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3:35 PM ET, October 11, 2017


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NBC News:
Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation's highest ranking national security leaders …
Trump suggests challenging NBC's broadcast license  —  His tweet follows a story by NBC News Wednesday that the president calls ‘pure fiction, made up to demean.’  —  President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that NBC's broadcast license should be pulled as punishment after NBC News published …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump expected to name Kelly's White House deputy as DHS secretary  —  Kirstjen Nielsen, who also served as Kelly's No. 2 at DHS, was his pick to fill his old job, which has been vacant since July.  —  President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen to run the Department …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Trump threatens to cancel NBC's broadcast license over critical reporting
President Trump threatens NBC over critical coverage
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
GOP official imagines Kelly and Mattis discussed tackling Trump if he ‘lunges for the nuclear football’: report
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
How NBC ‘Killed’ Ronan Farrow's Weinstein Exposé … Freelance NBC News correspondent Ronan Farrow, whose months-long investigation into reports of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct was spiked by the network but morphed into a journalistic blockbuster at The New Yorker …
Harvey Weinstein Flying to Europe Tonight for Sex Addiction Rehab
Harvey Weinstein's Wife Georgina Chapman Is Leaving Him: ‘My Heart Breaks for All the Women Who Have Suffered’
Sarah Spellings / thecut:   Hilarie Burton Says Ben Affleck Groped Her on TRL The accusation began with a tweet from a fan.
Washington Post:
Undisclosed deal guaranteed Roy Moore $180,000 a year for part-time work at charity  —  Former Alabama judge Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, once said publicly that he did not take a “regular salary” from the small charity he founded to promote Christian values because he did not want to be a financial burden.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Mitch McConnell Goes to the Mattresses for Trump's Judicial Nominees  —  The Senate majority leader takes charge of the confirmation process.  —  The Republican drive to confirm federal judges has gained momentum from a series of actions by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McConnell ratchets up judicial wars — again
Discussion: Power Line
Scott Johnson / Power Line:   Goodbye, blue slips!?
Erin Mershon / STAT:
An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congress, a little-known perk for the powerful  —  ASHINGTON — If House Speaker Paul Ryan comes down with the flu this winter, he and his security detail won't be screeching off toward the closest CVS for his Tamiflu.
Discussion: Vox
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Boy Scouts Will Admit Girls, Allow Them to Earn Eagle Scout Rank  —  The Boy Scouts of America announced Wednesday that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization's highest honor.  —  “We believe it is critical to evolve …
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Puerto Rico Relief Bill Cancels $16 Billion in Debt — But Not for Puerto Rico  —  House Republicans unveiled a $36.5 billion disaster relief supplemental package Tuesday night, intended to pay for relief and rebuilding efforts for the floods, hurricanes, and wildfires of the past several months.
Richard Wolffe / The Guardian:
Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage
Michael Bamberger /
‘He hit the ball on the screws’: Sen. Graham details President Trump's improbable 73  —  The real Donald Trump is revealed through his golf game  —  Late on Monday afternoon, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), offered, by way of Twitter, a report on his Columbus Day round with President Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Russia Has Turned Kaspersky Software Into Tool for Spying  —  Searches exploited popular Russian-made antivirus software to seek classified material, officials say  —  WASHINGTON—The Russian government used a popular antivirus software to secretly scan computers around the world …
Shannon Hall / New York Times:
A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone  —  Beneath Yellowstone National Park lies a supervolcano, a behemoth far more powerful than your average volcano.  It has the ability to expel more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of rock and ash at once — 250,000 times more material than erupted …
Discussion: CBS Dallas and Althouse
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
'He's better than this,' says Thomas Barrack, Trump's loyal whisperer  —  NEW YORK — Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire who is one of President Trump's oldest friends, had spent weeks trying to smooth the way for a May presidential meeting in Saudi Arabia with Gulf leaders.  —  All initially went well.
Discussion: Business Insider, CNBC and ABC News
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
Trump's Benghazi?  Ambush of U.S. soldiers in Niger goes unnoticed  —  Four dead Americans.  —  It's been five years since terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, leaving four Americans dead.  Last week, as CIA officers disguised in wigs and mustaches testified …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House Democrat unveils articles of impeachment against Trump, but misses chance to force vote  —  (D-Texas) on Wednesday unveiled articles of impeachment against President Trump in an effort to force a House vote on removing him from office.  —  Green's articles of impeachment were introduced as …
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Deena Zaru / CNN:
Eminem unleashes on Trump: The 11 fiercest lines  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  " to a “racist grandpa” in an explosive 4.5-minute freestyle rap.  —  The Detroit rapper challenged his fans at the BET Hip Hop Awards to “decide who you like more” — Eminem or Trump.
Washington Post:
‘Pure devastation’: At least 17 dead, with hundreds missing, as California wildfires spread  —  SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A series of historically deadly Northern California wildfires regained momentum Wednesday as winds whipped back up, pushing blazes through parched hills and vineyards and prompting …
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Pledge to Impeach Trump, a Key Donor Demands of Democrats  —  One of the Democratic Party's most prominent financial backers is demanding that lawmakers and candidates on the left support removing President Trump from office, putting pressure on Democrats to make Mr. Trump's ouster a defining issue in the 2018 midterm elections.
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Sheryl Sandberg meeting with lawmakers investigating Russia-linked Facebook ads  —  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, is scheduled to meet with top lawmakers investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election at the Capitol Wednesday, ABC News has learned.
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Black man attacked by white supremacists in Charlottesville faces felony charge  —  The black man beaten in a Charlottesville parking garage by white supremacists after a “Unite the Right” rally has been charged with a crime in connection with the incident, even as police continue searching …
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George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
New Black Pantherette Jemele Hill Suspended by ESPN
Andy Puzder / The Hill:
Labor market is thriving far better under Trump than under Obama
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Colorado Supreme Court strikes down state law banning immigrant smuggling
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Ehud Barak, Israeli Hawk and No Friend of Iran, Urges Trump to Keep Nuclear Deal
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
The N.F.L. Is Now One of the Most Divisive Brands in the U.S.
Gavin Haynes / The Guardian:
Can IQ tests settle whether Trump is a moron or not?
Joe Murphy / London Evening Standard:
Donald Trump set to come to the UK next year - but it won't be the formal State Visit he was promised
 Earlier Items: 
Shawn Snow / Army Times:
‘ISIS is in shambles,’ says 82nd Airborne brigade commander
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and IJR
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Ken Starr praises Mueller's Trump-Russia probe
Discussion: Politico and RedState
USA Today:
VA conceals shoddy care and health workers' mistakes
Discussion: baker
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The real fix for gerrymandering is proportional representation
Cory Bennett / Politico:
Senate Democrats worry Russia could jeopardize reelection bids
Discussion: JustOneMinute