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9:45 AM ET, October 10, 2015


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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Conservatives cool to Ryan as Speaker  —  Conservatives are not sold on the idea of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as Speaker.  —  While top House Republicans are trying to push a reluctant Ryan into the job, on the grounds that he alone can unify the conference, conservative lawmakers gave …
Ewerickson / Erick on the Radio:
Paul Ryan is a Dangerous Pick for Conservatives  —  There is a cult of Paul Ryan that is as strong as any cult of personality in American politics.  It's just the people who eschew populism and conservative politics are the ones in the cult.  And these people would never consider themselves part …
New York Times:
After Boehner, House Hard-Liners Aim to Weaken Speaker's Clout  —  WASHINGTON — As tension built in the House of Representatives in recent weeks, it was sometimes hard to know whom hard-line conservatives were gunning for more: President Obama or their own Republican speaker, John A. Boehner.
Discussion: Liberaland
National Review:
Paul Ryan Should Run  —  S  —  ometimes duty calls.  —  Paul Ryan long has told people that he has no interest in being speaker of the House, and he has been completely sincere.  He wants to be a legislator and truly prizes his perch as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
This Document Reveals Why The House Of Representatives Is In Complete Chaos
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Benghazi committee, under fire, releases more Clinton emails  —  Hillary Clinton used her private email account to pass along the identity of one of the CIA's top Libyan intelligence sources, raising new questions about her handling of classified information, according to excerpts …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
It's All Benghazi  —  So Representative Kevin McCarthy …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:   Drip, Drip, Drip  —  Congress's Benghazi investigation has been slandered.
New York Times:
An Incoherent Syria War Strategy  —  The Obama administration's $500 million initiative to train and arm so-called moderate rebels to take on the Islamic State never seemed promising when it was rolled out last year.  Having acknowledged that this plan has failed — largely …
Fox News:
Obama says Russian campaign in Syria a sign of Putin's weakness
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Naomi Oreskes / New York Times:
Exxon's Climate Concealment  —  CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — MILLIONS of Americans once wanted to smoke.  Then they came to understand how deadly tobacco products were.  Tragically, that understanding was long delayed because the tobacco industry worked for decades to hide the truth, promoting a message of scientific uncertainty instead.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Biden may ditch ‘Draft Biden’ super PAC  —  <p>If Joe Biden runs, it'll likely be without Draft Biden.</p> <p>Two sources familiar with the planning around Biden's potential presidential campaign say the vice president's team believes the existing super PAC — started in the spring …
Discussion: Political Wire
Shia LaBeouf Arrested ... Booked for Public Intoxication  —  ARRESTED  —  Booked for Public Intoxication  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Austin, Texas Thursday ... and witnesses say the actor was blitzed, out of control and disobeyed police.
James QueallyContact / Los Angeles Times:
Police searching for gunman who killed freshman at Texas Southern University  —  One student was killed and another person was injured after someone opened fire outside a Texas Southern University dormitory on Friday morning, prompting a lockdown at the Houston school, officials said.
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Student Is Killed in Shooting at Northern Arizona University
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Northern Arizona University shooting followed confrontation, police say
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.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Is Planning Company-Wide Layoffs for Next Week  —  Jack Dorsey was named permanent CEO of Twitter on Monday, and a big reason he got the job was that as a co-founder, Dorsey isn't afraid to make the tough, necessary decisions.  He isn't wasting much time.
Maya Rhodan / TIME:
Ben Carson Says Holocaust Would Have Been ‘Greatly Diminished’ if Jews Had Guns  —  Carson has faced scrutiny for multiple statements about guns this week, including a recent story about a robbery in a Baltimore Popeyes  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told CNN's Wolf Blitzer …
Claire Phipps / Guardian:
Ben Carson claims Jewish people might have stopped Holocaust if they had guns
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
From Donald Trump, Hints of a Campaign Exit Strategy  —  In unmistakable ways over the last two weeks, whether he has intended to or not, Donald J. Trump has started to articulate a way out of the presidential race: a verbal parachute that makes clear he has contemplated the factors that would cause him to end his bid.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
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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:
For Alabama's Poor, the Budget Cuts Trickle Down, Limiting Access to Driver's Licenses
Daily Mail:
ISIS's 20st executioner The Bulldozer brings terror to captured Iraqi towns
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Blazing Cat Fur
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Judge tosses four of five counts against Rand Paul aide
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
In a first, Chinese hackers are arrested at the behest of the U.S. government
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Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Sheriff Is Shocked At Outrage Over His Repeated Use Of The ‘N-Word’ In An Interrogation
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WGN Web Desk / WGN-TV:
Facebook engagement announcement accidentally reveals something else
Oliver Willis /
GOP Quietly Admits The Truth About Their Attacks On Planned Parenthood
Discussion: The Huffington Post