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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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Indeed

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.

Horrific & Also Guns

There's a horrific story out tonight about Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist, blogger and gaming critic, who has pulled out a speech she was going to give at Utah State University after an emailer threatened a "Montreal Massacre style attack" if her speech wasn't canceled. To get a feel for the sort of character we're talking about, the anonymous emailer - purportedly a student at the University - said “feminists have ruined my life and I will have my revenge, for my sake and the sake of all the others they've wronged."

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