pressure and Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Number of Americans Without Health Insurance Falls, Survey Shows
Gail Sullivan / Washington Post:
Study: Liberals and conservatives sniff out like-minded mates by body odor  —  Conservatives and liberals do not smell the same to potential mates.  According to a study published this month in the American Journal of Political Science, people can literally sniff out ideology …
Discussion: The Week Magazine and Hot Air
George Monbiot / Guardian:
Journalists in their gilded circles are woefully out of touch with popular sentiment and shamefully slur any desire for change  —  Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper - local, regional or national, English or Scottish - that supports independence except the Sunday Herald.
Discussion: Telegraph and Poynter
American Press Institute:
The Personal News Cycle: A focus on African American and Hispanic news consumers  —  This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project — an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research  —  Introduction
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Democrats now have a 51 percent chance of holding the Senate   Find
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
US Troops Could Fight ISIS in Iraq, General Tells Senate   Find
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Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
In Kentucky, Health Law Helps Voters but Saps Votes   Find
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Jindal's Gamble  —  Bobby Jindal is making a bet …   Find
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Gail Sullivan / Washington Post:
Study: Liberals and conservatives sniff out like-minded mates by body odor   Find
 
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Jindal's Gamble  —  Bobby Jindal is making a bet …
Discussion: Power Line and Real Clear Politics
NBC News:
Angry Mob Tosses Ukrainian Politician Into Trash
Discussion: Pat Dollard, Gawker, Mediaite and Deadspin
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
Boeing Takes Lead to Build Space Taxi
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Lawmaker to introduce bill to end NFL's tax-exempt status because of Redskins name
Ben Goad / The Hill:
Franchise owners flock to DC in defense of McDonald's
Discussion: The Daily Caller and ThinkProgress
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
How ISIS Is Complicating Al Franken's Reelection Bid
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor Bashes Fox News' Ferguson Coverage
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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Lauren Mayk / WFLA-TV:
Scott widens lead in gov's race in latest exclusive WFLA TV poll
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
S.E. Cupp / CNN:
Is it OK to hunt while pregnant?
Discussion: Mediaite
Robert Rector / Daily Signal:
The War on Poverty Has Been a Colossal Flop
Nina Golgowski / NY Daily News:
TV evangelist, accused rapist Jim Bakker sells survivalist kits including ‘End of the World Biscuits’
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Rand Paul eyes repeal of ‘all previous executive orders’