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10:10 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.
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.
New York Times:
Jeb Bush Is Criticized for Saying ‘Stuff Happens’ in Reaction to Shootings  —  GREENVILLE, S.C. — Jeb Bush invited a firestorm on Friday by saying that “stuff happens” in reference to renewed calls for legislative action after tragedies like the mass shooting in Oregon.
Discussion: Forbes
NBC News:
Oregon College Shooter Felt ‘World Was Against Him’
USA Today:
Official: Oregon gunman left angry note glorifying mass killers
Father of Umpqua college shooting victim: Gunman singled out Christians
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.
Candace Smith / ABC News:
Jeb Bush Says ‘Stuff Happens’ In Response to Gun Violence
Discussion: National Review and
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
WATCH: Jeb Argues Against Gun Control After Oregon Massacre: ‘Stuff Happens’
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 Halper / Weekly Standard:
Poll: Jeb Falls to 4%  —  The latest Pew poll shows that Jeb Bush has fallen to 4 percent in the Republican field.  Donald Trump leads the field with 25 percent; Ben Carson is at 16 percent.  —  Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio are tied for third at 8 percent of the Republican field.
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: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Armed vet destroys gun nuts' argument on mass shooters by explaining why he didn't attack Oregon killer  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A veteran who says he was carrying a concealed weapon on the UCC campus Thursday when 26-year-old Christopher Harper Mercer went on a murderous rampage …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Who Is Alleged Oregon College Gunman Chris Harper Mercer? (UPDATED)
New York Times:
Oregon Killer Described as Man of Few Words, Except on Topic of Guns
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
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 …
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
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 …
Jeff McAdam /
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.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Disapproval of Supreme Court Edges to New High  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Half of Americans (50%) disapprove of the job the U.S. Supreme Court is doing, while slightly fewer (45%) approve.  Although the high court's approval rating is similar to what it has been in recent years, the current disapproval rating is at a new high.
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.
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Says He Won't Sign Another Temporary Spending Measure
Discussion: Political Wire
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, and CBS Miami
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Dem economists attack Elizabeth Warren over Brookings firing
Discussion: Shadowproof
 Earlier Items: 
Guy Benson /
‘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