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A lot about the country packed into these findings. From the ABC/WaPo poll on concern over a major outbreak of Ebola in the US ...

While 65 percent of the respondents say they are concerned about a possible “widespread” U.S. epidemic, nearly 8 in 10 with a high school diploma or less education say they are very or somewhat concerned. Among respondents with advanced degrees, about 4 in 10 say they are concerned. Just over 6 in 10 white respondents say they are concerned, compared with 74 percent of nonwhites. And while majorities of all partisan backgrounds express concern about a U.S. epidemic, Republicans express significantly more worry than Democrats.

Dallas Hospital Waited Three Days to Use Hazmat Suits

We now seem to be getting a clearer idea of the breakdown of procedures at the Dallas hospital where one Ebola victim died and two infections of hospital staff took place. A nurses' union - which doesn't represent the Dallas nurses but was enlisted to speak on their behalf - released a statement today detailing a mix of sloppiness, uncertain and evolving practical and lack of proper equipment in the first days of Thomas Eric Duncan's stay at the hospital. But the more striking news - found in medical records obtained by the AP - is that there was apparently a critical two and one half days after Duncan was admitted to the hospital with a suspected case of Ebola but before his definitive diagnosis when hospital workers continued to operate without hazardous materials protective gear.

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Rick Scott Loses His Cool

Add another chapter to the annals of Florida politics.

The gubernatorial debate tonight between current Gov. Rick Scott (R) and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now a Democrat, descended into the surreal when Scott refused to come on stage so long as Crist was allowed to use a small fan to keep cool during the debate. I almost feel the need to repeat that sentence again to make sure it sticks. A small electric fan at Crist's feet behind his podium derailed the start to the televised debate. The fan was, in the view of Scott and his team, a violation of the agreed-upon debate rules.

After the moderators stumbled through the first few minutes, lamely trying to adjudicate the rules dispute, Scott emerged from the wings and the debate got underway.

Here's the video:

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Shep Does Battle with the Ebola Truthers

Fox News' Shep Smith - in a tour de force of counter-programming - tries to talk down the Ebola Truthers. The Virology Elites are not lying to us or trying to trick us!

As our Tom Kludt put it, "It's hard to say if he was addressing his viewers or his colleagues." Watch.

Should Single Women Be Allowed to Vote?

For years there was a constant refrain in American politics which would speak of two electorates, even two elections: election results among white people and then the results when you counted the votes of black people. There were more denigrating and racist versions of this talk. But the most revealing were the versions that weren't consciously racist at all. They were at their peak of popularity in the 80s and 90s and went something like this: "Democrats haven't won the white vote in decades. Without blacks, they'd barely be holding on as a national party."

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Stewart: 'How The F**k' Is Michael Grimm Still Winning His Race?' Watch.

Second Ebola Case

A second health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola.

It seems increasingly hard to believe there weren't some major breakdowns in safety procedures at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.