THE MIX

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Wiretap: McConnell promises showdown redux

As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fights in Kentucky to keep his Senate seat, he lays out for Politico his plans if Republicans win the Senate. Strangely, it’s pretty much what Democrats say he would do if Republicans win the Senate. > read more

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Wiretap: Finding meaning in a life

Max Fisher writes for Vox.com that many people will try to find meaning in James Foley’s unspeakable death at the hands of ISIS. Fisher says, instead, that we should take our meaning from his life. > read more

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Wiretap: Ferguson, call Cincinnati, Oakland, LA

If Ferguson is looking for answers to how to resolve the civil unrest that has come with the shooting of an unarmed Michael Brown, the African-American teen, by a white cop, there is a lot of information out there. Too much, in fact. > read more

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Wiretap: Same faith, separate worries in Ferguson

Two churches in St. Louis County -- one near the site where Michael Brown was shot and killed, one near the home of the police officer who shot and killed him -- look at the post-shooting world in very different ways. > read more

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Wiretap: Rand Paul to police: Demilitarize

  The libertarian right and the civil-justice left have clearly found common ground on the subject of the militarization of the police. Rand Paul writes […] > read more

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Short TCAP testing era ends on flat note

The three-year run of the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests has ended with 2014 statewide student proficiency levels little changed from when the test was introduced. > read more

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Wiretap: So far from Mayberry

You've seen the pictures of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of Michael Brown. How did this come to be? What does it mean for our country? > read more

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Wiretap: Treating Ebola

The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone fell ill with the disease, and doctors decided not to use ZMapp. He died, and the unused doses went to two American aid workers in Liberia. > read more

CHASING LIGHT

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Chasing Light: Forest reefs?

  Sometimes when I’m way in the woods, lost deep in a search for wild mushrooms I get the distinct feeling that I’m underwater, in […] > read more