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Ten Republican presidential candidates were up against the World Series last night as well as against each other. But CNBC scored its biggest audience ever. We hear some lively exchanges and talk about the continued uncertainty for a crowded field of amateurs and political pros.

Later on the program, the world's most dominant sports team doesn't play baseball, football, cricket or even soccer. The New Zealand All Blacks play Rugby. They're back in the World Cup finals on Saturday night.

Photo: Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks as Senator Marco Rubio (L) listens at the 2016 Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Paul Ryan Elected 54th Speaker of the House 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan is now the 62nd House Speaker, elected today by a comfortable margin. But he's not trying to hide the chaos that led to his taking the gavel. In addressing the House, he cautioned, "But let's be frank: The House is broken. We are not solving problems. We are adding to them. And I am not interested in laying blame. We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean. Neither the members nor the people are satisfied with how things are going. We need to make some changes, starting with how the House does business."

Jennifer Steinhauer, who covers Congress for the New York Times, has more on the road ahead for the new Speaker.

Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times (@jestei)

Insiders and Outsiders in the Race to the White House 34 MIN, 46 SEC

Ten candidates – the amateurs versus the pros -- made it to the main stage last night for the third Republican presidential debate hosted by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina have never held public office, but they've led — and she has surged — in public opinion polls. Governors and Senators — past and present — are scrambling with new urgency for support of the rank and file—and political funders. We hear some of last night's points of conflict and identify issues that could make a difference. With not a single vote to be cast for 90 days, what do we really know about a race still crowded with horses?

Peter Wehner, Ethics and Public Policy Center (@Peter_Wehner)
James Antle, Washington Examiner (@jimantle)
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator (@JeffJlpa1)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)
Lynn Vavreck, UCLA / New York Times (@vavreck)

Devouring Freedom

W. James Antle III

New Zealand's Love Affair with Rugby 8 MIN, 46 SEC

Rugby began in England, but New Zealand will face Australia when the World Cup is held in London this weekend. The most successful sports team in history is the New Zealand All Blacks, who are famous for a Maori war chant called the Haka that they perform before each game.

All Blacks vs Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup
Photo: Jeanfrancois Beausejour

Ron Palenski, president of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame and author of Rugby: A New Zealand History, has more on New Zealand's love affair with Rugby.

Ron Palenski, New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame


Ron Palenski

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