Law enforcement officials work the scene of the Texas church shooting. Photo: Eric Gay / AP

Devin Kelley, who fatally shot 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, last weekend, showed early signs of depression and rage while in the Air Force, NYT reports. But there was little they could do to prevent his future impact on society. "[C]ommanders say they have limited options until a crime is committed," NYT notes. "Even then, the priority is more often on getting problem troops out of the military, giving little thought to the possible impact on society. "

Why it matters: A GOP member of Congress said last week, "I was pretty appalled at the Air Force's lax procedures in entering stuff in the database. They are taking a wider look and we're going to make sure all the services do, because I'm worried this is a bigger problem than we have seen."

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Democrats' Armageddon option

A makeshift memorial outside the Supreme Court yesterday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Furious Democrats are considering total war — profound changes to two branches of government, and even adding stars to the flag — if Republicans jam through a Supreme Court nominee, then lose control of the Senate.

On the table: Adding Supreme Court justices ... eliminating the Senate's 60-vote threshold to end filibusters ... and statehood for D.C. and Puerto Rico. "If he holds a vote in 2020, we pack the court in 2021," Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) tweeted.

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Democrats' "just win" option

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Polls increasingly point to Democrats winning the Senate.

Why it matters: Republicans had been optimistic about holding on to the Senate even if President Trump lost. But they know they could be swamped by a blue wave.

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  3. Politics: Trump's health secretary asserts control over all new rules, including for vaccines In reversal, CDC again recommends coronavirus testing for asymptomatic people.
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