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Something About This Race

I'd be very surprised to see Allison Lundergan Grimes unseat Mitch McConnell next month. National observers have largely written her off after national Democrats decided to refocus dollars on other campaigns. And her fairly comical explanations for why she wouldn't say whether she voted for Barack Obama certainly didn't help. But it's hard to write her off entirely when we keep getting polls showing her only one point behind like this one.

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Gremlins?

I've heard gays called a lot of ugly things. But 'Gremlins' is new for me. Congressional candidate Anthony Culler is willing to use the g-word though and says "same-sex 'marriage' is a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family."

Total Social Breakdown

Town Pumpkin Fest organizer threatens to "pull the plug" on local reporter as white rioters are barely kept at bay beyond buckling police cordon. Watch.

Today's Very Good News on Ebola - That You Probably Haven't Heard

With the real and disturbing news that at least two (it's possible there could still be more) Dallas health workers contracted Ebola during the care for Eric Thomas Duncan, there's some very notable and very good news that is getting much less attention. Today is October 19th, the last day of the quarantine for the family members who were living with Duncan just before he was hospitalized.

I don't know precisely when today public health authorities will end the quarantine or precisely how they will handle it. But as far as we know, according to news reports as recently as yesterday, none of the family members have shown any symptoms of the disease. So we can now say close to definitively that none of them contracted Ebola even though they were living with him in close quarters as he entered the infectious period.

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SCOTUS Fails To Block Texas Voter ID Law

The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency appeal from the Justice Department and civil rights groups who were trying to prevent the Texas voter ID law from being enforced in the November election. As you'll recall, a district judge found the law to be unconstitutional last week because it intentionally discriminated against minority voters. But the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals and now the Supreme Court have blocked that ruling from going into effect while appeals are pending. That clears the way for Texas to enforce the law in the upcoming election.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. From Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent: "The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters."

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