CONGRESS: Who will be the next speaker?
Leigh Ann Caldwell takes a look at who might be next for the House Speaker slot after Thursday's chaotic withdrawal by Kevin McCarthy.
National Review nicely sums up the Draft Paul Ryan movement.
House Republicans will meet this morning to discuss the way forward. Here's what the stakes are, per the New York Times.
More from POLITICO: "As the full-court press for Ryan plays out, several other members also are considering bids for the top job. Georgia Republican Lynn Westmoreland and Texas Reps. Mike Conaway and Bill Flores are among the names that have been floated. Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) also are continuing their bids for the speakership. Some lawmakers have called for a “caretaker” speaker to wield the gavel until after the 2016 election. Retiring Reps. John Kline of Minnesota and Candice Miller of Michigan were among the other lawmakers mentioned as possible interims for the assignment. But momentum for the “caretaker” idea had already begun to lose steam by late Thursday. Miller, for instance, said she wasn't interested in being interim speaker, and was against having a "caretaker" in the post, anyway."
The House Freedom Caucus has laid out its asks in exchange for support for a Speaker.
The big picture, from Karen Tumulty in the Washington Post: "Battalions of conservative ground troops have come to Capitol Hill in the past five years with expectations that were not in line with what could actually be achieved while there is still a Democrat in the White House. Disappointed in their ability to follow through on their campaign promises to turn back President Obama’s policies, they trained their fire on their own commanders."
OBAMA AGENDA: Heading to Oregon
He's going to Oregon to visit victims of last week's community college shooting, but he'll encounter some anger and resistance there, writes the AP.
"In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers," writes the Washington Post.
OFF TO THE RACES: Double-dipping between Hillary and Biden
BIDEN: Some LGBT activists and big donors who were previously in Clinton's camp are gearing up to help Joe Biden.
After the LA Times reported his unhappiness with the effort, the Draft Biden movement won't air its emotional ad about Joe Biden's personal loss.
CARSON: He said that he has in fact had a gun pulled on him and that he "redirected" the assailant.
Alex Jaffe reports on his efforts to clarify his confusing comments about the debt ceiling.
CLINTON: The New York Times looks at her debate skills over the years.
CRUZ: NBC's Hallie Jackson reports that Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in 3Q.
O'MALLEY: He's out with his vision for trade policy, with some slams at Hillary Clinton for her reversal on TPP. In the Cedar Rapids Gazette, he writes: "The TPP is not, as some have called it, a “gold standard” deal. Instead, it is a story of winners and losers. Companies that support millions of American families, like those in the manufacturing industry — where good-paying jobs are disappearing at a faster rate than during the Great Depression — will see accelerating job losses and outsourcing."
RUBIO: One of us(!) confirms that Marco Rubio raised $6 million this quarter and will have $11 million cash on hand.
SANDERS: He'll oppose Obama's nominee to lead the FDA.