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Late Polls Have Iowa, North Carolina Senate Races All Tied Up

Oct 31, 2014 5:32 PM PT

Newly released CNN/ORC International polls have the North Carolina and Iowa Senate races dead even going into the final weekend before election day.

The slight differences are within the polls' margin of error.

Iowa Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley by 2 points among likely voters, 49 percent to 47 percent. In North Carolina, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan leads Republican Thom Tillis by 2 points among likely voters, 48 percent to 46 percent.

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Politics

A Flailing Landrieu Stands By Southern Racism Charge

Oct 31, 2014 4:53 PM PT

Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu has been lagging in the polls, causing many to view her injection of racial politics into her Senate race at the last minute something of a 'Hail Mary' move.

“I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” the senator told Todd. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

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Politics

White House Treatment of C-Span Over Unreleased Interview Has a Familiar Ring

Oct 31, 2014 4:32 PM PT

Since a spat in 2010 over the release of an interview, C-Span has not been granted another interview with the President, Vice President, First Lady or lower level White House officials. The incident is reminiscent of what happened with another potentially damaging interview clip that was held back by CBS News during the 2012 election.

The Washington Post has the story based on another tidbit from Sharyl Attkisson's forthcoming book, Stonewalled. In August 2010, President Obama gave an interview to C-Span's Brian Lamb. During the interview, Lamb asked the President what he had changed in the Oval Office. President Obama replied, "Given that we are in the midst of some very difficult economic times, we decided to hold off last year in terms of making some changes."

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Politics

Obama's Hypocritical Last Mid-term Gasp On Women's Issues

Oct 31, 2014 4:29 PM PT

Just in time to co-exist with yet one more drubbing of Mark 'Uterus' Udall on women's issues, this one from liberal female Margaret Carlson ... Barack Obama is busy today and tomorrow confirming the Democrats need to super-motivate women to vote for them if they've any hope of retaining control of the Senate. 

Unfortunately for Obama, a review of his own administration's record makes him a hypocrite. Yet, fortunately for him, the large media outlets helping him get out his message don't seem too interested in pointing out how hollow and manipulative he's being, just as is the case with Mark Udall in Colorado.

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Medicine

America's Favorite Ebola Nurse Wins In Court

Oct 31, 2014 1:33 PM PT
A Maine judge has ruled that the temporary court order, imposed yesterday on America's favorite Ebola nurse,  Kaci Hickox, is not binding,  even though the order had been made in consideration of the fact that her roommate  in West Africa had become infected with Ebola, (although "any potential risk to respondent from that incident has passed.")

District Court Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere rejected a court order drawn up by Maine health officials that would have required nurse Kaci Hickox to avoid public places and keep a three-foot buffer with other people until Nov. 10, when a 21-day incubation period for the virus will end.

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Entertainment

Suggested snack for Halloween: a bowl of creepypasta

Oct 31, 2014 12:36 PM PT

The term "creepypasta" is fairly elastic, covering a lot of Internet short fiction and manufactured urban legends - a notable example being the "Slender Man," which began as a set of clever Photoshops inserting a tall, disturbing humanoid figure into mundane pictures of kids at play, and grew into an urban legend about a possibly extraterrestrial stalker.  (Slender Man then got commercialized, even receiving his own video games.)  

But the purest expression of the creepypasta art form is an entirely new form of horror fiction: a tale told in seemingly realistic manner through emails and forum posts.  Sometimes the creators will sign up under a number of different aliases at a Web forum, creating the illusion of a group of unrelated people discussing some eerie phenomenon.  It's basically an elaborate hoax, carried off so well that you can't help but applaud the effort when reading the finished product.  At its best, creepypasta has the same air of legitimacy that the early found-footage movies did, particularly "The Blair Witch Project," which could even be described as creepypasta in cinematic form, since its marketing was boosted with Web sites that made the film out to be a documentary about a group of students who really disappeared while researching an urban legend.

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Foreign Affairs

Canada is Having a Very Familiar Debate About Home Grown Terrorism

Oct 31, 2014 11:56 AM PT

Since the shooting in Ottawa last week by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a very familiar political debate has broken out in Canada: Was Zehaf-Bibeau a terrorist or just a disturbed man committing a crime?

In his first statement after the attack Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper described Zehah-Bibeau as a terrorist saying, "in the days to come we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had."

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Culture

Catcalling and the Fine Art of Manufactured Crisis

Oct 31, 2014 10:50 AM PT

In response to In Defense of Catcalls:

Catcalling, of course, an entirely manufactured "crisis," done clumsily enough to where you can still see the "insert tab A into slot B" stickers on the parts.  Judging by Allahpundits lively "Quote of the Day" roundup at Hot Air, it worked beautifully, creating a 24-hour social-issue flash-in-the-pan that everyone felt obliged to weigh in on.  That most definitely includes skeptics who realize the importance of getting into these discussions early.  The memory of how a Democrat campaign operative posing as a "debate moderator," George Stephanopolous, kicked off the "War on Women" by blindsiding the 2012 GOP candidates with a planted question will linger long in our minds.  We've learned that we can't let the Left have a field day with social issues for months, until we end up responding with a snort of disbelief that anyone is taking their latest goofball crusade seriously.

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Politics

Democrat's Donor Disaster Preparedness Better Than For Ebola?

Oct 31, 2014 10:42 AM PT

Democrats weren't thinking ahead in terms of preparing to protect Americans from Ebola, the White House and CDC have already admitted that. But the thought of deep pocketed Democrat donors ending up with egg on their faces on election night? 

Now, there's a potential disaster Democrats are quick to try and get out ahead of. Just a wild guess, but maybe newly crowned Ebola czar Ron Klain has been barely visible because his expertise as a political operative is needed elsewhere right now?

Democratic operatives, worried that election night could be a major disappointment, are preparing a damage control offensive meant to convince the rich liberals who opened their wallets wide in 2014 that their money wasn’t spent in vain.

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Foreign Affairs

John McCain: The Taliban 5 Have Reentered the Fight

Oct 31, 2014 10:40 AM PT

Fox News is reporting that according to US defense and intelligence officials, up to 30 Guantánamo Bay detainees who were released in the past three years, have joined the terror group ISIS. 

Senator John McCain added to the distressing news, Thursday night on Fox's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,  saying that the five Taliban leaders exchanged for American Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year, had almost certainly re-entered the fight.

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