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4:05 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 …
Tim Eaton / Austin American-Statesman:
Federal court calls Texas voter ID law unconstitutional
Richard Wolf / Associated Press:
Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin's voter ID law
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Hot Air
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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: Obama mulls action to close Guantanamo  —  President Obama is considering executive action to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, despite congressional legislation that bans the transfer of detainees there to prisons in the U.S., according to a Thursday report.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Roberts vows to ‘shut down the Senate’ if Obama empties Gitmo
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.
Oregon's first lady admits illegal marriage to Ethiopian immigrant  —  Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes admitted Thursday she illegally married an Ethiopian immigrant because she needed money and he needed help to stay in the United States.  —  Hayes said she married 18-year-old Abraham Abraham …
Tyler Hurst / Willamette Week:
Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Undisclosed Third Marriage Was to 18-Year-Old Immigrant  —  Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes regularly speaks about her hardscrabble background—a childhood in poverty, her struggle to get through school, and her two marriages before meeting Gov. John Kitzhaber, to whom she is now engaged.
Laura Gunderson / Oregonian:
Cylvia Hayes apologizes for ‘illegal act,’ marrying 18-year-old Ethiopian seeking green card
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 …
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.
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
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'
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Denver Post:
By The Denver Post Editorial Board  —  (Kathryn Scott Osler, Denver Post file)  —  Congress is hardly functioning these days.  It can't pass legislation that is controversial and it often can't even pass legislation on which there is broad agreement.  Its reputation is abysmal …
Washington Post:
Voyeur charges dropped against photographer at Lincoln Memorial  —  Charges have been dropped against a man accused of taking photos of women's “private areas” at the Lincoln Memorial after a judge ruled that he did not do anything illegal and that police did not have a probable cause to investigate him.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Truth Revolt
Michael Symons /
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 …
Josh Hicks / Washington Post:
U.S. taxpayers paid $486 million for Afghan air fleet.  DOD sold it for scrap.  —  The Defense Department destroyed nearly half a billion dollars worth of defective Italian aircraft that U.S. taxpayers bought for Afghanistan and then sold the scrap for $32,000, according to an agency watchdog.
Discussion: Daily Surge
Jake Sherman / Politico:
South Dakota Senate candidate lives in D.C.  —  Larry Pressler, who is running for Senate in South Dakota as an independent, has his principal residence in Washington, according to District of Columbia tax records.  —  Pressler, who served as a Republican in Congress from 1975 to 1997 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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Associated Press:
Army War College Revokes Sen. John Walsh's Degree
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Will Marshall / Politico:
How to save the Democratic Party from itself
Molly Smith / WREG-TV:
MPD officer's gun stolen from Oak Court Mall bathroom
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
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
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Bombing for show? Or for effect?
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Norton / CounterPunch:
Israelis: Send Obama Ebola
Discussion: Mondoweiss and CANNONFIRE
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Failure Upon Failure  —  The disintegration of the Obama presidency
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats' plight in Senate races revealed
Discussion: Washington Post