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"If we can get this agreement to my desk, then we can help our businesses sell more 'Made in America' goods and services around the world, and we can help more American workers compete and win," said President Obama, insisting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is good for the middle class. (Associated Press)

Obama hails Trans-Pacific Partnership amid bipartisan skepticism

- The Washington Times

The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations reached a sweeping free trade agreement Monday to cover 40 percent of the world’s economy, sparking skepticism among the administration’s scarce Republican allies in Congress and intensifying calls by liberals for Hillary Rodham Clinton to take a stand against the pact.

President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount St. Mary's University.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

White House searches for ‘single-issue voters’ on gun rights

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration wants voters across the country to only weigh gun rights and gun-safety legislation when considering who to support, saying it’s necessary for proponents of new firearms restrictions to show the same passion Second Amendment activists are known for.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy blamed a memory lapse for giving investigators false information about when he first learned of rumors that information would be leaked to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz. (Associated Press)

James Clancy: Memory lapse led to false information on Jason Chaffetz leak

- The Washington Times

An inspector general reopened an investigation Monday into U.S. Secret Service agents’ efforts to embarrass a top congressional critic after agency Director Joseph Clancy admitted he misled investigators on when he first learned of rumors about information that would later be leaked to try to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

New evidence suggests Iran and Hezbollah colluded to hide a suspect in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 U.S. servicemen and wounded hundreds. (Associated Press)

Bill Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran’s terrorism

- The Washington Times

Bill Clinton’s administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews.

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Historic: If elected, Rep. Kevin McCarthy would be ‘least tenured’ House Speaker of modern era

- The Washington Times

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is considered by many to be a likely choice when the vote for House Speaker takes place on Thursday. But there’s some historic baggage. “The 19 speakers elected since the turn of the 20th Century averaged nearly 24 years of service in the chamber before their first day as speaker — nearly three times that of McCarthy,” says Eric Ostermeier, a political professor with the University of Minnesota who tracks the trends of yore.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a town hall meeting at the University of South Carolina at Aiken Convocation Center, Friday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2015, in Aiken, S.C.  (Michael Holahan/The Aiken Standard via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Carly Fiorina: The insider’s outsider

- The Washington Times

Hillary Rodham Clinton herself attempted to soak in a little outsider glory during a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Monday, advising her audience, “Who could be more of an outsider than a woman president?” It’s a remark she’s made more than once on the campaign trail.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she speaks to the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Hillary’s gun-control stance a drastic departure from her 2008 bid

- The Washington Times

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed using executive action for tighter gun control restrictions on the campaign trail Monday, but during her first bid for the White House eight years ago, Mrs. Clinton fashioned herself as a pro-gun, Second Amendment supporter.

President Obama addressed the country hours after a gunman killed nine and wounded more than a dozen at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Despite Obama’s passion, little movement seen on guns

- The Washington Times

For the 15th time in his nearly seven years in office, President Obama last week consoled the nation and demanded action on gun-control legislation — but America’s most recent mass shooting likely will serve as another reminder that the president’s bully pulpit simply isn’t powerful enough to drive change on the complex, contentious issue of Second Amendment rights.

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- Associated Press

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Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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- The Washington Times

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Border Patrol parent agency issues custody standards

- Associated Press

The U.S. Border Patrol's parent agency on Monday issued nationwide custody standards, a little more than a year after its jails were overwhelmed with Central American children fleeing to the United States.

Drugs, guns, conservation among proposed Maine legislation

Associated Press

Lawmakers and state agencies in Maine have submitted more than 400 requests for bills for the upcoming legislative session, including proposals to fight the state's heroin and opiate epidemic, alter gun laws and protect popular land conservation programs currently frozen by Gov. Paul LePage.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at an event Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Franklin, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Donald Trump sides with Jeb Bush on Redskins nickname

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump hasn't found much common ground with 2016 GOP rival and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on the campaign trail, but the two agree on at least one thing: the Washington Redskins' team nickname should stay as is.