God Bless These Heroes of the Ebola Crisis

Heroes.

The entire world, but more importantly America, is in the midst of an Ebola outbreak that could threat the existence of life on Earth as we know it. Things are looking pretty grim for humanity, and President Obama’s failure to lead has made things even worse.

If we are to survive the epidemic, we are going to need heroes. Several individuals and conglomerates have, in Obama’s absence, already stepped up to the plate and, through their selfless actions, given us hope. It’s worth recognizing those heroes now, before it’s too late.

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Kay Hagan Is the Most Awkward Candidate of 2014

Awkward. (AP)

Senator Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) is the most awkward candidate running in 2014, a Free Beacon analysis has found.

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Free Beacon Fashion Corner: Some D.C. Suiting Options

Fancy Bill's clothier of choice

Since I’ve spent all week writing about videogames and comic books, I figured I’d class the joint up a little bit and offer some fashion tips. Inspired by this rather, well, dull list of places to buy suits in Washington by the scamps at DCist*, allow me to suggest a few options that you may not have heard of. Note: This list is almost entirely aspirational. As a humble journalist my clothing budget is tight and new items are acquired on a need-to-buy basis.

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Ellison’s Election Tip Sheet

Ellison Barber election tip sheet

SENATE: KENTUCKY

After pulling out of the Kentucky Senate race one week ago, the DSCC is back in it with a small ad buy.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of the day is “Senate Forecast: Cloudy With a Good Chance of a Republican Majority,” in Sabato’s Crystal Ball.

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Gawker: It’s Cool to Punish OTHER People for Their Words, Just Not Us

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As I’ve noted elsewhere, the most amusing aspect of the whole #GamerGate phenomenon (background here and here and here) has been the angry progressive media types confusedly looking around trying to figure out how we got to a point where they would be targeted for boycotts and the like for casual comments they have made. As Varad Mehta noted,

Crazy, right? They don’t quite understand the world they’ve created. They think it’s the worst thing in the whole world for Internet Tough Guys to make death and rape threats* and also that it’s cool to joke about Bristol Palin actually being physically assaulted by a man. Because stoopid Rethuglicans, you know? Most amusingly, they don’t even seem to understand the contradiction. So they get really butthurt when someone else whips up an Internet rage mob against them. “Don’t you understand?” they seem to be crying. “We’re the good guys here! We only take on bad people! Those Other people. That aren’t good. Like us!”

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SHOCKING: These Democratic Fundraising Emails Are Out of Control

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Election Day is less than two weeks away, and Democrats are starting to panic. Many have made fun of their increasingly frantic fundraising emails over the past several months, but in recent days parody has become reality. Seriously, these emails are out of control.

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Remember When Monica Lewinsky Blamed Bill Clinton Instead of Matt Drudge? The Internet Does

In this image taken from video, Monica Lewinsky embraces President Clinton as he greeted well-wishers at a White House lawn party in Washington Nov. 6, 1996

Monica Lewinsky injected herself into the news cycle once again this week, this time with a fascinating re-writing of her dubious place in history. Lewinsky painted herself as victim, once again, but this time she claims to be a victim of the Internet. Or, more specifically, of Matt Drudge and the Drudge Report.

In Lewinsky’s warped (or calculated) view of her time in the limelight, she was the world’s first victim of “cyberbullying” and Drudge the first perpetrator.

One thing about the Internet that is undeniable is that it creates a record of a person’s behavior and statements so when they attempt to rearrange their personal narrative, as Lewinsky is attempting, previous statements can be reflected upon and held up to new-found interpretations of past deeds.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

Ellison must read

My must read of they day is “In a first, Republicans claim early vote lead in Iowa,” in the Washington Examiner.

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This Might Be the Creepiest Pro-Abortion Rally You’ve Ever Seen

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Representative Annie Kuster (D., N.H.) held a campaign rally on Wednesday to accept the endorsement of the pro-choice group NARAL. Apparently someone on Kuster’s campaign though it was a good idea to make the whole event Halloween themed—complete with cobwebs and skeletons—to make the point that when it comes to abortion, Republican policies are “truly frightening.”

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VIDEO: Kay Hagan Refuses to Answer Questions About Why She Skipped Senate Debate

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Senator Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) held some huge rallies on Wednesday, but she wasn’t answering any questions about why she skipped yesterday’s debate with GOP opponent Thom Tillis.

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HUGE CROWD Turns Out for Kay Hagan Campaign Event

(Rob Lockwood, Twitter)

One day after Senator Kay Hagan skipped a scheduled debate with her opponent Thom Tillis—a move even Rachel Maddow thought was pretty shady—the incumbent Democrat rallied supporters at a massive campaign event, the Free Beacon has learned:

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Tribal Leaders and the Future of Afghanistan

APTOPIX Afghanistan Opium

Peter Tomsen, who once served as the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and who published in 2011 what many consider to be the definitive book, thus far, about the war there, has a review in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs of three recent books on the same subject. The review and the books (War Comes to Garmser by Carter Malkasian, The Wrong Enemy by Carlotta Gall, and No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal) are thoughtful works by deeply informed writers, and all are worth a read.

On the way to providing some interesting proposals for future international policy in Afghanistan, Tomsen considers the question of what has gone wrong thus far. His discussion of the most recent book—Gopal’s—is particularly interesting.

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Terrible Political Cartoons, #GamerGate Edition

Terrible GamerGate Cartoon 2

A few months back, Andrew Ferguson* wrote a rather scathing takedown of a HBO documentary on the notoriously dreadful cartoonist Herbert Block. Block’s biggest weakness, Andy wrote, was that, well, he couldn’t really draw. To make up for this talent deficit, Block would simply label all of his cartoons with the points he was trying to make. Here’s Andy:

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Kay Hagan’s Net Worth Has Jumped 37 Percent Since She Took Office

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Becoming a U.S. senator can be great way to increase your personal wealth. Just ask Kay Hagan, whose net worth has increased almost 40 percent since getting elected.

According to CQ Roll Call, which tracks the wealth of members of Congress on an annual basis, Hagan’s minimum net worth (figures are provided in broad ranges on financial disclosure forms) was $6.67 million when she took office in 2009. As of this year, Hagan had a minimum net worth of $9.12 million, which amounts to a 37 percent over her Senate career.

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