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David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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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.

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

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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