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Jon Stewart returned from vacation last night and got to riff on Ferguson for the first time: "Race is there, and it is a constant. You're tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it." Watch.

Mitch's Shutdown Game

Mitch McConnell doesn't want voters thinking he's planning to resume government shutdown brinkmanship if Republicans win the Senate. Shutdown is a loaded and unpopular word. So he's putting it in legis-speak to give himself some deniability. But that's exactly what he's promising to do if becomes Senate majority leader. He told as much to Politico on his campaign bus a few days ago, and he's been caught saying it privately a couple of months ago to a group of high-dollar GOP donors on an audio recording published today by The Nation. This kind of cynical gambit relies on the lack of sophistication of voters and a compliant press corps. Probably not a bad gamble.

Virginia Is For Lovers?

McDonnell confessed last week that he's living with a priest during the corruption trial against him. But it's now been revealed that that priest was arrested for a sex crime in 2002 — one that McDonnell himself advocated for keeping on the books as a state delegate.

No Angel

NYT reporter who wrote the Michael Brown is "no angel" profile explains what he was trying to convey.