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Gun-shy D.C. sets up hurdles for concealed carry permit applicants

- The Washington Times

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training. One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.

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.

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.

Rep. Darrell Issa, questioned whether IRS employee Takisha McGee lost track of investigative records containing sensitive taxpayer information. - Associated Press

IRS lawyer facing license loss delisted

- The Washington Times

The Internal Revenue Service has replaced a top lawyer in its Office of Professional Responsibility who faces losing her law license over her work on a years-old personal-injury case.

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.

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$1.6M spent on bear hunt ballot question TV ads

- Associated Press

The two groups fighting over a contentious ballot measure in Maine that would ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting have spent $1.6 million so far to run television advertisements, according to information the Center for Public Integrity released on Thursday.

$2.4M spent on TV ads for Tenn. ballot measures

- Associated Press

Supporters and opponents of a proposed amendment to the Tennessee Constitution to give lawmakers more power to regulate abortion are flooding the television airwaves to try to influence voters ahead next month's election.

More than $560K spent on doctor ballot measure ads

Associated Press

Activists on both sides of the "any willing provider" ballot measure that would give South Dakota patients more choice of in-network doctors say the issue is too complicated for sound bites, but have still spent more than $560,000 on television ad to sway voters ahead of Election Day.'s EZ form not for legal immigrants

- Associated Press's new EZ application for coverage can't be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year.

Study finds 2 Nevada measures drawing TV ad buys

- Associated Press

Corporations and business interests are digging deep to fund a drive to defeat a Nevada ballot measure that would tax commerce to fund education in a state near the bottom nationwide in per-pupil spending.

Food-label measure in Colorado sparks big spending

- Associated Press

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses.

Oregon 3rd in TV ad spending on ballot measures

- Associated Press

The fight over whether to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods sold in Oregon is on track to become the most expensive ballot measure in state history.

$1.4 million spent on TV ads for ND measures

- Associated Press

Opponents and backers of a proposed North Dakota ballot measure that would funnel more oil taxes into water, wildlife and parks projects have spent $618,500 on television advertising to date, according to data released Thursday.

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

Associated Press

Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Wednesday kicked off a bus tour around Tennessee that he hopes will draw attention to incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander's refusal to engage in a series of statewide debates.

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.

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.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin responds to a reporter's question after a debate with challenger, Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Chicago. Oberweis, a dairy entrepreneur from Sugar Grove, has acknowledged it will take a big GOP year to unseat Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who's represented Illinois on Capitol Hill for more than three decades. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Durbin, Oberweis face off in 1st US Senate debate

- Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Wednesday painted Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis as too extreme for Illinois, while the GOP challenger argued that the U.S. Senate's No. 2 Democrat has been in Washington too long and is out-of-touch with his constituents.

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.

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.

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.