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11:35 AM ET, October 13, 2017

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Paul Demko / Politico:
Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidies  —  President Donald Trump plans to cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage in his most aggressive move yet to undermine his predecessor's health care law.  —  The subsidies, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year …
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Sam Baker / Axios:
Trump takes a sledgehammer to the ACA
Discussion: Washington Post
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Oliver Stone on Harvey Weinstein: “It's Not Easy What He's Going Through”  —  The director addressed the international media at the Busan International Film Festival, where he is serving as chair of the event's competition jury.  —  Oliver Stone intitially declined to condemn Harvey Weinstein …
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TMZ.com:
Harvey Weinstein's Contract Allowed for Sexual Harassment  —  Harvey Weinstein may have been fired illegally by The Weinstein Company, a company that wrote a contract that said Weinstein could get sued over and over for sexual harassment and as long as he shelled out money, that was good enough for the Company.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon TV Producer Goes Public With Harassment Claim Against Top Exec Roy Price (Exclusive)  —  “You will love my d**k,” Price allegedly said to Isa Hackett, a producer on ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ who details a July 2015 incident at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Put Women in Charge  —  Most women I know — and probably most women you know — have stories about sexual harassment.  Mine happened in college, with a professor who was older than my father and who made me think he was genuinely interested in my writing.  One day in his office, he told me he wanted to “kiss and molest” me.
Lisa O'Carroll / The Guardian:
Harvey Weinstein: English actor says alleged sexual assault ruined film career
Discussion: RedState
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Amazon Suspends Entertainment Chief Roy Price (EXCLUSIVE)
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
How the Pentagon Spun Hurricane Maria  —  U.S. officials inadvertently included a Bloomberg reporter on an internal email list.  Here's a glimpse into their bid to put relief efforts in a positive light.  —  Late last month, Pentagon communications officials inadvertently included Bloomberg …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
69 Republicans vote against aid for Puerto Rico, other disaster sites  —  Legislation to provide $36.5 billion in aid for communities affected by recent wildfires and hurricanes, including Puerto Rico, secured widespread support in the House on Thursday save for 69 Republicans.
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Finding Water in Puerto Rico: An Endless Game of Cat and Mouse
Discussion: The Hill and Vox
New York Times:
Trump Won't Certify Iran Nuclear Deal, but He Also Won't Unravel It  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump will make good on Friday on a long-running threat to disavow the Iran nuclear deal that was negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama.  But he will stop short, for now …
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Mattthew Lee / Associated Press:
Trumps said to disparage but not bolt from Iranian nuke deal
Discussion: Politico
Washington Examiner:   Trump gets realist on Iran
ABC News:
Officials: Trump will scorn but not bolt from Iran nuke deal
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Background check chief has ‘never seen’ mistakes and omissions at level of Jared Kushner forms  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The head of a government bureau responsible for clearing background checks told lawmakers Wednesday he has “never seen that level of mistakes” when asked …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Senator Susan Collins Will Not Run for Governor of Maine  —  ROCKPORT, Me.  — After several months of open deliberations about her future, Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced Friday that she would not run for governor and would remain in the Senate.  —  Ms. Collins, a Republican …
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Collins declines run for Maine governor
Discussion: Axios
Sean Illing / Vox:
20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy.  They're scared.  —  “If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.”  —  Is American democracy in decline?  Should we be worried?  —  On October 6, some of America's top political …
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Twitter deleted data potentially crucial to Russia probes  —  Twitter has deleted tweets and other user data of potentially irreplaceable value to investigators probing Russia's suspected manipulation of the social media platform during the 2016 election, according to current and former government cybersecurity officials.
Seth Stevenson / Slate:
The Massachusetts congressman is a white, centrist, Harvard-educated war hero who wants to remake the Democratic Party.  Too bad no one wants that.  —  I'm squinting through the sun at the Polk County Steak Fry, trying to size up Seth Moulton.  —  It's a late September Saturday in Des Moines …
Nancy Dillon / New York Daily News:
Hillary Clinton in talks with Columbia University to take on professor role  —  Hillary Clinton is testing the waters on a return to academia.  —  The former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential nominee is in talks with Columbia University to take on a formal role at the Ivy League …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Where's Zinke?  The interior secretary's special flag offers clues.  —  At the Interior Department's headquarters in downtown Washington, Secretary Ryan Zinke has revived an arcane military ritual that no one can remember ever happening in the federal government.
Alexander Nazaryan / Newsweek:
WHO BROKE CONGRESS?  DENNIS HASTERT, FORMER SPEAKER, BREAKS TWO-YEAR SILENCE TO DENY ROLE IN GRIDLOCK  —  In 1978, E.J. Dionne Jr. was a young reporter covering New York state politics in Albany.  That same year, a young historian from Georgia finally won a seat in the House of Representatives, after two failed attempts.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Hannity hits back at Sasse: ‘Call me when you repeal ObamaCare loser’  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity fanned the flames of his feud with Sen. Ben Sasse  —  (R-Neb.) late Thursday, saying he has “done nothing” in D.C. and to “call me when you repeal ObamaCare loser.”
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend  —  We are beginning to understand that tech companies don't have our best interests at heart.  Did they ever?  —  @noamcohen is the author of “The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball,” from which this essay is adapted.
Discussion: Scripting News
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Trump taps climate skeptic to lead White House environment office  —  President Trump has nominated a skeptic of climate change science to lead the White House's environmental policy board.  —  The White House late Thursday announced that Trump picked Kathleen Hartnett White to serve as a member …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Benjamin Haas / The Guardian:
China's WeChat app translates ‘black foreigner’ to N-word
Discussion: New York Times, The Root and Mashable
Anna North / Vox:
How colleges can help sexual assault survivors — and the accused
Discussion: Refinery29
Washington Post:
‘Just ash and bone’: Death toll in California wildfires reaches historically grim heights
Discussion: NPR
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
What Facebook Did to American Democracy
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Flynn ally sought help from ‘dark web’ in covert Clinton email investigation
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Sen. Ted Cruz: Tax reform may not happen until early next year
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Fractured GOP  —  Trump Republicans vs. McConnell Republicans.
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Phil LeBeau / CNBC:
New boycott of Ford over its NFL sponsorship called by a Louisiana sheriff
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Business Insider:
Here's how easy it is for anyone — including Russian operatives — to target you with ads on Facebook
Discussion: NBC News
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's pick for NOAA chief causes a storm
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
California Journal They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire burned their neighborhood to the ground
Discussion: Shakesville and Althouse
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States