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9:55 AM ET, October 23, 2015


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New York Times:
Benghazi Panel Engages Clinton in Tense Session  —  WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers spent more than eight hours aggressively questioning Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday, seeking to build a case that the former secretary of state had been derelict in her duty to secure the American diplomatic mission …
Rep. Jim Jordan vs. Hillary Clinton: Why Did You Tell Egyptians Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack But Not The American People?  —  At a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan introduced e-mails that show then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling the attack …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Benghazi bust  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  There's a reason Benghazi Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy offered Hillary Clinton the chance to testify in a private, closed hearing.  And there's a reason Clinton wanted to appear in an open setting, with the whole world watching.
Annie Karni / Politico:   Clinton emerges stronger for next phase of campaign
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
The Conservative Reviews Are In: Benghazi Hearing a Bust
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Conservative pundits were not impressed with the GOP's disastrous Benghazi hearing
Discussion: Salon, Hullabaloo and PoliticusUSA
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Hillary Told Daughter Chelsea That Terrorists Were Behind Benghazi Attack The Night It Happened [VIDEO]
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Lincoln Chafee ends quixotic presidential bid  —  <p>Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee, always a long shot, dropped out of the race for his party's nomination on Friday morning. </p><p>"As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace," …
Lincoln Chafee for President 2016:
CHAFEE WITHDRAWS FROM 2016 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL RACE  —  Washington, DC - Governor Lincoln Chafee announced today he is withdrawing from the 2016 Democratic Presidential race during a speech delivered at the 22nd Annual National Issues Conference of the Women's Leadership Forum.
Lincoln Chafee drops out of Democratic primary race  —  (CNN)Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee ended his long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, he announced at a Washington event Friday.  —  “As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace …
Discussion: Towleroad
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Lincoln Chafee Plans Update to His Campaign
Discussion: WPRI-TV, OnPolitics, Fox News and The Week
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ryan offers concession to House Freedom Caucus  —  <p>Rep. Paul Ryan has agreed to delay a discussion about reforming the procedural motion used to remove a House speaker, a major concession to the House Freedom Caucus.</p><p>The Wisconsin Republican, now the presumptive next speaker of the House …
Lauren French / Politico:
The fragile marriage of Ryan and the Freedom Caucus  —  <p>One of Rep. Paul Ryan's conditions for running for House speaker was that he wanted to reform the "motion to vacate," a rarely-invoked legislative tool that's essentially a way to boot the speaker from his job.</p><p>His pitch …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Ryan: I'm ‘ready and eager’ to be House speaker
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Weekly Standard
Lauren French / Politico:
GOP women will vote for Ryan
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
ABC News:   Paul Ryan Announces Bid for House Speaker
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Carson surges to 9-point lead; Trump slides  —  Donald Trump is the biggest loser in the new Iowa Poll.  —  The pious Ben Carson has plowed past the braggadocious New York businessman to take the front-runner crown, unseating Trump as the most popular choice for president among …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Carson Surges Past Trump in Latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll  —  Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has moved into a dominant position in Iowa, surpassing former front-runner Donald Trump as evangelical Christians begin to coalesce around him in the state that will cast the first 2016 nomination ballots.
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Angered by Trump and Cruz, Hispanic conservatives plan ‘unprecedented’ meeting
Discussion: Hot Air and Balloon Juice
Anna Palmer / Politico:
McConnell presses Paul to focus on Senate bid  —  <p>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his allies are quietly ratcheting up pressure on Rand Paul to pay more attention to his Senate reelection next year — and less to his flagging 2016 presidential candidacy.</p><p> So far …
Discussion: Political Wire and Washington Post
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP
Roxana Tiron / Bloomberg Business:
Obama Veto of Defense Bill Is Opening Shot in Budget Showdown
Discussion: Politico
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Pro-Trump super PAC shuts down  —  <p>The main super PAC backing Donald Trump is shutting down amidst increasing scrutiny of its ties to Trump's campaign.</p><p> Trump, who has made his independence from wealthy donors a cornerstone of his anti-establishment presidential campaign …
Jon Herskovitz / Reuters:
Texas raids several Planned Parenthood facilities, group says  —  Texas officials raided several Planned Parenthood facilities on Thursday, the group said, in a move that comes days after the state's Republicans leaders barred the women's health group from receiving state Medicaid money.
Nancy A. Youssef / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Soldier Killed by ISIS, Pentagon Won't Call It Combat  —  A U.S. service member dies in combat in Iraq—for the first time in four years.  But the military still insist this is a relatively risk-free “training” mission.  —  An American service member was fatally shot during …
U.S. serviceman killed in hostage rescue mission in Iraq
New York Times:
Conservative PACs Turn Attack on G.O.P. Leaders Into Fund-Raising Tool  —  WASHINGTON — The petitions that started surfacing online over a year ago were as incendiary as they were urgent, begging recipients to sign up to “Boot Boehner,” “Dump McConnell,” “Drop a Truth-Bomb on Kevin McCarthy” and “Fire Paul Ryan.”
Discussion: Jay Bookman
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Helen Davidson / Guardian:
Papua New Guinea students share video appearing to show women tortured for ‘witchcraft’
Discussion: Daily Mail and Friendly Atheist
German Lopez / Vox:
Watch: President Obama explains what “all lives matter” gets wrong
Discussion: Liberaland
Sarah Posner / Washington Post:
Five women sue Bill Gothard's ministry that has ties to the Duggars
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
C-SPAN Caller Asks Why There's Not A ‘White Caucus’ In Congress (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
The Conversation / Raw Story:
Iran could be the next country to legalize marijuana — and opium
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Secret Service officers found asleep on job; watchdog to warn of overworked staff
Alyssa Roenigk / ESPN:
Olympic freeskier Gus Kenworthy's next bold move — coming out
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
It's Getting Embarrassing