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12:50 PM ET, October 9, 2017


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Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
EXCLUSIVE: Meryl Streep Speaks Out Against Harvey Weinstein  —  She said the women who have spoken out against him are “heroes.”  —  Academy Award winner Meryl Streep called the alleged sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “disgraceful,” “inexcusable,” and an “abuse of power.”
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Strange Bedfellows  —  Donald Trump's acolytes are pissed off about Harvey Weinstein's abusiveness and misogyny.  —  Yes you read that right.  —  Weinstein dared sully the White House grounds, shrieked Breitbart, the Pravda of the Trump campaign.  The media must give more coverage …
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
'Harvey Weinstein's Media Enablers'?  The New York Times Is One of Them  —  The paper had a story on mogul's sexual misconduct back in 2004 — but gutted it under pressure … He apologized and took an immediate leave of absence from the company he co-founded, but that wasn't enough.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
‘S.N.L.’ Prepped Jokes About Harvey Weinstein, Then Shelved Them
Kurt Schlichter /
Hollywood is America's Conscience or Something
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
The Human Stain: Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think
Washington Post:
Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company's platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company's investigation.
The Daily Beast:
Russia Recruited YouTubers to Bash ‘Racist B*tch’ Hillary Clinton Over Rap Beats … According to the YouTube page for “Williams and Kalvin,” the Clintons are “serial killers who are going to rape the whole nation.”  Donald Trump can't be racist because he's a “businessman.”
Russians' lawyer says new documents show Trump Tower meeting not about dirt on Clinton  —  (CNN)An attorney for the Russian billionaire who allegedly pushed for the June 2016 meeting between senior members of Trump's team and a Russian lawyer says he has documents showing the meeting wasn't really about dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rene Marsh / CNN:
The price tag for Pence's trip to Indianapolis  —  (CNN)How much did Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Indianapolis to watch — and then abruptly leave — a football game Sunday between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers cost?  —  Here is an estimate of just the air costs …
Peter King /
Pence, Powder and a Packer ‘Miracle’ in Dallas: NFL Week 5 Had It All, and Then Some
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Stephen Miller, the Powerful Survivor on the President's Right Flank  —  Mr. Miller, who was a conservative trapped in a liberal California high school, has rocketed to the upper reaches of White House influence, especially on immigration.  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Stephen Miller had their attention.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Feinstein says she is running for reelection  —  (D-Calif.) announced on Monday morning that she will run for reelection in 2018.  —  “I am running for reelection to the Senate.  Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare.  I'm all in!”  Feinstein said in a tweet.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Republicans privately admit defeat on Obamacare repeal  —  For the first time, rank-and-file Republicans are acknowledging Obamacare may never be repealed.  —  After multiple failures to repeal the law, the White House and many GOP lawmakers are publicly promising to try again in early 2018.
Bannon Plans to Back Challengers to Most GOP Senators
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Post
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Bob Corker tirade encapsulates five reasons why Trump has failed at governing
Eric Bradner / CNN:   Bannon expands his list of Senate Republican targets for 2018
Todd ArcherESPN / ESPN:
Jerry Jones: Cowboys will bench any player who ‘disrespects’ flag  —  ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said emphatically that his players will stand for the national anthem and not disrespect the flag, and if they do, the player or players will not play.
Discussion: The Root and AOL
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Ivana Trump jokes that she's ‘first lady’ … Ivana Trump joked Monday that she is the “first lady” because she was President Trump's first wife.  —  Trump told “Good Morning America” that she has a direct phone line to the White House, but avoids calling too often because she doesn't want to make first lady Melania Trump jealous.
Discussion: Yahoo
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Ivana Trump: The president ‘for sure’ wouldn't be who he is without me
Discussion: RedState
Monica Lewinsky / CBS News:
“First Ex” Ivana Trump on parenting and the president's tweets
Discussion: Mediaite
Trump's popularity is slipping in rural America: poll  —  (Reuters) - Outside the Morgan County fair in McConnelsville, in a rural swath of Ohio that fervently backed U.S. President Donald Trump in last year's election, ticket seller John Wilson quietly counts off a handful of disappointments with the man he helped elect.
Discussion: Political Wire
Tyler Cowen / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Nobel Prize awarded to Richard Thaler  —  This is a prize that is easy to understand.  It is a prize for behavioral economics, for the ongoing importance of psychology in economic decision-making, and for “Nudge,” his famous and also bestsellinig book co-authored with Cass Sunstein.
Discussion: Washington Post
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler
Richard H. Thaler /
The Prize in Economic Sciences 2017
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and NPR
Exclusive: Vegas killer described his unusual habits in 2013 testimony  —  Las Vegas (CNN)He was a nocturnal creature who gambled all night and slept all day.  —  He took Valium at times for anxiousness, and had the doctor who prescribed it to him on retainer.
New York Times:
The Republican's Guide to Presidential Etiquette  —  Illustrations by Oliver Munday  —  Republicans used to care a whole lot about how a president comported himself, and whether he acted at all times with the dignity his station demands.  —  “Is President Obama Disrespecting the Oval Office?”
Natasha Salmon / The Independent:
Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump to “go f*** himself”, new book reveals  —  Former manager describes legendary singer's reaction at being told his costs were excessive  —  Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump to “go f*** himself” after the now-President took issue with the singer's financial demands, a new book has claimed.
Discussion: Political Wire
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Newly disclosed email sheds light on Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer  —  A newly disclosed email sent on the morning of a Trump Tower meeting held during last year's presidential campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer raises new questions about how the key session came together.
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Tony Briscoe / Chicago Tribune:
Man charged with spray-painting Columbus statue in West Side park
Monica Lewinsky / CBS News:
Sen. Feinstein says no law could have stopped Las Vegas gunman
Discussion: Daily Wire and Reuters
The Hill:
Bill O'Reilly: Killing Columbus and never learning your history
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
E.P.A. Announces Repeal of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule
Discussion: Political Wire and The Lid
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Americans disagree with Trump on kneeling football players
Discussion: Political Wire
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
Facebook “embeds,” Russia and the Trump campaign's secret weapon
Discussion: Washington Post
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Pressure on North Korea's Global Ties Bears Fruit
Discussion: Axios, Just Security and New York Times
Alan Greenblatt / Politico:
Are Democrats Headed for a McGovern Redux?
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin Risk Their Reputations
Tim Johnson / miamiherald:
As some Puerto Rico mayors stumble, U.S. militarizes relief campaign.
Discussion: Shareblue and The Daily Caller