October 1, 2015

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Why Wall Street Is Howling Over The Big New Reform Coming Down The Pike

The Gist: President Obama and Elizabeth Warren are moving forward with a plan that could bring a sea change to how Americans retire.

Obama Signs Stopgap Spending Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown

The Gist: Congress approved a stopgap spending bill hours before the midnight deadline, but there’s no assurance there won’t be another shutdown showdown in December.

Clinton: McCarthy Describing Benghazi As Political Win Is 'Deeply Distressing'

The Gist: Clinton was disturbed that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy linked her polling performance with the select committee on the Benghazi attacks.

From The Reporter's Notebook

A poll released on Wednesday showed that nearly half of South Carolina residents said they disapproved of the Confederate flag flying at the statehouse before this summer. But in a fall 2014 poll, only a third of S.C. residents said the flag should not fly at the statehouse. The poll’s director, Dr. Scott Huffmon, told TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal that this can be chalked this up to “social desirability” or “selective memory.”

Agree or Disagree?

Emaan Majed writes that the “Americans speak English” debate is not about English, but about non-white immigrants’ “ethnicities and their presence here, a reality America does not know how to or want to deal with. Language is one of those things that often hides deeper issues, and in this case our national preoccupation with English is a stand-in for nativist frenzy.”

Say What?!

"Now, that was back in the day before they would shoot you."

- Ben Carson joked about how he used to run from the police in his youth.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "What I want is for [Bill Clinton] to stay out of the way. I want her to be treated the same as a male President and I want him treated the same as every other First Spouse. Is that realistic? I don't know, it's never come up before, but that's what bothers me about the idea that it's a twofer. If she is chosen and then elected, there is a lot riding on her shoulders. If she fails or seems to fail (GWB fail, not the usual Republican screaming of failure), it will seriously impact the ability to have another woman in the role. If it's perceived that she can't do it on her own (if Bill can't stay behind the scenes), that damages women also."

Related: Bill Clinton said Trump could be the Republican nominee.

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What We're Reading

Melania Trump: a new model for First Lady. (The Washington Post)

Teachers remember Ahmed as a brilliant motormouth with some authority issues. (The Dallas News)

The untold story of the Texas Biker Gang shoot-out. (GQ)