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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, ahead of a nomination vote to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who is stepping down, and retiring from Congress, at the end of the month, after nearly five years in the role. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chaos! The GOP-bashing press gets stuck on a single word following McCarthy revelations

- The Washington Times

"Chaos." That was the operative term among journalists and news organizations who got in some serious Republican bashing following House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's straightforward announcement that he would not seek the role of House Speaker. News coverage immediately swung into gleeful and dramatic mode on Thursday, appearing to suggest the GOP lawmakers were in a state of near riot below the mighty dome of the U.S. Capitol itself. The headlines were very telling.

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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.

Office workers sit for hours on end, with health consequences in the mix. (AP Photo)

A mere 10-minute walk through the office can reverse the ill effects of a desk job: Study

- The Washington Times

A 10-minute walk through the office cubicles could work a small wonder for the millions of Americans stuck behind desks and subject to the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that vascular function - blood flow through the body - is impaired after six hours of prolonged sitting. A short walk, they say, can restore vascular health.

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Computer geeks and hackers band together to help military vets with PTSD

- The Washington Times

Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder - PTSD - have some new allies. Organized in conjunction with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, a motivated group of computer geeks and software developers are devoting 36 hours to "Hacking PTSD: A hackathon for healing" to seek solutions for vets who must manage flashbacks, insomnia and the other challenges of the condition.

In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Only 30% of Republicans want Pope Francis to speak out on social and economic policy

- The Washington Times

Should Pope Francis voice his opinions on policy? The answer depends on who you're talking to. Half of Americans would like to hear Pope Francis speak about social and economic conditions and policy rather than focus entirely on matters of faith and religion during his visit to the U.S. There is a sizable partisan divide, however: 30 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats agree - along with 31 percent of conservatives and 69 percent of liberals.

"Citizen Carly" - a new documentary traces the life of presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina.

Carly, the movie: Super PAC supporting Fiorina produces documentary 'media doesn't want you to see'

- The Washington Times

It's sure to send a few shocks down the campaign trail, and possibly inspire her rivals to produce something similar. That would be "Citizen Carly," a new documentary film abut Republican hopeful Carly Fiorina, paid for by Carly for America, a super PAC supporting her campaign, and bearing all the hallmarks of a substantial production, judging by the trailer.

In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Sarah Palin joins Trump, Cruz, Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson for rally against Iran nuke deal

- The Washington Times

Three presidential candidates, seven lawmakers and a host of conservative and security-minded activists: The speaker's roster has grown, along with the event. Sarah Palin will appear Wednesday afternoon alongside White House hopefuls Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Jim Gilmore plus broadcasters Glenn Beck and Mark Levin at the Stop the Iran Deal Rally. A protest against the U.S. nuclear accord with Iran, it will have an impressive backdrop for speakers and media alike: the event will be staged on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.