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What Does Thom Tillis Want?

He’s an empty suit programmed to repeat his talking points over and over. Anything that Kay Hagan said in previous debates was met with… she votes with Barack Obama 96% of the time…she votes with Barack Obama 96% of the time! LG

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The Republican candidate for Senate from North Carolina has shown a remarkable knack for moving up in the ranks, but he seems less sure what to do once he gets there.

Thom Tillis is a man in a hurry. He went from city councilor to North Carolina House speaker in just five years. Four months into his second term as speaker, he was running for U.S. Senate. The man who would hand the Republicans control of the Senate has been a lot of things in a short amount of time. And while he seems to know where he’s going, it’s less clear that he knows what he’ll do once he gets there.

Tillis started his political career as a city councilor in Cornelius, a wealthy suburb of Charlotte. In 2006, after a single term, he upset a Republican incumbent in a primary for a state House seat. Like all freshmen, Tillis arrived in Raleigh as a backbencher, but he quickly impressed his Republican colleagues, who chose him freshman leader. In just his second term, he joined the House GOP leadership as minority whip.

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The Most Insane Moment In Political Debate History

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Morning Must Reads: October 14

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (3rd L) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (2nd L) look on during a visit to Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Air and Anti-Air Force, honoured with the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment, in this undated picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 21, 2013.

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The Ebola Brain Drain

Health care workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are facing hard choices, with doctors and nurses cut down by disease and fear, and those who remain or might still travel there are worried about the prospect of falling prey to the virus themselves

No Vatican Shift on Homosexuality

Despite its inclusive tone, a Vatican document on the Catholic Church’s stance toward homosexuality is a long way from actual policy change

Kim Jong Un Reappears in Public

The North Korean leader reportedly made his first public appearance in six weeks, ending rumors that he was gravely ill or deposed

Severe Weather Rips Through South, Killing at Least 2

A violent storm system wielding tornadoes, high winds, lightning, hail and rain walloped the South and Midwest on Monday, killing at least two people. The devastation stretched from Texas to Alabama, leaving a path of torched homes…

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Justices decide gay marriage by not deciding

The Supreme Court faced one of the biggest issues in its history Monday and turned its back.

Rather than decide the issue of same-sex marriage, as virtually everyone involved in the debate expected, the justices simply let stand lower-court rulings striking down bans in five states. Within hours, marriages were set to take place.

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And the justices knew their decision to stay out of the grand national debate would have further repercussions: Within days or weeks, gay marriage could be legal in 30 states representing 60% of the U.S. population. Nine more states in the Midwest and West could be added very soon if appeals courts there join the juggernaut.

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First Person Diagnosed With Ebola On US Soil Begins Receiving Experimental Drug

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DALLAS (CBS News/CBS Houston/AP) — The first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil has begun receiving an experimental medication, just as officials announced his condition was worsening.

Thomas Eric Duncan is now being treated with brincidofovir, receiving an investigational medication in late-stage testing for other types of viruses, officials said Monday.

Brincidofovir is an oral antiviral drug being tested to fight more common viruses, including one that infects patients undergoing bone marrow transplants. Laboratory tests suggested it might also fight Ebola.

Brincidofovir is made by North Carolina-based Chimerix Inc., which said physicians sought federal permission to use the drug. The company did not identify the physicians making the request.

Two other experimental drugs developed specifically for Ebola have been used in American patients. None have been approved by the FDA.

At least one of those drugs, Zmapp, was used on American missionaries who have since been pronounced free and…

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Mystery Surrounds Case Of White Cop Who Shot Unarmed Black Man

The last time he did that, the 68-year-old black great-grandfather got killed — shot to death after a slow-speed chase as he parked in his own driveway, by a 25-year-old white police officer.

Investigators determined that North Augusta Public Safety Officer Justin Craven broke the law. A prosecutor, in a rare action against a police officer, sought to charge him with voluntary manslaughter, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. But the grand jury disagreed, indicting him on a misdemeanor.

Satterwhite’s death highlights the increasing number of police shootings in South Carolina, and how uncommon it is for the officers involved to face criminal charges.

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