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6:30 AM ET, October 9, 2015


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Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Gingrich says he'd consider interim speakership  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Could Newt Gingrich end up right back to the place that made him a political celebrity?  —  During an interview with radio host Sean Hannity Thursday, the former speaker told the host …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy Drops Out of House Speaker Race  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Kevin McCarthy on Thursday abruptly took himself out of the race to succeed John A. Boehner as House speaker, apparently undone by the same forces that drove Mr. Boehner to resign.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
The speaker chase: Who's next?  —  The sudden decision Thursday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) to withdraw from the speaker's race thrust congressional Republicans into chaos and left the contest wide open, with a crowd of lesser-known players jockeying for power and rank …
Nat Brown / National Review:
‘Sometimes You Have to Hit Rock Bottom’  —  In a phone interview, Kevin McCarthy said he had thought about dropping out over the last week after the Benghazi gaffe, but figured, “I'd push through.”  He realized he couldn't.  The House Freedom Caucus, whose members he'd need to pick off …
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Scarborough: Paul Ryan Doesn't Have A Choice, He Has To Run For House Speaker  —  MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough said Thursday that former vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) needed to “step up” and run for House speaker.  —  Ryan has repeatedly said he doesn't want to seek …
Discussion: Mediaite
Behind McCarthy's decision to bail  —  'They're going to eat you and chew you up.'  —  The doubts haunted Kevin McCarthy.  —  Publicly, he projected an air of confidence, the appearance of the man who would be the next speaker of the House.  But in private, his allies told him the pursuit …
Pleading for Paul Ryan  —  A full-court press is on to get him to reconsider his refusal to run for speaker.  Will he change his mind? … It's all about Paul Ryan right now.  —  House Republicans are frantically lobbying Ryan to run for speaker after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street rattled by House GOP bedlam
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Clinton woes far from over
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Last Refuge
Deirdre Shesgreen /
Boehner props up McCarthy before withdrawal
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
A New Clue Suggests Biden May Run  —  Joe Biden has taken another step toward entering the Presidential race.  —  Representatives of the Vice-President held a meeting this week with Democratic National Committee staffers.  They briefed Biden's aides on arcane but crucial rules …
Los Angeles Times:
Joe Biden doesn't want ad invoking family's deadly car wreck to air, source says … I found it interesting that Hillary Clinton, in her book that she apparently sent me, talks glowingly about supporting the trans-Pacific trade agreement and now has come out four-square against it because …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Time to stop jerking us around, Mr. Vice President
First on CNN: U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran  —  U.S. jets diverted away from Russian fighter jet in Syria  —  Washington (CNN)A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.
James Rosen / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law  —  Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision - a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars …
Jeff Schogol / Air Force Times:
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone stabbed in chest  —  Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who helped take down a gunman on a train in Belgium, was stabbed four times in the chest in Sacramento early Thursday morning, Air Force Times has learned.  —  “A1C Spencer Stone has been transported to a local hospital …
Daily Mail:
Shocking footage shows French-terror train hero Spencer Stone fighting off group of men …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
NBC News:
Spencer Stone, French Train Attack Hero, Stabbed in Sacramento
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ben Carson Has Absolutely No Idea What the Debt Limit Is  —  The second-place Republican candidate is even crazier and less informed than the first-place Republican candidate.  —  1.3k  —  1.2k  —  The debt limit is a routine vote that Congress must periodically make to authorize payment on debts the government has incurred.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
NBC Developing Dramedy Inspired By Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis  —  Wendy Davis made national headlines in 2013 for filibustering anti-abortion legislation in the Texas Senate.  Now the former Democratic state senator is poised for more national attention as the inspiration for a dramedy series in development at NBC.
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Ben Carson defends his Oregon gunman comments  —  Washington (CNN)Ben Carson defended on CNN Thursday his controversial comments that he'd rather go down fighting if he were facing a gunman similar to the Oregon college shooting.  —  “To me that doesn't sound like a very controversial thing …
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Interrupted By Immigration Protester Over Private Prison Donations  —  “It is time to drop the prison money and stand with our community — you can't have it both ways.”  —  Hillary Clinton was interrupted by an immigration protester while presenting an award to chef Jose Andres …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Chris Edwards / Downsizing the Federal Government:
Reducing the Costs of Federal Worker Pay and Benefits  —  The federal government employs 2.1 million civilian workers in hundreds of agencies at offices across the nation.1 The federal workforce imposes a substantial burden on America's taxpayers.  In 2015 wages and benefits …
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Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
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Washington Free Beacon:
Emails Suggest Clinton Pushed Libyan Business Interests of Off-the-Books Adviser
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Pascale Bonnefoy / New York Times:
Calling Protesters in Chile ‘Dumb,’ Pope Francis Sets Off Uproar
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Live from Council Bluffs, it's Hillary 5.0
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Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Website Exposing Marco ‘Amnesty’ Rubio Goes Live: A ‘Donor Class Puppet’?
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Mediaite