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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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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Patrick Howley / BREITBART.COM:
Rep. Walter Jones Warns Leadership Candidates to Drop Out of Race if Moral Turpitude Issues in Personal Lives Emerge  —  Republican North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) is urging all candidates for Speaker of the House to drop out of the race if skeletons in their closet might embarrass the Republican Party.
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 …
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 …
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Clinton woes far from over
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race
Discussion: Speaker.gov
CNN:
Kevin McCarthy drops out of House speaker race
Discussion: Red Alert Politics and neo-neocon
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
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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New York Times:
Four Syria-Bound Russian Missiles Crashed in Iran, U.S. Officials Say  —  BRUSSELS — Four cruise missiles, among 26 fired by Russia from warships in the Caspian Sea at targets in Syria, crashed in a rural area of northern Iran, senior United States officials said on 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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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: I've Had A Gun Held On Me And I Told The Guy To Attack Someone Else (AUDIO)
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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Ben Carson Has Absolutely No Idea What the Debt Limit Is
Dr. Ben Carson / Marketplace.org:
Dr. Ben Carson on the economy, taxes and debt
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed:
This Trans Guy Took A Selfie Every Day For Three Years To Show How His Face Changed  —  “I didn't like looking in the mirror before I started on testosterone.  Now I'm happy with what I see.”  Jamie Raines talked to BuzzFeed News about capturing his transition and transforming his life.
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.
 
 
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