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9:15 AM ET, October 5, 2017


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Jeff German / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Las Vegas Strip shooter targeted aviation fuel tanks, source says  —  Fuel tanks near the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, pictured on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, were targeted by Strip shooter Stephen Paddock when he fired on concert-goers from his Mandalay Bay room Sunday night.
Justin Glawe / The Daily Beast:
Unarmed Security Guard Took On Las Vegas Killer Stephen Paddock … LAS VEGAS — Jesus Campos had no firearm when he found Stephen Paddock and approached his room on the 32rd floor of Mandalay Bay on Sunday night.  —  Paddock, who had rigged cameras in the hallway and on the peephole of the door …
Discussion: The Federalist, AOL and IJR
New York Times:
Republicans Open to Banning ‘Bump Stocks’ Used in Massacre  —  Top congressional Republicans, who have for decades resisted any legislative limits on guns, signaled on Wednesday that they would be open to banning the firearm accessory that the Las Vegas gunman used to transform his rifles to mimic automatic weapon fire.
New York Times:   Las Vegas Gunman Chased Gambling's Payouts and Perks
Las Vegas gunman planned to escape after massacre, sheriff says
Discussion: Splinter and TheBlaze
Charlotte Alter / TIME:   They Survived the Las Vegas Shooting. But They Don't Want More Gun Control
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
‘Death spiral’: Tillerson makes nice but may not last long with Trump  —  The moment was as remarkable as it was unprecedented: A sitting U.S. secretary of state took to the microphone to pledge his fealty to the president — despite his well-documented unhappiness in the job and the growing presumption …
The Daily Beast:
White House Aides Wanted Rex Tillerson to Resign for Calling Trump a ‘F**king Moron’ … As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took to the microphones Wednesday morning to address reports that he had called his boss, President Donald Trump, a “f**king moron,” aides in the White House held out hope that he would offer his resignation.
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos and Politico
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Bob Corker just told the world what he really thinks of Donald Trump
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. Bob Corker's extraordinarily dim portrayal of the Trump administration
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Repeal the Second Amendment  —  I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment.  —  From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder.  “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Blood Pact With the N.R.A.  —  We are once again in the throes of a worn and increasingly fruitless post-massacre protocol that ritualizes our stages of grief and anesthetizes our expectations of action.  —  On Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, taking a sniper's position on the32nd floor …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Angry GOP donors close their wallets  —  Republicans are confronting a growing revolt from their top donors, who are cutting off the party in protest over its inability to get anything done.  —  Tensions reached a boiling point at a recent dinner at the home of Los Angeles billionaire Robert Day.
Jeet Heer / New Republic:   The Republican Party Isn't Cracking Up. It's Getting Even Stronger.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Roy Moore's disruption of Washington has already begun, and more is on the way
Discussion: Balloon Juice
CBS Pittsburgh:
Pro-Life Rep. Tim Murphy Will Not Seek Re-Election After Reports Of Urging Abortion  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Congressman Tim Murphy, of Upper St. Clair, has reached a decision about his political future.  —  In a statement to KDKA's Jon Delano, the embattled anti-abortion Republican says he won't seek re-election.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Embattled GOP Rep. Tim Murphy to retire
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Sally Yates, Preet Bharara Stress High Bar for Criminal Charges in Russia Probe  —  Prosecutors fired by Trump say Special Counsel Robert Mueller has challenging task and may not bring charges  —  Two of the most high-profile law-enforcement officials fired by President Donald Trump …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
‘Trump dossier’ on Russia links now part of special counsel's probe: sources
Washington Post:
Democrat Northam leads Republican Gillespie in race for Virginia governor, new poll finds  —  A relatively unified party base gives Democrat Ralph Northam a clear lead over Republican Ed Gillespie heading into the final month of the Virginia governor's race, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll.
Discussion: Political Wire
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump pushes for Senate intel panel probe of ‘Fake News Networks’ in U.S.  —  President Donald Trump urged Congress Thursday morning to launch an investigation of the news media, wondering online “why so much of our news is just made up.”  —  “Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Colin Wilhelm / Politico:
White House walks back Trump's Puerto Rico comments as Wall Street reels  —  NEW YORK — On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump casually told Geraldo Rivera on Fox News that the United States would have to wipe out $75 billion in debt owed by Puerto Rico to bondholders around the world.
Liz Peek / Fox News:
President Trump isn't responsible for Puerto Rico's decades of corruption and collapse
Discussion: Vox and Instapundit
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Black Lives Matter Students Shut Down the ACLU's Campus Free Speech Event Because ‘Liberalism Is White Supremacy’  —  Students affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement crashed an event at the College of William & Mary, rushed the stage, and prevented the invited guest …
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
3 Special Forces Troops Are Killed and 2 Wounded in Ambush in Niger  —  WASHINGTON — Three United States Army Special Forces were killed and two were wounded in an ambush in Niger on Wednesday while on a routine patrol with troops they were training from the West African nation, American military officials said.
Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
What I've learned from North Korea's leaders  —  Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, is founder of the nonprofit Carter Center.  —  As the world knows, we face the strong possibility of another Korean war, with potentially devastating consequences to the Korean Peninsula …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
ACA premiums blame game may turn against Republicans  —  For years, Democrats have been on the receiving end of political attacks about rising Affordable Care Act premiums.  But the roles are about to be reversed — and it's not clear whether Republicans will be able to avoid the blame.
Discussion: baker
Harvey Weinstein Lawyers Up for Bombshell New York Times, New Yorker Stories  —  Harvey Weinstein has hired a high-powered team of attorneys to push back on soon-to-be-published bombshell stories from the New York Times and the New Yorker detailing sexual allegations and improper workplace behavior against him.
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Michael Kiefer / USA Today:
Federal judge accepts Joe Arpaio's presidential pardon
Discussion: The Root and Splinter
Tegna / KSDK-TV:
Man arrested for Howard University threats
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Grimm hits D.C. amid comeback bid
Discussion: Political Wire
Jay Willis / GQ:
Bernie Sanders and Larry David Finding Out That They're Cousins Is Kind of the Best
Philip Rocco / Washington Post:
Justice Roberts said political science is ‘sociological gobbledygook.’ Here's why he said it, and why he's mistaken.
Joe Jervis / Joe.My.God.:
Man Whose Life Was Saved By Married Lesbian Cop To Speak At National Convention Of Anti-LGBT Haters
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Russia Needed Help Targeting U.S. Voters, Two Ex-CIA Chiefs Say
Discussion: Raw Story
Younger Brother of Mass Murderer Stephen Paddock Has Long Rap Sheet, Criminal Threats, Arson
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Steve King employs family as year-round campaign staff, an unusual approach in Congress
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Report: Biden to write foreword for memoir by transgender activist
Discussion: Star Tribune and The Daily Caller
Emily Flitter / Reuters:
Energy secretary took charter flight day before Price resigned
Roll Call:
Cruz Spokesman Saw Suspicious Twitter Activity in 2016 Campaign
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
How We Found Tom Price's Private Jets
Martin Selsoe Sorensen / New York Times:
Kim Wall Was Stabbed After Boarding Submarine, Danish Prosecutor Says
Discussion: NPR
Amy Julia Harris / Reveal:
They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants
Discussion: The Lost Ogle and Raw Story