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Trump endorses wait-and-see strategy in Syria — Donald Trump said he would wait and see what happens in Syria before deciding to intervene, suggesting that Russia is falling into a trap by launching airstrikes in the region. "This does not sound like me very much, but I want to sit back and I want to see what happens," Trump told ABC's "This Week" in an interview that aired Sunday.

Trump: Stricter gun laws would not prevent mass shootings — Donald Trump argued Sunday that tighter gun laws would not help prevent mass shootings, saying that people with mental illness will always "slip through the cracks," regardless of restrictions on firearms possession. "No matter what you do, you're going to have difficulties," Trump told ABC's "This Week."

Chaffetz formally announces bid for House speaker — House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) formally announced his bid for House speaker, arguing that he would "bridge the divide" between establishment and conservative Republicans better than House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Democrats call for tougher gun rules after Ore. shooting — There is an outcry taking place among Democrats on social media in response to the shooting in Roseburg, Ore. From rank-and-file lawmakers to top-tier presidential candidates, Democrats are expressing anger that Congress has not taken action to tighten gun laws in the wake of regular mass shootings over the last five years.

Report: Chaffetz to run against McCarthy for House speaker — House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) will reportedly mount a speaker bid against Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who he criticized this week for a gaffe that painted the House Select Committee on Benghazi in a political light. The news was first reported by Politico, which confirmed the news with multiple sources.

The Daily 202: Oregon shooting injects gun debate into Democratic primary — Roseburg, Oregon, is a cute little lumber town, right off Interstate 5. I visited two years ago during a Labor Day road trip after celebrating my college roommate's wedding. I wish the city of 22,000 had retained its obscurity and innocence.

Watch and learn: Trump’s net worth, Bush’s height, Clinton’s age — How much is Donald Trump really worth? Is Jeb Bush taller than 6 feet? Is Hillary Clinton old enough to be eligible for Medicare? You might be part of the vast population that has Googled information about Trump's fortune, Bush's height and Clinton's age.

EPA to tighten smog limits - but not enough for some — The Obama administration will announce tighter limits on smog-related pollution, but the change is not likely to satisfy public health experts and environmentalists, who called for a stricter standard. As the Post's Juliet Eilperin reports, the new threshold for ground-level ozone will be lowered from its current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70, though the EPA's scientific advisory committee recommended a standard somewhere between 60 and 70 ppb.

John Boehner defends House Benghazi probe — Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) defended the House's Benghazi investigation, saying it would continue after an overly candid remark from Majority Leader and presumptive future Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) caused Democrats to redouble their criticism of the probe.

Microsoft, Google make peace; Uber wins trial delay; a look at Amazon Flex — Microsoft and Google are declaring a truce in the patent wars by dismissing all pending patent lawsuits against each other. "The agreement," the New York Times reports, "means that about 20 different lawsuits in Germany and the United States involving issues as varied as mobile phones, wireless networking, video decoding and other technologies will go away.
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Oct 02, 2015

BREAKING: Secret Service director knew about negative info that smeared Repub Rep., contradicting earlier account:

Sep 30, 2015

BREAKING: Top #SecretService officials tried to embarrass GOP congressional critic, via @CarolLeonnig @jerrymarkon:

Sep 30, 2015

RT @ktumulty: Not sure why people are so surprised that @Pontifex met with Kim Davis. Totally consistent with his public statements while he was here.

Sep 21, 2015

Shorter Jeb: You can talk, you can talk, you can bicker, you can talk. You can bicker, bicker, bicker, you can talk, you can talk

Sep 21, 2015

RT @kelsey_snell: Senate Republicans working on plan to avoid a shutdown, teeing up first stop-gap votes this week

Sep 21, 2015

RT @ryanbeckwith: Idea: Turn all news into first-person essays. "I'll Never Forget Where I Was When I Learned the Fed Wouldn't Raise Interest Rates"

Sep 17, 2015

Your definitive guide to what comedians tweeted during last night's debate… oh and Minnie Driver and some others

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