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2:15 AM ET, October 12, 2017


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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 …
Noah Bierman / Los Angeles Times:
Trump unleashes himself from would-be handlers, lashing out mornings, nights and weekends  —  President Donald Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly at a briefing with senior military leaders at the White House on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017.  (Andrew Harrer / Getty Images)
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump to nominate Kelly's White House deputy as DHS secretary  —  The White House announced on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will nominate Kirstjen Nielsen to run the Department of Homeland Security.  —  Nielsen served as White House chief of staff John Kelly's top aide during …
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
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.
Piers Morgan / Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: Spare me Hollywood's hypocritical horror over Harvey Weinstein …
Megan Twohey / New York Times:
Weinstein Company Was Aware of Payoffs in 2015
Jay-Z Talking About Buying Harvey Weinstein's Interest in The Weinstein Company
Dan Merica / CNN:
Exclusive: Clinton ‘sick,’ ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ by Weinstein allegations
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.
CNN:   House intel committee to release Russia-linked Facebook ads
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
House Intel investigation expands to Trump campaign data firm
Discussion: Politico and RedState
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Threatens NBC Over Nuclear Weapons Report
New York Times:
Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, after failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress, will act on his own to relax health care standards on small businesses that band together to buy health insurance and may take steps …
Discussion: Jamie Dupree - PBP
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
In Start to Unwinding the Health Law, Trump to Ease Insurance Rules
Discussion: CNBC
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
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?
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: Mediaite, The Daily Caller and Deadspin
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 …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Says Its Fake News Label Helps Reduce The Spread Of A Fake Story By 80%  —  A news story that's been labeled false by Facebook's third-party fact-checking partners sees its future impressions on the platform drop by 80%, according to new data contained in an email sent by a Facebook executive and obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Couple, 98 and 100, Who Died in Fire 'Just Couldn't Be Without Each Other'  —  Sara and Charles Rippey first locked eyes at their elementary school in tiny Hartford, Wis., close to 90 years ago.  “They've basically been together ever since,” said one of their sons, Mike Rippey.
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Danny Vinik / Politico:
Is Washington bungling the Census?
Discussion: Splinter
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Yes, build the wall
Discussion: Doug Ross
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire’
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama-linked group asks for temporary injunction against Trump voter commission
Nidhi Prakash / BuzzFeed:
The Puerto Rican City Where Trump Tossed Paper Towels At People Still Has No Electricity And Little Drinking Water
Discussion: Splinter
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
How Russian content ended up on Pinterest
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds won't confirm Comey assurances to Trump on Russia probe
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and RedState
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
New Black Pantherette Jemele Hill Suspended by ESPN
Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Megyn Kelly is destroying NBC's morning ratings
Discussion: Mashable, Raw Story and TheBlaze
Kevin Quealy / New York Times:
The N.F.L. Is Now One of the Most Divisive Brands in the U.S.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Boy Scouts Will Admit Girls, Allow Them to Earn Eagle Scout Rank