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10:15 AM ET, October 8, 2015

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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.
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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 …
John Dickerson / Slate:
Joe Biden's Big Question
Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Why Donald Trump Will Always Be a “Short-Fingered Vulgarian”
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
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.
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.
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
GOP faces debt-limit divide  —  With less than a month to go until the Nov. 5 deadline, congressional Republicans are divided on what strategy to adopt in the fight over the debt ceiling.  —  Conservatives see the looming debt hike as leverage that could be used to extract concessions from the Obama administration.
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
House creates panel to investigate Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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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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.
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'
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 …
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Death Penalty States Face Hurdles in Carrying Out Executions  —  Despite a Supreme Court ruling allowing a controversial drug to be used for lethal injections in Oklahoma, death-penalty states are finding it harder to carry out executions as they struggle to obtain and properly use limited supplies …
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 …
Mira Kamdar / New York Times:
America's Gun Madness, as Seen From Europe  —  PANTIN, France — My mother lives near Roseburg, Ore. Her part of the world isn't often in the news in France.  But when I woke up last Friday morning, the mass shooting on the Umpqua Community College campus in Roseburg had made the French morning television news.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Dems ready sweeping new guns bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Infowars
Cass R. Sunstein / Bloomberg View:
How the Gun Lobby Rewrote the Second Amendment
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Republican candidates' dangerous incoherence on guns
Wall Street Journal:
Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt
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David Perera / Politico:
Matthew Keys guilty in Los Angeles Times hacking case
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
Why you shouldn't be surprised that prisoners crushed Harvard's debate team
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee's First Year Of Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Didn't Go Very Well
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