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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Details of the Wednesday night shooting of a black St. Louis teen by an off-duty police officer are still emerging, but the stories being told by the authorities and the teen's family thus far seem to be almost irreconcilable.

Protesters quickly came out to protest the shooting, which occurred in south St. Louis near the Missouri Botanical Garden. One relative of the dead teen called it "Michael Brown all over again," referring to the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting of an unarmed black teen in suburban St. Louis in August that sparked fierce protests and drew national attention.

Here is what is being reported so far, most of it courtesy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan continues to hold a small but steady lead over Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), according to two new polls released Thursday.

The new CNN/ORC poll put Sullivan up 6 points, 50 percent to 44 percent among likely voters. Another new poll Thursday from Fox News showed Sullivan leading 44 percent to 40 percent.

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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) held a one-point advantage over independent Greg Orman in a CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday, his first lead since the Democratic nominee dropped out of the race in September.

Roberts leads 49 percent to 48 percent among likely voters, according to the new poll. It was CNN/ORC's first poll of the Kansas race this year. The poll did not include libertarian candidate Randall Batson, who has been drawing up to 5 percent of the vote in other recent polls.

Former Democratic nominee Chad Taylor was formally removed from the race on Sept. 18.

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Bloomberg Politics reported Wednesday that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to spend $1 million on the South Dakota Senate race, as the race starts to draw unexpected attention as polls have shown the presumed GOP frontrunner, former Gov. Mike Rounds, failing to pull away.

It is a huge infusion of money into the race. As TPM reported earlier on Wednesday, the campaign-finance-focused MayDay PAC is also planning to spend $1 million to support Democratic candidate Rick Weiland. Outside groups had spent only $350,000 in South Dakota since Sept. 1.

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Democrats have already pulled off one unthinkable ploy this year in Kansas, dropping their own candidate and leaving an independent (who sounds a lot like a Democrat) who is currently holding a solid lead against the GOP incumbent.

Now things are getting interesting in South Dakota, where Sen. Tim Johnson (D) is not seeking re-election and which until now had been written off as a Republican gain in November. Big money from an unexpected source is starting to spill into the race to give Democratic candidate Rick Weiland a boost, and polling shows that Republican candidate Mike Rounds hasn't been able to build a foolproof lead with an independent candidate muddying the campaign.

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Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), a vulnerable incumbent who like many of his fellow Democrats has faced attacks over Obamacare, is attempting to counter with a new radio ad that trots out the tried-and-true Democratic rebuttal: "Fix it."

In the spot, which debuted Tuesday, Begich acknowledges frustration with the law, but points to proposals -- like a bill that would allow insurance companies to offer a cheaper plan than currently allowed -- as evidence that he is working to improve it.

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Conservatives aren't sure what to make of a single case of Ebola appearing on American shores last week. But they are quite certain that they can't trust what President Barack Obama or any other liberal elites tell them or do about it.

The lines of thought range widely. Is the scientifically verified claim that Eloba cannot be transmitted through the air a "canard"? Is the government so inept that it can't contain Ebola now that it's here? Is Obama's refusal to issue some kind of comprehensive travel ban for the African countries where the current Ebola epidemic started an indictment of liberal dreams of diversity and political correctness? These and more have made appearances on the right in recent days and weeks.

But the one common thread is that -- one way or another -- Obama and company have clearly done something wrong. Or they will.

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UPDATE: 5:34 p.m. ET: The AFP tweet using the post-Aurora image has been deleted, and Freedom Partners Action Fund told BuzzFeed that the image would be removed from its ad.

The Koch brothers behemoth Americans for Prosperity got in some trouble earlier this year when it used a photo of Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and President Barack Obama standing side by side after the Aurora shooting in an attack ad against Udall. But BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that another Koch-backed group is up on the air with another attack ad that uses part of the same image.

Freedom Action Partners Fund, another entity in the Koch empire, is using Obama's likeness in the post-Aurora photo in a new TV ad against Udall, according to BuzzFeed.

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Last week, numerous news outlets, national and local, reported on a huge increase in registered voters in Ferguson, Mo., following the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. But it apparently didn't actually happen.

The St. Louis County elections board reported that 3,287 Ferguson residents had registered to vote. That is a huge surge for a city of 21,000, particularly as controversy swelled about the racial make-up of the city government after the shooting. Ferguson is two-thirds African-American, but its mayor and all but one member of the six-person city council are white.

But apparently that first report was in error. There was no voter registration spike. The county elections board reversed course on Tuesday and said that, actually, only 128 people had registered to vote since the shooting.

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