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Scott Wong / The Hill:
How John Boehner could stay Speaker  —  Speaker John Boehner, who plans to leave office a day before Halloween, told a group of Republican colleagues last week he had an awful nightmare.  —  “I had this terrible nightmare last night that I was trying to get out and I couldn't get out,” …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Boehner gets McCarthy's back on Benghazi comments  —  <p>House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday he "could've been more clear" in describing the Benghazi committee, and Speaker John Boehner backed him up, saying everyone misspeaks on occasion. </p><p>McCarthy's comments …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Hillary's ‘Hail Mary’ hope to get past the e-mail mess
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Gallup gives up the horse race  —  <p>Gallup has been the country's gold standard for horse-race election polling ever since its legendary founder, George Gallup, predicted Franklin Roosevelt's landslide reelection in 1936.</p><p>But after a bruising 2012 cycle, in which its polls were farther off …
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders gets his first congressional endorsement  —  At long last, Bernie Sanders has his first congressional backer.  —  Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva is set to endorse the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate later this week, a person familiar with the congressman's plans confirmed to POLITICO on Wednesday morning.
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Joe Biden: No Money, Weak Polls, but Still Clinton's Toughest Rival  —  Vice President Joe Biden has less support in the polls than Bernie Sanders and hasn't raised a single dollar for a presidential campaign.  Yet if Mr. Biden does decide to seek the presidency, he will pose a greater challenge …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Swing-state polls show vulnerabilities for Clinton, Trump
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Second IT firm agrees to give Clinton's server data to FBI  —  Former secretary of state hired Datto Inc. to provide a private cloud backup of her emails  —  FBI asked the Connecticut company to turn over data.  It agreed.  —  State Department also asking again whether she turned over all of her business emails
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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
FBI probe of Clinton e-mail expands to second data company
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Donald Trump plots his second act  —  NEW YORK — After a summer of dominating the Republican presidential campaign, Donald Trump is moving into a new and uncertain phase that the billionaire businessman acknowledges will be more challenging than any project he has ever undertaken …
Daily Mail:
Rosie O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea breaks her silence on The View and running away  —  Chelsea O'Donnell tells Daily Mail Online in an exclusive interview that she never ran away from home.  She went to live with her boyfriend (below right) after Rosie kicked her out two weeks before her 18th birthday …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
House's Planned Parenthood fight is problem for GOP senators  —  A politically charged budget package moving in the House this week is creating a headache for Senate Republicans.  —  The package, which under budget reconciliation rules cannot be filibustered, will block money for Planned Parenthood and gut ObamaCare.
Oliver Darcy / TheBlaze.com:
Ted Cruz Repeatedly Grills Sierra Club President With One Simple Question — Watch the Answer He Gets  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) repeatedly grilled Sierra Club President Aaron Mair Tuesday, asking whether his organization would issue a formal retraction if evidence contrary to his global warming testimony …
Vanessa Grigoriadis / New York Times:
The Passion of Nicki Minaj … Pop music is dominated almost exclusively by the female star — Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and, as always, Madonna.  Engaging in a frantic, complex game — crossing over many genres to keep up with the current caldron of hip-hop …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Please Punch This Man in the Dick  —  Dammit, Bobby.  —  GETTY STEVE POPE  —  There is no bottom to the barrel that is “Bobby” Jindal, wandering governor of Louisiana and walking asterisk in the presidential contest.  There is no national tragedy that this charlatan cannot make worse.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
How Did the Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?  —  Voters on both the left and the right often claim that there is no difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties, and of course that isn't true.  There's a big difference between Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia, for one thing.
Kyle Shideler / Townhall.com:
Ahmed's Dad Pushes 9/11 Conspiracy Posts, Videos on Arabic Facebook Page  —  With the frenzy following his son Ahmed's bringing a suspicious-looking modified clock to high school, Texas-based Islamic political activist Mohammed Elhassan Mohammed finally succeeded in creating something he's sought …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daily Mail:
‘We will cut your filthy head’: Child ISIS jihadi taunts ‘Dog of Rome’ Obama to submit to the ‘Caliphate’ or die in direct video threat  —  A child jihadi armed with a rocket-propelled grenade has threatened to behead ‘Dog of Rome Obama’ in a chilling new video released by ISIS.
Molly Beck / madison.com:
GOP lawmakers seek gender restrictions on school bathrooms, locker rooms  —  Transgender students would be barred from using school bathrooms or locker rooms assigned to the gender with which they identify, under a bill being proposed by two Republican lawmakers.
Discussion: Raw Story and Shakesville
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk.  Was that wrong?  —  U.S. dietary guidelines have long recommended that people steer clear of whole milk, and for decades, Americans have obeyed.  Whole milk sales shrunk.  It was banned from school lunch programs.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Richard WintonContact / Los Angeles Times:
Woman punched by CHP officer arrested again on same freeway  —  A woman captured on video last year being punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway was arrested Tuesday and taken in for a mental health evaluation after she ventured into traffic on the same stretch of roadway, CHP officials said.
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
Daniel Bethencourt / Detroit Free Press:
Bystander opens fire on shoplifter at Home Depot  —  A concealed-carry license holder is now cooperating with police after she opened fire on a shoplifter who was fleeing a Home Depot on Tuesday afternoon, Auburn Hills Police said.  —  The shooting happened in the store's parking lot at around 2 p.m. …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Gun control push coming in Senate  —  Senate Democrats are planning to unveil a new gun-control proposal on Thursday in the wake of a shooting at a community college in Oregon.  —  “We've had a number of meetings today with Democratic senators,” Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Rep. Jones calls for candidates with ‘misdeeds’ to withdraw from leadership race  —  <p>North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones (R) sent <a href="http://jones.house.gov/sites/ jones.house.gov/files/10.6.15%20Letter% 20to%20McMorris%20Rodgers.pdf">a letter</a> to the No. 4 House Republican saying …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nick Gass / Politico:
‘Draft Biden’ to air emotional ad urging ‘Joe, run’  —  <p>Draft Biden, the super PAC urging Vice President Joe Biden to make a third bid for the White House, is out with its first national television ad on Wednesday.</p><p> The 90-second spot features photos of Biden and his family …
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Christian group predicts the world will be ‘annihilated’ on Wednesday  —  Over a week after blood moon doomsday forecasts were proven wrong, eBible Fellowship leader Chris McCann says ‘the world will pass away’ on 7 October  —  While our planet may have survived September's “blood moon” …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Romney's 47 percent?  Now 45 percent  —  Mitt Romney's 47 percent is now 45.3 percent.  —  The Tax Policy Center says that's now the number of households who don't pay any income taxes, an almost five percentage point increase over the 2013 estimate of 40.4 percent.
 
 
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