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POLITICAL MOJO FROM DAVID CORN, KEVIN DRUM, AND THE NEWS TEAM
By Andy Kroll and Katie Rose Quandt
There may be no Washington lawmaker cozier with K Street than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). DC law firms and lobbying shops are stuffed with ex-McConnell staffers and pals. And he uses them well to preserve his power and position. As the conservative National Review reported, "McConnell has often exercised power in DC by pressuring major donors to withhold donations from a given lawmaker or organization. His allies on K Street are often the people who deliver this message and 'enforce' it." The stats below show just how close McConnell is with the well-heeled lobbyists of Washington, DC—a relationship that no doubt will serve both sides well, should the GOP win the Senate and McConnell become its majority leader. [READ MORE]
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IN OTHER NEWS
By Mariah Blake
As Democrats and Republicans battle for control of the Senate, hedge funds are dumping millions of dollars into congressional campaigns. Most of these companies are lining up behind one party or the other. But the second-biggest spender, Long Island-based Renaissance Technologies, is playing both sides of the aisle. As of early September, the firm's CEO, Robert Mercer, had given $3.1 million to Republican candidates and super-PACs. Its founder and chairman, James Simons—a brilliant former National Security Agency code breaker—had donated $3.2 million to their Democratic counterparts. [READ MORE]
THIS WEEK'S NEWS ROUNDUP
The Supreme Court decided Scott Panetti, who buried furniture in his yard because he thought the devil was inside it, was sane enough to be executed for his crimes. In the case of Scott Walker's strict voter ID law, the high court blocked the restrictive measure. (Meanwhile, Walker bragged about a pro-life endorsement he didn't get—the latest in his saga of confusing abortion statements.) And the Koch brothers may have finally met their match—in Alaska.
Louisiana is refusing to dispose of the clothes of Ebola victims. Liberia says it's going to need a lot more body bags, thanks to the spreading disease. ISIS published the fourth issue of its glossy, English-language magazine promoting rape, slavery, and pillaging. The self-proclaimed Islamic State also continued its siege on Kobani, as one man live-tweeted the attacks from inside a pepper bush. And 43 Mexican college students disappeared, and it's still unclear where they might be.
CHART OF THE WEEK: Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows [READ MORE]
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