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A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.
-- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho, and similar bans in Alaska, Arizona and Montana may be next after Monday's Supreme Court decision not to hear appeals of rulings overturning bans in other states. The Ninth Circuit ruling means as many as 35 states and the District of Columbia could soon allow same-sex couples to marry, up from 19 states and D.C. before the Supreme Court decision this week. (SCOTUSblog, Wall Street Journal)
-- President Obama will make a series of speeches focusing on different parts of the economy in the run-up to the midterm elections, the White House told Democratic senators last month. But he won't be delivering those speeches on the campaign trail; instead, Congressional Democrats are hoping he stays in deep-blue states to raise money for the party. (New York Times)
-- Missouri authorities are making plans for possible further unrest in advance of a grand jury's decision over whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The grand jury is expected to decide in the next month whether to charge Wilson; if they decide not to, police worry about a new round of protests. Missouri police have been in contact with law enforcement officials in New York, Los Angeles, Florida and Cincinnati in recent weeks. (Reuters) A federal judge on Monday ruled the Ferguson police violated the Constitution by requiring protestors to keep walking, a policy the police department adopted on Aug. 18, nine days after Brown's death. (CNN)
-- Thomas Duncan, the Liberian stricken with Ebola in a Dallas hospital, is unresponsive and remains in critical condition. Texas health officials are still keeping an eye on 48 people who had contact with Duncan before he was taken to the hospital on Sept. 28, including 10 whom health officials consider at "high risk." (Washington Post)
-- WalMart, the biggest private sector employer in the country, said Tuesday it would raise health insurance premiums for its 1.3 million workers beginning in January by 19 percent, and it will end health care coverage for about 30,000 part-time employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week. Companies with more than 50 employees will have to provide health care to employees who work more than 30 hours a week under the Affordable Care Act, starting in January. Target and Home Depot have announced similar benefit cuts, citing the ACA. (Reuters)
-- Front Pages: WaPo leads with Islamic State's goals of controlling water supplies in northern Iraq, next to a heartbreaking photo of the Giants scoring the game winner against the Nationals in San Francisco last night. NYT leads with frustration over Turkey's inaction against Islamic State. WSJ highlights market jitters after a big drop on Tuesday, and USA Today leads with a Susan Davis look at the possibility of runoffs in key Senate races after Election Day. Reno Gazette-Journal full page banner: "Nevada ban ends." Idaho Statesman four columns: "Appeals court lifts Idaho's same-sex marriage ban."
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- WH'16: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is visiting New Hampshire for the fourth time since July, this time to campaign with gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein (R) in Berlin and Lancaster. (New Hampshire Union Leader)
-- Virginia: A panel of federal judges on Tuesday declared Virginia's congressional maps unconstitutional because they concentrate so many African American voters in one district, limiting their influence in other districts. Democrats brought the case; the court ordered the state general assembly to draw new congressional maps by next April. Privately, several state Republicans acknowledged that a redrawn map could put at least one, and possibly several, Republican-held districts in play. (Washington Post)
-- Massachusetts: Attorney General Martha Coakley's (D) unfavorable rating has spiked from 30 percent to 39 percent in just the last month, according to a new MassInc/WBUR poll, while businessman Charlie Baker's favorable rating has risen from 36 percent to 46 percent. Coakley leads Baked by a 41 percent to 39 percent margin, after being up 10 points in mid-September. (RealClearPolitics, pdf)
-- New Hampshire: A new UNH survey shows tight races for both Granite State House seats. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) leads former Rep. Frank Guinta (R) by a statistically insignificant 42 percent to 39 percent margin in the 1st district, and state Rep. Marilinda Garcia (R) leads Rep. Ann Kuster (D) by a statistically insignificant 41 percent to 37 percent margin in the 2nd district. Here's a fun crosstab: Both Democrats lead among Boston Globe readers by 25 points, and both Republicans lead among New Hampshire Union Leader readers by double digits. (UNH, pdf)
-- Connecticut: Gov. Dan Malloy (D) and former U.S. Ambassador Tom Foley (R) are tied at 43 percent of the vote, a new Quinnipiac survey finds. Malloy has an 11-point edge among women, while Foley leads among men by the same margin. Independent Joe Visconti is taking 9 percent. Malloy's fav/unfav numbers are a terrible 41 percent to 51 percent, while Foley's are about even, 41 percent to 39 percent. (Quinnipiac)
-- Alaska: Supporters of a ballot measure to legalize marijuana have outspent opponents by about a ten-to-one margin since the beginning of the year. The money, about $827,000 since the beginning of January, mostly comes from the Marijuana Policy Project, the D.C.-based group. (Alaska Dispatch News) Political scientists are skeptical that ballot measures can swing voters, but if that strategy works anywhere this year, it'll be Alaska. Along with marijuana legalization, there's a minimum wage hike on the ballot, too.
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama participates in a conference call this afternoon with state and local officials to discuss domestic preparedness for a potential Ebola outbreak. This afternoon, he heads to the Pentagon for a briefing with military leaders on the fight against Islamic State militants.
