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The week in politics

Updated 11:50 AM ET, Mon October 5, 2015
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President Barack Obama pauses Thursday, October 1, during a news conference about the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. The massacre left nine people dead and nine wounded. The gunman also died. "Somehow this has become routine," Obama said. "The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine, the conversation in the aftermath of it ... We have become numb to this." CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller, the unofficial chronicler of White House life, says this was Obama's 15th address after a mass shooting. Andrew Harnik/AP
House Speaker John Boehner re-enters a news conference Tuesday, September 29, after a Republican House caucus meeting in Washington. Boehner is leaving Congress at the end of the month. He said the election to replace him will take place on October 8. JONATHAN ERNST/Reuters/Landov
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate, helps cook and serve buffalo burgers during a campaign stop in Deerfield, New Hampshire, on Friday, October 2. Jim Cole/AP
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Keene, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, September 30. GRETCHEN ERTL/Reuters/Landov
U.S. Sen. John McCain gets on the U.S. Capitol's subway system Wednesday, September 30, in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid kisses House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after a news conference about budget negotiations on Thursday, October 1. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, speaks to audience members after a town hall meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Thursday, October 1. Charlie Neibergall/AP
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, speaks during a campaign rally in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 3. Michael Dwyer/AP
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush stretches before speaking at a campaign stop in Bedford, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, September 30. Jim Cole/AP
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, left, talks with NASCAR legend Richard Petty, center, and Petty's grandson Austin while touring a camp for disabled children Monday, September 28, in Randleman, North Carolina. Carson said NASCAR fans should be free to fly the Confederate flag as long as it's on private property. Richard Petty, who partly funds the Victory Junction camp Carson was visiting, called preoccupation with the flag "a passing fancy." Chuck Burton/AP
An audience member holds one of Carly Fiorina's books as the Republican presidential candidate speaks in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, September 29. Sue Ogrocki/AP
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is seeking the Republican Party's presidential nomination, jokes with supporters during a campaign stop in Chicago on Tuesday, September 29. JIM YOUNG/Reuters/Landov
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears on the talk show "Meet the Press" with moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday, September 27. William B. Plowman/NBC/Getty Images
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson shakes hands with a basketball player in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday, September 29. Hutchinson has urged Congress to allow food companies to sell to Cuba on credit, favoring it as a first step in a gradual repeal of sanctions. STRINGER/Reuters/Landov
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second from right, walks to a Des Moines, Iowa, news conference with his wife, Mary Pat, on Tuesday, September 29. Christie is seeking the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Charlie Neibergall/AP
First lady Michelle Obama joins the "Let Girls Learn" event at the Apollo Theater in New York on Tuesday, September 29. She earlier launched a social campaign to raise awareness about the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images
Michele Hendrickson, left, and Lisa Twigg take a selfie Tuesday, September 29, during a House committee hearing in Washington about Planned Parenthood's federal funding. The women, who described themselves as pro-life, removed the tape over their mouths after being told they had to if they wanted to remain at the hearing. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Former President Bill Clinton, left, and his daughter, Chelsea, attend a session at the annual Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, September 29. Greg Allen/Invision/AP