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6:40 PM ET, October 12, 2015

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Burgess Everett / Politico:
POLITICO Huddle: WHAT IT WOULD TAKE FOR RYAN TO RUN — Cotton wants Cheney as speaker — Ex-Im makes comeback — BENGHAZI PANEL'S LATEST DRAMA  —  PLAYING HARD TO GET: How do you get the reluctant man from Janesville to run for speaker?  Jake Sherman reports there's but one way: Get the whole House GOP on board.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Republicans open door to weakening the filibuster
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
The two big problems hurting House Republicans
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:   More Republicans Join Speakership Race as Paul Ryan's Nascent Campaign Falls Apart on the Runway
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama: Those taking religion seriously are often suspicious of others  —  President Obama lamented the rancorous, divided state of U.S. politics in a wide-ranging interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson.  —  In the unusual discussion, Obama revealed …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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New York Review of Books:
Marilynne Robinson: A Conversation in Iowa  —  The following conversation between President Obama and Marilynne Robinson was conducted in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 14.  An audio recording of it can be heard at itunes.com/nybooks.  —The Editors  —  President Obama and Marilynne Robinson …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
D.N.C. Officer Says She Was Disinvited From Debate After Calling for More of Them  —  Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said she was disinvited from the first Democratic presidential primary debate in Nevada after she appeared on television and called for more face-offs.
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
LAS VEGAS — Martin O'Malley, who is hoping to jumpstart …
Discussion: Political Wire, Mediaite and The Week
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
The wild card at the Democratic debate could be the guy no one's talking about
Ari Melber / msnbc.com:
Exclusive: Ex-Benghazi investigator alleges Rep. Gowdy violated federal law  —  The legal battle between the House Benghazi Committee and its former investigator, Todd Podliska, escalated Monday afternoon, when Podliska's lawyers alleged that Chairman Trey Gowdy violated government confidentiality rules and federal law.
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New York Times:
Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry
CNN:
South Carolina, Nevada CNN polls find Clinton far ahead  —  (CNN)With Hillary Clinton behind in New Hampshire and holding on to a narrowing margin over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa, new CNN/ORC polls in Nevada and South Carolina suggest Clinton holds strong support in the two states that could prove to be a firewall for her.
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CBS News:
Poll: Hillary Clinton still leads Democratic race
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Under Pressure From Clinton, Bernie Sanders Softens on Gun Rights
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Donald Trump strikes sour note at No Labels  —  <p>MANCHESTER, N.H.—The event organizers called for problem-solving and civility, policy substance over sideshows.</p><p> But Donald Trump just couldn't help himself.</p><p>President Barack Obama "bombed" on a recent "60 Minutes" appearance.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Defends Tea Party, Cuts Off Woman Asking About His Record With Women
Discussion: Jezebel
Michael Kinsley / Vanity Fair:
The Serious Problem with Treating Donald Trump Seriously  —  Media outlets and candidates alike are pondering how to take down Donald.  Michael Kinsley writes that the answer might be quite simple.  —  The trouble with Donald Trump is not, as Jeb Bush and others would have it, that he's not a true conservative from any perspective.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Rep. Flores eyeing run for speaker  —  <p>Texas Rep. Bill Flores is moving toward running for House speaker, and has sent a letter to his colleagues laying out what he sees as his qualifications.</p><p> But Flores, who chairs the Republican Study Committee, said in the letter that he "will …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
Thresholds of Violence  —  On the evening of April 29th last year, in the southern Minnesota town of Waseca, a woman was doing the dishes when she looked out her kitchen window and saw a young man walking through her back yard.  He was wearing a backpack and carrying a fast-food bag …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
The one question that hawks need to answer about Syria  —  Hawks want the United States to intervene in Syria.  They have some good reasons.  But they don't have an answer to this question.  —  The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts has discussed the mess in Syria a lot in recent weeks …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Carson: I won't be silenced  —  Ben Carson refuses to be muzzled.  —  Republican presidential hopeful Carson told The Hill in a Monday interview that he has no intention of reining in his rhetoric, despite having attracted weeks of sensational headlines for remarks on everything from guns to religion to the Holocaust.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Hadas Gold / Politico:
CNN expects ‘significantly smaller’ ratings for Dem debate  —  <p>The Republican and Democratic fields are like night and day, and no event will make that more apparent than Tuesday's first Democratic debate in Las Vegas, hosted by CNN and Facebook.</p><p> With only five candidates …
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Miranda July / New York Times:
A Very Revealing Conversation With Rihanna  —  The author and filmmaker Miranda July asks the pop superstar what turns her on, how she handles the pressure of public scrutiny and why she's been Googling childbirth.  (Then they become best friends.)  —  I DRESSED VERY CAREFULLY for her …
Amanda Cuda / Connecticut Post:
Milford schools ban Halloween  —  Milford parents and other residents are outraged by the school district's recent decision to ban the popular Halloween parades at the city's elementary schools, due to fear of excluding children who can't or won't participate in the tradition.
Ryan Osborne / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Cowboys-Patriots postgame brawl leaves one fan shot, another in custody  —  One man shot after the Dallas Cowboys game He was airlifted to area hospital  —  Fight apparently broke out after Cowboys game … ARLINGTON  —  A shooting victim was taken to the hospital and a suspect …
Tessa Berenson / TIME:
This Fake Candidate Just Beat Jeb Bush in a Straw Poll  —  “Honest Gil” Fulbright's presidential campaign is literally a joke, but that didn't stop him from beating Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham in a New Hampshire straw poll over the weekend.  —  Played by actor Frank Ridley …
 
 
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