Welcome to the Weekend Recess, a Friday recap of some of the biggest stories from this past week as compiled by the Republican National Committee.

What We’re Reading:

Obama’s Comments On Clinton Server Anger FBI Agents

The New York Times (Apuzzo, Schmidt) reports: “Federal agents were still cataloging the classified information from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email server last week when President Obama went on television and played down the matter… Those statements angered F.B.I. agents who have been working for months to determine whether Ms. Clinton’s email setup had in fact put any of the nation’s secrets at risk, according to current and former law enforcement officials.”

Stubbornness: Dems Rule Out Entitlement Fixes In Budget Talks

Politico (Everett) reports: “Democrats are drawing an early line in the sand for this fall’s budget negotiations, saying they will reject any effort to make changes to entitlement programs as part of the talks, according to a source familiar with the discussions. The declaration effectively limits the scope of the budget talks to a small-ball deal to fund the government for one year, possibly two.”

Still In The Running: Biden Aide Urges Dems Not To Count Him Out Yet

The Associated Press (Lederman) reports: “Just as Democrats were starting to count him out, Joe Biden sent a clear signal through his political team that not only might he enter the presidential race soon, he has a strategy prepared that he thinks could win…In a letter to former Biden staffers late Thursday, one of Biden’s closest advisers traced the contours of the argument Biden would make, and suggested a decision to run could be imminent.”

Top Party Official Accuses DNC Chairwoman of Lying, Questions Her Leadership
The New York Times (Haberman) reports: “R.T. Rybak, the former mayor of Minneapolis and a vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, on Thursday accused the party’s leader, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of making ‘flat-out not true’ statements about another top party officer, questioned her political skills and said he had ‘serious questions’ about her suitability for the job.”

Dangerous Carelessness: FBI Probe Of Clinton Email Focused On ‘Gross Negligence’ Provision
Fox News (Herridge) reports: “Three months after Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email address and server while secretary of state was referred to the FBI, an intelligence source familiar with the investigation tells Fox News that the team is now focused on whether there were violations of an Espionage Act subsection pertaining to ‘gross negligence’ in the safekeeping of national defense information.”

Clinton Campaign Burns Through Cash, Raises Sustainability Concerns

Politico (Vogel, Arnsdorf, Meyer) reports: “Hillary Clinton narrowly edged out Bernie Sanders in third quarter fundraising, but she was in a class all by herself when it came to blowing through campaign cash, according to a POLITICO analysis of reports filedThursday with the Federal Election Commission… The analysis raises red flags about whether Clinton’s increasingly tapped-out big donor base can maintain her massive campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.”

From The RNC:

New RNC Web Ad: Kerryesque

Notable Tweets:

 

National Review (@NRO)
10/16/15, 7:33 AM

The Media Tossed Softballs at the Democratic Debate natl.re/6Gvb3G pic.twitter.com/C6gZ3dvkY7

 

Bill Kristol (@BillKristol)
10/16/15, 8:14 AM

I continue to think Biden will run–and that he can beat Hillary.
fw.to/wMybIBg

 

DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT)
10/16/15, 8:16 AM

GATES: Distrust ‘Particularly True In Afghanistan’… drudge.tw/1ZIaVgx