As the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, the Atlantic looks at how the American healthcare system would handle it if, improbably, you were infected. The likelihood is that it won’t spread in America because hospitals here are prepared. Meanwhile, Vox‘s Ezra Klein interviews Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who says, “This will get worse before it gets better.” The New York Times offers a Q&A about what we know.
Why early voting is about so much more than merely convenience. Via the Washington Post.
We know — because we’re constantly told — that independent voters will decide many of the 2014 elections. But now we know, they’re really going to decide many of the 2014 elections as independent registration soars. Via the National Journal.
This weekend Boulder County is hosting its first annual Hemp Awards and Festival. It’s a celebration of one of the county’s first crops and a whizbang showcase of just some of the amazing and varied things you can make with this formerly poor, unnecessarily demonized plant.
Do you think Obamacare is working? The polls still show that most people don’t approve, but The New Republic has seven charts showing maybe why they should.
Frank Bruni on the Secret Service failure: Serving without protecting. Via the New York Times.
Kathleen Parker thinks the “war on women” Democratic strategy is “silly.” Via the Washington Post.
In Politico, Bill Scher thinks that it’s good news for the Democrats that they’ll probably lose the Senate.
Compiled by Mike Littwin and John Tomasic.