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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House when a man climbed over a fence, sprinted across the north lawn and dash deep into the executive mansion before finally being subdued.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Secret Service woes grow as director resigns

- The Washington Times

Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson resigned Wednesday amid intense pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill who feared the president and his family were being endangered by security lapses — highlighted by an intruder forcing his way into the White House last month.

Safe passage: An American doctor exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone disembarks a Gulfstream jet in a Tyvek protection suit in Maryland. (Associated Press)

U.S. has only jet to transport Ebola patients safely

- The Washington Times

As the Ebola virus spread quickly across parts of Africa in March, U.S. officials confronted a logistical nightmare: a complete lack of infrastructure in affected regions, no evacuation plans and air charter services that were unable or unwilling to fly into the region to transport seriously ill patients.

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts talks to supporters during a campaign stop with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Overland Park, Kan. McCain is the latest in a series high-profile Republicans coming to Kansas to support Robert's reelection campaign as he faces independent challenger Greg Orman. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Court: Democrats don’t need Kansas Senate nominee

- Associated Press

A Kansas court ruled Wednesday that Democrats can go without a U.S. Senate candidate on the ballot after their nominee dropped out of the race against three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, a blow to the GOP in the national battle over control of the Senate.

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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned amid recent White House security breach.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Pierson's undoing was quick as support vanished

- Associated Press

One lesson from Julia Pierson's short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can't keep secrets from the president.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett speaks during a gubernatorial debate with Democrat Tom Wolf on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa. The debate is hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Democrat in Pa. governor's race plans income-tax hikes

- The Washington Times

Holding a large lead in the polls, the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania said Wednesday he will likely raise taxes on workers with income as low as $70,000, a level he called the cutoff for the middle class.

Idaho Supreme Court rules Bujak broke ethics rules

Associated Press

The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that Libertarian gubernatorial candidate and former Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak violated four of the Idaho State Bar's ethics rules between 2004 and 2011.

ICE frees 9 in crashed SUV, won't confirm status

Associated Press

A U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement official won't say if 9 Hispanic individuals whose vehicle was allegedly hit by an intoxicated driver on a southwestern Pennsylvania highway were in the country legally, only that they've been set free.

Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) ** FILE **

Republicans gleefully mark one-year anniversary of failed Obamacare rollout

- The Washington Times

Republican operatives marked the one-year anniversary of Obamacare's failed tech rollout Wednesday by highlighting another early stumble — the promise that everyone could keep their health plans, even though the overhaul's new coverage standards resulted in cancellation notices for thousands of people in states with key Senate match-ups this fall.