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7:50 PM ET, October 2, 2017


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Will Ricciardella / The Daily Caller:
CBS Legal Exec: No Sympathy For Vegas ‘Because Country Music Fans Often Are Republican’  —  A top legal executive at CBS, Hayley Geftman-Gold, said she “is not even sympathetic” for the victims of the shooting at a country music festival at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Sunday night.
Wall Street Journal:
Las Vegas Suspect Likely Used Automatic Rifle in Massacre  —  Investigators found 18 to 20 firearms in alleged gunman's hotel room  —  The gunman who authorities said killed at least 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival appears to have used at least one fully automatic rifle …
David French / National Review:
Based on the Early Reports, The Las Vegas Shooting Is Very, Very Strange  —  Before I begin, let me clearly state two things.  First, as I note in the title of this post, my observations are based on early reports, and early reports are often wrong.  Second, do not read this post as implying any sort of conspiracy theory of any kind.
Washington Post:
Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock enjoyed gambling, country music, lived quiet life before massacre  —  Before he opened fire late Sunday — killing at least 50 people at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip — the gunman Stephen Paddock lived a quiet life for years in a small town outside Las Vegas.
ABC News:
President Trump's full remarks on the deadly Las Vegas shooting  —  Below are President Donald Trump's full remarks on Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, as delivered from the White House's Diplomatic Room on Oct. 2, 2017.  —  Thank you.  My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Here Are All The Hoaxes Being Spread About The Las Vegas Shooting  —  This post will be updated as more hoaxes surface.  —  At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night.  Police have confirmed that “one suspect is down” …
Discussion: Slate, Gizmodo, Business Insider and AOL
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘He was just a guy.  Something happened, he snapped’ -Las Vegas shooter's brother says family is ‘dumbfounded’ at massacre and have no idea of motive  — Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Village early on Monday morning killing at least 50
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
Las Vegas concert shooting prompts ESPN to change its mind about airing national anthem  —  Because of the horrific news of the shooting at a Las Vegas concert, ESPN has reversed course and will broadcast the national anthem that precedes Monday night's game between the Washington Redskins …
Bill O'Reilly / No Spin News:
Mass Murder in Las Vegas  —  Once again, the big downside of American freedom is on gruesome display.  A psychotic gunman in Las Vegas has committed the worst mass murder in U. S. history.  —  64-year-old Stephen Paddock, who lived in Nevada, began firing from a hotel window about 10pm Pacific time last night.
Discussion: RedState, The Hill, IJR, Raw Story and TheBlaze
50 dead after shooting on Las Vegas Strip; suspect ID'd  —  (CNN)[Breaking news update at 8:06 a.m. ET]  —  The Las Vegas Strip massacre has no known link to overseas terrorism or terror groups, a US official with knowledge of the case said.  —  Separately, a woman described as a …
New York Times:
Las Vegas Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Casino Kills More Than 50
Washington Post:
At least 50 dead, more than 400 injured after shooting on Las Vegas Strip
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
How far-right trolls named the wrong man as the Las Vegas shooter
Sam J. /   WTAF?! Brother says Las Vegas shooter was multi-millionaire real estate investor
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:   In the Wake of the Las Vegas Shooting, There Can Be No Truce with the Second Amendment
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Las Vegas shooting updates: 59 people are dead and more than 525 injured
NBC News:
Las Vegas Shooting: More Than 50 Killed and 200 Hurt Near Mandalay Bay
Joe Concha / The Hill:   CBS executive fired after saying Las Vegas victims didn't deserve sympathy
Ryan Gajewski / The Wrap:   CBS Exec Fired for ‘Deeply Unacceptable’ Post About ‘Republican Gun Toters’ After Vegas Shooting
Associated Press:   The Latest: White House says now is no time for gun debate
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Interior watchdog opens investigation into Zinke's travel
Discussion: The Atlantic, Axios and Vox
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why the debate over gun suppressors isn't really relevant to what happened in Las Vegas
Karma Allen / ABC News:
Las Vegas shooting death toll rises to 58, no apparent connection to terror
Discussion: IJR and NewsBusters
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney:
Gun stocks up after Las Vegas shooting
Karma Allen / ABC News:
At least 50 dead, 400 injured in Las Vegas shooting; suspect had at least 10 guns
Discussion: BBC and ThinkProgress
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Las Vegas shooting spotlights pair of bills that would lift gun restrictions
Discussion: Politico
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Terrorism or not? Las Vegas reignites a real — and really important — debate.
Discussion: Associated Press and Splinter
Tom Petty Found Unconscious in Full Cardiac Arrest (UPDATE)  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  1:35 PM PT — Sources tell us at 10:30 Monday morning a chaplain was called to Tom's hospital room.  We're told the family has a “do not resuscitate” order on Tom.  The singer is not expected to live through the day, but he's still clinging to life.
Discussion: RedState
CBS News:
Tom Petty, legendary rocker, is dead at 66  —  Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66, CBS News has confirmed.  —  The legendary musician suffered a full cardiac arrest and was found unconscious and not breathing in his Malibu home Sunday night.
Rolling Stone:   Report: Tom Petty, Rock Iconoclast Who Led the Heartbreakers, Dead at 66
Washington Post:
Trump's company had more contact with Russia during campaign, according to documents turned over to investigators  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney leaves Capitol Hill on Sept. 19.  Cohen was there to appear privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee.  (Susan Walsh/AP)
German Lopez / Vox:
Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts  —  In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem.  Here's why.  —  America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns.  It's one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected.
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
Did Manafort Use Trump to Curry Favor With a Putin Ally?  —  On the evening of April 11, 2016, two weeks after Donald Trump hired the political consultant Paul Manafort to lead his campaign's efforts to wrangle Republican delegates, Manafort emailed his old lieutenant Konstantin Kilimnik …
Elliot Schrage / Facebook:
Hard Questions: Russian Ads Delivered to Congress  —  What was in the ads you shared with Congress?  How many people saw them?  —  Most of the ads appear to focus on divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum, touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights.
Special Report: HP Enterprise let Russia scrutinize cyberdefense system used by Pentagon  —  WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Enterprise allowed a Russian defense agency to review the inner workings of cyber defense software used by the Pentagon to guard its computer networks …
Discussion: Lawfare and Engadget
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Divert, Divide, Destroy  —  In one week's time, President Trump has again demonstrated that his sympathies stretch no further than his personal fortunes and personal favors.  —  He is using the power of the presidency and the might of the federal government in his own petty game of sticks and carrots.
Discussion: Salon
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