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Rick Weiland, the Democratic Senate candidate in South Dakota, effectively accused the national party Monday of sabotaging his campaign.

During a Monday press conference, Weiland charged that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee became involved in the South Dakota Senate race only to help the independent candidate, former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler -- and that the DSCC ran negative TV ads against Republican Mike Rounds in order to damage South Dakotan opinions of Weiland himself.

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Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor narrowly leads Republican Tom Cotton in an internal poll of the Arkansas Senate race, a sign that the vulnerable incumbent has a fighting chance in the tough contest.

The survey by Opinion Research Associates, given to TPM first by an Arkansas Democratic official on Monday, shows the Democrat leading by 1 point, well within the margin of error of plus-or-minus 5 percentage points.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is hoping that mandatory quarantines for health workers returning to the U.S. from treating Ebola patients will boost his book sales.

While defending the controversial quarantines at a Monday news conference, Cuomo joked that those confined to their homes can read his new memoir, "All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants the record to be clear: He did not reverse his decision to keep a nurse who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa in quarantine amid public pressure, though she had been allowed to go home on Monday after significant public backlash.

"I didn’t reverse any decision," Christie told reporters Monday, in an video that his office uploaded to YouTube. "Why are you saying I reversed a decision?"

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If anything is clear from the reporting of the nurse who was quarantined in a New Jersey hospital over Ebola fears, it's that the actual quarantine itself was handled miserably.

Nurse Kaci Hickox, who returned to the U.S. via Newark airport Friday after treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, described her treatment as "a frenzy of disorganization." She was so flustered that a forehead reading showed her with a fever -- which was then used as reason to quarantine her. Later, they took her temperature again and no fever registered. She was kept in quarantine anyway.

Further reported details of Hickox's predicament made clear that, although New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were anxious to show resolve and order the quarantine, their local health officials weren't ready to carry out the order in any way that resembled humane treatment.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man accused in a shooting rampage that left two sheriff's deputies dead and a motorist seriously wounded was living in the United States illegally. He had been convicted in Arizona for selling drugs and deported to Mexico twice.

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