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Something happening here? An update

(Scott Johnson) We have yet to hear from the White House press office in response to our request for a comment on our reader’s report that a major network problem has hit the computers used by staff in the Executive Office of the President. Our source, however, updated us with the latest on the issue overnight. He believes it is expected that news of the problem (whatever it is) will soon break publicly, if not today. Describing the problem as a “major data loss,” he believes ...
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Epistemic Closure Watch, Ctd

A recent Pew survey showed a sharp ideological divide in media consumption. Nyhan disputes these findings: [H]ave the predictions of widespread media echo chambers really come true? It’s hard to tell using ...

Tom Cotton to Air Mini-Doc as a Campaign Ad

Rep. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) Senate campaign announced Friday it has purchased television time and will be airing a 14-minute long campaign ad focused on Cotton’s connections to his hometown and personal history.  According to the campaign, the lengthy ad — which features testimonials from his mother Avis Cotton, his father Len Cotton an...

Beacon Center of Tennessee supports Amendment 2. Good enough for Jefferson, good enough for me

Good enough for Jefferson, good enough for me Justin Owen By: Justin Owen, CEO The Beacon Center – I’m p...

Acid Burns In Isfahan

Protest in #Isfahan city against recent spate of #AcidAttacks on women RT @MeetIran pic.twitter.com/llCjoad2Tk — Henry Bouvier (@HB2it) ...

Tennessee Voices for Victims Endorses Amendment 2

Press release, Nashville, Tenn. –Tennessee Voices for Victims, a leading advocate for victims of crime , announced today their strong support and endorsement for Amendment 2. Tennessee Voices for Victims joins a growing and impressive list of organizations from across the state encouraging their members and supporters to Vote YES on 2. “In 1991, my sister -­‐ in -­‐ law was sexually assaulted and mu...

T Minus 11: Dems Struggling to Escape Obama

A top Democrat pollster summed up the challenge facing Democrats in the election just over a week away. “I think Obama being so unpopular is the biggest factor in this election,” Tom Jensen, a pollster with the left-leaning firm Public Policy Polling ...

Smells Like Teen Misdemeanor

Gary Fields and John R. Emshwiller report on a shift in how adolescent misbehavior gets punished: In Texas, a student got a misdemeanor ticket for wearing too much perfume. In Wisconsin, a teen was charged with theft after sharing the chicken nuggets from a classmate’s meal—the classmate was on lunch assistance and sharing it meant the teen ...

Facing Judgment

Edwards Trys to Gain Ground in Iowa James Hamblin flags research on how people react to different kinds of faces: ...

Two Students Injured in Washington State School Shooting, Gunman on the Loose

Reports indicate at least two students were injured on October 24 when a fellow student allegedly fired shots inside the cafeteria at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. RT.com reports the shots were fired around 10:45 a.m. ...

Obama meets Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office

Plus: The “hacklash.” Credit where it’s due: This is a nice move by O, not just as recognition for someone who risked her life to help a sick man but as a signal to the world that survivors needn’t be shunned. Members of Thomas Duncan’s family claim that people...

Puberty On Hold

Jake Thomas discusses new options available to some transgender youth: The country’s attitude toward the transgender community is shifting, with the once rarely-discussed topic moving further into mainstream conversation. The nascent acceptance of transgender people has important consequences for their medical care, and earli...

White House Mocks Darrell Issa During Ebola Hearing

When the House Oversight Committee Hearing on Ebola began Friday morning, the country was experiencing heightened awareness of the disease, as reports came out that a doctor in New York City had contracted the disease and spent time in the public arena. But the hearing was quickly upstaged by an announcement by the National Institutes of Health that the first nurse...

Watch: Sen. Mark Udall Botches MLK Quote: ‘We Judge People By The Content Of Their Color’

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) flubbed a Martin Luther King Jr. quote on Thursday, during an event. “In 2008 and 2012, we showed that Dr. Martin Luther King had it right,” Udall began, “which is that in America, at our best, we judge people by the content of their color…” he began, before acknowledging that he had messed up, and correct...

Owned By Rent

4764481943_6b30ba4d18_b Megan McArdle responds to Chico Harlan’s ...

A Lefty Explains What the Election Is All About

(John Hinderaker) Rob Stein is the founder of the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella a group that organizes the funding of left-wing causes by rich liberals and interest groups. In The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer, at page 7, Stein explains candidly what pol...

Gallup poll shows Tea Party supporters the most motivated to vote

They’re baaaa-aaaaaaaaack. They’re baaaa-aaack, as Carol Anne said in Poltergeist II. No, not the cheesy ghosts from the cemetery under their house, but the ghosts of the previous midterm election, and they’re about to haunt Democrats. Gallup&...

A Breakthrough With Boko Haram? Not So Much.

Boko Haram has abducted more women despite claims of a Nigeria cease-fire http://t.co/fysbV5UYQB pic.twitter.com/jz0ot86DSR — The New York Times (@nytimes) October 24, 2014 A week ago, the Nigerian government ...

USA Today: CDC Lost Its Ebola Gamble

The Ebola situation is testing the world’s best infectious disease team, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at its ability to perform crisis management. While the immediate threat in the United States appears to be receding, it is far from clear that we’re up to facing a stronger test. The CDC is one of the great institutions of our federal gov...

Fact Check: Jeanne Shaheen Lies About Senate Immigration Bill

CONCORD, New Hampshire — Incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) lied at least twice about the Senate immigration bill during Thursday night’s debate against former Sen. Scott Brown. The first lie Shaheen told about the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill was that she claimed President Barack Obama didn’t support it. ...