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Wednesday's Morning Email: Paul Ryan Sets Conditions on Speaker Race

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PAUL RYAN TO JUMP INTO SPEAKER RACE "Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told the House Republican conference Tuesday that he will enter the race for speaker of the House, but only if he wins support from all wings of the party. Despite his previous insistence that he wouldn't run, Ryan, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, told members in a rare evening meeting that he would jump in if Republicans agree to his conditions." His conditions include full support and built-in trips home to see his family. [Marina Fang and Laura Barron-Lopez, HuffPost]

ASSAD FLIES TO MOSCOW TO MEET WITH PUTIN The visit, which was Syrian President Bashar Assad's first out of the country since civil war broke out in 2011, was reportedly to thank Russian President Vladimir Putin for his airstrike support. [Reuters]

BIDEN REVISES BIN LADEN RAID STORY The vice president is now saying he did advise President Barack Obama to go after Osama bin Laden. No word on whether the VP is throwing his hat in the 2016 ring just yet. [CNN]

ALL THE 'BACK TO THE FUTURE' PREDICTIONS ABOUT TODAY Hoverboards, holograms and video calls are all pretty spot on. [Alana Horowitz Satlin, HuffPost]

POLICE LEADERS PROPOSE CUT TO PRISON ROSTERS "More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs -- including some of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country -- are adding their clout to the movement to reduce the nation’s incarceration rate." [NYT]

CANADA TO PULL OUT OF FIGHT AGAINST ISIS New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is withdrawing Canada from the coalition fighting the Islamic State. [Reuters]

NYPD OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED "'He is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in this city in the last 11 months,' Police Commissioner William Bratton said during a press conference at Harlem hospital where Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was pronounced dead Tuesday night. 'That's about as bad as it gets,' he said." [AP]

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WHAT’S BREWING

THE 'CLOCK KID' IS MOVING TO QATAR "Sorry, Mr. President, Ahmed's taking his talents overseas. Ever since he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school a month ago, Ahmed Mohamed has been on a world tour. He dropped out of MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas; visited the president of Sudan; traveled to Mecca; traded science tips with Dr. Oz; and on Monday visited President Barack Obama." [HuffPost]

IS CHRIS ROCK OUR NEXT OSCARS HOST? We could get behind that. [Vanity Fair]

YOUR HEAVY BACKPACK CAUSED YOU TO SHRINK Reason 552 why you shouldn't have had all that homework. [Mic]

TURNS OUT LIFE ON EARTH HAS BEEN AROUND A FEW EXTRA MILLION YEARS THAN SCIENTISTS THOUGHT 300 million, to be exact. [HuffPost]

T-SWIFT MAKES ABOUT $1 MILLION A DAY Feel free to float some our way, Taylor. [HuffPost]

KATE MIDDLETON STUNS IN TIARA The lotus flower tiara looked beautiful with her incredible Jenny Packham dress. [HuffPost]

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WHAT'S WORKING

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON: A WORLDPOST SERIES ON A 'THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION' "In his 2009 book 'The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis,' Jeremy Rifkin posed one of the defining questions of our time: in a hyper-connected world, what is the goal of all that unprecedented technological connectivity? 'Seven billion individual connections,' he wrote, 'absent any overall unifying purpose, seem a colossal waste of human energy.' Now, I'm delighted that The WorldPost is featuring a new series by Rifkin exploring how the possibilities of an even more connected world can lead to solutions to one of our greatest crises: climate change." [HuffPost]

ON THE BLOG

ELIZABETH WARREN: THE ATTEMPT TO WEAKEN THE CFPB "After years of trying to kill, then delay, and then defang the agency, the banking industry and their Republican friends in Congress have launched a new effort to attract Democratic support for their latest attack by claiming that they just want to help the agency and the consumers it protects. Surely Democrats will not be taken in by yet another attempt to weaken the CFPB." [HuffPost]

BEFORE YOU GO

~ This Korean couple reunited after 65 years apart.

~ Bill Murray made a Netflix Christmas special without ever watching Netflix.

~ Sounds like Starbucks and Fiat owe some back taxes in Europe.

~ Nothing like puppy parents talking puppy love.

~ You can't unsee Disney animal characters reimagined as humans.

~ Sounds like escaped drug kingpin El Chapo broke his leg after falling off a cliff while running from Mexican special forces, and he still got away.

~ Ouch: Yahoo lost $42 million on "Community" and other original programming.

~ Congrats to Tracy Morgan, who announced he's going out on a national stand-up tour after recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

~ The favorite Halloween candy in each state.

~ We can't get over how pretty these wedding Instas are.

~ Your sunscreen could be killing off the coral reefs.

~ And 70 questions we have about the "Gilmore Girls" reboot.

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