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7:20 PM ET, October 12, 2017

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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Trump to sign order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces  —  President Trump is due to sign an executive order Thursday morning intended to allow individuals and small businesses to buy a long-disputed type of health insurance that skirts state regulations and Affordable Care Act protections.
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump's executive order to undermine Obamacare, explained
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump administration hints at enforcing ObamaCare mandate
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Fed up with Congress, Trump whacks Obamacare with his pen
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Oops: Rick Perry just called Puerto Rico a ‘country’  —  A new poll shows that 55 percent of Americans think the Trump administration hasn't done enough to help Puerto Rico, and that 52 percent believe Trump doesn't even care about the U.S. territory's problems after Hurricane Maria.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
The misery in Puerto Rico is completely unacceptable
Bianca DiJulio / The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: The Public's Knowledge and Views of Its Impact and the Response
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Axios
The Hill:
House passes $36.5 billion disaster relief package
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matthew Diebel / USA Today:
Yellowstone supervolcano may blow sooner than thought — and could wipe out life on the planet  —  Scientists working in and around Yellowstone National Park say that the supervolcano sitting under the tourist attraction may blow sooner than thought, an eruption that could wipe out life on the planet.
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National Geographic:
A new study of ancient ash suggests that the dormant giant could develop the conditions needed …
Discussion: KTLA and IJR
Doree Shafrir / BuzzFeed:
What To Do With “Shitty Media Men”?  —  A document circulating late Wednesday named and shamed dozens of men in media for bad behavior toward women.  —  On Wednesday afternoon, I received an email from a friend, a woman writer, that had been forwarded from another woman, also a writer.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Exclusive: Sources say California Senate leader to challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein  —  Kevin de Leon asserts DACA is constitutional  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)California Democratic state Senate president Kevin de León intends to enter California's 2018 Senate race …
New York Times:
Rose McGowan's Twitter Account Locked After Posts About Weinstein  —  “TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME.  THERE ARE POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK.  BE MY VOICE,” Ms. McGowan wrote on her Instagram page, shortly after midnight Eastern time on Thursday.  She included a snapshot of a message from Twitter saying …
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan's Account After Weinstein Tweets (UPDATED)
Discussion: RedState
Anna Livsey / The Guardian:
Rose McGowan suspended from Twitter after Ben Affleck tweets
Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
Roger Goodell Has a Secret Defender on Twitter: His Wife  —  When media outlets wrote about the NFL commissioner, an anonymous tweeter hit back  —  When National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is under attack, as he so often is these days, @forargument is there to fight back.
Heather Nauert / US Department of State:
The United States Withdraws From UNESCO  —  Press Statement  —  Department Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO.
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Kelly makes surprise appearance at briefing: 'I'm not quitting today'  —  White House chief of staff John Kelly said Thursday that he is not resigning, making a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room to push back against media reports that his relationship with President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Atlantic, ABC News and Axios
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Robert M. Heffington / American Military News:
Exclusive: Former West Point professor's letter exposes corruption, cheating and failing standards [Full letter]  —  The following letter was written by retired LTC Robert M. Heffington as an open letter.  Heffington was an assistant professor at West Point for several years, until this past August.
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Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Inside American Caitlan Coleman's five-year ordeal as a Taliban prisoner  —  It must have felt like such an exciting time: Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Joshua Boyle, were embarking on a six-month adventure through Central Asia.  —  But their exuberant trip ended in a nightmare …
Bloomberg:
Trump Rethinks State-Local Tax Issue Over Middle-Class Concerns  —  N.Y.'s King calls proposal to end SALT ‘biggest obstacle’  —  Repealing deduction would generate $1.3 trillion for cuts  —  Months after the White House proposed ending a tax break for people in high-tax states …
Associated Press:
Dangerous sound?  What Americans heard in Cuba attacks  —  https://apnews.com/88bb914f8b284088bce4 8e54f6736d84  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets.  A high-pitched whine, but from what?  It seems to undulate, even writhe.
Discussion: Gizmodo and IJR
Washington Post:
Killer wildfires continue to menace California's wine country, with 24 dead and hundreds missing  —  SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The winds that have fanned Northern California's wine-country wildfires were calmer Thursday, giving firefighters a badly needed break from the “red flag” …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
We're About to Fall Behind the Great Depression  —  Since the first rumblings of the financial crisis, in 2007, people have comforted themselves by looking back to the Great Depression and thinking about how much worse things could be.  It's true, too.  Our modern economic crisis has been far less severe than the Depression.
Discussion: Eschaton
Tony Cook / Indianapolis Star:
As Trump slams media, an Indiana lawmaker has drafted a bill to license journalists  —  An Indiana lawmaker has drafted a bill that would require professional journalists to be licensed by state police.  —  Rep. Jim Lucas had the measure drawn up earlier this year and said he may file …
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX59
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Why the polls are still wrong  —  BY MARK PENN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 10/12/17 08:00 AM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  The polls that failed to detect the full strength of President Trump on Election Day continue to underestimate …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Where's Zinke?  The Interior secretary's special flag offers clues  —  At the Interior Department's headquarters in downtown Washington, Secretary Ryan Zinke has revived an arcane military ritual that no one can remember ever happening in the federal government.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Roger Stone faces subpoena threat over Assange contact  —  Who is Roger Stone?  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The leaders of the House intelligence committee are warning that President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone will be slapped with a subpoena Friday if he does not reveal the name …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
White restaurant manager enslaved black man for years, federal prosecutors say  —  A white restaurant manager accused of enslaving and abusing a mentally disabled black man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in South Carolina on a charge of forced labor.
Discussion: grubstreet, The Root and Eater
Charlie Moore / Daily Mail:
Starving homeless woman eats a CAT in front of shocked crowd as Venezuela's economic crisis continues  —  Conditions in socialist Venezuela are so diabolical that people are forced to eat cats in the street.  —  A stomach-churning video shows a homeless woman sitting on the roadside …
 
 
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New York Times:
Kim Davis, Once Jailed in America, Campaigns Against Gay Marriage in Romania
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and lc.org
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Jake Tapper: ‘Torches in the Street’ Had Obama Threatened Fox News' License
Discussion: CNN
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Phil Robertson to Star in New Show That Will “Reject Political Correctness” (Exclusive)
Discussion: Daily Wire, IJR and Faithwire
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
Jane Fonda: I knew about Weinstein, and I'm ‘ashamed’ I didn't say anything
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Are Republicans Going to Get “Pelosi-ed” in 2018?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
DNC chief attracts criticism from Dem insiders
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Jeff Bezos Screws Over Workers At Amazon. Now He Wants To Do The Same At The Washington Post.
Discussion: Splinter
Shaun King / The Intercept:
The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About
Discussion: Salon, Snopes.com and Hope not hate
Washington Post:
Facebook takes down data and thousands of posts, obscuring reach of Russian disinformation
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Will Collins leave the Senate? Announcement coming Friday
Discussion: Political Wire
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump wants to reproduce Reagan's tax reform win, but he's missing all the key ingredients