MORNING BRIEFING: Bloodletting or bloodgiving?

Around Here

It's on like Donkey Kong — Will it be a mere political debate, or will Republican gubernatorial nominee Rob McKenna and his Democratic opponent, Jay Inslee, just get it over with and engage in an epic political bloodletting, thereby saving taxpayers the cost of holding an election for governor by replacing it with an impromptu death match on the stage of the Bing Crosby Theater? (KREM)

Roadletting — Speaking of bloodletting, what's the equivalent of that for roads? Because that's what's going on in Bonner County. (Daily Bee)

An execution in Idaho — A convicted killer is scheduled to die in Idaho on Tuesday. And after a court battle, the news media will be there to watch. (SR)

Out There

The depressing metrics for Chicago's weekend: two days, 22 shootings, 40 people hit, six killed (Atlantic Cities)

Without an actual decision on the Affordable Care Act to write about, all you can do is speculate (NPR)

The trial of former Penn State assistant football coach begins with smiling faces of those he allegedly abused (Washington Post)