Day’s End and Night Watch

So the Oregon shooter is dead, but only after he killed twelve and wounded another 20 people with (apparently) four different weapons on what is normally a very peaceful community college campus. The motive is unclear but it seems the killer asked victims about their religions. I’m sure we’ll soon hear that nobody would have died had every person in the vicinity been packing heat.

Keep the dead and the injured and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

Here are some remains of the day:

* I haven’t gone into this in detail because the numbers are all preliminary and don’t reflect spending, but it seems that in the 3d quarter HRC raised $28 million, Bernie Sanders raised $26 million, and Ben Carson raised $20 million. These numbers are strictly for official campaigns, not Super-PACs.

* Rare discharge petition being used to bring Eximbank reauthorization to House floor.

* At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman explains that the civic-minded marijuana legalization movement is being replaced by the producer-dominated marijuana legalization lobby that’s far less benign.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer is underwhelmed by HRC’s work requirement for students getting new federal aid.

* At Republic 3.0 Anne Kim discusses data-driven means for reducing water waste via leaks and ill-repaired infrastructure.

And in non-political news:

* Hurricane Joaquin now a Cat 4 storm as it hits the Bahamas.

That’s it for Thursday. We’ll close with George “Wild Child” Butler and “Put It All In There” from 1967.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.