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6:55 AM ET, October 7, 2014


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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 …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
The Marriage Equality Map You Need To Know  —  With the Supreme Court's decision not to hear appeals of any of the pending marriage cases, marriage equality is going to expand rapidly in several regions of the country.  —  John Gara/BuzzFeed  —  WASHINGTON — Americans in 30 states and Washington …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker: Gay Marriage Fight Is ‘Over In Wisconsin’  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) conceded that the state of Wisconsin lost its fight to ban same sex marriage on Monday when the Supreme Court declined to hear gay marriage cases in multiple states.  —  With the Supreme Court's punt …
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Same-Sex Marriage Fight Is Over  —  At the annual William and Mary Supreme Court Preview in September, leading appellate lawyers and journalists speculated on what the Court would do with several pending same-sex marriage cases.  The one thing that was agreed was that the Court would not simply deny the petitions for review.
NOM Blog:
National Organization for Marriage Condemns US Supreme Court for Not Reviewing Lower Court Rulings Imposing the Redefinition of Marriage  —  Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)  —  “NOM will continue to devote all our energy and resources to stand for the truth of marriage …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Many more same-sex marriages soon, but where?  (UPDATED)  —  UPDATE Monday afternoon.  Within hours after the Supreme Court denied review in these cases, the Fourth Circuit put its ruling in the Virginia case into immediate effect (see here) and the Tenth Circuit did the same in its rulings …
Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Legal For A Majority Of The U.S.
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Who is Saul Alinsky, and why does the right hate him so much?  —  “The Hillary Letters”, trumpets the Fox News headline.  “Clinton, Saul Alinsky correspondence revealed.”  —  Here's the story: In 1971, Yale law student Hillary Rodham sent a letter to famed community organizer Saul Alinsky.
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
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.
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 …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
James Risen: Obama hates the press
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Kevin McCorry /
A heartbreaking act of staggering cowardice  —  See this picture?  This is what raw cowardice and utter contempt for democracy looks like. … The picture was taken this morning and posted on Twitter by Kevin McCorry of WHYY's Newsworks just before 9:30 a.m., at the Philadelphia School …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
American student, 19, ‘trying to join ISIS’ arrested at Chicago's O'Hare airport after leaving note for his parents signed ‘PLEASE MAKE SURE NOT TO TELL THE AUTHORITIES’  — Federal authorities claimed in court that they have handwritten documents that prove he supported ISIS
Claire Groden / The New Republic:
Scott Walker Could Win Thanks to Wisconsin's Voter ID Law  —  On September 12, Wisconsin voting-rights groups began to scramble when the Seventh Circuit Court upheld the state's voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country.  By the end of September, the same court had narrowly declined …
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 …
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney on 2016: ‘I Am Not Running, I Am Not Planning on Running’  —  While Mitt Romney has repeatedly said that he won't run in 2016, everyone else around him seems to think he should: Paul Ryan, all of the media, everyone in this poll, his own wife, and even Mitt Romney himself.
Carl Bialik / FiveThirtyEight:
Pollsters Predict Greater Polling Error In Midterm Elections  —  At FiveThirtyEight, we write about polls regularly, especially ahead of big elections like next month's.  We rate pollsters for their accuracy and whether they lean Republican or Democratic.  And we use their work to inform our election model and Senate forecast.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Dish
Kaleb Horton / VICE:
I Accidentally Fooled Conservative Twitter with a Fake Lena Dunham Quote  —  Thorstein Veblen and Lena Dunham, together at last.  Images via Wikipedia  —  The internet is always stupider than you think.  When you're telling a joke to an audience of anonymous online strangers …
Discussion: Raw Story
Glencore Said to Lay Groundwork for Potential Rio Merger  —  Glencore Plc is laying the groundwork for a potential merger with Rio Tinto Group in the next year that would create the world's largest mining company, worth about $160 billion, according to people familiar with the situation.
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
ISIS set to capture Kobani, finish major land grab  —  Turkish-Syrian border (CNN) — Intense street fighting raged in the Syrian city of Kobani Monday as ISIS came closer to capturing a key area on the border with Turkey.  —  ISIS fighters planted their flag on a hill on the eastern side of Kobani …
Michael Allen / Opposing Views:
Baltimore Police Accused Of Beating Black Man (Video)  —  A recently released cell phone video appears to show Baltimore police beating Jamar Kennedy outside a bar last Tuesday night.  —  According to CBS Baltimore, in the video (below) Kennedy is hit with a baton by a Baltimore police officer.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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Keith Collins / Bloomberg:
A Really Small Slice of Americans Get to Decide Who Will Rule the Senate
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Wikipedia Blocks GOP Opposition Research Firm From Editing Articles
Discussion: The Hill
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