Wiretap: Religion, guns and politics fuel the mass-shooting debate

Another shooting

The Umpqua Community College killer was armed, reports say, with three handguns and an assault rifle. One witness said the Oregon shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, asked victims’ their religion. Via The Los Angeles Times.

Counting it

Watch: Nine shootings, nine Obama speeches. Via The New York Times.

Mapping it

Gun violence in America in 17 maps and charts. Via Vox.

Gaffe gift

The Clinton team sees the McCarthy comments on the Benghazi committee probe as a political gift. Via The Washington Post.

Isolating Cruz

Mitch McConnell is working very hard to isolate Ted Cruz, via Politico. Or as The Conservative Review puts it, the only shutdown in McConnell is interested in is shutting down Cruz.

Saving al-Assad

What does Putin want? In a New Yorker podcast, they try to find out. The New York Times writes that Putin is clearly trying to save Bashar al-Assad, but wonder if that is even possible at this point.

Turn right

Conservatives shouldn’t be worried about the Roberts Court. Court watchers expect the Supreme Court to turn back sharply to the right. Via The National Journal.

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