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Alison Lundergan Grimes PUNCHES BACK And Says SHE WON'T BE BULLIED BY CHUCK TODD

(Politicus USA) Alison Lundergan Grimes took the stage in Kentucky and delivered a punch in the nose to Chuck Todd by proclaiming that she will not be bullied by the Meet The Press moderator. During a rally in Kentucky will Bill Clinton, Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes said, “Kentucky is ready for a senator that’s an independent thinker that can put the partisanship aside and actually fight for the people for this state. One that won’t be bullied by Mitch McConnell or Chuck Todd. We can do this Kentucky.”

babylonsister

6 Weeks In, Chuck Todd Only Making Bigger Mess of Meet the Press

(Mediaite) We’re now six weeks into the Chuck Todd era as moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. And quite frankly, outside of a strong debut, the mistakes being made both on-set and off have made this second first impression go about as poorly as NBC could have feared.

First, the numbers: They’re ugly. MTP under Todd debuted at #1 in the demo the week after Labor Day. Since that time, he’s dropped back to the David Gregory position known as a comfortable third. But here’s where things are disturbing if you’re NBC News President Deborah Turness: Over the past two weeks — which were heavy, compelling news cycles from Ebola to ISIS to the upcoming midterm elections — Meet is down 34 and 30 percent in the demo, respectively. (Note: We’re not talking being down this much from the Russert era or some kind of high water mark of the past, but from the same time last year, when the Gregory offering was limping along. For context, last week saw ABC’s This Week up 8 percent in the demo year-to-year while CBS’s Face the Nation was up 13 percent.)

morningfog

Reality Check: How People Catch Ebola, And How They Don’t (Very Good Interview)

(WBUR) It’s confusing. You hear that Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was so contagious that two Dallas nurses in protective gear caught the virus. But then you hear, in more recent days, that apparently nobody else did, including the inner circle who lived with him and cared for him. The CDC announced today that all of Mr. Duncan’s “community contacts” have completed their 21-day monitoring period without developing Ebola.

How to understand that? And how to address alarmists’ claims that for the nurses and so many West Africans to have caught Ebola, it must have gone “airborne”?

Rhinodawg

BCAM: Why are Komen's pink ribbons on so many carcinogenic products?

(Newsday) Breast cancer giant Susan G. Komen has found its strangest bedfellow yet in one of the world's largest oilfield services corporations, Baker Hughes. The two have teamed up for a second year to distribute 1,000 pink drill bits to oil fields worldwide.

Each drill bit, which burrows thousands of feet underground to tap fossil fuel reservoirs, is "shipped to the drill site in a pink-topped container containing information packets with breast health facts, including breast cancer risk factors and screening tips," according to energy news site FuelFix.com.

madokie

The Science of Fox News: Why Its Viewers Are the Most Misinformed

(Alternet) In June of 2011, Jon Stewart went on air with Fox News’ Chris Wallace and started a major media controversy over the channel’s misinforming of its viewers. “Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers?” Stewart asked Wallace. “The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll.”

Stewart’s statement was factually accurate, as we’ll see. The next day, however, the fact-checking site PolitiFact weighed in and rated it “false.”In claiming to check Stewart’s “facts,” PolitiFact ironically committed a serious error—and later, doubly ironically, failed to correct it. How’s that for the power of fact checking?

applegrove

$10.10 Minimum Wage Would Save The U.S. Government $7.6 Billion A Year

(HuffPo) Raising the federal minimum wage would save the government billions and have sweeping benefits for low-income families, according to a new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank focused on labor issues.

EPI's report found that if the minimum wage were boosted from its current level of $7.25 per hour to $10.10, as proposed by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014, more than 1.7 million Americans would no longer have to rely on public assistance programs. This would produce $7.6 billion per year or more in savings for the federal government, according to the study.

RandySF

Rick Scott admits delaying execution for fundraiser.

(Political Wire) Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) admitted in a debate against challenger Charlie Crist (D) that he delayed an execution to accommodate the political fundraising schedule of the Attorney General.

babylonsister

GOP governor: Obamacare has made ‘real improvements in people’s lives’

(MSNBC) Once in a great while, a politician will slip and accidentally tell the truth. Take Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), for example, who inadvertently praised the Affordable Care Act.

“Repeal and replace” has been a Republican mantra for nearly as long as Obamacare has been in existence. Yet one of the GOP’s rumored 2016 front-runners isn’t playing along.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is expected to cruise to reelection this year and then seek the Republican nomination in 2016, recently told the Associated Press that repealing the Affordable Care is “not gonna happen.” “The opposition to it was really either political or ideological,” he said. “I don’t think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives.”

kpete

LOL: McConnell will pay expenses in return for 'enthusiasm' at events

(The Hill) In an email sent earlier this month and obtained by The Hill, Taylor Bumgardner, a Kentucky Republican Party regional political director, offers volunteers the opportunity to join McConnell on his tour, which launched Monday. Meals, lodging and transportation are included in the trip.

"Senator McConnell is seeking volunteers to join him on a 3-day campaign bus tour around the state on October 20-22 to show our support for Kentucky coal. You would join local supporters in contributing to an enthusiastic atmosphere at each of his events,"

mfcorey1

Rwanda is now screening anyone coming from the United States for Ebola.

(USA Today) The East African nation of Rwanda is requiring all visitors from the United States and Spain to self-monitor, fill out an extensive questionnaire and report their medical condition for the first 21 days of their visits because of the Ebola cases that have surfaced in the two Western countries.

Coincidentally or not, the new screening follows an embarrassing uproar in a New Jersey school over the imminent enrollment of two Rwanda children that initially prompted their parents to keep them at home for 21 days.

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