The Hipster Baby Name Craze Must Stop

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Young parents are determined to name their newborns something creative and unique, no matter what burden that name may put on their progeny. With names such as “Brooklyn” and “Milo” bordering on mainstream because of their ubiquity, the dawn of the hipster baby name has almost ensured a future generation of Pajama Boys.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Spurned by Obama on Immigration, Will Latino Voters Stay Home?” in the National Journal.

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Pressure Grows for Marines to Lower Standards for Women

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When it was reported at the beginning of October that three female Marine officers had passed the Combat Endurance Test (CET), the initial entry screener for the Corp’s challenging Infantry Officer Course, the news was widely reported. You can read about it here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The story was indeed news. Up to that point, of the 24 women who had attempted the CET, only one had passed, and she had reportedly later been dropped from the overall course for an injury. Struggling to get enough female officers into the course to produce a statistically significant result for its study of introducing women into combat roles, the Corps had directed that more seasoned female officers could attempt the course. Now three had made it over the first hurdle.

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Georgia Dem Mailer Warns: Obama’s ‘Presidency is On the Line’

Will he resign? (AP)

President Obama is not running for reelection this year, but his presidency is “on the line,” warns a Democratic Party flyer making its way around Georgia.

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Hillary Clinton Has Mastered The Art of Turning Her New Grandchild Into a Stump Speech

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Hillary Clinton is a grandmother, in case you hadn’t heard, and one of the benefits of having a new grandchild is it provides an easy hook for a political stump speech. Hillary Clinton has already mastered this process, as you can see is this video from a campaign rally for Kay Hagan in North Carolina.

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BREAKING: New York Times Mentions Koch Brothers in Editorial, Forgets to Call Them ‘Evil’

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In addition to funding hospitals and scholarships for minority students, the Koch brothers are trying to undermine the America Dream by providing scholarships and training to public defenders to ensure that all Americans are adequately protected by the right to counsel.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day “The GOP and School Reform,” by Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden, in National Review.

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Boardwalk Empire: A Show About Everything—and, Therefore, Nothing (Spoilers)

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Spoilers for all five seasons of Boardwalk Empire, which had its series finale last night, below.

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VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Shouts Down Crowd Attempting to Wish Her Happy Birthday (She Turns 67 Today)

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Shortly before Hillary Clinton took the stage Saturday at a campaign event for Kay Hagan, a woman decked out in Hillary swag traversed the crowd informing attendees that the professional public speaker was about to have a birthday. (Clinton turned 67 on Sunday.) The plan was for everyone to sing Happy Birthday after Hagan introduced her guest of honor. It didn’t really work out, however, because Hillary just kept talking, and enough people in the crowd reflexively cheered after every sentence to drown out the singing.

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2016 Watch: Rick Perry Draws Larger Crowd than Hillary Clinton in North Carolina

Ready for Rick?

Texas Governor Rick Perry and professional public speaker Hillary Clinton both held rallies in North Carolina over the past two days for their respective party’s Senate candidate in what is shaping up to be a close race that has already attracted its fair share of 2016 contenders.

Embarrassingly for Clinton, she drew a significantly smaller crowd in Charlotte (population 800,000) than Perry was able to attract in Smithfield (population 12,000).

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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

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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

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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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