Obama is now considering expanding background checks for gun sales using executive authority, as Hillary Clinton had suggested. It’s not clear who thought of it first. Via The Washington Post.
As Obama tries to figure out how to deal with Russia’s escalation in Syria, his advisers have made it clear he is unwilling to confront Russia directly and instead will wait out Putin, certain that the Russian strategy will fail. Via The New York Times.
Boehner is putting pressure on Ryan to take the speaker’s job. Ryan keeps saying no. Via The Washington Post.
South Carolina city to pay $6.5 million for the police shooting of Walter Scott. Via Vox.
Gail Collins: That time when Jeb! said he was his own man. Via The New York Times.
Svetlana Alexievich: The first full-time, lifelong reporter to win a Nobel for literature. Via The New Yorker.
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