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11:20 AM ET, October 12, 2017

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How Top NBC Executives Quashed The Bombshell Harvey Weinstein Story  —  Reporter Ronan Farrow ultimately took the piece to The New Yorker after facing months of opposition at his home network.  —  In mid-August, Ronan Farrow, an NBC News contributor, had secured an interview with a woman …
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Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Weinstein and Our Culture of Enablers  —  Of all of the dismaying and disgusting details of the Harvey Weinstein saga, none is more depressing than this: It has so few heroes.  —  There is a storybook villain, Mr. Weinstein, whose repulsive face turns out to be the spitting image of his putrescent soul.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Shell-shocked Harvey Weinstein breaks silence after wife leaves him
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Harvey Weinstein's wife is leaning on Huma Abedin
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Steve Bannon had ties to Harvey Weinstein
Discussion: Splinter and Mashable
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: Spare me Hollywood's hypocritical horror over Harvey Weinstein …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Exclusive: Clinton ‘sick,’ ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ by Weinstein allegations
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's Justice Department moves on Harvey Weinstein and orders FBI to open probe …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”:  Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”  —  In recent days, I've spoken with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president that seems …
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
‘He threw a fit’: Trump's anger over Iran deal forced aides to scramble for a compromise  —  President Trump was livid.  Why, he asked his advisers in mid-July, should he go along with what he considered the failed Obama-era policy toward Iran and prop up an international nuclear deal he sees as disastrous?
New York Times:   Growing Chorus Confronts Trump Against Leaving Nuclear Deal
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Rose McGowan Suspended From Twitter After Ben Affleck Tweet  —  The actress Rose McGowan said in an Instagram post overnight that her Twitter account had been temporarily suspended, following a tweet in which she accused the actor Ben Affleck of prior knowledge of Harvey Weinstein's misconduct, including toward her.
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Anna Livsey / The Guardian:
Rose McGowan suspended from Twitter after Ben Affleck tweets  —  Actor who has spoken out in Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal is banned in move that will reignite controversy around Twitter abuse rules  —  Actor Rose McGowan, one of the accusers of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:   Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan's Account After Weinstein Tweets (UPDATED)
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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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.
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Fed up with Congress, Trump whacks Obamacare with his pen  —  President Donald Trump is trying to do with the stroke of a pen what Republicans in Congress could not — bring about the end of the Obamacare markets.  —  Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday directing …
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Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Trump to sign order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces
Discussion: Vox
Axios:
Exclusive interview with Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg  —  Live at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Mike Allen interviews Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg in the wake of new revelations about Russia's use of the tech giant in its influence campaign during the 2016 election.
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Axios:
Sandberg: Facebook owes the American people an apology
Associated Press:
Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released  —  An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years of being held captive by a network with ties to the Taliban, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Thursday.
Discussion: Politico
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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.
Discussion: Shakesville and twitchy.com
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.
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump just issued a direct threat to the free and independent media  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has said a lot of bad things about the media since he started running for president two-plus years ago.  He's suggested that the press doesn't really like America.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Disgusting’ that press able to write whatever it wants
Discussion: Mediaite
Eliza Barclay / Vox:
Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count  —  We took a look at the numbers, and they didn't add up.  —  Death tolls are the primary way we understand the impact of a disaster.  And for nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico …
Discussion: Gothamist
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Behold Our Betters  —  To be a normal American is to constantly be scolded, to be lectured, to be treated as a morally bankrupt simpleton in need of the guidance and direction provided by an urban elite ruling class notable for its empty academic credentials, its track record of incompetence …
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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John Bowden / The Hill:
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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump just claimed stock market gains actually offset national debt
Charlie Moore / Daily Mail:
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Jose A. Delreal / New York Times:
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Art Levine / Newsweek:
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Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Here's why Trump's plan for a corporate tax holiday won't grow the economy
Discussion: Washington Post
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A Plea for a President  —  It is time for Barack Obama to join …
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Tim Bontemps / Washington Post:
Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump's hotels. Not anymore.
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
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