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8:15 AM ET, September 30, 2014


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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Early voting in Ohio blocked (UPDATED)  —  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  —  It's time for the Supreme Court to do a better job at upholding the Constitution.  —  It's time to say it: The Supreme Court has largely failed throughout American history at its most important tasks and at the most important times.  —  It is difficult for me to write …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House: Obama wasn't passing buck with ISIS comment  —  President Obama wasn't passing the buck by saying intelligence officials underestimated the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the White House said Monday.  —  Press secretary Josh Earnest said officials …
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Obama's Pass-the-Buck Presidency  —  The president has a pattern of deflecting blame and denying responsibility.  With military action against ISIS underway, that's a dangerous habit.  —  In attempting to downplay the political damage from a slew of second-term controversies …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Mediaite
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Obama's Syria Strategy: Hit And Hope
Associated Press:
Obama Hosts India's Modi for White House Visit
Discussion: Politico
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.
The Hill:
Reid, Daschle feud erupts  —  Simmering tensions between Harry Reid and Tom Daschle are erupting into an all-out feud.  —  Daschle is expressing frustration with the Senate majority leader (D-Nev.) for refusing to endorse Rick Weiland, a former Daschle aide who is running for the South Dakota seat held …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong Protests Expose Generational, Economic Divide  —  Many in Older Generation Caution Against Putting Politics Before Economic Stability  —  HONG KONG—The fight over democracy that erupted into violence in Hong Kong over the weekend exposed a deep generational and economic divide …
Discussion: and Bloomberg View
Dan Gillmor / Vox:
Hong Kong “hands up, don't shoot” emulation of Ferguson protests is such a powerful image:
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
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
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
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
2016's Clown Car Contenders  —  No, pervy ex-CEO Dov Charney isn't running for president.  But neither are Jim Webb or Carly Fiorina—or any of the other faded stars floating a potential candidacy to remain relevant.  —  He has been invited to speak at a breakfast for political activists in New Hampshire.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Dante Chinni / Wall Street Journal:
For 2016, Watch These States' Results in 2014  —  Dante Chinni writes Politics Counts as a regular Capital Journal feature.  Mr. Chinni is the director of the American Communities Project at American University, which examines different types of communities across the U.S.
Thomas Mills / The Atlantic Online:   What Does Thom Tillis Want?
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Poor Dudes Who Don't Get a “Say” Over a Woman's Reproductive Decisions
Discussion: American Prospect
Peter Van Buren / Firedoglake:
US Air Travel Snarled by One Guy Not a Terrorist
Discussion: NY Daily News and Balloon Juice
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: OK beheader's family wants “the whole story” to come out
Alex Abdo / ACLU:
New Documents Shed Light on One of the NSA's Most Powerful Tools
Discussion: The Intercept, Firedoglake and The Hill
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
3 Times Obama Administration Was Warned About ISIS Threat
Discussion: The Hill and The PJ Tatler
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
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James C. Courtovich / Wall Street Journal:
What Uber and School Choice Have in Common
Discussion: National Review and AEIdeas
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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
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