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OBAMA AGENDA : Anxiety over the Secret Service

The New York Times reports on anxiety in the black community over the Secret Service security failures. "The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate."

Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus again last night that he will take action on immigration before the end of the year. And he again blamed Republicans for taking advantage of the border crisis. "While we worked to deal with an urgent humanitarian problem, while we actually did something about the problem, Republicans exploited the situation for political gain."

Biden, being very Biden at Harvard last night. "During an event at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, Biden took a question from a senior who introduced himself as the vice president of the student body. "Ain't that a b****?" Biden replied. "I mean … excuse me, the vice president thing?" He quickly added: "I’m joking, I’m joking. Best decision I ever made." His remarks were met with laughter."

The Wall Street Journal: "Turkey’s parliament voted on Thursday to expand the government’s authority to order cross-border military operations, as Syrian Kurdish militia warned that Islamic State insurgents were close to overrunning a strategic town near the border."

"The Supreme Court on Thursday added 11 cases to its docket, including ones on redistricting, judicial elections and discrimination in housing and employment," writes the New York Times.

The latest in Hong Kong, from the AP: "Clashes broke out Friday as Hong Kong residents and pro-Beijing supporters tried to force pro-democracy activists from the streets they were occupying, reviving the possibility that the weeklong standoff could turn violent despite an attempt by the city's leader to defuse the situation."

OFF TO THE RACES : Advice for the freshmen

In an interview with CQ, new Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has this advice for freshmen: "My recommendation to the incoming class would be to put their elections behind them, and come up here with the intent to govern. And to recognize that we’ll have some form of divided government regardless of what happens with the Senate, because it won’t be filibuster-proof regardless of whether we take control. And in divided government, understand that you are not going to get everything that you seek to get. We will be judged ultimately on our ability to govern in a difficult political climate."

American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS have raised a total of $100 million for midterms, the Wall Street Journal writes. spoke to 30 of the most prominent women running for office.

ALASKA: Gov. Sean Parnell is on defense after reports of fraud and mistrust in the Alaska National Guard.

ARIZONA: The Arizona Republic backs Martha McSally over Ron Barber. "Martha McSally has made the transition to a legitimate, credible candidate for Congress."

Chris Christie offered a boost to Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey, including a robust defense of Ducey's benefit from the Koch brothers.

COLORADO: "Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said in a Denver Post debate Tuesday night that he would repeal Colorado's new law that grants driver's licenses to those living here illegally — departing from a campaign statement last month saying he would uphold the law."

GEORGIA: Sam Nunn told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Harry Reid didn't want his daughter to run for the state's Senate seat. "'They said they had their eye on another candidate,' Sam Nunn said. Presumably, that other candidate would have been U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, whom many Democrats were attempting to lure into the contest at the time."

IOWA: Politifact looks at the narrative that Bruce Braley threatened to sue a neighbor whose chickens crossed into his yard. "Some might not like the way Braley and his wife handled a dispute with a neighbor -- by going to the neighborhood association and then consulting the association's lawyer. Even so, there is no material evidence that Braley threatened a lawsuit against the neighbor or was even considering one. Even the neighbor says that."

Joni Ernst is campaigning with Steve King and Rick Pery this weekend.

KANSAS: Pat Roberts is getting a boost from a Kansas legend, who wants to make sure you remember who he is.

KENTUCKY: Reports the Lexington Herald-Leader: "Speaking to reporters, Grimes, who is Kentucky's secretary of state, continued to put distance between herself and President Barack Obama, refusing three times to say whether she voted for Obama in 2012."

LOUISIANA: The New York Times reports that the NRA is reserving just over $1 million in ad time for after the midterm elections, anticipating a runoff between Mary Landurieu and Bill Cassidy.

The Times-Picayune lays out a possible path to victory for Bill Cassidy.

MASSACHUSETTS: Martha Coakley is calling a super PAC ad questioning her record on protecting children "disgusting."

MICHIGAN: GOP primary loser Kerry Bentivolio is going to wage a write-in campaign for his House seat, he tells the Detroit News.

NORTH CAROLINA: Thom Tillis is up with an ad tying Kay Hagan to Obama's "weakness" on ISIS.

VIRGINIA: " Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff left a voice-mail message for a Democrat who was on the verge of quitting the General Assembly in June, saying that the senator’s daughter might get a top state job if he stayed to support the governor’s push to expand Medicaid, according to descriptions from three people who heard the recording,” writes the Washington Post.

Countdown to Election Day: 33 days

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***Friday’s “Daily Rundown” lineup: The latest on the Ebola outbreak from NBC’s Tom Costello, Charles Hadlock and’s Maggie Fox. MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart joins us to discuss the Hispanic Caucus Dinner, NBC’s Richard Engel reports from the Middle East, NBC’s Perry Bacon and Carrie Dann on the latest from the campaign trail, and CNBC’s Hampton Pearson and President Obama’s chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, Jason Furman on the new job numbers out today.

***Friday's "News Nation with Tamron Hall" line-up: Alex Witt interviews TIME’s health director Siobhan O’Connor, CASE Medical Center’s Infection Disease specialist Dr. Frank Esper, and NYU Medical Center’s Rheumatologist Dr. Natalie Azar with the latest on the Ebola crisis; Identity theft expert Adam Levin on JP Morgan accounts hacked; ESPNW’s Kate Fagan on three high school football players football-related deaths in the past week; and CNBC’s Ron Insana on the September Jobs report.

*** Thursday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: Senior Health Writer Maggie Fox, Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, The Atlantic’s Molly Ball, Joseph Gerth from the Louisville Courier Journal, Rep Carolyn Maloney and Natasha Alexno Founder of Natasha’s Justice Project and NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.