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1:40 PM ET, October 23, 2015


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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Conservative pundits were not impressed with the GOP's disastrous Benghazi hearing  —  Hillary Clinton is a top-tier politician who's been the subject of nearly constant national media scrutiny for more than 20 years.  She also happens to have worked at the House Judiciary Committee during …
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.
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi Gang  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, spent hours on Thursday facing down a gang of spiteful Republican lawmakers who once saw great promise in hauling her before a congressional committee to hold her responsible for the deadly attack …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
She Knew All Along  —  The House hearing on Benghazi reveals …
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Federalist
Washington Post:
The GOP's unfortunate Benghazi hearing
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
5 takeaways from Clinton's marathon Benghazi testimony
Annie Karni / Politico:
Clinton emerges stronger for next phase of campaign
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
The Conservative Reviews Are In: Benghazi Hearing a Bust
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
GOPer Mocks ‘Clinton Doctrine,’ Accuses Her Of Hogging Limelight On Libya
Discussion: Mother Jones
Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush Orders Across-the-Board Pay Cuts for Struggling Campaign  —  Bush's advisers, under pressure from their donors and from falling and stagnant poll numbers, came to the conclusion that a course correction was essential.  —  michaelcbender  —  MarkHalperin
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Jeb Bush slashes pay, spending as campaign struggles  —  <p>Jeb Bush on Friday ordered a wholesale restructuring of his struggling campaign after suffering miserably in the polls despite massive spending and a deep donor network.</p><p>The campaign will cut payroll costs by 40 percent …
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb's Campaign Downsizes Staff At HQ And Cuts Payroll By 40 Percent
Discussion: The Week
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Megyn Kelly to Jeb Bush: Will you drop out?
Discussion: The Week
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.
Jason Millman / Politico:
Dr. Ben Carson's prescription: Abolish Medicare
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," …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Lincoln Chafee ends Democratic bid for president
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Lincoln Chafee Plans Update to His Campaign
Discussion: WPRI-TV, OnPolitics, Fox News and The Week
The Weather Channel:
Catastrophic Landfall Expected in Mexico Friday; Patricia Becomes Strongest Hurricane Ever Recorded  —  {{ + " “}}  —  A potentially catastrophic landfall is expected Friday evening as a very powerful and dangerous Hurricane Patricia moves towards Mexico's Pacific coast.
NBC News:
Hurricane Patricia: Strongest Storm Ever Measured to Hit Mexico
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Boehner appoints woman to lead Planned Parenthood investigation  —  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) will chair the new select committee investigating Planned Parenthood, Speaker John Boehner announced Friday.  —  Blackburn will be the second House GOP committee chairwoman …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Conservative PACs Attack Republicans, and It Pays  —  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: Althouse and Jay Bookman
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 …
John Podhoretz / Daily Kos:
The GOP blew it with the Benghazi committee, and conservatives know it  —  Ooh, it's wonderful seeing conservatives deflate as the committee hearing goes on.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Revealed: Anti-abortion protester is a sex offender who raped a family member at knifepoint  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A convicted rapist and domestic abuser is among the anti-abortion protesters complaining about an admitted Internet troll who's been annoying them outside a North Dakota women's health clinic.
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