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12:15 PM ET, October 10, 2014

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws in Wisconsin and Texas  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday evening stopped officials in Wisconsin from requiring voters there to provide photo identification before casting their ballots in the coming election.  —  Three of the court's …
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Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin's voter ID law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing its new voter identification law on the eve of next month's elections.  —  In a related action, a district court judge in Texas ruled that state's voter ID law …
Discussion: Hot Air
Tim Eaton / Austin American-Statesman:
Federal court calls Texas voter ID law unconstitutional  —  Less than a month before Election Day, a federal judge from Corpus Christi ruled late Thursday that Texas' voter identification law is unconstitutional.  —  U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos equated the law …
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law, Calling It A ‘Poll Tax’  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Texas struck down the state's voter ID law on Thursday, calling the measure an “unconstitutional poll tax” that creates “an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, TPNN and Feeds
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
Discussion: The Nation and ThinkProgress
Associated Press:
Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin
Discussion: Liberaland
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Oregon First Lady: My sham marriage  —  Oregon Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, admitted on Thursday to entering into an illegal marriage in 1997, calling it a “serious mistake.”  —  “It was wrong then and it is wrong now and I am here today to accept the consequences, some of which will be life changing.
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Nobelprize.org:
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014  —  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.
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New York Times:
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi Are Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: Hit & Run, Shakesville and Gawker
Franklin Foer / The New Republic:
Amazon Must Be Stopped  —  It's too big.  It's cannibalizing the economy.  It's time for a radical plan.  —  Before we speak ill of Amazon, let us kneel down before it.  Twenty years ago, the company began with the stated goal of creating a bookstore as comprehensive as the great Library of Alexandria …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘Would Be Wonderful’ to Give Obama ‘All the Power He Needs’  —  Obama raises money at Gwyneth Paltrow's home  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow has won numerous awards for her acting, but speaking apparently came with some difficulty Thursday with President Barack Obama standing beside her.
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Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Gwyneth Paltrow to Obama: 'You're so handsome that I can't speak properly'
Discussion: Fox News
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: This Is What Happens When You Joke About Having Ebola On An Airplane  —  Officials weren't laughing Wednesday when a man on a U.S. Airways flight bound for the Dominican Republic allegedly joked that he had Ebola.  —  The airline said in a statement that the flight from Philadelphia …
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Patrick Narvaez / ABC News:   What It Looks Like When There's an Ebola Scare on a Plane
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Weighs Options to Close Guantanamo  —  Any Move to Override Congressional Ban on Bringing Detainees to U.S. Would Spark Fight  —  The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Secret Deficit Lovers  —  What if they balanced the budget and nobody knew or cared?  —  O.K., the federal budget hasn't actually been balanced.  But the Congressional Budget Office has tallied up the totals for fiscal 2014, which ran through the end of September, and reports that the deficit plunge …
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Phyllis Schlafly: Obama Intentionally Bringing In Ebola To Make America More Like Africa  —  In an interview with WorldNetDaily published today, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly weighed in on the unfounded theory gaining traction in the right-wing media that Central American young people …
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Paul Bremmer / WND:
MYSTERY VIRUS FOUND WHERE ILLEGAL-ALIEN KIDS SENT
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Failure Upon Failure  —  The disintegration of the Obama presidency  —  A year before his first inauguration, Barack Obama laid out the objective of his presidency: to renew faith and trust in -activist government and transform the country.  In an hourlong interview with the editorial board …
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Pregnant teens who joined ISIS: We've made a huge mistake  —  The two teens are believed to be married, pregnant and living in the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa.  —  The teenage girls who abandoned their families in Austria to become jihadis for ISIS feel they've made a terrible mistake …
Washington Post:
The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic  —  When the experts describe the Ebola disaster, they do so with numbers.  The statistics include not just the obvious ones, such as caseloads, deaths and the rate of infection, but also the ones that describe the speed of the global response.
Discussion: The Dish, Booman Tribune and Unfogged
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
“America's biggest hypocrite” — Vote for the video  —  The conservative advocacy group American Commitment has entered a national video contest organized by the left-wing outfits MoveOn and MAYDAY.US.  What's going on here?  Bear with me.  —  In an email announcing the contest …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program  —  Congress has quietly begun reviewing every U.S. government intelligence collection program.  It's got the potential to trigger the next big fight between The Hill and Obama's spies.  —  The $80 billion U.S. intelligence community …
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats' plight in Senate races revealed  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL 2014 ELECTIONS APPROVAL RATINGS  —  At the Washington Post's The Fix blog, Chris Cillizza has a good post with three charts showing how Democrats are in trouble in the 2014 Senate contests.
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Symons / app.com:
Jeff Bell says single moms drive gap in Senate race  —  Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell said he is behind in the polls by double digits because single mothers are “wed” to the social benefits that Democrats hand out.  —  Bell said his 20-plus percentage point deficit among women …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
 
 
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Discussion: Power Line
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Ben Norton / CounterPunch:
Israelis: Send Obama Ebola
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Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
New York Airport Workers Go On Strike Over Ebola
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Obama's No-Win Attorney General Decision
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Rights group asks for probe into shooting range that refuses to cater to Muslims
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
NYPD Breaks Reporter's Camera for Interviewing Students
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