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7:50 PM ET, October 24, 2014


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Seattle Times blogs:
Police: shooter dead after opening fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School  —  A gunman believed to have opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday morning is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to two law-enforcement sources.  —  Police have not released details …
KOMO News:
2 DEAD, 4 CRITICALLY INJURED IN SHOOTING AT MARYSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL  —  MARYSVILLE, Wash. - A student opened fire Friday morning at Marysville Pilchuck High School, killing one student and critically injuring at least four others before fatally shooting himself, police and witnesses said.
Discussion: and The PJ Tatler
Chelsea J. Carter / CNN:
Witness: Teen gunman shot his friends  —  (CNN) — The shooter who opened fire Friday morning at Washington state's Marysville-Pilchuck High School played football and was recently named to the homecoming court.  —  Freshman Jaylen Fryberg walked into the school's cafeteria …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
CNN Poll: Georgia Senate race statistical tie  —  (CNN) — Democrat Michelle Nunn has a slight 47%-44% edge over Republican David Perdue in the Georgia race for an open Senate seat, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey released Friday.  —  The three-point margin falls within …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Ballot dispute in Georgia heads to courts — and could be a factor in state's close Senate race  —  With an increasingly competitive and closely-watched Senate race on the line, an Atlanta courtroom will be the focus of a key voting rights dispute Friday that could make it harder for Democrats …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Right Wing Watch
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Dems have Georgia momentum
Discussion: Hot Air
Daniel Malloy / Political Insider blog:
Exclusive AJC poll: Nathan Deal opens small lead, Senate race in virtual tie
Discussion: National Review
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
How Independents Could Seize Control of the Senate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Dynasties “R” Us
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Monthly
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Report: Fox News Is Too Negative For Jeb Bush  —  No stranger to taking on his party's most conservative voters, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is now calling out the bastion of conservative media.  —  CNN's Peter Hamby reported that during a speech Thursday night at a South Carolina fundraiser …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Oops: Dem Challenger Slips And Calls Gov. Nikki Haley A ‘Whore’ (VIDEO)  —  A spokeswoman for the South Carolina Democratic Party had a hunch why TPM was getting in contact with her on Friday.  —  “If you take a look at the actual video it's really clear that he got tongue tied …
Discussion: Mediaite
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jeb Bush talks 2016 run with donors
Discussion: Truth Revolt and Mediaite
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton: ‘I love ... Elizabeth’  —  BOSTON — Hillary Clinton hit Elizabeth Warren country on Friday, repeatedly praising the anti-big banks Massachusetts senator for going after “those who deserve” it, while rallying voters to put embattled Democrat Martha Coakley in the governor's mansion.
Washington Post:
Could non-citizens decide the November election?  —  Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens?  Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor …
Jessica Robinson / Boise State Public Radio:
Coeur d'Alene Says Hitching Post Is Exempt From Gay Rights Law … The city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, said a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages.  —  The city has been embroiled in controversy ever since the owners of the Hitching Post sued the city.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Spectacular Implosion Of The GOP's Senate Hopes In Oregon  —  Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley really did not want to run against Monica Wehby.  —  She had the résumé of a formidable challenger: a pediatric neurosurgeon, a pro-choice mom in socially liberal Oregon …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Should Stop Lecturing Americans About Their Ebola Concerns  —  Like 98 percent of Americans, I've heard the news about Ebola.  I've even followed the news with interest for months, taking seriously the media claims that this was a serious outbreak that had potential to become even more serious.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and alicublog
Jordan Sargent / Gawker:
Anthony Weiner Still Doesn't Understand How to Use Twitter  —  It's been three years (only!) since Anthony Weiner's political career went limp because he sent photos of his d**k to random women via social media, and yet he has still not learned how to use Twitter.
Discussion: Truth Revolt and The Daily Caller
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Plutocrats Against Democracy  —  It's always good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn't their intention.  So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can't get what they want …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
Peter Olsen-Phillips / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Revenge of the Democrats: Wealthy liberals top list of super PAC donors in 2014  —  One billionaire has spent more than $70 million on the 2014 elections; Image credit: DonkeyHotey, Flickr  —  In a reversal from 2012, liberal billionaires top the list of biggest super PAC donors with a little …
Discussion: Washington Post
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
On Race and Voter ID, John Roberts Wants It Both Ways  —  Once, the chief justice said the only way to stop discriminating on race was to stop discrimination on race.  Now his tune isn't so clear.  —  “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in 2007 …
David Carr / New York Times:
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin Promise Washington the Program It Deserves  —  You both have a reputation for using alcohol to get sources to say things they should not.  Should I have brought a bottle of tequila?  Mark Halperin: That is an urban legend.  It's not like it's never happened …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Pro-Orman Republican Owes Candidate Big Money  —  Senate candidate Greg Orman of Kansas has been accused by Republicans as a Democrat-in-Independent's clothing, which explains why Orman is surrounding himself with Republicans in the final days of his campaign against GOP incumbent Pat Roberts.
Rachel M. Cohen / American Prospect:
We know College Feminists Care About Sexual Assault.  But What About Abortion?  —  In the past three years, more abortion restrictions have been enacted in the United States than in the entire previous decade.  At the same time, 85 colleges and universities are now under federal investigation for their handling of sexual violence.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Could the ‘Perfect’ Campaign Lose?  —  Kay Hagan is trying to prove months of good work can withstand a national climate that's threatening other Dems.  Republicans are confident she can't.  —  RALEIGH, N.C.—It took Kay Hagan 10 minutes to cover everything she wanted to say about public education.
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Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Sun-Times reporters to owners: We want answers
Chris Caesar / Boston Globe:
Ted Cruz's Deputy Chief Jokingly Blames Ebola Infections on Obamacare
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Joe. My. God.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Maine Governor's Race Still Tied
Discussion: National Review
Maggie Fox / NBC News:
Ebola-Free Pham Visits White House After Release
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Foley Family to White House: You Saved Bergdahl. Why Not Our Son?
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yahoo! News
David Montgomery / Argus Leader:
Candidates clash in first televised Senate debate
Discussion: Fox News and OnPolitics
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Gains in Key Senate Races as Gender Gap Narrows
Mark Binelli / Rolling Stone:
The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Sarah Palin endorses ... a Democrat?
Edgar Sandoval / NY Daily News:
Gov. Christie feels his minimum wage views were misunderstood, while NJ diner waitresses say he lacks empathy