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12:00 PM ET, October 3, 2015


 Top Items: 
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.
New York Times:
Obama Rebukes Bush on ‘Stuff Happens’ Reaction to Oregon Shootings  —  WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush drew a sharp rebuke from President Obama on Friday after the Republican presidential candidate shrugged off any need for government action in the wake of the massacre of nine people at a community college in Oregon.
Discussion: Political Wire
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Jeb Bush on gun violence: ‘Stuff happens’
Candace Smith / ABC News:
Jeb Bush Says ‘Stuff Happens’ In Response to Gun Violence
Discussion: National Review
Sune Engel Rasmussen / Guardian:
Death toll rises in suspected US airstrike on Afghan hospital  —  Nine staff dead and up to 37 injured in Médecins Sans Frontières hospital as charity says bombing continued for 30 minutes after it raised alarm … A US airstrike appears to have hit a hospital run …
Discussion: WSLS-TV, euronews, Common Dreams, RT and NBC News
Joey Garrison /
Ron Ramsey: Christians should consider arming themselves  —  Responding to a mass shooting at an Oregon community college that left 10 people dead, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey on Friday encouraged fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to consider getting a gun.
USA Today:
Official: Oregon gunman left angry note glorifying mass killers
New York Times:
In Note Left Behind, Gunman ‘Did Not Like His Lot in Life,’ Officials Say
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Sheriff Investigating The Oregon Shooting Believes Some Seriously Fringe Things About Guns
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Sheriff In Charge Of Oregon Massacre Probe Posted Sandy Hook Truther Video
The Hill:
Chaffetz's pitch for Speaker to highlight anti-establishment cred  —  Rep. Jason Chaffetz's bid to become the next Speaker of the House will highlight his Tea Party roots and anti-establishment credentials.  —  The Utah Republican's late entry into the race to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner …
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Vatican sacks priest after he comes out as gay  —  The Vatican dismissed a priest from his post in a Holy See office on Saturday after he told a newspaper he was gay and urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality.  —  Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa was removed from his position …
Discussion: Towleroad, Bondings 2.0 and Hot Air
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.
Pew Research Center:
Republicans Ideologically Divided in Views of Candidate Positions
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
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 …
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Donald Trump Cancels Q&A, Says Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has canceled his appearance at a Q&A session with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce scheduled for next Thursday, the chamber said.  —  USHCC spokesman Ammar Campa-Najjar …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Jezebel
New York Times:
Firefighters' Union Backs Away From Endorsement of Hillary Clinton  —  The International Association of Fire Fighters, one of the country's more politically powerful unions, has abandoned its initial plans to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, according to union sources.
Discussion: Political Wire and RedState
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Why Do The Media Keep Helping Nancy Pelosi Avoid Abortion Questions?  —  Luke Russert, a journalist with NBC News, tweeted the following yesterday: … I'm not sure why there was the need to qualify journalist (or “journo") with conservative, here, but it does highlight the fact …
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Ilan Ben-Meir / BuzzFeed:
Lindsey Graham: Russia And Iran “Slapping” Obama “In The Face”
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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’
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
 Earlier Items: 
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
Lawrence Lessig / Politico:
I'm Trying to Run for President, but the Democrats Won't Let Me
Discussion: Liberal Values, Hit & Run and Moe Lane
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Disapproval of Supreme Court Edges to New High