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This October 4, 2014 US Navy handout image shows two US Navy F-18E Super Hornets supporting operations against IS, after being refueled by a KC-135 Statotanker over Iraq after conducting an airstrike.  The US military unleashed a wave of air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq this weekend, destroying tanks, armored vehicles and mortar teams, a statement said October 5. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US AIR FORCE / Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel    RELEASED         == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US Air Force / Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel  "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / NO A LA CARTE SALES / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/AFP/Getty Images
This October 4, 2014 US Navy handout image shows two US Navy F-18E Super Hornets supporting operations against IS, after being refueled by a KC-135 Statotanker over Iraq after conducting an airstrike. The US military unleashed a wave of air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq this weekend, destroying tanks, armored vehicles and mortar teams, a statement said October 5. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US AIR FORCE / Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel RELEASED == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US Air Force / Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / NO A LA CARTE SALES / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/AFP/Getty ImagesSTAFF SGT. SHAWN NICKEL / AFP - Getty Images

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OBAMA AGENDA: Reality check on airstrikes against ISIS

From the Wall Street Journal: "As the U.S. prepares to launch a ground war by proxy forces in Syria and Iraq, there are signs that the air campaign is disrupting militant group Islamic State. Fighters are fleeing their bases, they travel at night and in smaller units and are cutting back on cellphone and radio communications to evade detection, according to U.S. officials and opponents of the group on the ground. However, Islamic State appears to have largely withstood the airstrikes so far and with scant pressure on the ground in Iraq and Syria, the militants have given up little of the territory they captured before the campaign began."

"In its campaign across northern Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group Islamic State has been using ammunition from the United States and other countries that have been supporting the regional security forces fighting the group, according to new field data gathered by a private arms-tracking organization," reports the New York Times.

The New York Times looks at Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine's break with Obama over war powers.

From the AP: "Americans lack confidence in the government's ability to protect their personal safety and economic security, a sign that their widespread unease about the state of the nation extends far beyond politics, according to the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. With Election Day about a month away, more than half those in the survey said Washington can do little to effectively lessen threats such as climate change, mass shootings, racial tensions, economic uncertainty and an unstable job market."

"People can't plead ignorance of the law to excuse a violation. The first case of the new Supreme Court term Monday tests whether there's a double standard when it comes to the police," writes the AP.

The Washington Post reports from Jefferson County on the culture clash over the AP History curriculum.

OFF TO THE RACES: Orman up 10 points in Kansas

From one of us(!) on Sunday: "Independent candidate Greg Orman is leading incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas by 10 points, while Democrats have a slim lead in North Carolina’s contest and both candidates are in a dead heat in Iowa’s Senate race, new NBC News/Marist polls find."

On Sunday, David Axelrod told one of us(!) that the president's statement that his policies are all on the ballot was "a mistake."

And here's Reince Priebus, also on "Meet the Press" : "I think we’ve gotta win the Senate, I think we will win the Senate, the question for us is, you know, are we gonna win with six, seven or eight seats.”

VoteVets Action Fund is up with $800,000 of TV spots in Arkansas, Michigan and Hawaii. In the group's anti-Tom Cotton ad, a veteran asks: "Do I respect Tom Cotton’s military service? I sure do. Trust him enough to send him to the Senate? Not a chance.”

Southern Democrats need to walk a tightrope between distancing themselves from Obama and courting black voters, writes the Wall Street Journal.

ALASKA: From over the weekend: The Washington Post writes on how Mark Begich built a ground operation in remote areas of the sprawling state.

ARKANSAS: Bill Clinton is doing two days of campaigning in his old stomping grounds in Arkansas.

GEORGIA: From Friday: “During a July 2005 deposition, a transcript of which was provided to POLITICO, [David] Perdue spoke at length about his role in Pillowtex’s collapse, which led to the loss of more than 7,600 jobs. Perdue was asked about his “experience with outsourcing,” and his response was blunt. “Yeah, I spent most of my career doing that,” Perdue said, according to the 186-page transcript of his sworn testimony.”

IOWA: The Des Moines Register previews Monday night's debate between Staci Appel and David Young in the 3rd District race.

Michelle Obama will campaign later this week for Bruce Braley, the Register reports.

KANSAS: Pat Roberts stumps with U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President Rob Engstrom today.

KENTUCKY: From Roll Call: "A tour bus that roiled Kentucky’s Senate race in August may have been parked after suggestions of impropriety, but smaller vehicles owned by companies associated with Alison Lundergan Grimes’ father have remained on the road for campaign purposes."

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Marco Rubio will campaign with Scott Brown in New Hampshire this week and talk Iraq strategy.

TEXAS: The Wall Street Journal delves into Wendy Davis's struggles in Texas.

WISCONSIN: Emily's List is up with a major push for Mary Burke in Wisconsin.

The Journal Sentinel writes on Burke's turnout challenge.

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Friday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Luke Russert interviews Dr. David Heymann on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, NBC’s Sarah Dallof, Pete Williams, Richard Engel, Ayman Mohyeldin, John Yang, Ian Williams, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Gayle Lemmon and Director of the Marist Poll Lee Miringoff.

*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall talks to Dr. Seema Yasmin on the ebola emergency, pediatrician Dr. Lolita McDavid about the enterovirus affecting children, The Washington Post editor of the Early Lead Cindy Boren on Michael Phelps entering a treatment program, and in today’s “Born in the U$A” installment, Orane Barrett, founder of Kool Nerd Clothing.

*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann, WHO Liberia Representative Peter Graaff, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Bloomberg Deputy Managing Editor Jeanne Cummings and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, Richard Engel, John Yang and Ayman Mohyeldin.

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