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Out of the 13 mass shootings that have killed 10 or more people over the past decade, eight of the perpetrators used credit cards to stockpile firearms they otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford, the New York Times' Andrew Sorkin reports.

The big picture: The Times' investigation found that those eight shooters, who killed a combined 217 people, left behind "a rich trove of information" online — red flags that might have been acted upon had there been a system of more rigorous financial scrutiny in place. "They can fine-tune their own systems," one anti-money laundering expert told the Times, "Because in these cases the suspicious purchasing patterns could have been picked up on and quite frankly should have been picked up on.”

  • Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, used six credit cards to buy $1,837.29 worth of weapons.
  • James Holmes, who killed 12 people at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, used credit to buy $11,000 worth of weapons and military gear.
  • Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people and injured more than 800 at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, spent nearly $95,000 on firearms the year before — at least some of which was spent online.

Virtually none of the bank and credit card executives the Times' spoke to were willing to go on the record "for fear of upsetting gun-rights advocates and politicians invoking the Second Amendment."

  • Some invoked a slippery-slope argument, and said that if they were to start policing gun sales, they might have to do the same for people who bought large quantities of alcohol in order to prevent drunk driving.

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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With 13 days until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to overturn a lower court judge's ruling in favor of a lawsuit arguing that curbside voting would "violate federal laws designed to protect America’s most marginalized citizens" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer dissented.

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.

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