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3:15 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Kevin McCarthy's Stunning Exit From the Speaker's Race
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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
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.
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Tim Mak / The Daily Beast:
Obama Official Says Putin's New War Is a Sign of American Success
Ivan Krastev / New York Times:
Is Vladimir Putin Trying to Teach the West a Lesson in Syria?
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
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, Eater and The Daily Caller
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.
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
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
 
 
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