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White House press secretary Josh Earnest was among those who joined in the diplomatic uproar over an anonymous "chicken[***] remark about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Associated Press)

The chicken**** heard 'round the world

- The Washington Times

In a week fraught with distressing news, the press leaped to cover a report from Atlantic Magazine claiming an anonymous "senior Obama administration official" called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "chicken****." In the industrial-strength pantheon of contemporary expletives, that particular word does not see a great deal of use in popular song and story. But no matter. Atlantic's national correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg went on to write that "another senior official" agreed with this assessment, then detailed the implications.

Sarah Palin says she "hopefully" will run for office once again, a phenomenon that would send the press into a frenzy. (Associated Press)

Sarah Palin flirts with a run for office

- The Washington Times

It has been six years since Sarah Palin stepped onto the global stage in a sleek suit and a pair of Naughty Monkey high heels as an Alaska governor turned vice presidential hopeful ready to tear up the Republican campaign trail with running mate Sen. John McCain. The nation has been through much since then, as have Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin, who nevertheless remain on public radar. Mrs. Palin still rattles the landscape; particularly when it comes to her many critics.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas

'Encouraging' prediction: More fiscal conservatives in Congress after Nov. 4

- The Washington Times

Pollsters predict that the Grand Old Party will take back the U.S. Senate on Nov. 4. Strategists, meanwhile, are also predicting it could be by a microscopic margin, with many warning the GOP to proceed with care and prudence. FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe has his own forecast for the midterms - more fiscal conservatives and a vibrant liberty caucus, he says.

The 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" speech is prompting many to remember the speech and speculate on the future. (Reagan Foundation)

Ronald Reagan's real rendezvous with destiny

- The Washington Times

Five decades ago, Ronald Reagan delivered a speech titled "A Time for Choosing" that shook up Republicans and introduced the nation to then-presidential hopeful Barry Goldwater. It was a visceral, telling moment. "I think it's time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers," Reagan told the 1964 Republican National Convention, later framing the Grand Old Party's ultimate journey as "a rendezvous with destiny." The Grand Old Party got a little grander that day.

A recreation of George Washington's apple brandy soon goes on sale at Mount Vernon, made with the same historic apple varieties he favored. (Portrait by Gilbert Stuart)

'Big Three' broadcast networks ignore midterm elections

- The Washington Times

The ever watchful analysts at the Media Research Center have caught the "Big Three" broadcast networks — ABC, NBC and CBS — playing some serious hooky. Now that Democrats are struggling to gain a foothold in the upcoming midterm elections, the network don't seem to be much interested in covering the horse race.

Newly minted Ebola czar Ron Klain's appointment may be more politically than medically motivated, according to a longtime associate of Mr. Klain's. (Associated Press/Revolution)

Ebola Czar Day One: Mr. Klain's debut

- The Washington Times

Political point man or medical manager? That is the persistent question for Ron Klain, who officially begins his tenure as the nation's "Ebola response coordinator" on Wednesday.

Monica Lewinsky has emerged as a columnist, public speaker and a social media wrangler who attracted 34,000 followers upon registering with Twitter on Monday. (Associated Press)

Monica Lewinsky to America: 'Here we go'

- The Washington Times

She has become a media presence. That would be Monica Lewinsky, who has shed her previous public identity as the White House intern who had a dalliance with former President Clinton in favor of a 41-year-old with serious press credentials. She is now a columnist for Vanity Fair, a public speaker and a social media wrangler. Miss Lewinsky joined Twitter on Monday and secured 34,000 followers in the space of three hours

President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Obama attend two fundraising events in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Back to normal: White House fundraising begins again

- The Washington Times

It took the Ebola crisis to dampen White House enthusiasm for relentless fundraising. After a previous week filled with six moneymakers around the nation, President Obama canceled three similar events this week to tend the growing public distress over the disease and its threat. But prudence, perhaps, has ended.

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman is giving Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, a run for his money, but tea party activists say Mr. Orman is "independent" in name only and the Mr. Roberts is the conservative choice. (Associated Press)

Greg Orman: 'Independent' in name only

- The Washington Times

Election drama in Kansas continues. The bout between incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and independent hopeful Greg Orman grows intense with news that Democrats are in serious wooing mode, seeking to attract the partyless challenger into their fold.

President Barack Obama waves as he steps out of Air Force One upon arriving at JFK International Airport in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The president is in New York to attend fundraisers.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Message to Congress: Come back, get to work, vote on ISIS

- The Washington Times

Maybe lawmakers figure that their favorability ratings are just so low that nothing much matters anymore. They are wrong. Voters want them back in the U.S. Capitol acting like responsible elected officials. Nearly four out of five Americans — 78 percent — say House and Senate members should return to Washington for a vote to authorize the use of military force against Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq. Return now. Please. So says a Reason-Rupe poll, which also reveals a little something about the voters themselves.