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7:25 PM ET, October 10, 2014


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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 …
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
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 …
Laura Gunderson / Oregonian:
Cylvia Hayes apologizes for ‘illegal act,’ marrying 18-year-old Ethiopian seeking green card
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 …
Joshua A. Douglas / Talking Points Memo:   The Supreme Court's Last-Minute Voter Rulings Should Be About Access
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 …
Associated Press:
EBOLA PATIENT'S TEMPERATURE SPIKED TO 103 DEGREES … DALLAS (AP) — Thomas Eric Duncan's temperature spiked to 103 degrees during the hours of his initial visit to an emergency room - a fever that was flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital's record-keeping system, his medical records show.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Dems call for Ebola flight ban
Discussion: National Review and NBC News
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Wendy Davis is running one of the nastiest campaign ads you will ever see  —  Wendy Davis is almost certainly not going to be the next governor of Texas.  Apparently, though, she's willing to try just about anything to alter that reality.  —  Witness her new ad that begins with this visual.
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: 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
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
Daily Mail:
Bride-to-be 'becomes pregnant after having sex with dwarf stripper on hen night... and husband only realises when she gives birth'  —  A bride-to-be became pregnant after having sex with a dwarf stripper on her hen night, it has been claimed.  —  The woman had to confess to cheating …
Gay Republican congressional candidate accused of sexual harassment  —  San Diego (CNN) — Charges of sexual misconduct, plagiarism and burglary have pitted a former staffer against a high-profile congressional candidate just weeks before the midterm elections.
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 …
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 …
Will Marshall / Politico:
How to save the Democratic Party from itself  —  Democrats may be glum now, but Republicans' extremism has presented them with an historic opportunity to build a lasting majority—and make America work again.  —  For all the roller coaster drama of the battle to control the Senate, the midterm elections won't really change much.
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Ads Paid for by Secret Money Flood the Midterm Elections
Megan Schrader / Gazette:
State House candidate chastised for sending insensitive email
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
UKIP gains first elected MP with Clacton win
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
CT Gov. Slams National Review As ‘Right-Wing Tea Bag Organization’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: National Review
Associated Press:
Army War College Revokes Sen. John Walsh's Degree
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Voyeur charges dropped against photographer at Lincoln Memorial
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Truth Revolt
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
40 painful seconds of Alison Lundergan Grimes refusing to say whether she voted for President Obama
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
“America's biggest hypocrite” — Vote for the video
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
Discussion: The Other McCain and VodkaPundit