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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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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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
McCarthy withdraws from speaker race, election postponed  —  Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has abandoned his bid for House speaker Thursday afternoon, just minutes before the election was about to begin.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who resigned the post last month, announced in the meeting that elections were being postponed.
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 …
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
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Shock!  McCarthy drops from Speaker's race  —  Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has dropped out of the race for House Speaker, shocking Capitol Hill and raising questions about who can lead the House Republican Conference.  —  Republicans were to meet Thursday at noon to elect a new Speaker …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Dick Cheney to endorse Kevin McCarthy  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney is stepping into the suddenly feverish House speaker's race to endorse the leading candidate, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), as “a good man and a strong leader.”  —  McCarthy has a challenge from the right …
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Kevin McCarthy's Stunning Exit From the Speaker's Race  —  Behind Kevin McCarthy's stunning decision Thursday to end his bid for speaker lay a simple calculation: Even if he could scrape together the 218 votes he needed to win the formal House election later this month, he would begin his term …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Rich Lowry / 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 …
CNN:
Kevin McCarthy drops out of House speaker race
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and neo-neocon
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race
Discussion: Speaker.gov
Patrick Howley / BREITBART.COM:
Rep. Walter Jones Warns Leadership Candidates to Drop Out of Race if Moral Turpitude Issues in Personal Lives Emerge
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Clinton woes far from over
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP faces debt-limit divide
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 …
Sarah Heise / KQCA-TV:
France train hero Spencer Stone stabbed multiple times in Sacramento  —  Police: Stone taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries  —  France train hero Spencer Stone was stabbed multiple times early Thursday morning near several popular bars in midtown Sacramento, KCRA has confirmed with the U.S. Air Force.
Daily Mail:
Shocking footage shows French-terror train hero Spencer Stone fighting off group of men …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Russian Missiles Aimed at Syria Crashed in Iran, U.S. Officials Say  —  BRUSSELS — Cruise missiles fired by Russia from warships in the Caspian Sea at targets in Syria crashed in a rural area of Iran, senior United States officials said on Thursday.  —  It was unclear exactly where in Iran …
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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.
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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Kaily Cunningham / fox8.com:
Hear it for yourself: 911 call released from Ohio man ‘too high’ on pot … AUSTINTOWN, OH - The 911 call has been released after an Austintown man called 911 last week because he was “too high on weed.”  —  When officers arrived, they were directed to an upstairs bedroom by the caller's grandfather.
Dennis Ross / Politico:
How Obama Got to ‘Yes’ on Iran: The Inside Story  —  What Netanyahu really thought of Obama, how Susan Rice stymied Israel and other bombshell revelations from Obama's disillusioned peace negotiator.  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked me to come by his residence after sundown for an informal chat.
Discussion: New York Times and Mondoweiss
Samantha Ketterer / Daily Texan:
Citing concerns with campus carry, professor emeritus to withdraw from University  —  Economics professor emeritus Daniel Hamermesh will withdraw from his position next fall, citing concerns with campus carry legislation.  —  The law will allow the concealed carry of guns in campus buildings beginning Aug. 1, 2016.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Althouse
Aleister / Progressives Today:
Watch Hillary Clinton Supporters Endorse A SPECIAL TAX ON WHITE PEOPLE (VIDEO)  —  Democrats sure are great at uniting America, aren't they?  Especially if you think our country will be united by pitting people of different races against each other.  —  Here's how Hillary Clinton supporters responded …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marketplace.org:
Full interview: Dr. Ben Carson on the economy  —  On Monday, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson about his campaign, the economy, and how he would change the government if he were elected.  —  Kai Ryssdal: Dr. Carson, good to have you with us.
 
 
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