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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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Joshua A. Douglas / Talking Points Memo:
The Supreme Court's Last-Minute Voter Rulings Should Be About Access  —  We are less than a month from Election Day and courts around the country are issuing a dizzying array of voting rights decisions that will affect the upcoming elections.  In Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Texas …
Tim Eaton / Austin American-Statesman:
Federal court calls Texas voter ID law unconstitutional
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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Roberts vows to ‘shut down the Senate’ if Obama empties Gitmo  —  TOPEKA, Kansas — Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Friday vowed to block all legislation in the Senate with a prolonged filibuster if President Obama tries to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: Obama mulls action to close Guantanamo
KPTV-TV:
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 …
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi share Nobel Peace Prize  —  (CNN) — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people's rights, including the right to education.
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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Washington Post:
The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama  —  Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) appeared before the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board on Thursday to make her pitch for their endorsement.  The life-long Democrat …
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Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Grimes won't say if she voted for Obama
Associated Press:
Army War College Revokes Sen. John Walsh's Degree  —  The U.S. Army War College revoked Democratic Sen. John Walsh's master's degree after an investigation completed Friday concluded he plagiarized a research paper required to graduate, a college spokeswoman said.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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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Catherine Herridge / Associated Press:
Fort Hood shooter sends letter to Pope Francis espousing ‘jihad’
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Congress Scouring Every U.S. Spy Program
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Israelis: Send Obama Ebola
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Failure Upon Failure  —  The disintegration of the Obama presidency
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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Democrats' plight in Senate races revealed
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