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9:10 PM ET, October 9, 2015


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Lauren French / Politico:
Ellmers thanks lawmakers for ‘prayers’ amid affair rumors  —  <p>Rep. Renee Ellmers stood up in a private meeting of Republican lawmakers on Friday and thanked them for their "prayers and support" after they received “nasty emails” accusing her of having an extramarital affair …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Conservatives cool to Ryan as Speaker  —  Conservatives are not sold on the idea of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as Speaker.  —  While top House Republicans are trying to push a reluctant Ryan into the job, on the grounds that he alone can unify the conference, conservative lawmakers gave …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
This Document Reveals Why The House Of Representatives Is In Complete Chaos  —  The House of Representative is in chaos.  John Boehner announced his intention to step down as Speaker at the end of the month.  There doesn't appear to be anyone to take his place.
Ewerickson / Erick on the Radio:
Paul Ryan is a Dangerous Pick for Conservatives  —  There is a cult of Paul Ryan that is as strong as any cult of personality in American politics.  It's just the people who eschew populism and conservative politics are the ones in the cult.  And these people would never consider themselves part …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Republicans Need Paul Ryan As House Speaker
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: Sorry Guys, It's Still No
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party?
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
House Republicans Start Over
WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
Facebook engagement announcement accidentally reveals something else  —  Share Update: … A couple wanted to let everyone know they're getting married, so they went to Facebook.  —  The picture they posted shows the woman with her fiancé pointing to the ring on her finger.
New York Times:
Obama Administration Ends Pentagon Program to Train Syrian Rebels  —  LONDON — The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon's $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed …
Sam Dagher / Wall Street Journal:
Iranian General Killed in Syria  —  Iranian state media says Brig. Gen Hossein Hamedani was killed near Aleppo by Islamic State  —  BEIRUT—A top Iranian military commander who played a crucial role in Tehran's efforts to defend the Syrian regime was killed in the outskirts of the northern Syrian city …
Fox News:
Obama says Russian campaign in Syria a sign of Putin's weakness
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Los Angeles Times:
Massive El Niño is now ‘too big to fail,’ scientist says  —  An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.  —  “There's no longer a possibility that El Niño wimps out at this point.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Daily Kos, KFOR-TV and KTLA
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Judge tosses four of five counts against Rand Paul aide  —  <p>A federal judge on Friday threw out four of five counts stemming from a campaign fraud case against Jesse Benton, a top political adviser to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.</p><p>In August, Benton was indicted on charges of concealing payments …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republicans fret about Paul's Senate seat
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Mediaite
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It's All Benghazi  —  So Representative Kevin McCarthy, who was supposed to succeed John Boehner as speaker of the House, won't be pursuing the job after all.  He would have faced a rough ride both winning the post and handling it under the best of circumstances, thanks to the doomsday caucus …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Drip, Drip, Drip  —  Congress's Benghazi investigation has been slandered.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority  —  In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.
Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Hillary Clinton's sweeping executive power agenda is unprecedented
Discussion: neo-neocon and Hot Air
Daily Mail:
ISIS's 20st executioner The Bulldozer brings terror to captured Iraqi towns  —  The obese extremist known only as ‘The Bulldozer’ (pictured) has beheaded unarmed men and amputated young children as part of the terror group's ‘Chopping Committee’.  Despite his notoriety and unmissable …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Blazing Cat Fur
The Huffington Post:
Peter Hasson / Campus Reform:
Clemson University apologizes for serving Mexican food  — Clemson Dining issued an apology to ‘offended’ students after hosting a ‘Maximum Mexican’ food day.  — Students took to Twitter to call the event culturally insensitive and to question the school's efforts to promote diversity.
Oliver Willis /
GOP Quietly Admits The Truth About Their Attacks On Planned Parenthood  —  It turns out there's nothing shady about Planned Parenthood's finances, and that's according to House Republicans, who orchestrated the recent hearing about the organization in which they badgered CEO Cecile Richard.
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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: I'm Campaigning Like Soldiers Who Saw ‘A Thousand Bodies’ On D-Day
Discussion: Jezebel
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
For Alabama's Poor, the Budget Cuts Trickle Down
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
In a first, Chinese hackers are arrested at the behest of the U.S. government
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson: Racism In United States Is “Mostly With The Progressive Movement”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Sheriff Is Shocked At Outrage Over His Repeated Use Of The ‘N-Word’ In An Interrogation
Discussion: and Raw Story
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Finally, the government has decided to eliminate pork — from the menu in federal prisons
Liam Deacon / BREITBART.COM:
Refugee Charity Stops Aid To Calais Because 97% Are Men With ‘No Real Reason’ To Be There
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Ben Carson Defends Hitler Gun Control Statements, Calls ADL Reaction ‘Total Foolishness’