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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 …
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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
Discussion: Off the Kuff, Vox and SCOTUSblog
FiveThirtyEight:
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.
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.”
Politico:
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 …
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
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” …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Kevin McCorry / Philly.com:
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
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 …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
James Risen: Obama hates the press
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Bob Herbert / Politico:
The Plot Against Public Education  —  How millionaires and billionaires are ruining our schools.  —  Bill Gates had an idea.  He was passionate about it, absolutely sure he had a winner.  His idea?  America's high schools were too big.  —  MOST POPULAR  —  Top Stories, Videos & Photos
Bloomberg:
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
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.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and FOX News Radio
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
 
 
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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
CNN:
ISIS set to capture Kobani, finish major land grab
Kaleb Horton / VICE:
I Accidentally Fooled Conservative Twitter with a Fake Lena Dunham Quote
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Leticia Pineda / Agence France-Presse:
Mexico leader vows justice over 43 missing students
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Wikipedia Blocks GOP Opposition Research Firm From Editing Articles
Discussion: The Hill
BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Hundreds Of Devices Hidden Inside New York City Phone Booths