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11:45 AM ET, October 10, 2014

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws in Wisconsin and Texas  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday evening stopped officials in Wisconsin from requiring voters there to provide photo identification before casting their ballots in the coming election.  —  Three of the court's …
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Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin's voter ID law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing its new voter identification law on the eve of next month's elections.  —  In a related action, a district court judge in Texas ruled that state's voter ID law …
Discussion: Hot Air
Tim Eaton / Austin American-Statesman:
Federal court calls Texas voter ID law unconstitutional  —  Less than a month before Election Day, a federal judge from Corpus Christi ruled late Thursday that Texas' voter identification law is unconstitutional.  —  U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos equated the law …
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law, Calling It A ‘Poll Tax’  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas struck down the state's voter ID law on Thursday, calling the measure an “unconstitutional poll tax” that creates “an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, TPNN and Feeds
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
Discussion: The Nation and ThinkProgress
Associated Press:
Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin
Discussion: Liberaland
Will Weissert / Associated Press:   Texas Voter ID Law Blocked by Federal Judge
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Oregon First Lady: My sham marriage  —  Oregon Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, admitted on Thursday to entering into an illegal marriage in 1997, calling it a “serious mistake.”  —  “It was wrong then and it is wrong now and I am here today to accept the consequences, some of which will be life changing.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: This Is What Happens When You Joke About Having Ebola On An Airplane  —  Officials weren't laughing Wednesday when a man on a U.S. Airways flight bound for the Dominican Republic allegedly joked that he had Ebola.  —  The airline said in a statement that the flight from Philadelphia …
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Patrick Narvaez / ABC News:   What It Looks Like When There's an Ebola Scare on a Plane
Nobelprize.org:
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014  —  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
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New York Times:
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: Hit & Run and Gawker
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Phyllis Schlafly: Obama Intentionally Bringing In Ebola To Make America More Like Africa  —  In an interview with WorldNetDaily published today, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly weighed in on the unfounded theory gaining traction in the right-wing media that Central American young people …
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Paul Bremmer / WND:
MYSTERY VIRUS FOUND WHERE ILLEGAL-ALIEN KIDS SENT
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Secret Deficit Lovers  —  What if they balanced the budget and nobody knew or cared?  —  O.K., the federal budget hasn't actually been balanced.  But the Congressional Budget Office has tallied up the totals for fiscal 2014, which ran through the end of September, and reports that the deficit plunge …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Weighs Options to Close Guantanamo  —  Any Move to Override Congressional Ban on Bringing Detainees to U.S. Would Spark Fight  —  The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Failure Upon Failure  —  The disintegration of the Obama presidency  —  A year before his first inauguration, Barack Obama laid out the objective of his presidency: to renew faith and trust in -activist government and transform the country.  In an hourlong interview with the editorial board …
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
“America's biggest hypocrite” — Vote for the video  —  The conservative advocacy group American Commitment has entered a national video contest organized by the left-wing outfits MoveOn and MAYDAY.US.  What's going on here?  Bear with me.  —  In an email announcing the contest …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Franklin Foer / The New Republic:
Amazon Must Be Stopped  —  It's too big.  It's cannibalizing the economy.  It's time for a radical plan.  —  Before we speak ill of Amazon, let us kneel down before it.  Twenty years ago, the company began with the stated goal of creating a bookstore as comprehensive as the great Library of Alexandria …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Washington Post:
The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic  —  When the experts describe the Ebola disaster, they do so with numbers.  The statistics include not just the obvious ones, such as caseloads, deaths and the rate of infection, but also the ones that describe the speed of the global response.
Discussion: The Dish, Booman Tribune and Unfogged
Ben Norton / CounterPunch:
Israelis: Send Obama Ebola  —  According to an August 2014 poll, half of Israelis want to send Obama Ebola for only supporting Israeli terrorism 95, not 100%.  —  In the wake of Israel's summer 2014 genocidal massacre in Gaza, euphemistically called Operation “Protective” Edge," …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats' plight in Senate races revealed  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL 2014 ELECTIONS APPROVAL RATINGS  —  At the Washington Post's The Fix blog, Chris Cillizza has a good post with three charts showing how Democrats are in trouble in the 2014 Senate contests.
Discussion: Washington Post
Erin Golden / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minneapolis sister city vote is small gesture, big moment for Somali community  —  Minneapolis City Council gives a sister city designation to Bosaso, a Somali port city with links to Minnesota.  —  Minneapolis' first Somali-American City Council member had said only a few words …
Discussion: Power Line
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program  —  Congress has quietly begun reviewing every U.S. government intelligence collection program.  It's got the potential to trigger the next big fight between The Hill and Obama's spies.  —  The $80 billion U.S. intelligence community …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Independents, Party Split Could Mean Runoffs in Georgia
Discussion: OnPolitics and Washington Post
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Bombing for show? Or for effect?
Joce Sterman / WJLA-TV:
Judge rules man who took photos up ladies' skirts at Lincoln Memorial didn't violate their privacy
Justin L. Mack / The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Forrest Lucas apologizes in ad for wife's Facebook post on minorities
Discussion: Liberaland and New York Magazine
The Atlantic Online:
The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women
Discussion: Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
New York Airport Workers Go On Strike Over Ebola
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google Hopes Whale of a Phone Will Make Splash in Phablet Market
Discussion: Mashable
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Obama's No-Win Attorney General Decision
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Rights group asks for probe into shooting range that refuses to cater to Muslims
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
NYPD Breaks Reporter's Camera for Interviewing Students
Discussion: FOX News Radio