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10:15 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
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Same-Sex Marriage Fight Is Over
Discussion: Vox, Off the Kuff, Bloomberg and SCOTUSblog
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Many more same-sex marriages soon, but where? (UPDATED)
Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Legal For A Majority Of The U.S.
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 …
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 …
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
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.”
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU watchdog targets Amazon's Luxembourg tax deals  —  (Reuters) - Amazon's tax arrangements with Luxembourg are being investigated by EU regulators, as the online retailer becomes the latest global company to be accused of striking tax-minimising deals with member states that may break bloc rules.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Verge
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
Hadas Gold / Politico:
James Risen: Obama hates the press  —  New York Times reporter James Risen said Sunday that none of the current leak investigations would be happening if President Barack Obama did not hate the media so much, the Morning Sentinel of Maine reports.  —  “I don't think any of this would be happening under …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Amy Calder / Central Maine:
Risen: Journalists must fight or become irrelevant
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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: FishbowlDC and FOX News Radio
ISIS set to capture Kobani, finish major land grab
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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