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4:45 PM ET, October 18, 2015


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Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush: ‘Does Anybody Actually Blame My Brother For 9/11?’  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Sunday discussed comments GOP rival Donald Trump made about his brother and former President George W. Bush.  —  And one point in the interview he asked …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
CNN host destroys Jeb Bush: You blame Hillary for Benghazi but insist brother blameless for 9/11  —  Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush struggled on Sunday to explain how he could blame Hillary Clinton for the attacks in Benghazi while insisting that George W. Bush was blameless for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Discussion: NPR
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Donald Trump has figured out Jeb Bush's greatest weakness as a candidate  —  I don't know if Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination.  But even if he doesn't, it's increasingly clear he's going to destroy Jeb Bush before he loses.  —  Over the past week, Trump and Bush …
Daily Mail:
Smoking gun emails reveal Blair's ‘deal in blood’ with George Bush over Iraq war was forged a YEAR before the invasion had even started - despite claiming he wanted peace  — Leaked White House memo shows former Prime Minister's support for war at summit with U.S. President in 2002
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump: My immigration policies would have prevented 9/11  —  Donald Trump says that his immigration policies would have prevented the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks from taking place.  —  “I am extremely, extremely tough on illegal immigration.  I am extremely tough on people coming into this country …
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:   Carson: Bush ‘certainly’ not responsible for 9/11
Select Committee on Benghazi, Democrats:
CIA Debunks Gowdy's Allegation That Clinton Email Contained Classified CIA Source  —  WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy to correct the public record after the CIA debunked Chairman Gowdy's accusation …
Discussion: Daily Kos, TalkLeft and Latest
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Will Hillary Clinton Be Pilloried by the Benghazi Committee?  —  WASHINGTON — HILLARY CLINTON is wrong about the Benghazi committee.  —  It's not the longest-running special congressional investigation ever, as the Hillary campaign tweeted.  According to PolitiFact, other congressional probes …
Discussion: Althouse
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Hillary's gun confiscation proposal is going to backfire in a big way
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt Romney: I'm Glad I'm Not In The 2016 GOP Race  —  Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, said Sunday that he was glad that he wasn't running in the 2016 race.  —  Romney made an appearance on CNN's “State of the Union.”  —  “I can't imagine running right now.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Cruz: Trump's campaign helping mine  —  Donald Trump's bid for the White House is really helping Sen. Ted Cruz's own campaign, the Texas senator says.  —  Both Trump and Cruz have built their candidacies for the Republican presidential nomination around strong anti-establishment personas …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Disarray has some Republicans talking about dealing with Dems
Mike Allen / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook, presented by BP - SNL SPOOFS DEM DEBATE — TIM MILLER's SICK BURN; Rubio camp hits 'Team Jeb's epic freakout' - ‘NEW GUARD’ top women: Katie Biber, Katie Dowd, Deesha Dyer, Jill Hazelbaker, Shannon McGahn, Evan Ryan, Addie Whisenant  —  Good Sunday morning.
Discussion: Associated Press
Jennifer Weiner / New York Times:
Longing for the Innocence of Playboy  —  YEARS ago, I remember a friend glumly confiding that her then 10-year-old son had gotten completely freaked out.  What happened?  He'd been at a friend's house.  The boys were around an unsupervised computer, and one of them typed the word “sex” into Google.
Fox News:
North Korea reportedly willing to sign peace treaty with US to end conflict  —  North Korea reportedly rejected the idea of resuming talks to abandon its nuclear program on Saturday, but said it would welcome negotiations for a peace treaty with Washington.  —  North Korea's foreign ministry …
Discussion: Hot Air, whorunsGov and Reuters
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Obama cancels Arctic drilling lease sales  —  The Obama administration took a number of actions Friday to restrict future offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean.  —  The Interior Department is canceling two lease sales it had planned over the next year and a half for Arctic drilling rights …
Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Fuel Fix:
Obama administration closes off two avenues for new Arctic drilling
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George Johnson / New York Times:
Gamblers, Scientists and the Mysterious Hot Hand
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
For the Left, It's Always Time for a New New Deal
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Ben Carson and Sen. Bernie Sanders
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Henry A. Kissinger / Wall Street Journal:
A Path Out of the Middle East Collapse
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and ParaPundit
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Whittaker / Austin Chronicle:
Ben Carson Invites Himself to Austin ISD
Discussion: Daily News Bin
Cari Romm / The Atlantic:
Americans Are More Afraid of Robots Than Death
David Weigel / Washington Post:
What is a democratic socialist? Bernie Sanders tries to redefine the name.
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN
Meg Wagner / New York Daily News:
Several Miss Iraq contestants drop out of 1st pageant since 1972 amid death threats
Discussion: NBC News
Matthew Claiborne / ABC News:
Vice President Joe Biden made no explicit mention of his contemplation …
Discussion: Daily Mail