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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.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to the media about the government's Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama: Terrorism may be cause of Canadian attacks

- The Washington Times

President Obama suggested Wednesday that a series of shootings in Canada may have been acts of terrorism and said he has directed U.S. authorities to work closely with the Canadian government, in part to protect the long border between the two countries.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, where he spoke about the shootings in Canada and answered questions about Ebola. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House denies covert plan to issue millions of green cards

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s spokesman laughed off as “crazy” Wednesday reports that the Homeland Security Department is preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country by ordering enough paper to print as many as 5 million “green” cards annually.

Should President Obama don a Bill Clinton mask so he can hit the campaign trail? Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times

Trick or treat: Dems running scared from Obama

There’s “keeping your distance,” and then there’s crossing to the other side of the street, pulling your hat down over your eyes and pretending you don’t see that annoying neighbor you’d rather not chat with at the moment.

FILE - This Aug. 23, 2013 file photo shows Democratic National Committee chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. speaking in Scottsdale, Ariz. Democrats plan to travel to six cities this summer to evaluate potential sites for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Officials with the Democratic National Committee are studying how each city might accommodate the tens of thousands of party leaders and activists who will flock to the convention, where the party will nominate its next presidential candidate. Wasserman Schultz is expected to announce the host city later this year or in early 2015.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

DNC chief deploys her dog to ask for donations

- The Washington Times

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat and head of the Democratic National Committee, deployed her dog, “Demmy,” this week in an attempt to cajole some money out of supporters ahead of the midterm elections.

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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2009 file photo, anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman poses in his office. A federal judge on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 in Chicago ordered a court-appointed monitor to investigate hiring at Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Department of Transportation, saying the monitor would help with compliance of a decades-old ban on political hiring. The ruling stems from a lawsuit Shakman filed in April alleging improper hiring practices. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Court-appointed monitor ordered for IDOT hiring

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he navigated Illinois away from ethical problems.

White House says immigration plans not final yet

- Associated Press

The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the next five years.

Inspector: 'Serious lapse' at Secret Service

- Associated Press

A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

US gov't seeks supplies for immigration documents

- Associated Press

The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants living illegally in the country to apply for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year.

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, center, speaks to the media as his wife Susan looks on, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. Hubbard was arrested the day before on felony ethics charges, accusing him of using public office for personal gain. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Indictment aside, Ala House speaker seeks 2nd term

- Associated Press

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard took to a microphone a day after his indictment on 23 felony ethics charges and defiantly vowed to win re-election in two weeks. He even promised to seek another term in the powerful speaker's post.

Johnson City hires lobbying firm in Nashville

Associated Press

An eastern Tennessee city has hired a Nashville lobbying firm on a $30,000 annual retainer as it seeks to increase its presence with lawmakers at the state capital.

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other health care advocates held a mock funeral across from the state Capitol on Tuesday to characterize lives they say will be lost if Medicaid is not expanded in Tennessee.

Waste watcher: "The only way to stop wasteful Washington spending is by shining a light on it whenever and wherever it occurs, even if it is in your own state," says Sen. Tom Coburn, who is releasing his last Wastebook before retiring. (Andrew Harik/The Washington Times)

Tom Coburn highlights ridiculous government spending in final Wastebook

- The Washington Times

This year's Wastebook does not show the $5,210 that the State Department tried to spend on a blowup, human-size foosball field for an embassy in Belize. But the fact that the project isn't in Sen. Tom Coburn's annual report on ridiculous spending choices is probably one of the biggest victories of the report, because it means the State Department canceled the project after the senator's staffers asked about it.

Investigators: Secret Service use 'problematic'

- Associated Press

A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to participants in an Ebola education session in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Thousands of participants, mostly health care workers, attended the session to review basic facts about Ebola and updated guidelines for protection against its spread. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

4 candidates for NY governor debate

- Associated Press

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended his handling of the economy and government corruption under sharp criticism from Republican Rob Astorino Wednesday night during the only scheduled debate of the governor's race.

Georgia candidate Michelle Nunn's poll numbers are increasing, presenting a potential roadblock to a Republican November Senate takeover. (Associated Press)

Michelle Nunn up 2 points in new Georgia Senate poll

- The Washington Times

A new poll shows Democrat Michelle Nunn leading by 2 points in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia over Republican David Perdue in a race both sides have quickly turned their attention to as one that could ultimately determine control of the U.S. Senate.