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The memorial of candles and photos at UMC on Monday night.

As I lit the candle I brought to the memorial at UMC, a trio to my left sang the most beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace I have ever heard. People stood alongside strangers in the night, crying, embracing, offering their blessings. In the face of this horrid tragedy, we used our flowers and candles and pictures and prayers to make something beautiful out of something so awful. Read more» 1

As usual in this election, we’ve focused on what was true or false in the flood of campaign advertising. We kept our opinions to ourselves, and laid out the evidence in as sober and evenhanded a fashion as we could manage. Well, enough of that. We present a look at funny, scary and just plain bizarre campaign ads. Read more»

One group of Republican candidates is performing poorly in races from coast to coast. Why did Republicans choose such a weak bunch of women? Read more» 1

A new portrait of the health industry has begun to take shape, with the insurance industry consistently donating more to Republicans than to Democrats since August 2009. Read more»

In race after race, Democrats running for Congress are using their opponents’ criticisms of Social Security against them — sometimes accurately, and sometimes not. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' clip of Jesse Kelly doesn't tell the whole story. Read more»

Smart v. Stupid: Washington has recently been consumed by a single issue – whether the civil war now taking place in the Republican Party will make it stronger or lead to decades of losses. Read more»