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10:30 AM ET, October 9, 2015

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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 …
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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 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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Republican: ‘Very real’ chance GOP will need Dems to elect Speaker  —  Republicans may be forced to solicit Democratic help to break their Speaker stalemate, Rep. Charlie Dent (R) said Thursday.  —  The Pennsylvania centrist, who often serves as a mouthpiece for outgoing Speaker John Boehner …
Politico:
Behind McCarthy's decision to bail  —  'They're going to eat you and chew you up.'  —  The doubts haunted Kevin McCarthy.  —  Publicly, he projected an air of confidence, the appearance of the man who would be the next speaker of the House.  But in private, his allies told him the pursuit …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Republicans to Meet Amid Turmoil After Kevin McCarthy's Exit From Speaker Race  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans will meet Friday morning at the Capitol to begin charting a path forward after Representative Kevin McCarthy of California's stunning withdrawal from the race for speaker dashed expectations …
Nat Brown / National Review:
‘Sometimes You Have to Hit Rock Bottom’
Deirdre Shesgreen / Cincinnati.com:
Boehner props up McCarthy before withdrawal
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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Ben White / Politico:
Wall Street rattled by House GOP bedlam
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.
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Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
White House Is Weighing a Syria Retreat
Discussion: Just Security
Washington Post:
Ms. Clinton's disappointing choice on the Trans-Pacific Partnership  —  BOWING TO pressure from the Democratic Party's ascendant protectionist wing, would-be presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has come out against President Obama's freshly negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.
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Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Trades Places With Clinton
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Alfred Nobel / Nobelprize.org:
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.
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
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 …
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James Rosen / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. officials conclude Iran deal violates federal law  —  Some senior U.S. officials involved in the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal have privately concluded that a key sanctions relief provision - a concession to Iran that will open the doors to tens of billions of dollars …
 
 
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Barney Frank / Politico:
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
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