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PollTracker #3

Day three of our 2014 election countdown. As I said yesterday, if you want to be alerted the moment a poll is released in a race you're following, download our PollTracker Mobile app (available on iOS and Android.)

The last twenty four hours have seen a raft of polls showing a strong position for Republican senate candidates almost across the board.

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Progress!

Jon Stewart: Republicans "finally figured out how women's brain work." Watch.

Fatal Police Shooting in St Louis

We're trying to put together the basic details of what happened. But quick overview: in the city of St Louis tonight, a member of the St Louis Metropolitan Police shot and killed an 18 year old man, Vonderrick Myers Jr., after an encounter, the nature of which remains in dispute.

Police say the dead man had a gun and fired at the officer; witnesses and family members dispute that.

The shooting took place near the Missouri Botanical Gardens. (Here's the early report from the Post-Dispatch.)

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Spain Grapples with News of Big Ebola Goofs

There's remarkable news out of Spain today about the nurse who was part of the team treating a Spanish priest who later died of Ebola and has now come down with Ebola herself. Teresa Romero Ramos's case is the first apparent case of Ebola transmission in Europe. The World Health Organization is saying, not surprisingly, that we should expect more cases in Europe. But there's a lot of news suggesting Spanish authorities, or at least the doctors at her facility, were fairly casual about monitoring the members of their team for signs of contagion.

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PollTracker #2

It's day two of our daily week day count-down of the most salient and noteworthy polls of the last 24 hours. As I said yesterday, if you want to be alerted the moment a poll is released in a race you're following, download our PollTracker Mobile app (available on iOS and Android.) So to the polls. Not much dramatic today on the most watched Senate races. We do have another poll from the Kansas Senate race though and it seems to confirm that incumbent Senator Pat Roberts is likely to lose to Greg Orman, the independent candidate who people on both sides are assuming would caucus with the Dems.

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Today In Undermining The Sanctity Of Marriage

Justice Anthony Kennedy has for the moment halted gay marriages in Idaho.

Meanwhile, some confusion over what exactly has happened in South Carolina. A state judge has apparently begun accepting applications for same sex-marriage licenses in defiance of that state's ban, but contrary to some reports has not actually issued any licenses yet. The clerk in South Carolina tells TPM there is a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for all marriage licenses. The presumption is licenses will issue once the 24 hours expires, unless further legal maneuvering puts a halt to it.

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