October 26, 2015

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GOP Candidates Stoke Fears That Obama And Clinton Are Comin' For Your Guns

The Gist: The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon has reignited the fear that Democrats want to confiscate Americans’ guns.

Gowdy: A Private Clinton Interview Would Have Been More Productive

The Gist: The chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said “you don’t see the bickering among the members of Congress in private interviews.”

WHO: Processed Meat—Including Bacon—Linked To Cancer

The Gist:  The World Health Organization says that processed meats can lead to colon and other cancers, and red meat is probably cancer-causing as well.

From The Reporter's Notebook

GOP candidates are baying at a new boogeyman, gun confiscation, in the wake of this month's mass shooting in Oregon. TPM reporter Catherine Thompson says it's instructive to look at how their warnings that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are coming to take Americans' guns reverberated through the conservative blogosphere. They followed the same pattern as the paranoia earlier this year surrounding the "Jade Helm 15" military exercise.

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall thinks that Ben Carson is “judged by a different standard because people don't think he'll ever be the nominee. But he seems like he's not quite all there or thinking out loud in a way that is vaguely endearing but not at all what people look for in a head of state.”

Say What?!

"In the ideal situation, the mother should not believe that the baby is her enemy and should not be looking to terminate the baby."

- Ben Carson compared abortion to slavery.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "The other point was that Hillary seemed very realistic about what working with Republican controlled legislature (or half a legislature) would be like. I admire the truly good faith effort Obama put into trying to work with Republicans (up until 2014 or so), but I think that was a very foolish decision and really cost the country. If Democrats had been willing to play hardball, they would have passed a better Healthcare bill, or at the very least, passed it faster, giving less time for the outrage over it to build. "

Related: Hillary Clinton and the men who hate her.

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What We're Reading

The Word of Life church's path from Bible group to lethal sect. (The New York Times)

You can build trust in policing if you measure what really matters. (The Marshall Project)

Last week, two of the country's most powerful men made career decisions with personal and family issues at the center. (NPR)