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9:35 AM ET, October 4, 2015


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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bush, Rubio and Kasich eye one another in the shadow of Trump  —  The Republican presidential contest is not, regardless of what is seems some days, all about Donald Trump.  There's another dynamic unfolding that has almost nothing to do with the businessman-politician currently atop the polls …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Benghazi panel talking point proven false  —  Democrats claimed this week that the House's special committee investigating the 2012 violence in Benghazi, Libya, was the longest inquiry of its kind, but fact-checkers on Friday proved them wrong.  —  In fact, there have been at least four …
CBS News:
Joe Biden could decide presidential run in the next week  —  Vice President Joe Biden is nearing a decision on whether to run for president, and it could come as early as within the next seven to 10 days, according to three people familiar with his deliberations.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
An Instance of Warmist Corruption  —  We have often written about the fact that the world's governments pour billions of dollars annually into the global warming project, the object of which is to increase the powers of government.  And yet governments, the main parties that stand to benefit …
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Pirate's Cove
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Mocks Ben Carson, Ted Cruz on Gay Rights  —  Hillary Clinton on Saturday mocked Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Ted Cruz over their positions on gay rights during remarks to the Human Rights Campaign, where she also called for new laws to support and protect the rights of transgendered people.
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton: Those kicked out of military for being gay should get honorable discharges
Discussion: Towleroad, The PJ Tatler and The Week
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
A New Way to Tackle Gun Deaths  —  We've mourned too often, seen too many schools and colleges devastated by shootings, watched too many students get an education in grief.  It's time for a new approach to gun violence.  —  We're angry, but we also need to be smart.
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
She was a conservative pundit.  He was a liberal activist.  At home, none of that mattered.  —  It was so Washington, the way they met.  She was on the dais at a panel discussion on media and politics, holding forth knowledgeably; he was in the audience, smitten.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Guns, Campuses and Madness  —  Austin, Tex. — I'M not sure if this meets the exact definition of irony, but it definitely meets the exact definition of insanity:  —  Across the country, there's so much concern for college students' emotional safety that some schools add “trigger warnings” to novels and other texts.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Slantpoint
Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney:
NY Daily News hires columnist and activist Shaun King  —  Shaun King, a Daily Kos columnist and a prominent voice in the Black Lives Matter movement, has been hired by the New York Daily News, the paper announced on Friday.  —  Executive Editor Jim Rich said in a staff memo Friday that King …
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States airstrike appeared to have badly damaged a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in the Afghan city of Kunduz early Saturday, killing at least nine hospital staff members and wounding dozens, including patients and staff.
Jimmy Ellingham / New Zealand Herald:
Air NZ: ‘There are lessons to be learned’  —  A jam-packed Air New Zealand flight stranded in Hong Kong for 19 hours left passengers - including the airline's chairman - camping out in the terminal.  —  NZ80 was due to leave the city at 7.10pm local time yesterday (12.10am today NZT) …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Guardian
Mark J. Rozell / Politico:
Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary  —  <p>Illegal immigrants—along with other noncitizens without the right to vote—may pick the 2016 presidential winner.  Thanks to the unique math undergirding the Electoral College, the mere presence of 11-12 million illegal immigrants and other noncitizens …
Sundance / The Last Refuge:
The Curious Case of Oregon Shooter Chris Harper-Mercer - A Social Media Profile Shaped, Modified and Deleted...  The Oregon Shooter is a 26-year-old black male.  —  Birth Certificate Name is: Christopher Sean Mercer - 07/26/1989.  —  Mother: Laurel Margaret Harper - 04/05/1951 Dad: Ian Bernard Mercer - 05/15/1960
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Vatican sacks gay priest after highly public coming out
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Muslim family are driven from their home... after they converted to Christianity: Neighbours …
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
BOSTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Saturday that he opposes …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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