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10:15 PM ET, October 12, 2017

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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.
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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.
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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Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
Trump's New Executive Order Makes It Easier to Buy Insurance Outside of Obamacare
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 …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidy  —  President Donald Trump plans to cut off critical subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage, according to two people familiar with the matter.  —  The decision to end the payments, worth an estimated $7 billion this year …
Discussion: Axios, CNBC and Politicus USA
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Oops: Rick Perry just called Puerto Rico a ‘country’  —  A new poll shows that 55 percent of Americans think the Trump administration hasn't done enough to help Puerto Rico, and that 52 percent believe Trump doesn't even care about the U.S. territory's problems after Hurricane Maria.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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: Politico, Axios and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: KTLA and IJR
Tony Cook / Indianapolis Star:
As Trump slams media, an Indiana lawmaker has drafted a bill to license journalists  —  An Indiana lawmaker has drafted a bill that would require professional journalists to be licensed by state police.  —  Rep. Jim Lucas had the measure drawn up earlier this year and said he may file …
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX59
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Inside American Caitlan Coleman's five-year ordeal as a Taliban prisoner  —  It must have felt like such an exciting time: Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Joshua Boyle, were embarking on a six-month adventure through Central Asia.  —  But their exuberant trip ended in a nightmare …
Discussion: Business Insider
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Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
California Journal They survived six hours in a pool as a wildfire burned their neighborhood to the ground  —  (Video by Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)  —  Jan Pascoe and her husband, John, were trapped.  The world was on fire, and Jan was hyperventilating from fear.
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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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
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” …
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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Anna Livsey / The Guardian:
Rose McGowan suspended from Twitter after Ben Affleck tweets
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
Jack Shafer / Politico:
I've Normalized Trump  —  On Wednesday, Baby Donald threw a one-two punch at the press that sent it on a quick trip to the mat, stunned and bleeding.  In a tweet, responding to an NBC News story he insisted was inaccurate, the president called for the revocation of the network's broadcast licenses.
CNN:
Roger Stone faces subpoena threat over Assange contact  —  Who is Roger Stone?  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The leaders of the House intelligence committee are warning that President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone will be slapped with a subpoena Friday if he does not reveal the name …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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: KTLA, grubstreet, Eater and The Root
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Phil Robertson to Star in New Show That Will “Reject Political Correctness” (Exclusive)  —  The former star of ‘Duck Dynasty’ will court controversy on conservative digital network CRTV's ‘In the Woods With Phil.’  —  Phil Robertson is getting his own show again, and it promises …
Discussion: Daily Wire, IJR and Faithwire
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
Jane Fonda: I knew about Weinstein, and I'm ‘ashamed’ I didn't say anything  —  Jane Fonda ‘ashamed’ she didn't call out Weinstein  —  Jane Fonda regrets not speaking up earlier about Harvey Weinstein.  —  The film star, who is also an active women's rights advocate …
 
 
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Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
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Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
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Discussion: The Atlantic, Axios and ABC News
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Will Collins leave the Senate? Announcement coming Friday
Discussion: Political Wire
John Harwood / CNBC:
Trump wants to reproduce Reagan's tax reform win, but he's missing all the key ingredients
Charlie Moore / Daily Mail:
Starving homeless woman eats a CAT in front of shocked crowd as Venezuela's economic crisis continues
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO, Again