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Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, left, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott shake hands before their live television debate, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 hosted by WJXT-TV and CNN at the Channel 4 studios in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey, Pool)

Scott, Crist spar over immigration, economy in Florida debate

- The Washington Times 12 minutes ago

Ground rules weren’t a problem this time, but Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist fanned the political flames late Tuesday over immigration, the minimum wage and — in odd spurts — which of them had been poorer as a child.

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Rick Perry whiffs in President Obama’s Ebola footsteps

Rick Perry could have sauntered onto the scene in his cowboy boots and slapped down the so-called Centers for Disease Control as incoherent, incompetent and failing to take the threat seriously enough. He could have shushed down President Obama, who is still unclear about whether you can catch Ebola or not by riding on a public bus with an infected person.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking federal spending to task. (Associated Press)

Taxes used on rabbit massages, zombie plays and shooter game

- The Washington Times

More than a dozen lucky rabbits were given Swedish massages four times a day, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, as part of a study to figure out whether massage can help recovery times after strenuous exercise — a practice Sen. Tom Coburn says makes a mockery of federal spending.

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.

Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan fired at opponent Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown over the release of a convicted murderer from a Baltimore jail Friday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Hogan links release of inmate to Brown

- The Washington Times

Maryland’s Republican candidate for governor, Larry Hogan, is taking swipes at his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, over the mistaken release of a murder suspect from a Baltimore detention facility over the weekend.

Billionaire Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer. (Associated Press)

Tom Steyer gives $55M to environmental groups

- The Washington Times

Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge-funder and former Obama bundler, has now become the biggest super PAC contributor of 2014, with a recent donation of $15 million to his own super PAC, NextGen Climate Action Committee.

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NC campaign flier has background lynching photo

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In Louisiana, both sides claim defense of Medicare

- Associated Press

An old political standby - the future of Medicare - is emerging as the go-to issue in Louisiana's bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections.

Arguments made, no ruling in eminent domain case

- Associated Press

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Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

- Associated Press

As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school - some on as little as $7.25 per hour.

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

Associated Press

After defeating his Republican primary opponent by a mere 38 votes, scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais appears to be only one of Tennessee's nine incumbent House members to face a serious challenge in the general election.

Gov. John Kitzhaber, left, and Rep. Dennis Richardson shake hands after a Gubernatorial Debate Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at NBC5 in Medford, Ore. (AP Photo/The Medford Mail Tribune, Julia Moore)

Oregon governor candidates meet in final debate

- Associated Press

In their sixth and final debate, Republican gubernatorial challenger state Rep. Dennis Richardson tried to turn up the heat on Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, repeatedly using the word "corruption" in connection with a consulting business operated by Kitzhaber's fiancee.

Indiana panel not making ethics recommendations

Associated Press

A state legislative panel isn't making any recommendations on possible ethics rules changes that the General Assembly is expected to consider during its upcoming session.