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While Washington is obsessed with Democratic control of the Senate, Republican Governors are fighting for re-election in some crucial states. Sam Brownback gave Kansas a “real, live experiment” in trickle down economics. Now business types are supporting his Democratic challenger. Cuts in taxes may backfire against GOP Governors in Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Maine, Georgia—and big-time in Pennsylvania. It’s all about budget deficits, education cuts and slow job growth. What are the possible consequences for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016?

Also, the U.S. ramps up screenings at airports after the Dallas Ebola patient dies; and, did good intentions produce humanitarian disaster in the world’s newest country?

Banner Image: Color coded map for the 2014 U.S. gubernatorial races; Credit: Info por favor

Dallas Ebola Patient Dies; Enhanced Screening at U.S. Airports 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Thomas Eric Duncan, America’s first Ebola patient—who flew here from Liberia—has died in the same Dallas hospital that initially turned him away. This comes as federal health officials announced they’ll start screening the temperatures of passengers whose travels began in West Africa.

Lawrence Gostin is Director of the O’Neal Institute for Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

Lawrence Gostin, Georgetown Law School (@LGostin)

In Governors’ Races, Is Conservative Governance on the Ballot Too? 36 MIN, 30 SEC

Four years ago, Republican Sam Brownback was elected Governor of Kansas with double the votes of his Democratic opponent. He declared his administration would be a “real live experiment” in achieving prosperity by reducing the role of government and creating a model for other states.

Some Republican business interests aren’t feeling the sunshine. They’re supporting Brownback’s Democratic opponent, Paul Davis.

Thomas Frank, Salon / The Baffler
Amity Shlaes, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation (@AmityShlaes)
John Nichols, The Nation (@NicholsUprising)
Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation (@StephenMoore)
John Straayer, Colorado State University (@ColoradoStateU)

How Humanitarian Aid and Good Intentions Failed South Sudan 7 MIN, 2 SEC

After 50 years of civil war, South Sudan gained freedom from its northern neighbor just two and a half years ago. Now it has collapsed into ghastly violence and mass displacement, with likely future of epidemic disease and famine. Did outsiders with the best of intentions help create a humanitarian disaster?

For the tribal leaders of South Sudan, freedom from North Sudan meant the freedom to kill each other. That’s according to Alex Perry, contributing editor to Newsweek magazine. His cover story for Newsweek Europe is titled, “George Clooney, South Sudan and How the World’s Newest Nation Imploded".

Alex Perry, Newsweek (@PerryAlexJ)

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