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2:55 PM ET, October 8, 2015

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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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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 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.
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: BREITBART.COM, Daily Kos and The Week
CNN:
Kevin McCarthy drops out of House speaker race  —  Washington (CNN)House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the race to succeed Speaker John Boehner, a shocking move that throws the House into chaos.  —  The move came without warning as House Republicans were in a closed-door meeting to select their nominee for speaker.
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and neo-neocon
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race  —  In a stunning twist, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has dropped out of the race for House speaker, facing resistance from hardliners in the House Freedom Caucus.  Apparently unable to muster enough support from House Republicans to be confident …
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
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP faces debt-limit divide
Politico:
Rep. Webster won't commit to backing eventual speaker nominee
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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.
Cecilio Padilla / CBS Sacramento:
France Train Hero Spencer Stone Stabbed, In ‘Serious Condition’
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
BREAKING: French train attack hero Spencer Stone is repeatedly STABBED in the chest during fight …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: I've Had A Gun Held On Me And I Told The Guy To Attack Someone Else (AUDIO)
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kendall Breitman / Bloomberg Business:
Bloomberg Politics Focus Groups: What's Powering the Ben Carson Boom
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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Nick Gass / Politico:   Ben Carson stumbles on debt limit question
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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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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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: Power Line and The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: ABC News
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.
Discussion: KTLA and Eater
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
 
 
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Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg View:
How the Gun Lobby Rewrote the Second Amendment
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
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