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11:55 AM ET, October 9, 2015


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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Republicans Need Paul Ryan As House Speaker  —  He's an ideological zealot and a tactical pragmatist.  —  In the immediate wake of John Boehner's chaotic resignation as House speaker and Kevin McCarthy's chaotic withdrawal as his presumptive successor, Republican hopes have quickly fixated …
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.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
THE BIG IDEA:  —  Paul Ryan is seriously considering a bid for House speaker.  He's consulting his wife, Janna, and should make a definitive decision soon, according to top GOP sources.  —  Despite repeatedly and sincerely insisting he doesn't want the job, the Wisconsin congressman …
Ellmers thanks lawmakers for ‘prayers’ amid affair rumors  —  A GOP donor sent emails alleging an extramarital relationship between Ellmers and Kevin McCarthy, a claim aides say is unfounded.  —  Rep. Renee Ellmers stood up in a private meeting of Republican lawmakers on Friday and thanked them for their …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Mail
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers confronted McCarthy  —  House GOP lawmakers this week confronted Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about rumors they worried could have hampered his bid for Speaker.  —  At a closed-door meeting on Tuesday with Texas's GOP delegation, members pressed McCarthy for reassurances.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Republican: ‘Very real’ chance GOP will need Dems to elect Speaker
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party?
Discussion: National Review
Nat Brown / National Review:
‘Sometimes You Have to Hit Rock Bottom’
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 …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Discussion: Daily Mail
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Carson suggests that gun rights might have changed history for Jews in WWII  —  Ben Carson said Thursday that Adolph Hitler's mass murder of Jews “would have been greatly diminished” if German citizens had not been disarmed by the Nazi regime.  —  The comment, which came during an interview …
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.
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
White House Is Weighing a Syria Retreat
Discussion: National Review and Just Security
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Shows of Strength From Trump and Putin
Discussion: Hot Air and BREITBART.COM
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Trades Places With Clinton
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Ms. Clinton's disappointing choice on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Alfred Nobel /
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015  —  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority  —  In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.
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.
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Barney Frank / Politico:
The Republican Plague on Government
Discussion: RedState
Washington Free Beacon:
Emails Suggest Clinton Pushed Libyan Business Interests of Off-the-Books Adviser
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and Power Line
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Interrupted By Immigration Protester Over Private Prison Donations
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