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8:40 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.
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Sheriff Investigating The Oregon Shooting Believes Some Seriously Fringe Things About Guns  —  Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, who is overseeing much of the law enforcement response to Thursday's tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College, believes some highly unusual things about gun rights and the Constitution.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Sheriff In Charge Of Oregon Massacre Probe Posted Sandy Hook Truther Video  —  The sheriff investigating a mass shooting at an Oregon community college that left at least nine people dead posted a video to Facebook in 2013 that raised questions about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
NBC News:
Oregon College Shooter Felt ‘World Was Against Him’  —  The heavily armed gunman who slaughtered nine people at an Oregon college left a hate-filled note at the scene of his rampage and “felt the world was against him,” law enforcement officials confirmed Friday.
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.
New York Times:
Chris Mercer, Oregon Gunman, Hinted of Anger and Loneliness
USA Today:
Official: Oregon gunman left angry note glorifying mass killers
CNN:
Father of Umpqua college shooting victim: Gunman singled out Christians
whitehouse.gov:
Statement by the President on the Shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon
Daniel Burke / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: Pope met privately with gay couple - CNN.com  —  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.
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New York Times:
Before Pope Francis Met Kim Davis, He Met With Gay Ex-Student
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Jeb Bush on gun violence: ‘Stuff happens’  —  <p>A day after a massacre on a U.S. college campus, Jeb Bush said "stuff happens" but that does not mean gun restrictions should be tightened.</p><p>" We're in a difficult time in our country and I don't think more government is necessarily the answer to this.
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Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Jeb Argues Against Gun Control After Oregon Massacre: ‘Stuff Happens’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mediaite
Candace Smith / ABC News:
Jeb Bush Says ‘Stuff Happens’ In Response to Gun Violence
Discussion: National Review and abc7.com
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Chaffetz prepares long-shot bid for House speaker  —  <p>House Oversightand Government Affairs Chairman Jason Chaffetz is planning to run for House speaker, taking on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in what appears to be a long-shot bid to lead House Republicans, according to multiple sources.</p><p …
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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Pew Research Center:
Republicans Ideologically Divided in Views of Candidate Positions
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Lawrence Lessig / Politico:
I'm Trying to Run for President, but the Democrats Won't Let Me  —  <p>I'm running for President.  Or trying.  After raising $1 million in less than 30 days, I entered the primary on September 9 as the Democrat's only non-politician.  My platform is simple: end the corrupting influence …
Discussion: Liberal Values, Hit & Run and Moe Lane
Ilan Ben-Meir / BuzzFeed:
Lindsey Graham: Russia And Iran “Slapping” Obama “In The Face”  —  “Here's what Russia and Iran are saying to Obama: 'You're weak.' They're slapping him in the face - they have no respect for the man, they have no respect for the United States.”  —  Andrew Burton / Getty Images
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Toluse Olorunnipa / Bloomberg Business:
Obama Warns Putin Risks a Quagmire in Propping Up Assad
Discussion: Politico
Stephanie McNeal / BuzzFeed:
A Man Lost It When His Wife Told Him She Was Pregnant After Four Miscarriages And A Stillbirth  —  A video of a Virginia man breaking down when he learned his wife is pregnant after years of trying is warming hearts all over the internet.  —  Dana Griffin-Graves told BuzzFeed News that she and her husband …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says He Won't Sign Another Temporary Spending Measure  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama pledged on Friday that he would not sign another temporary spending measure after the one passed this week, a move to try to raise the pressure on Congress to reach a long-term agreement to finance the government.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jeff McAdam / fox13now.com:
Residents in Murray furious after HOA fines homeowner for flying American Flag  —  MURRAY, Utah — Homeowners in Murray say they are being fined by their home owner's association for flying the American Flag.  —  Chestnut Place is a condominium community consisting of about 60 homeowners.
 
 
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Armed vet destroys gun nuts' argument on mass shooters by explaining why he didn't attack Oregon killer
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Kasich: Super-PAC move shows Team Jeb is ‘getting nervous’
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz: “Radical” Obama “Seeks To Tear Us Apart” With Comments On Oregon Shooting
Discussion: Mediaite
Daily Mail:
David Cassidy involved in a hit-and-run crash while his license was suspended
Discussion: Hollywood Life, TMZ.com and CBS Miami
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
EXCLUSIVE: TIME Guide to Official 2016 Republican Nomination Calendar
Discussion: Frontloading HQ
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Disapproval of Supreme Court Edges to New High
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Dem economists attack Elizabeth Warren over Brookings firing
Discussion: Shadowproof
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Education Secretary Leaving, Sources Say
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
‘Hostage Takers:’ Dems Block Bill to Fund Veterans, Demanding More Spending Elsewhere
Bristol Palin:
Hillary Reveals Fear of Sarah Palin In Secret Email; Dislikes Gender Inclusive Language
Weekly Standard:
Rather Shameful
Discussion: Power Line and The PJ Tatler
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
The execution of Alfredo Prieto: Witnessing a serial killer's final moments