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2:40 PM ET, October 12, 2017

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: TheStreet
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
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 IJR
HuffPost:
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
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Shell-shocked Harvey Weinstein breaks silence after wife leaves him
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
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.
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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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 …
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
U.S. Will Withdraw From Unesco, Citing Its ‘Anti-Israel Bias’
Discussion: Axios
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.
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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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.
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, CNBC and Business Insider
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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” …
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?
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New York Times:   Growing Chorus Confronts Trump Against Leaving Nuclear Deal
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.
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, Eater and The Root
Kristen Jordan Shamus / USA Today:
Bernie Sanders to deliver opening-night speech at Women's Convention … The first national women's convention in four decades is poised to kick off in Detroit.  Detroit Free Press  —  DETROIT — The Women's Convention will feel the Bern later this month, when Bernie Sanders will address …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Will Collins leave the Senate?  Announcement coming Friday  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will announce at a local Chamber of Commerce event on Friday whether she will run for governor — a decision that remains shrouded in secrecy and could upend the Senate political landscape.
Discussion: Political Wire
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Trump laughs and jokes during solemn “Retreat” ceremony honoring flag while on military base  —  Donald Trump sat and laughed with Fox News host Sean Hannity as the “Retreat” bugle call was played.  Tradition dictates that members of the military and civilian leadership stand at attention …
Discussion: Fox News and IJR
 
 
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
Kelly makes surprise appearance at briefing: 'I'm not quitting today'
Discussion: Axios
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump wants to reproduce Reagan's tax reform win, but he's missing all the key ingredients
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
University Daily Kansan:
FBI says it cannot release documents regarding KU involvement with Adidas
 Earlier Items: 
David Catanese / US News:
The Tax Reform Tipping Point
John Bowden / The Hill:
Breitbart criticizes Trump tax plan: It won't benefit truckers
Discussion: Breitbart, RedState and ITEP
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump just claimed stock market gains actually offset national debt
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Behold Our Betters  —  To be a normal American is to constantly …