Obama to hit the campaign trail, finally . . . The Hill
President Obama will spend the final week before the midterm elections criss-crossing the country to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Maine, the White House announced Wednesday.
Obama to discuss Ebola with Europeans . . . Reuters
Obama will hold a video conference on Wednesday with British, French, German, and Italian leaders to discuss the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and other pressing international issues.
Obama punts on AG nomination . . . Reuters
He’ll wait until after the midterms. White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler and Solicitor General Don Verrilli are two of the leading candidates for the job, sources close to the White House said.
Other decisions await midterms t00 . . . Associated Press
A host of other contentious announcements are also in a holding pattern — chief among them the Keystone XL pipeline and immigration.
U.S. intensifies Kobani strikes . . . Reuters
American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria’s Turkish border
Senate GOP: Obamacare debt tab at $131M . . . The Blaze
Senate Budget Committee Republicans released a new analysis saying Obamacare will increase the national debt by about $131 billion over the next 10 years, instead of reducing the debt as Obama and other Democrats have argued.
GOP charges coziness between EPA, enviros . . . Fox News
Newly released emails detail what Republicans say are “cozy” ties between the EPA and a top environmental advocacy group, raising questions about the group’s influence — and participation — in the Obama administration’s so-called “War on Coal.”
Carson looking more realistic . . . Bloomberg
Rand Paul? Ted Cruz? Jeb Bush? Chris Christie? More Iowa Republicans are backing Ben Carson than all of them.
Getting Clintons cost Harkin $50K . . . Bloomberg
The Harkin Steak Fry 2014 committee spent more than $50,000 for Bill and Hillary Clinton’s jet travel to Iowa. The event raised less than $100,ooo.
Panetta ready for Hillary . . . Politico
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday he would “absolutely” support Hillary Clinton if she ran for president, adding, “What the hell else do you want?” when listing his former cabinet colleague’s attributes for the White House.
Neil Young: Impeach Obama . . . Daily Caller
“I think we should impeach him for fracking,” said Young, donning a shirt that simply read “EARTH.”