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11:45 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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Emily Smith / Page Six:
Harvey Weinstein's wife is leaning on Huma Abedin  —  MORE FROM: … Harvey Weinstein's estranged wife, Georgina Chapman, is leaning on fellow scorned spouse Huma Abedin after announcing that she is leaving the movie mogul.  —  A well-placed source tells Page Six that Marchesa co-founder Chapman reached …
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
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Steve Bannon had ties to Harvey Weinstein
Discussion: Splinter and Mashable
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
How Men Like Harvey Weinstein Implicate Their Victims in Their Acts
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
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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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan's Account After Weinstein Tweets (UPDATED)  —  Rose McGowan, the actress and director who has been leading the charge against Harvey Weinstein amidst his ever-growing sexual assault scandal, had her Twitter account temporarily suspended early Thursday.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Anna Livsey / The Guardian:
Rose McGowan suspended from Twitter after Ben Affleck tweets
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 will sign an executive order on Thursday directing an overhaul …
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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, Vox and Daily Wire
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:   Trump to sign order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces
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.
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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Adam Goldman / New York Times:
American Woman and Family Held for 5 Years in Afghanistan Freed From Militants
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
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.
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.
Axios:
Sandberg: Facebook owes the American people an apology  —  Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Axios at a live event today that Facebook owes the American people an apology ("Not just an apology, but determination") for their role in enabling Russian interference during the election.
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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
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: Business Insider and CNBC
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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NBC 10 Philadelphia:
Pennsylvania College Football Player Cut From Team After Kneeling During Anthem
Discussion: IJR, The Root and Campus Reform
John Bresnahan / Politico:
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Breitbart criticizes Trump tax plan: It won't benefit truckers
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and ITEP
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump just claimed stock market gains actually offset national debt
Charlie Moore / Daily Mail:
Starving homeless woman eats a CAT in front of shocked crowd as Venezuela's economic crisis continues
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Art Levine / Newsweek:
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A Plea for a President  —  It is time for Barack Obama to join …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tim Bontemps / Washington Post:
Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump's hotels. Not anymore.
Eliza Barclay / Vox:
Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count
Discussion: Gothamist
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Nicholas Pugliese / NorthJersey.com:
Menendez trial: Judge raises serious doubts about government's case