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3:25 PM ET, October 2, 2015


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Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
Forget Oregon's Gunman.  Remember the Hero Who Charged Straight at Him.  —  No amount of murder seems likely to result in gun control any time soon.  So let's do what we can to stop the lunacy—by reserving the limelight for the vet who rushed Thursday's shooter.
Randleman victim in Oregon community college shooting tried to stop gunman, family says … RANDLEMAN, N.C. — A man originally from Randleman was shot and injured in the Oregon community college shooting Thursday that resulted in 10 fatalities.  —  Seven other people were injured when a gunman …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Watch: Gunman's Family Reacts  —  TORRANCE, Calif. — Chris Harper Mercer, the man identified as the gunman in the deadly rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday, was a withdrawn young man who neighbors said wore the same outfit every day — combat boots …
NBC News:
Oregon Shooting: ‘Heroic’ Veteran Chris Mintz Was Shot 7 Times  —  An Army veteran was shot seven times while trying to save other students during the deadly Oregon community college rampage, according to his aunt.  —  Chris Mintz “tried to protect some people,” his aunt Sheila Brown told NBC News in a telephone interview.
Alexandra Lewis / Q13 FOX News:
Oregon community college shooting victim, shot 5 times, says he stood up to shooter  —  ROSEBURG, Ore. — As we learn more about the Umpqua Community College shooter, we are also learning more about men and women who stood up to protect their classmates.  —  All brave souls have a calling.
American deaths in terrorism vs. gun violence in one graph  —  (CNN)During his presidency, President Barack Obama has had to deliver statements on gun violence 15 times.  —  After a gunman opened fire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, killing nine people and injuring seven …
Ruben Vives / Los Angeles Times:
Oregon college gunman Chris Harper Mercer liked target shooting, ex-neighbors say  —  Neighbors at a sprawling apartment complex in Torrance thought it was odd a few years ago when they saw Chris Harper Mercer and his mother carrying black cases that they suspected held firearms.
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Oregon gunman singled out Christians during rampage
Father of Umpqua college shooting victim: Gunman singled out Christians
Washington Post:
Oregon shooter said to have singled out Christians for killing in ‘horrific act of cowardice’
Daily Mail:
Chris Mintz was shot as he charged the Umpqua Community College shooter in Oregon
Iris Salem / CBS Los Angeles:
Father Of Suspected Oregon Shooter: 'I'm Just As Shocked As Anybody At What Happened'
Discussion: KLFY-TV and Guardian
Katie Zavadski / The Daily Beast:
Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer Hated Religion Online
Eric Holder / CBS News:
Oregon shooting on college campus leaves 10 dead
Daniel Burke / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Pope met privately with gay couple -  —  The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay clerk Kim Davis in Washington, he held a private meeting with Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man.
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
Vatican Source: Pope Blindsided By Meeting With Controversial Kentucky Clerk  —  (CBS) — Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is on his way to Rome tonight.  Before he left, he spoke out for the first time on that controversial meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, the county clerk …
New York Times:
Pope Francis' Meeting Wasn't an Endorsement of Kim Davis's Views, Vatican Says  —  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' encounter with Kim Davis last week in Washington, which was interpreted by many as a subtle intervention in the United States' same-sex marriage debate, was part of a series …
Philip Pullella / Raw Story:
Vatican feels ‘sense of regret’ for pope's meeting with Kim Davis
Discussion: Shakesville and
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Transmission of material in this release is embargoed until USDL-15-1912 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, October 2, 2015  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378  •  •
John Frank / The Spot:
John Hickenlooper expresses doubt about Hillary Clinton amid e-mail controversy  —  TOPICS  —  Clinton email, Dick Lamm, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, John Hickenlooper, John Kasich  —  Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday became the latest Hillary Clinton supporter to express doubt …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: The Politics of Mass Shootings
Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker  —  The last-minute move underscores frustration among some members of the Republican Conference with the current choices.  —  House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Dem economists attack Elizabeth Warren over Brookings firing  —  Five top Democratic economists are criticizing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the left-leaning Brookings Institution for forcing one of its nonresident economic fellows to resign.  —  Warren raised concerns earlier this week …
Discussion: Shadowproof
Katherine SkibaContact / Chicago Tribune:
Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down, returning to Chicago … Education Secretary Arne Duncan will step down in December, a White House official said Friday.  —  Duncan is the former Chicago Public Schools chief.  He has served as U.S. education secretary since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
Discussion: Education Next
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Education Secretary Leaving, Sources Say
Weekly Standard:
Rather Shameful  —  ‘Truth’ is out there somewhere  —  When CBS's 60 Minutes Wednesday broadcast its lead story—reported by Dan Rather and produced by Mary Mapes—on the evening of September 8, 2004, it was given the anodyne title “For the Record,” as though it constituted little more than a disinterested historical footnote.
Discussion: Power Line
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Contrasting Partisan Perspectives on Campaign 2016  —  In a Shift, Republicans Now Prefer ‘New Ideas’ to ‘Experience’  —  With four months to go before the first presidential nomination contests, Republican and Democratic voters have sharply different perspectives on their parties' campaigns …
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Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Disapproval of Supreme Court Edges to New High
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Guy Benson /
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Trump expands staff in three states
Discussion: Political Wire
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
The execution of Alfredo Prieto: Witnessing a serial killer's final moments
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
Obama Pulled John Kerry and Samantha Power From Netanyahu UN Speech