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9:25 PM ET, October 8, 2015

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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.
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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 …
The Hill:
Right flexes muscle ahead of Speaker vote  —  The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday endorsed little-known Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) for Speaker — a bold move that raises serious doubts about whether Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy can cobble together the 218 votes on the House floor he needs to be promoted.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Renee Ellmers Rumor and Kevin McCarthy's Decision  —  There's a guy out in America who has emails for a massive number of members of Congress and the email addresses of highly influential conservatives outside Congress.  —  A few days ago, he emailed out to 91 people …
Discussion: Jezebel, The Week and The Daily Caller
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 …
Politico:
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: The Week
The Week:
Why did Kevin McCarthy quit?  —  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned Washington — and much of America — on Thursday afternoon when he abruptly withdrew his bid to become the next speaker of the House.  —  All indications were that the California Republican was aggressively campaigning …
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
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Clinton woes far from over
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Last Refuge
Mike Allen / Politico:
Dick Cheney to endorse Kevin McCarthy
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 …
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NBC News:
Spencer Stone, French Train Attack Hero, Stabbed in Sacramento  —  Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who helped foil a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed in Sacramento on Wednesday night, the U.S. Air Force confirmed to NBC News.  —  Airman First Class Stone …
Daily Mail:
Shocking footage shows French-terror train hero Spencer Stone fighting off group of men …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
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Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street rattled by House GOP bedlam  —  ‘This is the political equivalent of a dumpster fire.’  —  Chaos in the U.S. House of Representatives makes an already scary autumn even more uncertain for Wall Street with debt limit and shutdown fights looming and no one clearly in charge.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Dr. Ben Carson / Marketplace.org:
Dr. Ben Carson on the economy, taxes and debt
CNN:
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.
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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 …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Time to stop jerking us around, Mr. Vice President
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Carson: I faced a gunman  —  GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, under fire for advice about what to do when facing a gunman, late Wednesday recounted the time when a gun was pointed at him.  —  “I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeye's,” Carson told host Karen Hunter on Sirius XM Radio …
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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 …
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed:
This Trans Guy Took A Selfie Every Day For Three Years To Show How His Face Changed  —  “I didn't like looking in the mirror before I started on testosterone.  Now I'm happy with what I see.”  Jamie Raines talked to BuzzFeed News about capturing his transition and transforming his life.
 
 
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James Rosen / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
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Discussion: BuzzFeed and Mediaite
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
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