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4:40 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  —  How association health plans and short-term insurance could damage the health care law.  —  With the failure by Republicans in Congress to repeal Obamacare this year, President Trump is taking matters into his own hands …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Fed up with Congress, Trump whacks Obamacare with his pen  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order directing an overhaul of major federal health regulations, calling it the first step toward fulfilling the GOP's promise to repeal Obamacare.
New York Times:
Foiled in Congress, Trump Signs Order to Undermine Obamacare
Discussion: AOL, Must Read Alaska and The Atlantic
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump administration hints at enforcing ObamaCare mandate
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Trump's executive order has a history. And the government says it's not all great.
Discussion: STAT and Vox
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.
Discussion: The Verge and Raw Story
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
HuffPost:
How Top NBC Executives Quashed The Bombshell Harvey Weinstein Story
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: ABC News and Axios
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Kelly: I'm not quitting or getting fired
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: 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.
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO, Again  —  Worried about past dues and what it calls an anti-Israel bias, Washington is bailing on the group it helped found.  —  The United States plans to formally withdraw from UNESCO, the U.N.'s Paris-based cultural, scientific and educational organization …
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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.
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
U.S. Will Withdraw From Unesco, Citing Its ‘Anti-Israel Bias’
Discussion: The Atlantic and Axios
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump warns Puerto Rico: ‘We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders . . . forever!’  —  President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid …
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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: Axios and Political Wire
Amanda Becker / Reuters:
White House ‘committed’ to Puerto Rico relief after Trump criticism
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Trump's Warning on Limits to U.S. Aid in Puerto Rico Adds ‘Insult to Injury,’ Mayor Says
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 …
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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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: The Daily Caller and IJR
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Business Insider and CNBC
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 …
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” …
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 …
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
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
President's lawyers may offer Mueller a meeting with Trump  —  Donald Trump's lawyers are open to having the president sit down for an interview with Robert Mueller, according to a senior White House official, as part of a wider posture of cooperation with the special counsel's Russia probe.
 
 
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
DNC chief attracts criticism from Dem insiders
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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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.
Discussion: Splinter
Kerry Picket / The Daily Caller:
FBI Reviews Allegations Of Puerto Rican Officials Withholding Hurricane Relief
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
 Earlier Items: 
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump wants to reproduce Reagan's tax reform win, but he's missing all the key ingredients
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Trump laughs and jokes during solemn “Retreat” ceremony honoring flag while on military base
Discussion: IJR and Fox News
CNN:
Roy Moore signed resolution in 2010 supporting states' rights to void federal law
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Ryan: If needed, Congress will stay through Christmas to pass tax reform
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trump praises Hannity's ratings: 'I'm very proud of you'
Discussion: RedState