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11:05 AM ET, October 9, 2015


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Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Gingrich says he'd consider interim speakership  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  Could Newt Gingrich end up right back to the place that made him a political celebrity?  —  During an interview with radio host Sean Hannity Thursday, the former speaker told the host …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
THE BIG IDEA:  —  Paul Ryan is seriously considering a bid for House speaker.  He's consulting his wife, Janna, and should make a definitive decision soon, according to top GOP sources.  —  Despite repeatedly and sincerely insisting he doesn't want the job, the Wisconsin congressman …
The Hill:
Issa considering running for Speaker  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is considering a bid for Speaker, a source close to the congressman told The Hill.  —  “There is no definitive decision that's been made, but it's certainly being talked about.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
A New Clue Suggests Biden May Run  —  Joe Biden has taken another step toward entering the Presidential race.  —  Representatives of the Vice-President held a meeting this week with Democratic National Committee staffers.  They briefed Biden's aides on arcane but crucial rules …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Republicans Need Paul Ryan As House Speaker  —  He's an ideological zealot and a tactical pragmatist.  —  In the immediate wake of John Boehner's chaotic resignation as House speaker and Kevin McCarthy's chaotic withdrawal as his presumptive successor, Republican hopes have quickly fixated …
Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Why speaker of the House is the worst job in Washington  —  God, it sucks to be the Republican speaker of the House.  —  It should be one of the best jobs in Washington — vested with power, prestige, and the good feeling that comes with running the federal body closest to the people.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
McCarthy: ‘Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom’  —  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says that he does not know if the House is governable.  —  In an interview with Rich Lowry of National Review just after he shocked Washington by dropping out of the Speakership race …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
The speaker chase: Who's next?
Nat Brown / National Review:
‘Sometimes You Have to Hit Rock Bottom’
Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street rattled by House GOP bedlam
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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 …
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Carson suggests that gun rights might have changed history for Jews in WWII  —  Ben Carson said Thursday that Adolph Hitler's mass murder of Jews “would have been greatly diminished” if German citizens had not been disarmed by the Nazi regime.  —  The comment, which came during an interview …
Alfred Nobel /
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015  —  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.
Washington Post:
How America can counter Putin's moves in Syria  —  Condoleezza Rice was secretary of state from 2005 to 2009.  Robert M. Gates was defense secretary from 2006 to 2011.  —  One can hear the disbelief in capitals from Washington to London to Berlin to Ankara and beyond.
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
White House Is Weighing a Syria Retreat  —  A week into Russia's military intervention in Syria, some top White House advisers and National Security Council staffers are trying to persuade President Barack Obama to scale back U.S. engagement there, to focus on lessening the violence and …
Discussion: Just Security
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Trades Places With Clinton  —  She opposes the Pacific trade deal she called ‘the gold standard.’  —  This is supposed to be the year when voters want authenticity in a candidate, but Hillary Clinton seems determined to test that proposition.  On Wednesday President Obama's former Secretary …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Ms. Clinton's disappointing choice on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
NBC Developing Dramedy Inspired By Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis  —  Wendy Davis made national headlines in 2013 for filibustering anti-abortion legislation in the Texas Senate.  Now the former Democratic state senator is poised for more national attention as the inspiration for a dramedy series in development at NBC.
Los Angeles Times:
Joe Biden doesn't want ad invoking family's deadly car wreck to air, source says … I found it interesting that Hillary Clinton, in her book that she apparently sent me, talks glowingly about supporting the trans-Pacific trade agreement and now has come out four-square against it because …
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Barney Frank / Politico:
The Republican Plague on Government
Discussion: RedState
Julie Bykowicz / Associated Press:
Rubio's presidential bid boosted by secret-money commercials
Discussion: NBC News
Washington Free Beacon:
Emails Suggest Clinton Pushed Libyan Business Interests of Off-the-Books Adviser
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and Power Line
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Interrupted By Immigration Protester Over Private Prison Donations
Discussion: Fusion
James Rosen / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Live from Council Bluffs, it's Hillary 5.0
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Website Exposing Marco ‘Amnesty’ Rubio Goes Live: A ‘Donor Class Puppet’?
Discussion: Mediaite and BuzzFeed