MORNING READ

FROM THE BLOGS:

Boehner denies purge list
With his denial of a GOP purge list, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) contradicts claims made by numerous sources, reports Matthew Boyle at Breitbart.

How to get Republicans to pay attention to women’s issues: Snacks
As Erika Eichelberger at Mother Jones reports, snacks might be the key to mobilizing female constituents to push for change.

Video: Japan scrambles aircraft after China violates airspace over disputed islands
According to Ed Morrissey at HotAir
, a dispute over an island group escalated after China sent a government aircraft into Japanese airspace for surveillance purposes.

Pelosi takes hardest line against raising Medicare eligibility age
On Talking Points Memo, Brian Beutler reports
that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took a hard stance against raising the Medicare eligibility age at her weekly Capitol press briefing.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Report: Hagel likely top White House pick for Department of Defense chief
Former Nebraska Republican senator and Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel is likely to fill the position of Defense secretary, reports The Hill’s Carlos Munoz.

State Department: No guarantee Clinton will testify on Benghazi before year’s end
According to The Hill’s Julian Pecquet
, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony could be delayed if the independent review of the events before and during the terrorist attack isn't ready in time.