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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.


President Obama indicated Thursday that he might name an Ebola "czar," telling reporters: "“It may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person, not because they haven’t been doing an outstanding job, really working hard on this issue, but they are also responsible for a whole bunch of other stuff."

The Washington Post looks at criticism of CDC director Tom Frieden.

Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, was discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine.

The Associated Press: "European leaders and Russia signaled cautious optimism over a peace deal for Ukraine after a high-level meeting in Milan on Friday, but emphasized details still need to be worked out."

OFF TO THE RACES: The Oligarchs

The New York Times Magazine: "How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties"

(Flashback to First Read from back in April: “The Rise of the Political Ultra-Rich.”)

ARKANSAS: Writes the Hill: "Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is struggling after a spate of recent missteps, and Democrats even privately admit he needs a near-perfect finish to survive."

COLORADO: The Denver Post backs Rep. Mike Coffman for another term.

A new Quinnipiac poll shows Cory Gardner leading Mark Udall 47 to 41 percent.

FLORIDA: There's plenty of - ahem - "blowback" the day after Fan-gate hit the Florida governor's race. The Miami Herald gives the tick-tock.

IOWA: The Omaha World-Herald on last night's Senate debate: "Braley tried to paint Ernst as too radical and right-wing for most Iowans by accusing her of wanting to ban all abortions and prevent women from getting contraceptives. Ernst said she will “always support life” and is against abortion except for when the mother’s life is at stake. However, Ernst said she supports access to birth control."

KANSAS: The New York Times profiles Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, "who has transformed an obscure office in a place far from the usual political battlegrounds, to become a lightning rod on restrictive voting and illegal immigration."

The Minnesota Star Tribune looks at the lighting business that launched Greg Orman's career.

GEORGIA: The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe reports from Georgia on how Democrats are trying to paint David Perdue as Romney Redux -- and they're getting some traction.

KENTUCKY: Veterans group VoteVets is pouring lots of cash into an anti-McConnell ad buy.

LOUISIANA: Bill Clinton will stump for Mary Landrieu Monday in Baton Rouge.

Remember Chris McDaniel? He's helping out tea party-supported Republican Rob Maness in Louisiana.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Bill Clinton took Republicans to task yesterday for fear-mongering over Ebola and ISIS, per the AP.

NORTH CAROLINA: The Chamber of Commerce and Rand Paul cut an ad for Thom Tillis in North Carolina.


*** Friday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Craig Melvin anchors from Dallas and interviews NBC's Gabe Guttierez, Luke Russert, Kelly O’Donnell, Jim Miklaszewski, Chuck Todd and Dylan Dreyer, Dallas PIO Sana Syed, AP Chief Africa Photographer Jerome Delay, Fmr. Rep./Wilson Center Pres. Jane Harman, D-CA, and NYU’s Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil

*** Friday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews Health Professionals and Allied Employees President Ann Twomey, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Author David Quammen, and Psychotherapist John Tsilimparis on ebola; Attorney Eric Guster on the Dunn Sentencing, and Actor Levar Burton on his new book and app on literacy.

*** Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews Rep. Michael Burgess, Rep. Diana DeGette, Fmr. Sen. Larry Pressler, the Wilson Center’s Aaron David Miller, the New York Times’ Jackie Calmes, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Craig Melvin, Luke Russert, Gabe Guitierrez and Dylan Dreyer.