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2:52 AM ET, September 30, 2014


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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Early voting in Ohio blocked (UPDATE)  —  UPDATE 6:10 p.m. Justice Elena Kagan turned down without comment a separate request by Ohio's legislature for the same kind of order postponing some of the early voting options.  The legislature has been allowed into the controversy only as a friend-of-the court, not as a full party.
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 …
Erwin Chemerinsky / Politico:   A Supreme Failure
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Embark on Road to a Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
New York Times:
Hong Kong Protesters Defy Officials' Call to Disperse
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
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Armed Intruder at White House Got to East Room  —  WASHINGTON — An armed man who jumped the White House fence this month made it far deeper into the mansion than previously disclosed, overpowering a Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and running through the ceremonial East Room …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.'
William Jordan / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Eric Holder slightly more popular than Sebelius and Shinseki  —  Only 26% of Americans view the outgoing attorney general favorably, though that's slightly better than the ratings received by two other prominent cabinet members who left this year  —  Last week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Eric Holder's Expansive Vision of Civil Rights
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
James Hohmann / Politico:
Senate showdown: GOP frets over Harkin seat  —  Three Koch-linked groups have invested substantially.  Concerned Veterans for America has already spent $2.5 million, Americans for Prosperity put in $1.2 million earlier in the summer and Freedom Partners (through two separate entities) has spent around $835,000.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran executes man for heresy  —  Mohsen Amir-Aslani convicted of insulting prophet Jonah and making ‘innovations in the religion’ through is interpretations of the Qur'an  —  Mohsen Amir-Aslani who was executed in Iran last week for heresy.  —  A 37-year-old man has been executed in Iran …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Gillum / Associated Press:
Ferguson Demands High Fees To Turn Over City Files  —  2 photos  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Washington Post's Ben Bradlee now in hospice care  —  Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee's health has declined over the past two months and he has begun hospice care, his wife, Sally Quinn, said in a television interview broadcast Sunday.  —  Bradlee, 93, has suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the past several years.
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, Washington Post and Politico
Los Angeles Times:
A tense Ferguson fears the worst is yet to come  —  Beauty Town has an elaborate video surveillance system that displays 16 angles of the store, but the cameras are better at capturing crime than at preventing it.  —  The beauty shop has been looted multiple times since a white Ferguson police officer shot an unarmed black man Aug. 9.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Obama's Syria Strategy: Hit And Hope  —  Having spent last week trying to persuade other countries to support the U.S.-led military assault on the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, President Obama used an interview with Steve Kroft, of CBS News' “60 Minutes,” to give Americans an update.
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Rick Perry: White House must address beheading  —  Rick Perry said on Monday that the Obama administration will have to address the beheading of an Oklahoma woman in what the Texas governor noted closely resembles an act of terrorism.  —  “At some point in time the administration does …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: OK beheader's family wants “the whole story” to come out  —  “There's two sides to every story, and we're only hearing one.”  —  This video from the mother of the man shot during an act of, ahem, “workplace violence” is being billed as an apology.  It does include the sentence …
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Peter Van Buren / Firedoglake:
US Air Travel Snarled by One Guy Not a Terrorist
Discussion: NY Daily News and Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Obama Hosts India's Modi for White House Visit
Discussion: Politico
Alex Abdo / ACLU:
New Documents Shed Light on One of the NSA's Most Powerful Tools
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Intercept and The Hill
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
3 Times Obama Administration Was Warned About ISIS Threat
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Daily Beast
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
You Call This Thai Food? The Robotic Taster Will Be the Judge
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Donald Trump Duped Into Sharing Photo Of Notorious Serial Killers On Twitter
Ted Cruz / Facebook:
Contrary to media reports this morning, Heidi and I have not …
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
James C. Courtovich / Wall Street Journal:
What Uber and School Choice Have in Common
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Mills / The Atlantic Online:
What Does Thom Tillis Want?
Kurt Schlichter /
Saving California One Republican At A Time
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
Is Kirsten Gillibrand A Racist?
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Finally, the Truth About the A.I.G. Bailout
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Method To Steve King's Madness
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
The stars align for baby Charlotte
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Kos and Mediaite