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War memorial and other headlines

10/23/14 07:59AM

Canadian MPs to meet at National War Memorial this morning before Parliament resumes. (CBC)

Meet the Sergeant at Arms who stopped the Parliament attacker. (USA Today)

Justice Department condemns Ferguson leaks as effort to influence opinion. (L.A. Times)

That Ginsburg dissent that she stayed up all night to write contained an error; the acknowledgment of it is apparently rare and important. (NY Times)

3 states deny gay unions despite appellate rulings. (AP)

Rand Paul to lay out foreign policy vision. (Politico)

Don't forget the partial solar eclipse today. (NBC News)

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Canadians confront terror threat from within

Canadians confront terror threat from within

10/22/14 11:12PM

Charlie Angus, member of the Canadian Parliament, talks with Rachel Maddow about his experience being inside the Parliament building during today's deadly shooting, and the need for a measured reaction given the domestic nature of the shooter. watch

Ebola survival stories are welcome good news

Ebola survival stories are welcome good news

10/22/14 11:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports that Amber Vinson, the second nurse to contract Ebola in the U.S., has tested free of the Ebola virus, and Ashoka Mukpo, the freelance journalist working for NBC, is getting reacquainted with his life after recovering from the... watch

Duration of Ottawa lockdown raises questions

Duration of Ottawa lockdown raises questions

10/22/14 10:49PM

Lee Anne Goodman, national affairs reporter with the Canadian Press, talks with Rachel Maddow about the latest details in the deadly shooting at the Canadian Parliament building and why authorities appear to know more than they've said publicly. watch

Shooting comes with Canada already on alert

Shooting comes with Canada already on alert

10/22/14 10:41PM

Rachel Maddow looks at the past few weeks leading up to the deadly shooting Ottawa, Ontario in Canada, with Canadian authorities on particularly heightened alert over terror concerns, and a previous attack by someone on their watch list. watch

Ahead on the 10/22/14 Maddow show

10/22/14 07:23PM

Tonight's guests:

  • Josh Wingrove, Parliament reporter, Globe and Mail, took video during shooting in Parliament
  • Lee Anne Goodman, national affairs reporter with the Canadian Press
  • Charlie Angus, member of the Canadian Parliament

After the jump, executive producer Cory Gnazzo has a preview: 

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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 10.22.14

10/22/14 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:
 
* The latest from Ottawa: "A Canadian soldier guarding the National War Memorial in Ottawa was shot and killed Wednesday, and a burst of gunfire minutes later terrorized Parliament and sent lawmakers scrambling for safety. A gunman was confirmed dead, but confusion gripped Canada's capital for hours after the attack began."
 
* It's not a travel ban, but it's smarter: "The Centers for Disease Control just announced new measures designed to stop international visitors from spreading Ebola in the U.S. Under the new system, anybody who has been recently to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone will be subject to what CDC officials call 'active monitoring' -- which will involve, among other things, mandatory temperature checks for 21 days after arrival in the U.S."
 
* Ferguson: "The official autopsy on Michael Brown, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, shows the Ferguson, Missouri teenager was shot in the hand at close range. The accompanying toxicology report reveals the 18-year-old had a trace of marijuana in his system, according to the local newspaper."
 
* Guilty: "Four former Blackwater guards have been found guilty of killing 14 people and injuring 17 more in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nisour Square. One guard, Nicholas Slatten, was found guilty of first degree murder, while the other three were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter."
 
* I really wish Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would be a little more cautious about calling others "idiots," especially when he's talking about Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.
 
* UNC: "A blistering report into an academic fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina released Wednesday found that for nearly two decades two employees in the African and Afro-American Studies department ran a 'shadow curriculum' of hundreds of fake classes that never met but for which students, many of them Tar Heels athletes, routinely received A's and B's."
 
* Combatting ISIS goes beyond airstrikes: "[David S. Cohen], a fastidious Yale Law School graduate who is known inside the White House as the administration's 'financial Batman,' is a first line of attack against the Islamic State. His title is under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence and he may be more important in the fight against the Islamic State than the Tomahawks fired off American warships or the bombs dropped from F-16s. He has become a fixture in Mr. Obama's Situation Room."
 
* Media fail, Part I: "In an opinion piece published Tuesday by Politico Magazine, 'No, BP Didn't Ruin the Gulf,' author Geoff Morrell writes that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst off-shore oil spill in American history, was much less disastrous environmentally for the Gulf Coast than expected. He complains that 'advocacy groups cherry-pick evidence' and 'blame BP for any and all environmental problems afflicting the Gulf.'" What's less clear for readers is the fact that the article was written by a BP employee.
Paul LePage

Paul LePage's 'early Christmas present'

10/22/14 04:50PM

The argument Democrats are making in Maine is pretty straightforward: Gov. Paul LePage (R), elected with less than 38% of the vote in a three-way race in 2010, is an embarrassment. But LePage may end up with a second term anyway, because Maine's mainstream vote is being split once again.
 
Polls show the Tea Party incumbent neck and neck with Rep. Mike Michaud (D), a dynamic made possible by Eliot Cutler's independent, third-place candidacy. For Dems, the obvious solution is for Cutler to stand aside to prevent LePage from winning re-election. Since Cutler appears unlikely to prevail, the argument goes, the independent would be doing the right thing for Maine, at the cost of his personal ambitions.
 
But last night, there was an unexpected twist: LePage himself said Democrats are correct.
Another topic of the debate was the dynamic of the three-way race and how any new support for Cutler could pave the way for the governor's second term. [...]
 
LePage was asked about saying Cutler's campaign was one of the best things for his re-election bid.
 
"It's certainly an early Christmas present from the standpoint that he was here four years ago and we know what to expect, but I will tell you, four years ago we had Libby Mitchell running. This time we have Mike Michaud running. If it was Mike Michaud against Paul LePage, the election's over," LePage said.
That's quite an acknowledgement for a sitting governor to make out loud towards the end of the campaign. LePage effectively echoed the Democratic argument verbatim: in a head-to-head race, the Republican governor wouldn't stand a chance.
 
The fact that the independent is sticking around, splitting Maine's mainstream, is the only thing standing between the Tea Partier and certain defeat.

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