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9:35 AM ET, October 12, 2017


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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 …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Weinstein and Our Culture of Enablers  —  Of all of the dismaying and disgusting details of the Harvey Weinstein saga, none is more depressing than this: It has so few heroes.  —  There is a storybook villain, Mr. Weinstein, whose repulsive face turns out to be the spitting image of his putrescent soul.
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Steve Bannon had ties to Harvey Weinstein  — 8ad652d762dcd5e9  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The multiplying tentacles of the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal have touched a former president, a former presidential candidate and now a former presidential adviser.
Discussion: Splinter and Mashable
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Rose McGowan Suspended From Twitter After Ben Affleck Tweet  —  The actress Rose McGowan said in an Instagram post overnight that her Twitter account had been temporarily suspended, following a tweet in which she accused the actor Ben Affleck of prior knowledge of Harvey Weinstein's misconduct, including toward her.
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump's Justice Department moves on Harvey Weinstein and orders FBI to open probe …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Exclusive: Clinton ‘sick,’ ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ by Weinstein allegations
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”:  Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”  —  In recent days, I've spoken with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president that seems …
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says Puerto Rico can't get aid ‘forever’  —  The Latest on federal aid for hurricane=ravaged Puerto Rico (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump is criticizing hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and says the government can't keep federal aid there “forever.”
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Washington Post:
Three weeks since Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico still dark, thirsty and frustrated
Discussion: The Stranger …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Fed up with Congress, Trump whacks Obamacare with his pen  —  President Donald Trump is trying to do with the stroke of a pen what Republicans in Congress could not — bring about the end of the Obamacare markets.  —  Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday directing …
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:   Trump to sign order to eliminate ACA insurance rules, undermine marketplaces
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
In Start to Unwinding the Health Law, Trump to Ease Insurance Rules
Discussion: CNBC
New York Times:
Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump just issued a direct threat to the free and independent media  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has said a lot of bad things about the media since he started running for president two-plus years ago.  He's suggested that the press doesn't really like America.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump: ‘Disgusting’ that press able to write whatever it wants
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump pushes to challenge media network licenses
Eliza Barclay / Vox:
Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count  —  We took a look at the numbers, and they didn't add up.  —  Death tolls are the primary way we understand the impact of a disaster.  And for nearly two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico …
Discussion: Splinter
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?
New York Times:   Growing Chorus Confronts Trump Against Leaving Nuclear Deal
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds won't confirm Comey assurances to Trump on Russia probe
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tim Bontemps / Washington Post:
Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump's hotels.  Not anymore.  —  Until recently, the Trump SoHo hotel served as a kind of luxe clubhouse for NBA teams visiting New York.  —  At least 12 teams — more than a third of the league — had stayed there since it opened in 2010.
Nicholas Pugliese /
Menendez trial: Judge raises serious doubts about government's case  —  The judge overseeing U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's federal corruption trial raised serious doubts Wednesday whether a legal theory that prosecutors have relied on to prove their case is still allowed in the wake …
Prosecution rests in Menendez corruption trial
The Daily Beast:
Russia Probe Now Investigating Cambridge Analytica, Trump's ‘Psychographic’ Data Gurus … A data firm backed by some of Donald Trump's closest allies is now facing scrutiny as part of an investigation into possible collusion between the president's team and Russian operatives, The Daily Beast has learned.
Kurt Schlichter /
Behold Our Betters  —  To be a normal American is to constantly be scolded, to be lectured, to be treated as a morally bankrupt simpleton in need of the guidance and direction provided by an urban elite ruling class notable for its empty academic credentials, its track record of incompetence …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Limbaugh: Trump's comments on NFL ‘starting to make me nervous’  —  Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday voiced concerns about President Trump's comments on NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, saying Trump should not have the power …
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
It's NFL Owners' Job — Not the President's — to Control Their Employees
Discussion: USA Today
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Yes, build the wall
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