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Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Cutting off the cost-sharing payments.  —  Politico just broke the news that the Trump administration will terminate the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing payments, further destabilizing the already-fragile exchanges on the eve of open enrollment.  Although state regulators and insurers …
Discussion: NPR
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump will pull Obamacare subsidies in another attack on health law
Discussion: ABC News
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Trump's New Executive Order Makes It Easier to Buy Insurance Outside of Obamacare
Discussion: National Review and Bloomberg
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump administration hints at enforcing ObamaCare mandate
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump is Taking Action to Improve Access, Increase Choices, and Lower Costs for Healthcare
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Alex Wagner / The Atlantic:
Will Harvey Weinstein Finally Kill the Old Boys' Network?  —  The cascade of revelations about Harvey Weinstein's allegedly terrible and lewd behavior has unearthed plenty of victims—scores of them, in fact.  But the story may have revealed other, different kinds of casualties, as well …
Jimmy Vielkind / Politico:
Cuomo defends keeping Weinstein money, says criticism ‘misses the point’
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CNNMoney:
Exclusive: Even Pokémon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort  —  Russian efforts to meddle in American politics did not end at Facebook and Twitter.  A CNN investigation of a Russian-linked account shows its tentacles extended to YouTube, Tumblr and even Pokémon Go.
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.
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
California Journal They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire burned their neighborhood to the ground  —  (Video by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)  —  Jan Pascoe and her husband, John, were trapped.  The world was on fire, and Jan was hyperventilating from fear.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's pick for NOAA chief causes a storm  —  As a top executive at AccuWeather, Barry Myers has pushed for limits on the kinds of products that the National Weather Service offers to the public, saying they offered unfair competition to his industry.  —  Now, President Donald Trump's nomination …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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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
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
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Background check chief has ‘never seen’ mistakes and omissions at level of Jared Kushner forms  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The head of a government bureau responsible for clearing background checks told lawmakers Wednesday he has “never seen that level of mistakes” when asked …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Shafer / Politico:
I've Normalized Trump  —  On Wednesday, Baby Donald threw a one-two punch at the press that sent it on a quick trip to the mat, stunned and bleeding.  In a tweet, responding to an NBC News story he insisted was inaccurate, the president called for the revocation of the network's broadcast licenses.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Fortune
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.
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Nicole Gaudiano / USA Today:
Ethics investigators suggest Rep. Chris Collins may have engaged in insider trading  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional ethics investigators have concluded there is “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. engaged in insider trading and either took or requested official actions …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Mnuchin won't fill No. 2 Treasury post as Brooks opts out of the running  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has no plans to fill the No. 2 slot in his department after two candidates for the job dropped out of the running.  —  The department made the surprising announcement …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lauren Wolfe / Foreign Policy:
The Trump Administration Wants Refugees to Fit In or Stay Out  —  An obscure new policy would give priority to refugees who seem like they might “assimilate.”  —  Out in New York Harbor in 1903, the bronze plaque with Emma Lazarus's poem “The New Colossus” was affixed to the Statue of Liberty.
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: IJR
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.
Meghann Myers / Army Times:
West Point superintendent responds to outrage over pro-Communist former cadet  —  Since photos surfaced in late September of a now-second lieutenant sporting a Che Guevara T-shirt under his uniform at West Point's 2016 graduation and commissioning ceremony, West Point and the Army have drawn …
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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]
 
 
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Secret Service paid Mar-a-Lago at least $63,000, documents show
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Kim Davis, Once Jailed in America, Campaigns Against Gay Marriage in Romania
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Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Jake Tapper: ‘Torches in the Street’ Had Obama Threatened Fox News' License
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Phil Robertson to Star in New Show That Will “Reject Political Correctness” (Exclusive)
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Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
Jane Fonda: I knew about Weinstein, and I'm ‘ashamed’ I didn't say anything
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Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Jeff Bezos Screws Over Workers At Amazon. Now He Wants To Do The Same At The Washington Post.
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Trump laughs and jokes during solemn “Retreat” ceremony honoring flag while on military base
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