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4:45 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  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is opening the door to changing the filibuster in response to growing pressure from Republicans angered that Democrats have blocked legislation from reaching the White House.
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
The two big problems hurting House Republicans  —  Discussing the chaos gripping the House Republican caucus, Joe Scarborough put his finger on one of the major problems facing House Republicans: a lack of strategic thinking.  The former Republican congressman from Florida mused last week …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
More Republicans Join Speakership Race as Paul Ryan's Nascent Campaign Falls Apart on the Runway  —  Several Republicans who aren't as closely associated with outgoing House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) …
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 and The Week
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
The wild card at the Democratic debate could be the guy no one's talking about
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
DNC officer: I was disinvited after call for more debates
Discussion: kspr.com and American Spectator
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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Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Under Pressure From Clinton, Bernie Sanders Softens on Gun Rights
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Bernie Sanders' Democratic debate challenge: turning down the volume
Discussion: The Week and KUSA-TV
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems pay high price for union support
Discussion: Politico
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
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 …
New York Times:
Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — When the House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks on American government outposts in Benghazi, Libya, was created, Democrats immediately criticized it as a partisan effort to damage the political fortunes of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Iranian TV says Post correspondent Jason Rezaian convicted  —  Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post correspondent in Tehran imprisoned for more than 14 months has been convicted in an espionage trial that ended two months ago, Iranian State TV has reported.  —  News of a verdict …
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Fox News:
Washington Post calls conviction of reporter in closed-door trial ‘outrageous’
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding and Hot Air
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Ilan Ben-Meir / BuzzFeed:
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
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Richard Fausset / New York Times:
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Andrew Solomon / New York Times:
The Myth of the ‘Autistic Shooter’
Rasmussen Reports:
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Gillian B. White / The Atlantic:
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Christie Aschwanden / Mother Jones:
The harder you look the more cancers you'll find, but most will be harmless and will never threaten anyone's life.
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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump: ‘I was all set to go wild’ on Carson
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