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3:55 PM ET, October 6, 2014


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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Hands Gay Marriage a Tacit Victory  —  WASHINGTON — In a move that may signal the inevitability of a nationwide right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court on Monday let stand appeals court rulings allowing such unions in five states.  —  The development, a major surprise …
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Today's orders: Same-sex marriage petitions denied (UPDATED)  —  This morning the Court issued additional orders from its September 29 Conference.  Most notably, the Court denied review of all seven of the petitions arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.
Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
High court ruling may lead to gay marriage in 30 states
Discussion: American Spectator and Mediaite
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Supreme Court Just Quietly Made Marriage Equality The Law Of The Land In Many States
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and The Dish
James R. Carroll / Courier-Journal:
Bluegrass Poll: Grimes takes lead over McConnell  —  After two polls in his favor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell again has slipped behind Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll.  —  Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state …
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
Discussion: InsideSources
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Naomi Wolf Suggests ISIL Beheading Videos May Have Been Staged  —  Journalist and author Naomi Wolf suggested Saturday that videos of Islamic State militants beheading American and British hostages may have been staged.  —  The news site Vox flagged a series of Facebook posts in which Wolf questioned …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Naomi Wolf
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 …
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: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
Elias Isquith / Salon:
EXCLUSIVE: Bill Maher on Islam spat with Ben Affleck: “We're liberals!  We're not crazy tea-baggers”  —  Comedian tells Salon about his clash with Affleck, his “Flip a District” effort — and a recent meal with Rand Paul  —  If you're just catching up on the weekend's politics news …
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 …
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Host Gets Angry When Guests Won't Condemn Islam  —  A Fox News host became visibly angry on Monday while trying to defend comedian Bill Maher's comments about Islam.  On Friday, the “Real Time” host argued that Islam “is the only religion that acts like the mafia” …
Discussion: Mediaite
Scott Waldman / Capital New York:
Cuomo administration edited and delayed key fracking study  —  ALBANY—A federal water study commissioned by the Cuomo administration as it weighed a key decision on fracking was edited and delayed by state officials before it was published, a Capital review has found.
‘Deadly fire’ at Iran military explosives facility  —  A fire and explosion at a military explosives facility near the Iranian capital Tehran has left at least two people dead, reports say.  —  The semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (Isna) said the fire was in an “explosive materials production unit”.
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 FOX News Radio
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.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Boehner rakes in cash for openly gay Republican candidate  —  Speaker John Boehner vowed last year that he'd back gay GOP candidates.  Now, he's making good on his word.  —  The Ohio Republican is heading to California this week, where he'll raise cash for openly gay Republican candidate Carl DeMaio …
Peter Jacobs / Business Insider:
Swastikas Painted On Jewish Fraternity House At Emory University Hours After Yom Kippur  —  Offensive graffiti — including swastikas — was found early Sunday morning on the Alpha Epsilon Pi chapter house at Emory University, the university confirmed to Business Insider Sunday.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
An Obama Ally Parts With Him on War Powers  —  ORANGE, Va. — In June, after he had written a scorching opinion article seeking to constrain the president's unilateral power to make war, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, one of Barack Obama's earliest supporters, buttonholed the commander in chief …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Booman Tribune
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Jill Disis / The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Liberaland
New York Times:
Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia Should Legalize Pot
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
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Discussion: Business Insider
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
Axelrod: Obama ballot line a ‘mistake’
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Sam Wang / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
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Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Iran frees wife of Post's Tehran correspondent, but he remains in custody
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, Hot Air and Vox Popoli
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is Another Obama Administration Scandal About to Explode?