-- Vice President Biden wakes up in San Francisco on day three of his West Coast swing. He'll head to Portland for two events with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a fundraiser and a rally, before heading to Seattle, where he'll remain overnight.
-- The Pentagon has spent up to $1.1 billion on U.S. military operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria since mid-June, including $62 million on Navy airstrikes and Tomahawk missiles. U.S. Central Command said 47 cruise missiles have been launched and Air Force fighters have dropped 1,000 munitions. (Associated Press)
TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.
-- California: Two groups with close ties to House Speaker John Boehner are making California's 7th district a big priority. American Action Network and the Congressional Leadership Fund -- which operate under the same roof -- will spend $2 million over two weeks on behalf of former Rep. Doug Ose (R) beginning Oct. 14. House Majority PAC and the DCCC will spend about $1 million for Rep. Ami Bera (D) over the same period. And Sacramento TV station owners will light cigars with twenties in celebration.
-- Michigan: The NRSC has cut about $850,000 in TV ad reservations intended to boost former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) after polls, both public and private, show Land trailing Rep. Gary Peters (D). (The Hill)
-- Colorado: Freedom Partners is dropping another $1.5 million on Sen. Mark Udall (D), for an ad that starts with a great shot of Udall and President Obama together on the links (That's right, Obama plays with someone other than his best buddies). Bonus: Check out the Peter Hamby cameo at the end of the ad.
-- Battle for the Senate: In the first two weeks of September, 70.5 percent of all ads run on behalf of Democratic candidates were negative, while just 39.3 percent of ads run on behalf of Republican candidates were negative, according to the Wesleyan Media Project. Among outside groups, 91 percent of Democratic ads and 78 percent of Republican ads were negative. (Wall Street Journal)
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- Eleven months ago, the Washington State legislature passed the largest package of corporate tax incentives in U.S. history in order to keep thousands of Boeing jobs in-state. Now, Boeing is moving 2,000 engineering jobs to Missouri and Oklahoma and creating another 700 jobs associated with the 777X out of state, and lawmakers feel burned. "We've been had," said state Sen. Adam Kline (D).
-- The lesson for states: Include claw-back provisions. The Washington State legislature did not include any employment standards Boeing has to meet in order to qualify for the $8.7 billion in breaks. Nevada, on the other hand, did include minimum employment and investment standards a company has to reach before qualifying for breaks and subsidies in a recent deal aimed at attracting a major Tesla battery factory. (Washington Post)
-- Market futures are up a bit after the Dow lost 272 points, or 1.6 percent, on Thursday. International markets are down across the board; the Nikkei lost more than 1 percent today. (CNN)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- A long Nicholas Confessore look at the politicization of school lunches in this week's NYT Magazine: The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 started as a bipartisan accomplishment spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, but as the administration began to carve out specific rules, it pitted high-powered interest groups against each other. Today, the School Nutrition Association, once supportive of the bill, is its biggest critic.
-- Potato growers and frozen-food lobbies attacked regulations issued in 2011, and a private company in Minnesota fought to protect a loophole that allowed them to equate two tablespoons of tomato paste as eight tablespoons of tomatoes. The interest groups partnered with House Republicans, who cast the bill as another intrusion of an overbearing government. Earlier this year, the School Nutrition Association refused Let's Move! executive director Sam Kass's request to speak at their annual conference in Boston, signifying an irreparable breach between the White House and their one-time ally. (New York Times)
-- Reid's Take: What a classic example of a battle between special interest groups, and what a classic illustration of a White House that has so often tried to revamp the way those battles play out. Whether it was an effort to reorganize government trade offices or to take on entrenched bureaucracies at the Pentagon, Obama's efforts to realign D.C. have fallen victim to the ways of Washington, which were here long before he showed up and which will remain long after.
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- Former President George H.W. Bush measures his coffee intake by the half-cup. He never drinks decaf, and he takes his coffee while reading the papers -- he specifically mentioned USA Today and the Portland Press Herald. Bush hates it when his coffee gets cold, so he used to keep a coffee warmer next to his bed at the White House and at Camp David. (Boston Globe)
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- Two Honolulu city council members have dropped plans to rename Sandy Beach, just north of Diamond Head, after President Obama. Council members Stanley Chang and Ernie Martin introduced plans to rename the beach, popular with body surfers, last week, but they rescinded the proposal after what Martin said were cultural and historical concerns. (Honolulu Star Advertiser)
-- The Seattle City Council has voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day. Italian-American groups objected to the change, but tribal leaders celebrated the holiday aimed at honoring Native American contributions to the U.S. The Seattle School Board and Bellingham, about an hour and a half north of Seattle, will both celebrate Native American heritage on Columbus Day. (Associated Press)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), like all House Republicans, voted against the Affordable Care Act. In fact, he did so 30 times. Now, he wants the Department of Health and Human Services to use Section 4002 of the ACA, which establishes the Prevention and Public Health Fund, to fight Ebola. The fund gives the HHS Secretary $2 billion a year to fight public health crises. "[H]ow about we take these $2 billion and we fight this darn disease?" Burgess said on a Texas radio show. (ThinkProgress)