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4:50 PM ET, October 9, 2015


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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.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan: Sorry Guys, It's Still No  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) told NBC News through a spokesperson Friday that despite Republicans calling for him to enter the race for Speaker of the House, he's still not interested. … The news comes after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and other party leaders …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Republicans Need Paul Ryan As House Speaker
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Gingrich says he'd consider interim speakership
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 …
Discussion: Liberaland and Roll Call
The Huffington Post:
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers confronted McCarthy
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Drip, Drip, Drip  —  Congress's Benghazi investigation has been slandered.
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party?
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
Mike Needham / The Daily Signal:   The Reality That Drove Kevin McCarthy's Exit From the Speaker Race
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.
Northern Arizona University shooting followed confrontation, police say
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson: Racism In United States Is “Mostly With The Progressive Movement”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
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: Daily Kos, KFOR-TV and KTLA
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republicans fret about Paul's Senate seat  —  <p>FRANKFORT, Ky. — Rand Paul is under increasing pressure from Republicans here and in Washington to pull the plug on his stagnant presidential campaign and instead recommit his resources to keeping his Senate seat in GOP hands.</p><p>D.C. Republicans …
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.
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Armed Protesters Gather As Obama Visits Oregon Shooting Victims' Families  —  Gun-toting protesters gathered on Friday morning to await President Obama's arrival in Roseburg, Ore., where he planned to meet with the families of victims of last week's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College.
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Dori has a problem with ‘yoga for people of color’ class
Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Hillary Clinton's sweeping executive power agenda is unprecedented
Discussion: neo-neocon and Hot Air
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Sheriff Is Shocked At Outrage Over His Repeated Use Of The ‘N-Word’ In An Interrogation
Discussion: and Raw Story
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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
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority
Alfred Nobel /
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2015