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Thursday, October 9, 2014
26 Days Until Election Day 2014
761 Days Until Election Day 2016
Obama appeals to millennials, fundraises in Los Angeles; Supreme Court upholds NC voting law; Justice Kennedy halts ID gay marriages; Good Read: Politico Magazine on dynasties; and Today's Tidbit: Meet the Press with Jon Stewart?: It's Thursday, October 9, 2014, I'm Gabe Fleisher for Wake Up To Politics, and reporting from WUTP world HQ in my bedroom - Good morning: THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!
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White House Watch
- The President’s Schedule Note: all times local (Pacific today unless otherwise noted)
- President Obama leaves the White House for Los Angeles at 1:40 AM (Eastern Time), and will arrive in Los Angeles at 2:00 PM (Pacific Time).
- At 2:45 PM, the President will tour Cross Campus, a “Los Angeles-area organization that brings together entrepreneurs and venture capital teams,” according to USA Today.
- At 3:05 PM, he will participate in a town hall with founders of start-up working out of Cross Campus facilities. Obama’s visit to Cross Campus is with the direct goal of appealing to the “Millennial generation” – 18 to 34-year-olds, a key voting bloc in the November elections. The White House is not coy about this goal, saying the Cross Campus visit is to focus on “the important economic progress our country has made and one generation in particular – Millennial – who will shape our economy for decades to come.”
- --- LINK: The White House’s campaign to young people is going even further, and now they are enlisting emoji (the Japanese character and picture icons popular for use on iPhone keyboards) into the case. The White House has used emojis in email blasts to young Americans focused on the economy, Buzz Feed’s Evan McSan reports. In other words, the White House is outsourcing its font to Japan.
- At 5:55 PM, Obama speaks at a DNC fundraiser in Los Angeles at the home of actress/singer Gwyneth Paltrow. The event will include a reception and an “intimate dinner,” during which the President will take questions. The price tag for seats ranges from $1,000 to $32,400.
- President Obama stays overnight in Los Angeles, ahead of a three-day California swing that will also go to the San Francisco area and last through Saturday.
- Supreme Court Rules on North Carolina Voting Law In a 7-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision Wednesday on a new North Carolina voting law.
- With Justices Ruth Bade Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, the Court approved two of the law’s contested provisions for the November election, which will end same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in the state. This means, for the midterm elections, voters in the Tar Heel State will no longer be able to register on Election Day, or vote in a polling place that isn’t theirs.
- Justice Kennedy Halts Idaho Gay Marriages On Tuesday, the march to same-sex marriage rights seemed inevitable, with the homestretch in sight for pro-LGBT activists. The Supreme Court’s decision the day before not to hear cases on the issue effectively opened the gate for gay marriage in up to eleven states, mixed with the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal’s decision striking down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho – meant over 30 states would soon be in the marriage equality column.
- And then the unstoppable march was skidded to a halt by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the author of the court’s . Kennedy, who is responsible for the 9th Circuit (each Justice has jurisdiction over a different Court of Appeals), issued an order Wednesday staying the Idaho case, and stopping gay marriages in the state, without explanation.
- The next step will probably be Kennedy bringing the case to the other justices, with a slew of solutions possible, which will show just how much “the Nine” want to go back into the issue.
- With Idaho temporarily stopped from holding same-sex weddings, the number of states recognizing gay marriage is down to 31.
A new column linking good articles to read on the Internet:
- --- LINK: Politico Magazine article by Rob Goodman on dynasties, taking the Roosevelt family as an example of the past, and applying their history to the dynasties on the scene today – the Clintons and Bushes. Very interesting and definitely worth the read, highlights the intersection of history and current events.
A new column on a news piece that caught my eye – using the word “news” lightly
- --- LINK: New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reports, NBC attempted to hire Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s parody news program “The Daily Show,” as the moderator of Meet the Press, the network’s Sunday morning public affairs show.