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1:30 PM ET, October 9, 2015


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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 …
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
Ellmers thanks lawmakers for ‘prayers’ amid affair rumors  —  A GOP donor sent emails alleging an extramarital relationship between Ellmers and Kevin McCarthy, a claim aides say is unfounded.  —  Rep. Renee Ellmers stood up in a private meeting of Republican lawmakers on Friday and thanked them for their …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Mail
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 …
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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.
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers confronted McCarthy  —  House GOP lawmakers this week confronted Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about rumors they worried could have hampered his bid for Speaker.  —  At a closed-door meeting on Tuesday with Texas's GOP delegation, members pressed McCarthy for reassurances.
Paul Ryan considering running for House speaker  —  Washington (CNN)Rep. Paul Ryan is telling House Republicans privately he is considering running for speaker, several members say.  —  Ryan informed several members on the House floor of his deliberations, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, told CNN.
Behind McCarthy's decision to bail
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Gingrich says he'd consider interim speakership
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party?
Discussion: National Review
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Republican: ‘Very real’ chance GOP will need Dems to elect Speaker
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Top Republicans Appeal to Ryan to Seek Speaker's Job and Unify Party
Discussion: The Federalist
Rick Klein / ABC News:
Paul Ryan Said to Be Weighing Bid For House Speaker
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and The Week
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 …
Nick Baumann / The Huffington Post:
Ben Carson Blames Holocaust On Gun Control
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 …
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
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Shows of Strength From Trump and Putin
Discussion: Hot Air and BREITBART.COM
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Trades Places With Clinton
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Ms. Clinton's disappointing choice on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
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.
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.
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.
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Republicans fret about Paul's Senate seat
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Oliver Willis /
GOP Quietly Admits The Truth About Their Attacks On Planned Parenthood
Dave Maass / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Victory in California!  Gov. Brown Signs CalECPA, Requiring Police to Get a Warrant Before Accessing Your Data
Discussion: The Hill and Engadget
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Finally, the government has decided to eliminate pork — from the menu in federal prisons
Trump: I'm never getting out of the race
Discussion: Jezebel and SaintPetersBlog
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Liam Deacon / BREITBART.COM:
Refugee Charity Stops Aid To Calais Because 97% Are Men With ‘No Real Reason’ To Be There
Barney Frank / Politico:
The Republican Plague on Government
Discussion: RedState