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11:20 AM ET, October 7, 2014


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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Political Scientists: November Is Still A Slam-Dunk For The GOP  —  Amid the quibbling between Nate Silver and Sam Wang, academic political scientists have stepped in to release their own election forecast for November — and it doesn't look great for Democrats.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
What If I'm Wrong About GOP Flipping at Least 7 Seats?  —  A few weeks ago I wrote Senate Republicans would gain at least seven seats, even though the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call race ratings showed a likely Republican gain of five to eight seats.  —  That expectation was based …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Supreme Court's gay marriage decision not a rallying cry for Republicans  —  The Supreme Court's decision to let same-sex marriages proceed across the country isn't the rallying cry it once was for Republicans.  —  The GOP is looking to avoid an issue the party once used to galvanize its base …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Dish
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 …
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
GOP Candidates May Benefit From Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decision
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Many more same-sex marriages soon, but where? (UPDATED)
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
The Marriage Equality Map You Need To Know
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Liberal Values
Republicans brace for 2016 free-for-all  —  The message from Republican officials has been crystal clear for two years: The 2016 Republican primary cannot be another prolonged pummeling of the eventual nominee.  Only one person ultimately benefited from that last time — Barack Obama …
Bob Herbert / Politico:   The plot against public education
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Book, Panetta Recounts Frustration With Obama  —  WASHINGTON — After resigning as secretary of defense last year, Leon E. Panetta watched with growing dismay at what he perceived as a president losing his way.  Instead of asserting American leadership on the world stage, Mr. Panetta concluded …
Matt Fox / Daily Surge:
VIDEO: Lois Lerner Tries Barging Into Neighbor's Home To Evade Questions  —  Lois Lerner attempted to bust into a neighbor's home uninvited, in a desperate attempt to avoid answering questions about her involvement in the targeting of conservative groups.  —  Jason Mattera, author …
Discussion: Power Line, TPNN and Clash Daily
‘7TH HEAVEN’ DAD STEPHEN COLLINS  —  CONFESSES ON TAPE TO CHILD MOLESTATION  —  NYPD Investigating [AUDIO]  —  10/7/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Stephen Collins — who played the pastor/dad on “7th Heaven” — confessed to his estranged wife he was a child molester …
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
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Why Would Obama Try to Make the Election About Himself?  —  The president made headlines last week during a speech on the economy, where he implored voters not to make any errors: “Now, I am not on the ballot this fall .... But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot—every single one of them.”
David Perdue: ‘I spent most of my career’ outsourcing  —  “Cherry-picking sentences from a 186-page legal deposition leaves them grossly out of context,” Dickey asserted.  “David has spent 40 years dealing with bad government policies that put our manufacturers at a disadvantage internationally.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
When Your Rabbi Comes Out as Gay  —  A few days ago, I posted a piece about my rabbi, Gil Steinlauf, the senior rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., the largest Conservative movement-affiliated synagogue in the nation's capital.  The post concerned an excellent Rosh Hashanah sermon …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
NRSC cuts Michigan TV  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has cut the remaining television it had reserved in Michigan amid signs former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) is having trouble catching Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.).  —  The NRSC's independent expenditure arm …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and ABC News
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
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
‘Moment of Truth’ on Emissions  —  In March, the Obama administration issued a white paper as part of its Climate Action Plan entitled “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.”  A big part of the strategy was built around cutting down on the methane emissions that result from oil and gas production …
T. Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
State Dept. inspector general: More evidence of rampant mismanagement under Hillary Clinton  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL HILLARY CLINTON STATE DEPARTMENT INSPECTORS GENERAL  —  The State Department's Office of Inspector General has released another “management alert” detailing rampant mismanagement within …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Big Banks Face Another Round of U.S. Charges  —  The Justice Department is preparing a fresh round of attacks on the world's biggest banks, again questioning Wall Street's role in a broad array of financial markets.  —  With evidence mounting that a number of foreign and American banks colluded …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Jeff Bezos's New Plan for News: The Washington Post Becomes an Amazon Product  —  Jeff Bezos wants to turn the Washington Post into a national publication, and he's going to use his other company— (AMZN)—to help achieve that goal.  —  For the past few months …
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 …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
George Will: Colleges become the victims of progressivism
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU watchdog targets Amazon's Luxembourg tax deals
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Verge
National Journal:
John Hickenlooper has gone from a kind of political fairy tale …
Discussion: New York Times
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Embrace the Irony  —  Lawrence Lessig wants to reform campaign finance.
Trey Sanchez / Truth Revolt:
‘Face the Nation’ Leaves Out Netanyahu's Criticism of Obama
Discussion: Roger L. Simon and protein wisdom
Glencore Said to Lay Groundwork for Potential Rio Merger
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Mitt Romney on 2016: ‘I Am Not Running, I Am Not Planning on Running’
Discussion: FOX News Radio and FishbowlDC
Kaleb Horton / VICE:
I Accidentally Fooled Conservative Twitter with a Fake Lena Dunham Quote
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why this Joe Biden gaffe matters more
Discussion: CNN, Guardian, Hot Air and RedState
Michael Allen / Opposing Views:
Baltimore Police Accused Of Beating Black Man (Video)
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Who is Saul Alinsky, and why does the right hate him so much?
Carl Bialik / FiveThirtyEight:
Pollsters Predict Greater Polling Error In Midterm Elections
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Dish
Leticia Pineda / Agence France-Presse:
Mexico leader vows justice over 43 missing students
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rush Limbaugh: Obama Wants Americans To Get Ebola As Payback For Slavery