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11:20 AM ET, October 8, 2015

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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.
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Politico:
Rep. Webster won't commit to backing eventual speaker nominee  —  Florida Rep. Daniel Webster — a long-shot candidate for speaker backed by hard-line conservatives — said he would not commit to supporting the party's nominee for the House's top post, according to sources in a closed GOP meeting Thursday morning.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP faces debt-limit divide
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
House creates panel to investigate Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Why Donald Trump Will Always Be a “Short-Fingered Vulgarian”  —  In his November editor's letter, Graydon Carter reveals the presidential candidate's thin-skinned response to a favorite 25-year-old epithet.  —  The myriad vulgarities of Donald Trump—examples of which are retailed daily …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
George Zornick / The Nation:
Hillary Clinton Just Made Passage of the TPP Much More Difficult
PBS NewsHour:
Hillary Clinton says she does not support Trans-Pacific Partnership
John Dickerson / Slate:
Joe Biden's Big Question
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: I've Had A Gun Held On Me And I Told The Guy To Attack Someone Else (AUDIO)  —  Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Wednesday that when he had a gun pointed at him, he told the attacker to approach someone else, as The Hill flagged.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Republican candidates' dangerous incoherence on guns
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.
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.
www.wftv.com:
Video shows judge berating, sentencing domestic violence victim to jail  —  SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —  Channel 9 has obtained video from a Seminole County courtroom where an emotional domestic violence victim was sentenced to three days in jail for failing to show up for her abuser's trial.
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Arturo Garcia / Raw Story:
Florida judge harasses domestic violence victim before jailing her: 'You haven't even seen anxiety'
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Paul Ryan to give nominating speech for McCarthy  —  House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan will give the nominating speech for Kevin McCarthy today in the closed party election for speaker, multiple sources said.  —  Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, is one of the most respected GOP lawmakers in Washington …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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Mike Allen / Politico:
Dick Cheney to endorse Kevin McCarthy
Discussion: Washington Times and The Week
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ben White / Politico:
Hillary Clinton on TPP then  —  HILLARY CLINTON ON TPP THEN — While at State, Hillary Clinton called TPP the “gold standard in trade agreements.”  In “Hard Choices,” which Clinton sent to all the GOP candidates, she said TPP “would link markets throughout Asia and the Americas …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Discussion: Daily Mail
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature  —  Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarussian journalist and prose writer, won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time,” the Swedish Academy announced.
Wall Street Journal:
Dell Is in Talks With EMC Over Possible Merger  —  Data-storage giant has been considering several options  —  Dell Inc. and private-equity firm Silver Lake are in advanced talks to buy EMC Corp. , according to people familiar with the matter, a deal that would rank as the biggest technology …
Discussion: Mashable and New York Times
 
 
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Kaily Cunningham / fox8.com:
Hear it for yourself: 911 call released from Ohio man ‘too high’ on pot
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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
States Scramble for Drugs Used in Executions, Causing Delays
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Dems ready sweeping new guns bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Infowars
Mira Kamdar / New York Times:
America's Gun Madness, as Seen From Europe
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Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg View:
How the Gun Lobby Rewrote the Second Amendment
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New York Daily News:
Koch brothers eyeing Marco Rubio for nearly $1B campaign contribution
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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