October 2, 2015

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Oregon Shooting Suspect Is Reportedly Chris Harper Mercer

The Gist: What we know about the 26 year old who went on a shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College, leaving 10 people dead.

Huckabee Bashes Obama For Trying To 'Exploit' Oregon Shooting

The Gist: The GOP presidential candidate accused Obama of using the mass shooting at an Oregon community college “to advance his liberal, anti-gun agenda.”

Libertarian Official Resigns To Protest Candidate Who Does Animal Sacrifices

The Gist: The chairman of Florida’s Libertarian Party resigned to protest the party's U.S. Senate candidate, who allegedly dismembered “a goat in a ritualistic sacrifice.”

From The Reporter's Notebook

As TPM's Tierney Sneed reported, Obama's latest Wall Street regulation has Republicans in a tizzy. GOP lawmakers are trying to stall it with a bill saying the SEC has to take the lead. However, legally speaking, the SEC's ability to address the issue—financial advisors’ conflicts of interest—is limited. Additionally, in terms of any regulation the agency can enact, SEC head Mary Jo White has signaled is not coming soon.

Agree or Disagree?

“Israel is not only entrenching itself on the ground in the West Bank, it is laying the foundation for permanent control of that occupied territory…. If the West Bank becomes part of Israel, then Israel must extend full rights of citizenship to all residents of the West Bank. Otherwise, there will be no denying that it is an apartheid state.” - Mitchell Plitnick 

Say What?!

"Bear, stop that! Stop breaking my kayak, please! Gosh darn it!"

- Video of a bear eating a woman's kayak.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "I a little surprised that the HPV vaccine, one of the great triumphs of modern science, has not yet appeared in the clown conference. We know how to eliminate 90% of the cases of cervical cancer, through mass immunization, and these monsters prefer to keep the disease around to scare the young people into an improbable and never-before-seen-anywhere obedience to the abstinence-dictates of Pappy (which will in any case not slow down the incidence of the cancer, since the virus is not gender-specific)."

Related: The HPV vaccine has reduced the frequency of cases amongst teenage girls by half.

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What We're Reading

Meet the man who makes Donald Trump go viral. (Politico)

After three decades, has the brother of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing solved the case? (The New Yorker)

A look back at last fall's Ebola freak-out. (The Huffington Post)