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First Read's Morning Clips

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

OBAMA AGENDA: ‘All folks who vote with me’

Obama, yesterday: "The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress ... So this isn't about my feelings being hurt. These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me. I tell them -- I said, you do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure that our voters turn out."

The Washington Post A1: "Syria tribal revolt against Islamic State ignored, fueling resentment"

From one of us (!): A whopping 45 percent of adults worry that they or a family member could contract Ebola, per a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Republicans are putting a new focus - not on a flight ban - but on visa restrictions amid Ebola fears.

OFF TO THE RACES: Senate uncertainty

Charlie Cook: "Republicans still have the edge for a Senate majority, but this fight has a lot more uncertainty than the computer models suggest."

The AP notes that minimum wage ballot initiatives could help drive turnout for Democrats.

The New York Times asks: Could the GOP's hard right turn on immigration in the midterms come back to haunt them in 2016?

Tom Steyer is now the largest donor to super PACs, surpassing Sheldon Adelson.

ALABAMA: The Birmingham News: "Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value. Late Monday afternoon, Hubbard reported to the Lee County Jail where he was booked. If convicted, Hubbard faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines for each count."

COLORADO: Chris Christie campaigned with Bob Beauprez Monday, with a focus on school regulations.

IOWA:The New York Times looks at Iowa's changing economic landscape. "As Iowans prepare to elect a new United States senator for the first time in three decades, the scale at which people and power have shifted from its rural towns to its urban areas is emerging as a potent but unpredictable undercurrent in the excruciatingly close race, offering opportunity and risk for both sides."

Vote Vets is up with a new radio and TV buy backing Bruce Braley in Iowa.

KANSAS: Another stock photo dustup, this time at the expense of Pat Roberts -- and involving Ukrainian sunflowers.

KENTUCKY: A new Bluegrass poll finds Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes virtually tied at 44-43 percent among likely voters.

LOUISIANA:The Times-Picayune: "Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Monday evening (Oct. 20.) demanding the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Crime Victims Reparations Board take immediate steps to better protect victims of sexual assault."

MASSACHUSETTS:Vote Vets is also putting $600,000 into an ad for veteran Seth Moulton in Massachusetts.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Scott Brown is out with a web video hitting Jeanne Shaheen on energy costs.

Elizabeth Warren will campaign for Jeanne Shaheen, opposing her old nemesis, Scott Brown.

OHIO: Here’s John Kasich, earning some headlines yesterday: “Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is pushing back on reports that he'd said Obamacare was here to stay, saying Monday night that he opposes the federal health-care law and believes it could be repealed and replaced under a Republican president and GOP-controlled Congress. "I don't back Obamacare. I never have. I want it to be repealed," he told The Washington Post in a telephone interview. …The Republican's remarks came after the Associated Press reported earlier Monday that the governor said he did not think the health-care law could be repealed. Kasich and his spokesman denied that the governor was referring to the Affordable Care Act. He was talking about Medicaid expansion, they said.”

WASHINGTON D.C.: The Washington Post looks at divisions among black voters as the city prepares to elect a new mayor.


*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall speaks to Taylor Shapiro from the Washington Post about the suspect in Hannah Graham’s abduction now being charged with attempted murder and sexual assault in another case. Tamron also talks to Samuel Okey-Mbonu from the Nigerian-American Leadership Council about the possible release of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, USA Today travel reporter Charisse Jones about airlines hiking fares, and NBC Today Financial Editor Jean Chatzky and military spouse Valerie Richards about the new book “Financial Planning for Military Families.”

*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: Andrea Mitchell interviews Sen. Jeff Merkley, International Medical Corps Ebola Response Team Nurse Audrey Rangel, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Jonathan Capehart and NBC’s Anne Thompson, Peter Alexander, Rohit Kachroo.