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2:25 AM ET, October 12, 2015


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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
OK, Let's Fight  —  The free-for-all over choosing a new House speaker isn't chaos; it's democracy.  —  The Republicans have decided to have a little bit of authentic democracy within their party, and polite Washington is flipping out.  —  John Boehner decided that he no longer wants …
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
Joe Biden and Paul Ryan Face Decisions That Could Shape Politics for Years to Come  —  The two men who faced off in the 2012 vice presidential debate are each at a crossroads.  —  MarkHalperin  —  Former rivals Vice President Joe Biden and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan are facing looming decisions …
Discussion: The Hill
Reihan Salam / Slate:
The Real Reason for the Chaos in the House  —  It's not just rebellious GOP lawmakers.  It's what empowers those lawmakers to buck the party leadership.  —  First of all, let's not shed any tears over the fall of Kevin McCarthy.  Though the Republican majority leader is well-liked by his colleagues …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Founder: Freedom Caucus not sold on Ryan  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the founder of the House Freedom Caucus, says his group is not sold on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for Speaker.  —  “Well, look, Paul Ryan is a friend, I meet with him every single week, we talk about policy, I think he's be a great messenger.
EXCLUSIVE- NumbersUSA President: Paul Ryan ‘Terrifying,’ ‘Open Borders Seeps Out of Every Pore Of His Being’
Discussion: The Daily Caller, VDARE and Power Line
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP hard-liners seek more power by changing rules. That could mean more chaos.
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Wanted: a Tea Party Speaker
Discussion: Daily Kos
CBS News:
President Obama  —  Steve Kroft questions President Obama on topics including Russia's incursion in Syria, ISIS and the 2016 presidential race  —  The following is a script from “President Obama” which aired on October 11, 2015.  Steve Kroft is the correspondent.
CBS News:
Highlights, outtakes from Obama's 60 Minutes interview  —  Steve Kroft asks President Obama about the crisis in Syria, mass shootings — and what he thinks of Donald Trump  —  With the end of his second term on the horizon, President Obama spoke to 60 Minutes this week, reflecting on his achievements …
Discussion: Mashable and Raw Story
CBS News:
Poll: Donald Trump still leads, Ben Carson in second  —  The race for the GOP nomination  —  Donald Trump continues to lead the field nationally in the race to become the Republican nominee for president.  Twenty-seven percent of Republican primary voters support Trump …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Republicans' Ugly Revolt  —  OVER the last two decades, through Bob Dole and George W. Bush and John McCain and Mitt Romney, it has become an article of faith that the Republican presidential nominee is a person blessed by, or acceptable to, the party's establishment, meaning the elders …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney's path to GOP nomination eludes Jeb
Discussion: Progress Pond
David Edwards / Raw Story:
ABC host destroys Bobby Jindal's ‘no-fly zone’ plan with four simple words: 'ISIS doesn't have aircraft'  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal said over the weekend that he had a plan to defeat ISIS using “no-fly zones” …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
America's Growing Pessimism  —  When Americans look to the future, two mega-trends evoke the most optimism about the nation's long-term trajectory, the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found.  —  One of these trends, the onset of the digital revolution, evokes optimism in every major segment of society.
Awr Hawkins / BREITBART.COM:
Police Praise Concealed Permit Holder for Stopping Waffle House Robbery  —  A concealed carry permit holder was praised for shooting an armed robbery suspect around 5 a.m. on October 10, thereby stopping the robbery of a Waffle House in Charleston, South Carolina.
Sarah Boxer / The Atlantic:
The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy … It really was a dark and stormy night.  On February 12, 2000, Charles Schulz—who had single-handedly drawn some 18,000 Peanuts comic strips, who refused to use assistants to ink or letter his comics, who vowed that after he quit, no new Peanuts strips would be made …
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor:
Investigation into the Death of Tamir Rice  —  Statement from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty on the release of three additional reports regarding the death of Tamir Rice  —  The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office is releasing three expert reports regarding the shooting death …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mother Jones and CNN
How Could Hillary Lose?  —  <p>"If a candidate has ever been inevitable—for the nomination—it is Mrs. Clinton today," the <i>New York Times'</i> Nate Cohn <a href=" 22/upshot/hillary-clinton-and- ml?_ r=0">declared</a> early this year.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Melanie MasonContact / Los Angeles Times:
California schools barred from using ‘Redskins’ as team name or mascot  —  California became the first state in the nation to pass a law prohibiting public schools from using the term “Redskins” as a team name or mascot.  —  Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved the measure barring the use …
Discussion: Fox News
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Billy Cox / Extra:
Orphaned sisters reunite while working on same floor at Sarasota hospital
Discussion: Guardian, WGN-TV and Daily Mail
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
The Tragic Ending To Obama's Bay Of Pigs: CIA Hands Over Syria To Russia
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
McConnell denounces Obama's ‘mind-boggling’ foreign policy
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
GOP staffer fired from the House panel investigating Benghazi attacks
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Agence France-Presse:
Trump: I sometimes carry a gun
 Earlier Items: 
Convoy including ISIS leader hit by airstrike, Iraq's military says
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Asian Advantage
Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
Trump calls German chancellor's immigration moves ‘insane’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Alison Elkin / Bloomberg Business:
Ben Carson Insists Holocaust Comments ‘Not Hyperbole at All’
Discussion: Politico
Edward Klein / New York Post:
Clinton's camp says she ‘could have a serious meltdown’
Discussion: Althouse and BizPac Review