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12:20 PM ET, October 6, 2014


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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Clears Way for Gay Marriage in 5 States  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday denied review in all five pending same-sex marriage cases, clearing the way for such marriages to proceed in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.  —  The move was a major surprise …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court dodges gay marriage, allowing weddings in five states  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide once and for all whether states can ban gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously forbidden.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Denies Review Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases, Bringing Marriage Equality To Five States  —  The decision not to decide brings marriage equality to Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Utah.  —  Jonathan Ernst / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court denied petitions …
Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
High court ruling may lead to gay marriage in 30 states
Discussion: Mediaite
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   The Supreme Court Just Quietly Made Marriage Equality The Law Of The Land In Many States
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Grimes Staff Caught on Hidden Camera: She's Lying About Support for Coal Industry  —  U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is lying about her support for the state's coal industry according to Kentucky Democrats, including members of her campaign team, who were captured on a hidden camera video.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats start to point fingers  —  Democrats are starting to play the blame game as they face the possibility of losing the Senate in November.  —  Tempers are running high a month out from Election Day, with polls showing Democratic candidates trailing in the crucial battleground states …
Discussion: InsideSources
The Truth About Jeb Bush's Presidential Ambitions  —  Some insiders say he's already running.  Others says he's definitely not.  Here's the reality, distilled from over a dozen discussions with those who know Bush really well.  —  There are currently two factions in American presidential politics …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Panetta: ‘30-year war’ and a leadership test for Obama  —  Former Director of the C.I.A. Leon Panetta discusses the threat posed by ISIS and offers a critical review of Obama's performance as president.  He speaks with USA Today's Susan Page in this edition of Capital Download.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S.-led Airstrikes Disrupt Islamic State, But Extremists Hold Territory  —  Islamic State Fighters Taking Precautions to Evade Detection  —  U.S.-led airstrikes designed to serve notice on Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria have also delivered a sobering message to Washington and its allies …
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
ISIS' Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Arkansas, Tom Cotton and the Clinton factor  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BILL CLINTON 2014 ELECTIONS TOM COTTON MARK PRYOR  —  RISON, Ark. — Bill Clinton is coming to Arkansas to appear at four rallies for the campaign of endangered Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.
Discussion: New York Times
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
In 2014 midterms, Republicans increasingly see parallels to 2006 election
Discussion: Hit & Run and VodkaPundit
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Poll: Bill Clinton Helps Candidates, Others Don't
Max Fisher / Vox:
The insane conspiracy theories of Naomi Wolf  —  Author and former Democratic political consultant Naomi Wolf published a series of Facebook posts on Saturday in which she questioned the veracity of the ISIS videos showing the murders and beheadings of two Americans and two Britons …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Guardian
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Republicans Are Playing Dirty Tricks to Worsen Democrats' Midterm-Voter Problem  —  The Democrats' midterm drop off problem is as well understood as it is intractable.  For a number of reasons, young adults and minorities are less likely to vote in midterm elections than in general elections …
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
Southern Democrats Walk a Tightrope With Black Voters
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is Another Obama Administration Scandal About to Explode?  —  While strong cases can be made for both Benghazi and Fast and Furious, most voters consider Barack Obama's misuse of the IRS to be his administration's worst scandal so far.  But, as we wrote last year, targeting of conservative non-profits …
Washington Post:
As Ebola patient in Texas fights for his life, his family copes with stigma and isolation  —  Thomas Duncan is fighting for his life as his friends say they are isolated.  —  DALLAS — As a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola was fighting to survive Sunday in a Texas hospital …
Discussion: National Review and Liberaland
Sam Wang / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Sam Wang Factchecks Nate Silver  —  Last week, Nate Silver wrote a lengthy critique of Sam Wang's midterm election forecast for Political Wire.  —  Wang responds below.  —  Co-founder, Princeton Election Consortium.  —  I began what is now the Princeton Election Consortium (PEC) …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds warn of jury tampering in Detroit  —  Federal prosecutors are publicly accusing a Palestinian-American activist of an “almost certainly criminal” effort to derail the trial of a colleague accused of naturalization fraud for failing to disclose a terrorism conviction in Israel more than four decades ago.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Mohamed El-Erian / Financial Times:
US midterm elections offer limited prospect for economic change  —  Investment in real economy must come from private sector  —  It is only a matter of time until financial markets turn their attention to next month's midterm Congressional elections in the US.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Rogue donors not ready for Hillary?  —  Hillary Clinton is facing the beginnings of a backlash from rich liberals unhappy with her positions on litmus test issues and her team's efforts to lock up the Democratic presidential nomination before the contest starts.
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Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
Public and Private Sector Payroll Jobs: Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama
Discussion: Business Insider
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Axelrod: Obama ballot line a ‘mistake’
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Peter Canellos named POLITICO executive editor
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Voodoo Economics, the Next Generation
Alessandro Speciale / Bloomberg:
German Factory Orders Slump Most Since 2009: Economy
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
An Obama Ally Parts With Him on War Powers
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Iran frees wife of Post's Tehran correspondent, but he remains in custody
 Earlier Items: 
David Carr / New York Times:
The Washington Post Regains Its Place at the Table
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Low Favorable Ratings Still Plague Top Dogs on Capitol Hill
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Party and the People  —  When Hong Kong returned …
Michelle Iracheta / Houston Chronicle:
Bar owner calls customer a hero for fatally shooting 2 robbers
Discussion: TPNN, Vox Popoli and Hot Air
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
CDC multitasking hurts Ebola fight: Column