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6:45 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 …
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Ted Cruz:
Allowing Lower Court Rulings on Same-Sex Marriage to Stand is ‘Tragic and Indefensible,’ and ‘Judicial Activism at its Worst’  —  SEN. CRUZ RELEASES STATEMENT ABOUT SUPREME COURT ACTIONS TODAY  —  WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today issued the following statement regarding …
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
The Very Good News in #SCOTUS Denial of Cert in #SSM Cases  —  Same sex marriage is about to be legal in the state of Utah.  Utah!  Ponder that for a minute.  If you were going to pick one of the very last states that would legalize same sex marriage, it would have been this conservative state.
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Today's orders: Same-sex marriage petitions denied (UPDATED)
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Supreme Court dodges gay marriage, allowing weddings in five states
Jeffrey Toobin / CNN:
How Supreme Court's non-decision helps gay marriage
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker: Gay Marriage Fight Is ‘Over In Wisconsin’
Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
High court ruling may lead to gay marriage in 30 states
Discussion: Mediaite and American Spectator
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 …
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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
BBC:
Ebola outbreak: Nurse infected in Spain  —  The Spanish health minister has confirmed that a nurse who treated a victim of Ebola in Madrid has tested positive for the disease.  —  The nurse is said to be the first person in the current outbreak known to have contracted Ebola outside Africa.
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Agencies / Guardian:
Nurse in Spain tests positive for Ebola in first infection outside west Africa
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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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.
Amy Calder / Central Maine:
Risen: Journalists must fight or become irrelevant  —  Colby College's Lovejoy winner, a New York Times reporter, faces the possibility of being imprisoned for refusing to reveal his sources.  —  207-861-9247  —  New York Times investigative reporter James Risen speaks with journalism students …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
James Risen: Obama hates the press
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
Turner to reduce headcount by 10%  —  Turner Broadcasting, the parent company of CNN, will cut its total workforce by about 10% in the coming weeks through a mix of buyouts, layoffs and other measures, the company said Monday.  —  The reductions are part of a broader effort to save money …
BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Hundreds Of Devices Hidden Inside New York City Phone Booths  —  Beacons can push you ads — and help track your every move.  Update: Hours after BuzzFeed News exposed the devices, the city ordered the removal of the devices.  —  Hours after BuzzFeed News published this report …
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Wants Americans To Get Ebola As Payback For Slavery  —  Radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested on Monday that President Barack Obama is refusing to divert flights from Ebola-infected countries and close down America's borders because he believes that the nation “deserves” …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Raw Story
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.
Jill Disis / The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Lawsuit: State trooper preached about Jesus during traffic stop  —  Ellen Bogan expects police to protect and serve — not proselytize.  —  But she says Indiana State Police Trooper Brian Hamilton pitched Christianity to her when he pulled her over for an alleged traffic violation in August on U.S. 27 in Union County.
BBC:
‘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”.
Bloomberg:
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 …
 
 
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Leticia Pineda / Agence France-Presse:
Mexico leader vows justice over 43 missing students
CNN:
Biden apologizes over ISIS comments
Keith Collins / Bloomberg:
A Really Small Slice of Americans Get to Decide Who Will Rule the Senate
Discussion: Washington Post
Chad Blair / Civil Beat:
Gabbard Missed Veterans Hearing to Surf Waikiki
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Wikipedia Blocks GOP Opposition Research Firm From Editing Articles
Discussion: The Hill
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Bill Clinton Doesn't Worry Arkansas GOP Senate Hopeful
 Earlier Items: 
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Host Gets Angry When Guests Won't Condemn Islam
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia Should Legalize Pot
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Republicans Are Playing Dirty Tricks to Worsen Democrats' Midterm-Voter Problem
Sam Wang / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Sam Wang Factchecks Nate Silver
Washington Post:
As Ebola patient in Texas fights for his life, his family copes with stigma and isolation
Discussion: National Review and FOX News Radio