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10:15 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Politico
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Erin Dooley / ABC News:
7 Questions for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson After WH Intrusion
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Capitol Report
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Obama's Pass-the-Buck Presidency
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Daily Mail:
Piers' next chapter: MailOnline hires former CNN anchor Morgan as Editor-at-Large (US)  — Piers Morgan has been a journalist for 25 years.  As Editor-at-Large (US) he will dissect and comment on the big stories that matter in America  — This is his first major new role after spending …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Piers Morgan joins Daily Mail Online  —  Piers Morgan, the former CNN anchor, has joined the UK-based Daily Mail Online as Editor-at-Large for the United States, where he will write commentary “several times each week” on major news stories.  —  “As Editor-at-Large (US) …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Mitt Isn't Ready to Call It Quits  —  “Hey, Ann, can you come here a sec?”  Mitt Romney called out, sinking into the cushions of a walnut-colored easy chair, his legs outstretched on a matching ottoman.  Romney's blue work shirt was tucked into faded jeans; sockless ankles peeked out from his New Balance sneakers.
Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
U.S., Afghanistan sign security pact to allow American forces to remain in country  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a vital security deal that allows some American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year, ensuring a continuing U.S. presence in the region.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:   US, Afghanistan sign security agreement
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Ugly Senate fight could await Obama's attorney general nominee  —  BARACK OBAMA ERIC HOLDER THOMAS PEREZ ATTORNEY GENERAL JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ROBERT GATES  —  President Obama has a pretty obvious deadline for nominating a successor to departing Attorney General Eric Holder.
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 …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
For next attorney general, reach across aisle: Column  —  Like at Defense, an attorney general and a president should come from different parties.  —  Eric Holder has announced that he will be stepping down as attorney general as soon as a replacement can be named.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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John B. Judis / The New Republic:
This Is What's the Matter With Kansas  —  Sam Brownback tried to create a conservative utopia.  He created a conservative hell instead.  —  The midterm elections of 2010 were good for Republicans nearly everywhere, but amid the national Tea Party insurgency, it was easy to overlook the revolution that was brewing in Kansas.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Camille Paglia / TIME:
The Modern Campus Cannot Comprehend Evil  —  Paglia is the author of Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars.  —  Young women today do not understand the fragility of civilization and the constant nearness of savage nature  —  The disappearance of University …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
WREG-TV:
Three cited after another teen mob strikes in Memphis … MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three teens have been cited by Memphis police after a mob of teenagers attacked several people Friday night.  —  Police said a large group of teens flooded the streets near Central High School Friday just before 10:00 p.m.
NY Daily News:
Tracy Morgan's injuries in deadly crash were his fault, Wal-Mart says in response to lawsuit  —  The company claimed Monday that Morgan created his own suffering by failing to wear a seat belt on June 7, when a driver of a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer rammed into the comic's limousine bus.
Discussion: Truth Revolt
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Hole in Holder's Legacy  —  A few weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. gave a speech at the New York University School of Law on the subject of white-collar prosecutions.  In it, he offered a full-throated defense of his department's efforts in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Poor Dudes Who Don't Get a “Say” Over a Woman's Reproductive Decisions  —  At events like this weekend's Values Voter Summit, the most interesting stuff happens not at plenary sessions where pols and opinion-leaders deliver calculated and polished remarks, but at the break-out sessions …
Discussion: American Prospect
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 …
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
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
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Dante Chinni / Wall Street Journal:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Bloomberg View and globaltimes.cn
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, Washington Post and Politico
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:
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Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran executes man for heresy
Discussion: Raw Story
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Obama's Syria Strategy: Hit And Hope
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: 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
Paul Thompson / Daily Mail:
Married female teacher, 32, is jailed for less than two years for having sex with two students …