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Daniel Hamermesh, an economics professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, plans to withdraw from the university because of his concerns about the campus carry law that will go into effect in Texas in August 2016.

According to a Tuesday report from the university's student newspaper, The Daily Texan, Hamermesh will teach at University of Sydney next fall.

Texas Senate Bill 11 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in June. It allows for concealed handguns into buildings on the state’s public campuses. (Private schools can opt out.)

All colleges are allowed to set their own rules on how firearms can be carried and where. UT Austin has yet to announce its policies.

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Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), the conservative lawmaker the House Freedom Caucus endorsed ahead of Thursday's GOP speaker nomination conference, told his colleagues at a closed door meeting Thursday morning that he would not commit his support to the eventual GOP nominee for speaker, Politico reported.

Anonymous sources in the meeting told Politico Webster said his stance was out of "personal principle," however other members of the caucus have said they would support Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) if he became the nominee.

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GOP 2016 candidate Ben Carson appeared unable to give a straight answer when asked repeatedly about whether he would raise the debt ceiling during a Marketplace interview posted Thursday.

At one point, Carson said he would urge his administration to "cut where you need to cut" when asked if he would let the government default on its debt, suggesting he didn't understand that the debt ceiling authorizes payments on debts the government has already incurred.

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As Republican hardliners express their resistance to having House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as their speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has stepped up to give a speech in support of McCarthy at Thursday's nominating conference, Politico reported.

The 40-or-so member House Freedom Caucus has endorsed McCarthy's challenger, Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL). Although Webster is viewed as a long-shot in today's nomination conference, which is only among Republicans, the conservative group's refusal to support McCarthy could pose a problem once the speaker voter hits the full floor, where the GOP nominee will need 218 votes to become speaker.

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Fox News host Megyn Kelly spoke with PBS' Charlie Rose about the network's war with Donald Trump on Wednesday, during which she said she believes the real estate mogul will join her show again at some point.

As Trump attacked Kelly over the questions she asked him at the first Republican presidential debate and repeatedly complained about Fox's coverage of his campaign, but Kelly said on Wednesday that Fox never "wanted any sort of a war with Donald Trump."

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