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Palin Predicts a Big Upset; Early Vote Tallies; Nuclear Power’s Comeback; White House Ghosts

Good morning, it’s Friday, October 31, 2014, only four days until the end of this occasionally creepy election season. Happy Halloween to you all, although I’m unsure if “happy” is the right modifier for a semi-holiday that glorifies witches, goblins, and ghosts -- and doles out to costumed children sugary confections that will rot their teeth and make their parents even chubbier. Perhaps that’s too negative. As a kid, I considered Halloween a magical night,

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Study: Poll Results Can Sway Voters on Some Issues

Public opinion polls can be self-fulfilling prophecies, swaying voters toward popular policies, according to a new paper published in the journal Research Politics. However, there are important caveats to the study.  The researchers, who explained their findings in the Washington Post, asked a random sample of national adults for their opinion on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, free trade, and election finance reform. Before asking them, however, they provided the respondents with information about how

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In N.C. Senate Race, It’s Obama’s Record vs. Legislature’s

CHARLOTTE -- North Carolina helped Barack Obama make history six years ago, when the Illinois senator became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win here since Jimmy Carter. That same year, Democrat Kay Hagan defeated Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole, a victory the challenger said reflected voters’ “hunger for change.” Four years later, the president and thousands of other Democrats descended upon this Southern city, hoping its demographic diversity would help deliver the state once again.

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Ebola Response: Coordinated But Not Cohesive

Ron Klain was among the last to enter the East Room on Wednesday, the first to stand to applaud President Obama, and something of a smiling usher as more than 200 invited health and science guests filed out more than 20 minutes later. As the president’s Ebola response coordinator for exactly a week, Klain has been busy. Events suggest as much, and the president’s spokesman offers general accounts of Klain contributions when reporters keep asking,

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Obama and the Virtues of Inaction

In responding to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is being his usual self: passive, detached, unable or unwilling to lead. So say his critics, who accuse him of being an idle observer of his own presidency. Idleness in the Oval Office is not necessarily a vice. What Obama displays in this episode are not his worst qualities but his best ones. In refusing to succumb to the demands for showy action, he is dampening

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Trying to Silence Bill Maher in the Cradle of Free Speech

"The students at the University of California at Berkeley represent a diverse array of students from all walks of life," begins the student petition. Somehow you just know that before the end, the document will demand that the administration muzzle someone -- for the sake of diversity. The spirit of far-left censors trumps exposure to novel ideas. Hence the petition, titled "Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley's December graduation." "It is the responsibility

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Moderate Thunder out of Kansas

IOLA, Kan. -- The several dozen citizens gathered at a street corner just off the main square of this southeastern Kansas town of 5,600 were polite and friendly in the Midwestern way. They did not look in the least like a band of counterrevolutionaries intent on reversing the direction of the government in Topeka. Yet the results of the tea party rebellion four years ago have led these civic-minded, middle-of-the-road Kansans to a quiet but

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New EPA Rules Could Threaten Thriving Hispanic Small Businesses

As our economy has gradually recovered from the recent downturn, one bright spot has emerged: the growth of Hispanic-owned firms has outpaced all other segments of American business. In fact, Hispanic entrepreneurs have been starting new ventures at three times the national average. Today, there are more than 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the U.S. economy every year. While overall economic growth slowed during the recession, Hispanic-owned

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