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Fox News anchor Shep Smith opened his program Wednesday by quoting a member of Canadian parliament who said that the morning shooting in Ottawa "changes everything" in the largely tranquil nation.

A little bit later on his show, Smith offered a powerful rejoinder to that very sentiment, saying "we don't have to change everything about our lives" in the wake of such incidents.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took the rare step of circulating an internal poll to reporters on Wednesday, which shows him leading by 8 points in the Kentucky Senate race.

The move came within hours of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announcing that they're going back in Kentucky with a $650,000 investment on TV. Two recent polls have found McConnell with a narrow edge over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, but within the margin of error.

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A new TV ad by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) features testimonials from four young women who say he represents them.

"Alison Lundergan Grimes wants me to think that I’m not good enough," says one woman identified as Caroline Anderegg.

"She thinks I'll vote for the candidate who looks like me," says Ashley Burkhead.

"Rather than the one who represents me," adds Anderegg.

"As a strong Kentucky woman, I’m voting for Mitch McConnell," says Allison Pawley.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S.

Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the U.S. have been freed from quarantine.

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