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1:55 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 …
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” …
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 …
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
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law
Discussion: The Nation
Associated Press:   Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin
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.
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 …
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.
Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
President Obama at Gwyneth Paltrow Fundraiser: Democrats Should Feel “Sense of Urgency” Over Midterms    —  The actress hosted the President in her Brentwood backyard, gushing to Obama, “You're so handsome that I can't speak properly”  —  The Democrats may not want President Barack Obama …
Discussion: FOX News Radio and PoliticusUSA
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘Would Be Wonderful’ to Give Obama ‘All the Power He Needs’
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:   Gwyneth Paltrow to Obama: 'You're so handsome that I can't speak properly'
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
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 …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Dems call for Ebola flight ban  —  A growing number of Democrats are pressuring President Obama to ban flights to Ebola-ravaged countries despite repeated warnings from global health leaders that closing borders could accelerate the crisis.  —  A group of 27 lawmakers, including three Democrats …
Discussion: National Review and NBC News
Washington Post:
The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic
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 …
Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Grimes won't say if she voted for Obama  —  U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to say Thursday if she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012 but noted that she was a delegate for Hillary Clinton at the 2008 Democratic Convention.
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 …
Molly Smith / WREG-TV:
MPD officer's gun stolen from Oak Court Mall bathroom  —  MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say an off-duty officer's firearm was stolen after he left it behind in the bathroom.  By the time he realized he forgot it, the gun was already gone.  —  “That's pretty bad,” Eric Gilliam said.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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
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 …
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
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Catherine Herridge / Associated Press:
Fort Hood shooter sends letter to Pope Francis espousing ‘jihad’
Discussion: TPNN and Truth Revolt
Washington Post:
Federal judges deliver blow to racial gerrymandering in Virginia
Michael Symons /
Jeff Bell says single moms drive gap in Senate race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Bombing for show? Or for effect?
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Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women
Discussion: Shakesville
Ben Norton / CounterPunch:
Israelis: Send Obama Ebola
Discussion: Mondoweiss and CANNONFIRE
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