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11:40 AM ET, October 10, 2015

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New York Times:
After Boehner, House Hard-Liners Aim to Weaken Speaker's Clout  —  WASHINGTON — As tension built in the House of Representatives in recent weeks, it was sometimes hard to know whom hard-line conservatives were gunning for more: President Obama or their own Republican speaker, John A. Boehner.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Conservatives cool to Ryan as Speaker  —  Conservatives are not sold on the idea of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as Speaker.  —  While top House Republicans are trying to push a reluctant Ryan into the job, on the grounds that he alone can unify the conference, conservative lawmakers gave …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Wooing Chairman Ryan: Paul Ryan remains on sidelines as House GOP looks to regroup
Naomi Oreskes / New York Times:
Exxon's Climate Concealment  —  CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — MILLIONS of Americans once wanted to smoke.  Then they came to understand how deadly tobacco products were.  Tragically, that understanding was long delayed because the tobacco industry worked for decades to hide the truth, promoting a message of scientific uncertainty instead.
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Benghazi committee, under fire, releases more Clinton emails  —  Hillary Clinton used her private email account to pass along the identity of one of the CIA's top Libyan intelligence sources, raising new questions about her handling of classified information, according to excerpts …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It's All Benghazi  —  So Representative Kevin McCarthy …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Drip, Drip, Drip  —  Congress's Benghazi investigation has been slandered.
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
Moms and Guns  —  It passed with little notice when an 11-year-old boy shot and killed an 8-year-old girl a few days ago in Tennessee — shot her because she wouldn't show him her puppy.  The boy used his family's 12-gauge shotgun to kill the second-grader.
Discussion: Althouse
Moises Velasquez-Manoff / New York Times:
Should We Bank Our Own Stool?  —  BY last August, my 1-year-old son had taken five courses of antibiotics for recurrent ear infections.  That was alarming.  By age 10, the average American child has had about 10 courses, and some microbiologists argue that even one course a year is too many …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Biden may ditch ‘Draft Biden’ super PAC  —  <p>If Joe Biden runs, it'll likely be without Draft Biden.</p> <p>Two sources familiar with the planning around Biden's potential presidential campaign say the vice president's team believes the existing super PAC — started in the spring …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
An Incoherent Syria War Strategy  —  The Obama administration's $500 million initiative to train and arm so-called moderate rebels to take on the Islamic State never seemed promising when it was rolled out last year.  Having acknowledged that this plan has failed — largely …
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TMZ.com:
Shia LaBeouf Arrested ... Booked for Public Intoxication  —  ARRESTED  —  Booked for Public Intoxication  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Austin, Texas Thursday ... and witnesses say the actor was blitzed, out of control and disobeyed police.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
From Donald Trump, Hints of a Campaign Exit Strategy  —  In unmistakable ways over the last two weeks, whether he has intended to or not, Donald J. Trump has started to articulate a way out of the presidential race: a verbal parachute that makes clear he has contemplated the factors that would cause him to end his bid.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
CBS News:
Obama on Putin's military mission in Syria  —  Russia's move into Syria is a sign of weakness, not strength, President Obama tells 60 Minutes  —  President Vladimir Putin's military mission in Syria is a sign of Russia's weakness, not a show of its leadership, says President Obama.
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Fox News:
Obama says Russian campaign in Syria a sign of Putin's weakness
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Liam Stack / New York Times:
Jerry Parr, Secret Service Agent Who Helped Save Reagan, Dies at 85  —  Jerry S. Parr, the Secret Service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan's life during an assassination attempt in 1981, died Friday at a hospice near his home in Washington.  He was 85.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Nadia Khomami / Guardian:
Turkey terror attack: scores killed in twin Ankara blasts  —  Death toll climbs to 86 after blasts in Turkish capital during protests against conflict between state and Kurdish militants  —  More than 80 people have been killed and up to 150 wounded in the deadliest terror attack …
Discussion: Observer, Mashable and UPROXX
James QueallyContact / Los Angeles Times:
Police searching for gunman who killed freshman at Texas Southern University  —  One student was killed and another person was injured after someone opened fire outside a Texas Southern University dormitory on Friday morning, prompting a lockdown at the Houston school, officials said.
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Student Is Killed in Shooting at Northern Arizona University
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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For Alabama's Poor, the Budget Cuts Trickle Down, Limiting Access to Driver's Licenses
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Daily Mail:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Judge tosses four of five counts against Rand Paul aide
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
In a first, Chinese hackers are arrested at the behest of the U.S. government