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6:00 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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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Fed up with Congress, Trump whacks Obamacare with his pen
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Trump's executive order to undermine Obamacare, explained
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump administration hints at enforcing ObamaCare mandate
New York Times:
Foiled in Congress, Trump Signs Order to Undermine Obamacare
Discussion: AOL, Must Read Alaska and The Atlantic
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 to blow in a span of mere decades.  —  If the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone erupts again, we may have far less advance warning time than we thought.  —  After analyzing minerals in fossilized ash …
Discussion: IJR
The Hill:
House passes $36.5 billion disaster relief package  —  The House easily passed legislation on Thursday to provide $36.5 billion in aid for communities affected by recent hurricanes and wildfires, despite concerns from some conservatives about the growing cost of disaster aid.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump warns Puerto Rico: ‘We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders . . . forever!’
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Oops: Rick Perry just called Puerto Rico a ‘country’
Discussion: Raw Story
Amanda Becker / Reuters:
White House ‘committed’ to Puerto Rico relief after Trump criticism
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Political Wire and Axios
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.
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
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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: Gizmodo and IJR
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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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
We're About to Fall Behind the Great Depression  —  Since the first rumblings of the financial crisis, in 2007, people have comforted themselves by looking back to the Great Depression and thinking about how much worse things could be.  It's true, too.  Our modern economic crisis has been far less severe than the Depression.
Discussion: Eschaton
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” …
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 …
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
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump wants to reproduce Reagan's tax reform win, but he's missing all the key ingredients  — President Ronald Reagan used his rich approval rating and bipartisan support to enact tax reform.  —  Tax reform is never easy, which is why it hasn't happened since 1986.  But it's harder in 2017 for two fundamental reasons.
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 …
 
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Phil Robertson to Star in New Show That Will “Reject Political Correctness” (Exclusive)
Discussion: Daily Wire, IJR and Faithwire
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Are Republicans Going to Get “Pelosi-ed” in 2018?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Phillip Connor / Pew Research Center:
U.S. Resettles Fewer Refugees, Even as Global Number of Displaced People Grows
Discussion: CBS Philly
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
DNC chief attracts criticism from Dem insiders
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Jeff Bezos Screws Over Workers At Amazon. Now He Wants To Do The Same At The Washington Post.
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Shaun King / The Intercept:
The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Oliver Willis / Shareblue Media:
Trump laughs and jokes during solemn “Retreat” ceremony honoring flag while on military base
Discussion: IJR and Fox News
Tim Bontemps / Washington Post:
Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump's hotels. Not anymore.
Discussion: Infowars, AOL and Mashable