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7:35 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.
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.
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
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Wooing Chairman Ryan: Paul Ryan remains on sidelines as House GOP looks to regroup
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.
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:
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party?
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers confronted McCarthy
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 …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson: Racism In United States Is “Mostly With The Progressive Movement”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Northern Arizona University shooting followed confrontation, police say
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Student Is Killed in Shooting at Northern Arizona University
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Liberaland
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Mediaite
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Judge tosses four of five counts against Rand Paul aide
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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
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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:
As Alabama Cuts Services, Residents Worry More About Getting By
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
In a first, Chinese hackers are arrested at the behest of the U.S. government
Eric Mandel /
Dori has a problem with ‘yoga for people of color’ class
 Earlier Items: 
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
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