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6:40 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.
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:
Gunman in Oregon Shooting Was Armed With 6 Guns and Left 7 at Home  —  ROSEBURG, Ore. — The man who killed nine people and severely wounded several others at a community college here went on his rampage armed with six guns, multiple extra ammunition magazines and a flak jacket …
Umpqua Community College shooting victims identified  —  ROSEBURG, Ore. (KOIN) — The names of the 9 people shot and killed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on Thursday were released by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Friday.  —  Investigators are still working to piece together exactly …
NBC News:
Oregon College Shooter Felt ‘The World Was Against Him’: Official
New York Times:
Chris Mercer, Oregon Gunman, Hinted of Anger and Loneliness
Father of Umpqua college shooting victim: Gunman singled out Christians
Statement by the President on the Shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon
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.
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.
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush Turns Sights on Marco Rubio, Who Seeks to Stay Above the Fray
Discussion: Politico and New York Times
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 …
Pew Research Center:
Republicans Ideologically Divided in Views of Candidate Positions
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
WWL-TV/Advocate poll: Carson the favorite of state's Republicans
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 …
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.
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: Moe Lane and Hit & Run
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 …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Kasich: Super-PAC move shows Team Jeb is ‘getting nervous’  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich chided allies of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday, after reports that a pro-Bush super-PAC has started researching at his congressional library collection.  —  “I would think they are in there because …
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
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Who Is Alleged Oregon College Gunman Chris Harper Mercer?  (UPDATED)  —  Multiple news outlets tonight have confirmed the identity of the Oregon college shooter as Chris Harper Mercer, and already there are some details coming out from social media accounts believed to be his.
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Education Secretary Leaving, Sources Say  —  AP sources: Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down after seven years in Obama administration.  —  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is reportedly stepping down at the end of the year.  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan …
Katherine SkibaContact / Chicago Tribune:
Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down, returning to Chicago
Discussion: Education Next
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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Daily Mail:
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Zeke J Miller / TIME:
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