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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.

So Long for Now

I am going on vacation. I will see you in September. I leave you with these good TPM people.

Active Shooter

The Army's Fort Lee, south of Richmond near Petersburg, is reporting an active shooter on base. You can monitor the situation via TPM Livewire.

Late Update: The all-clear has been sounded, though it's not clear if that means there was a false alarm or if the situation was otherwise resolved.

Later Update: More details emerge on what happened this morning.

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