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9:25 AM ET, October 8, 2015

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PBS NewsHour:
Hillary Clinton says she does not support Trans-Pacific Partnership  —  Just days after the U.S. and 11 nations released a monumental trade deal that still faces a fight in Congress, Hillary Clinton says she does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Speaking with Judy Woodruff Wednesday …
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Inside Bernie Sanders' unorthodox debate prep … Hillary Clinton has had aides lined up to run her debate prep for months.  A Washington super lawyer is mimicking Sanders and her top policy staffer is acting as Martin O'Malley.  —  Bernie Sanders started studying for next Tuesday's event not even a full week ago.
John Dickerson / Slate:
Joe Biden's Big Question  —  Why are you running?  —  Joe Biden is expected to announce whether he is running for president any day now.  If he does decide to jump in the race, there will be one critical question for which he doesn't quite have an answer: Why are you running?
Discussion: Althouse, Talking Points Memo and NPR
Karen Deyoung / Washington Post:
Russia's Syria intervention may force choice on Obama: Act or yield  —  Russia's military moves in Syria are fundamentally changing the face of the country's civil war, putting President Bashar al-Assad back on his feet, and may complicate the Obama administration's plans to expand its air operations against the Islamic State.
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Ivan Krastev / New York Times:
Is Vladimir Putin Trying to Teach the West a Lesson in Syria?  —  SOFIA, Bulgaria — Last week, after Russian planes bombed antigovernment forces near the Syrian town of Homs, a senior American official complained to me: “What Russia is doing in Syria is not an effort to fight the Islamic State; it is not old-fashioned realpolitik.
Pete Souza / New York Magazine:
Did Barack Obama do enough for his own community?  —  There is a photo by Pete Souza, the White House's canny and peripatetic photographer, that surfaces from time to time online.  The setting is Marine One, and it features a modest cast of five.  Valerie Jarrett, dressed in a suit of blazing pink, is staring at her cell phone.
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Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Rupert Murdoch: Carson could be ‘a real black president’  —  Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Wednesday said Republican Ben Carson would be “a real black president,” implying doubts about President Obama's connection to minorities.  —  The chairman and CEO of News Corporation tweeted Wednesday night: “Ben and Candy Carson terrific.
Ian Mohr / New York Post:
Matt Barnes drove 95 miles to ‘beat the s-t’ out of Derek Fisher  —  Matt Barnes with then-wife Gloria Govan, and Knicks coach Derek Fisher.  —  Knicks coach Derek Fisher is involved in a romantic relationship with the estranged wife of his former teammate Matt Barnes …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Biden: Republicans ‘beating’ on Hispanics  —  Vice President Biden accused Republican presidential candidates of “beating” on Hispanics during an address to a Hispanic group on Wednesday.  —  In a surprise appearance at a fundraiser hosted by the Latino Victory Project PAC …
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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Axelrod: Pro-Biden group's ad ‘tasteless’
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hullabaloo, Mediaite and Slate
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House conservatives spurn McCarthy, flex muscle ahead of speaker vote  —  A group of hard-line conservatives threatened to upend the Republican race to succeed outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner, announcing on Wednesday it will throw its support behind a little-known Florida lawmaker to become the next speaker.
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Ben Carson stumbles on debt limit question  —  Ben Carson appeared to have some difficulty in explaining exactly whether he would support raising the debt limit in a recent interview.  —  “Let me put it this way: if I were the president, I would not sign an increased budget.  Absolutely would not do it.
Wall Street Journal:
Accused Oregon Shooter Discharged From Army After Suicide Attempt  —  Christopher Harper-Mercer left basic training after just one month in 2008  —  The gunman who allegedly killed nine people and wounded nine others at a rural community college in Oregon last Thursday had been discharged …
Joe Lynch / Billboard:
Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Ways Selena Gomez Is Taking Charge  —  Selena Gomez is done sitting back while paparazzi vultures and Internet trolls tear into her.  On her upcoming album Revival, the pop star is taking charge of her life, career and image in a way she hasn't before — so watch out, world.
New York Times:
Shut Down the Benghazi Committee  —  House Republicans may be disinclined to disband the Select Committee on Benghazi with the presidential race heating up.  But at the very least they should rename their laughable crusade, which has cost taxpayers $4.6 million, “the Inquisition of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
New York Daily News:
Koch brothers eyeing Marco Rubio for nearly $1B campaign contribution  —  The big money is on Marco Rubio.  —  Slowly but surely, the GOP is narrowing down its list of presidential candidates.  The big prize — aside from the presidency itself — is still the nearly $1 billion contribution …
Discussion: SaintPetersBlog and New York Times
Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Clinton ‘SNL’ Cameo Could Entitle Challengers to Free Air Time  —  Hillary Clinton's appearance on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend could trigger the so-called equal-time rule, the federal law that allows qualified opposing candidates to demand comparable air time.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Carri Geer Thevenot / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Sen. Reid, wife sue makers of exercise band  —  U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his wife are suing the makers of a resistance exercise band that the lawmaker has blamed for a January accident that left him blind in his right eye.  —  Reid, D-Nev., and his wife, Landra Gould, filed …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Chelsea Manning / Medium:
Military Haircuts  —  My first post about what it's like to live, and grow as a human being: transitioning in a military prison.  —  The last few weeks have been particularly challenging for me.  For the first time in years, I felt like giving up... then, I found my “second wind” to be human.
Discussion: Advocate, Fusion and Daily Mail
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Impeach the IRS director  —  “Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best.  He should [have] let the [S]outh go.  We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.”  Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune …
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Why you shouldn't be surprised that prisoners crushed Harvard's debate team  —  Last month, a debate team of three inmates with violent criminal records defeated a team of three Harvard University undergraduates.  —  It sounds like an underdog story plucked from the pages …
Washington Post:
Republican candidates' dangerous incoherence on guns  —  INCREASINGLY UNHINGED commentary by Republican presidential candidates about the massacre last week at a community college in Oregon might not seem worth a second glance.  Some of the statements have been contemptible and/or ignorant, it is true.
Kendall Breitman / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Politics Focus Groups: What's Powering the Ben Carson Boom  —  Despite never holding elected office, or perhaps because of that fact, the retired neurosurgeon has managed to impress many Republican voters.  —  What explains the appeal Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who …
Discussion: Business Insider
The Huffington Post:
Kanye West Thinks He Is Discriminated Against For Not Being Gay  —  West made the comments during a candid two-hour live interview.
 
 
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Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt
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Nicola Slawson / Guardian:
Feminist protesters storm red carpet at London premiere of Suffragette
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Drudge: Obama Named Islamic State ‘ISIS’ To Be Confused With Issa
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New York Times:
Chinese Hackers Breached LoopPay, a Contributor to Samsung Pay
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Ollie Gillman For / Daily Mail:
‘What do you mean no-one has been to Mars?’ …
David Perera / Politico:
Matthew Keys guilty in Los Angeles Times hacking case
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Says Bush and Rubio Suffer from Political Politeness
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Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Barney Frank advising Clinton on Wall Street plan
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Dothan Police Arrest Commissioner Amos Newsome.
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Kristine Marsh / NewsBusters:
Nets Hype Muslims Targeted in Chapel Hill Shootings 12 Times More Than Christians in Oregon
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee's First Year Of Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Didn't Go Very Well
Discussion: ACLU and Booman Tribune