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8:50 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 …
The Hill:
Issa considering running for Speaker  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is considering a bid for Speaker, a source close to the congressman told The Hill.  —  “There is no definitive decision that's been made, but it's certainly being talked about.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCarthy: ‘Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom’  —  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says that he does not know if the House is governable.  —  In an interview with Rich Lowry of National Review just after he shocked Washington by dropping out of the Speakership race …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Why speaker of the House is the worst job in Washington  —  God, it sucks to be the Republican speaker of the House.  —  It should be one of the best jobs in Washington — vested with power, prestige, and the good feeling that comes with running the federal body closest to the people.
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 …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Kevin McCarthy Drops Out of House Speaker Race
Politico:   Pleading for Paul Ryan
Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street rattled by House GOP bedlam
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Clinton woes far from over
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Last Refuge
Erick Erickson / RedState:
The Renee Ellmers Rumor and Kevin McCarthy's Decision
Deirdre Shesgreen /
Boehner props up McCarthy before withdrawal
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
The Week:
Why did Kevin McCarthy quit?
New York Times:
Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels  —  LONDON — The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon's $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Week and RT
Washington Post:
How America can counter Putin's moves in Syria  —  Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state from 2005 to 2009.  Robert M. Gates was defense secretary from 2006 to 2011.  —  One can hear the disbelief in capitals from Washington to London to Berlin to Ankara and beyond.
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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 …
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 …
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 …
Daily Mail:
Shocking footage shows French-terror train hero Spencer Stone fighting off group of men while being repeatedly STABBED after leaving Sacramento gay club with friends  — French train attack hero Spencer Stone was stabbed four times in the chest in Sacramento early Thursday
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Sacramento Bee:
Train hero Spencer Stone stabbed, in serious condition
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Washington Free Beacon:
Emails Suggest Clinton Pushed Libyan Business Interests of Off-the-Books Adviser
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and Power Line
Pascale Bonnefoy / New York Times:
Calling Protesters in Chile ‘Dumb,’ Pope Francis Sets Off Uproar
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Interrupted By Immigration Protester Over Private Prison Donations
Discussion: Fusion and Weasel Zippers
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Live from Council Bluffs, it's Hillary 5.0
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Discussion: BuzzFeed and Mediaite