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6:55 PM ET, September 29, 2014

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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Early voting in Ohio blocked  —  With just sixteen hours before polling stations were to open in Ohio, the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon blocked voters from beginning tomorrow to cast their ballots in this year's general election.  By a vote of five to four, the Justices put on hold …
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Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking: Supreme Court, 5-4, Blocks Extension of Early Voting in Ohio: Analysis  —  Via SCOTUSBlog comes this Supreme Court order staying the district court's order preventing various cutbacks in early voting (including a cutback from 35 to 28 days, and elimination of one of the two early voting days …
Jeffrey Rosen / The New Republic:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is an American Hero  —  She's staying put—and has some choice words for young feminists.  An interview.  —  Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered a judge's judge when she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, an incrementalist who thought Roe v. Wade might have gone too far.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Likely to Land in Term's Finale
Discussion: Washington Post
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Why Obama Can't Say His Spies Underestimated ISIS  —  On “60 Minutes,” the president faulted his spies for failing to predict the rise of ISIS.  There's one problem with that statement: The intelligence analysts did warn about the group.  —  Nearly eight months ago, some of President Obama's …
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Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
3 Times Obama Administration Was Warned About ISIS Threat
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Bloomberg:
U.S. Underestimated Radical Islamists' Gains in Syria, Obama Says
Dan Gillmor / Vox:
Hong Kong “hands up, don't shoot” emulation of Ferguson protests is such a powerful image: pic.twitter.com/1Sk27MO1Y2  —  Hong Kong's protesters have good reason to put their hands up: police are using what many observers describe as an unprecedented level of force against the demonstrations …
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Amanda Robb / GQ Magazine Online:
Zimmerman Family Values  —  Soon after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin more than two years ago, George's loyal family learned that sharing his name meant sharing the blame.  It also meant a surreal new life filled with constant paranoia, get- rich-quick schemes, and lots and lots of guns.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Intruder Got Farther Than First Reported, Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — A man who jumped the White House fence this month made it far deeper into the president's home than previously disclosed, overpowering a female Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Senate Update: When Should Democrats Panic?  —  The Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll always makes news and with good reason: The pollster that conducts it, Selzer & Company, is among the best in the country, according to FiveThirtyEight's pollster ratings.  On Saturday evening …
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Senate showdown: GOP frets over Harkin seat
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tim Alberta / National Journal:
Ted Cruz Is Prepping a Foreign Policy-Focused Presidential Campaign  —  The junior senator from Texas thinks he has found a policy “sweet spot” to anchor a 2016 run.  —  LINES TO SHARE  — On 2016, one Ted Cruz aide said, 'At this point it's 90/10 he's in.'
Paul Thompson / Daily Mail:
Married female teacher, 32, is jailed for less than two years for having sex with two students and flashing a third teenager  — Lauren Harrington-Cooper pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania to having sex with students in the Wyoming Valley West School District  — The married English teacher …
Steve Fry / Topeka Capital-Journal:
No ruling in bid to make Dems fill Senate candidate vacancy  —  Plaintiff a no-show in election challenge suit  —  A three-judge Shawnee County panel did not decide Monday whether Kansas Democrats should be required to pick a replacement for Chad Taylor, who dropped out of the closely …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Revenge of Rand Paul  —  The Senator has fought to go mainstream with the ideology that he shares with his father.  How far can that strategy take him? … “You don't need to conduct me so hard—I'm right here.”  —  BUY OR LICENSE » … “So how does that eightfold path get us back on the Garden State?”
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
The stars align for baby Charlotte  —  Leading astrologers say that Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is destined for a future working on social justice and will enjoy a strong relationship with her proud grandparents, Hillary and Bill.  —  After Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky's daughter …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Saving California One Republican At A Time  —  SHARES  —  California is morphing into a warmer Detroit with beaches and pneumatic blondes, but it doesn't have to be this way.  Only liberalism could've taken the most beautiful, most hard-working, most entrepreneurial state in the union …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Our Invisible Rich  —  Half a century ago, a classic essay in The New Yorker titled “Our Invisible Poor” took on the then-prevalent myth that America was an affluent society with only a few “pockets of poverty.”  For many, the facts about poverty came as a revelation, and Dwight Macdonald's article arguably …
Ted Cruz / Facebook:
Contrary to media reports this morning, Heidi and I have not made any decisions about political plans past the mid-term elections.  Clearly we have an overzealous supporter out there making freelance comments, but to be clear, no decision has been made.  Whoever this “anonymous advisor” was …
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
A tense Ferguson fears the worst is yet to come
Alex Abdo / ACLU:
New Documents Shed Light on One of the NSA's Most Powerful Tools
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Hill and The Intercept
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
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James C. Courtovich / Wall Street Journal:
What Uber and School Choice Have in Common
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Adviser: We Agree With Bush Belief Of Getting The Terrorists Before They Get Us
Discussion: Hot Air
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Remain Divided on Preference for Gov't Activity
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
New York Times:
The Tide of the Culture War Shifts