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2:00 PM ET, October 13, 2017


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Paul Demko / Politico:
Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidies  —  President Donald Trump plans to cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage in his most aggressive move yet to undermine his predecessor's health care law.  —  The subsidies, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year …
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - October 2017: Open Enrollment and the ACA Marketplaces  —  , Cailey Muñana, and Mollyann Brodie  —  KEY FINDINGS:  — The October Kaiser Health Tracking Poll focuses on the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) marketplaces as the November 1st open enrollment …
Sam Baker / Axios:
Trump takes a sledgehammer to the ACA  —  President Trump left little doubt yesterday that he intends to do as much damage as he can to the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets.  And he can do a lot.  —  The bottom line: The executive order Trump signed yesterday aims to undercut …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump opposes bipartisan Obamacare rescue plan  —  His budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, says it would take a broader health care deal for the president to revive the health care payments he canceled Thursday night.  —  President Donald Trump will oppose any congressional attempts to reinstate funding …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Trump's acting like Obamacare is just politics. It's people's lives.
Discussion: ABC News
Kate Feldman / New York Daily News:
Former Playboy Playmate Carrie Stevens accuses Oliver Stone of sexual assault after director defends Harvey Weinstein  —  While Oliver Stone defended Harvey Weinstein amid more than a dozen allegations of sexual harassment and assault, a former Playboy Playmate accused the “Platoon” director of sexual assault.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Put Women in Charge  —  Most women I know — and probably most women you know — have stories about sexual harassment.  Mine happened in college, with a professor who was older than my father and who made me think he was genuinely interested in my writing.  One day in his office, he told me he wanted to “kiss and molest” me.
Harvey Weinstein's Contract Allowed for Sexual Harassment
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Oliver Stone on Harvey Weinstein: “It's Not Easy What He's Going Through”
Lisa O'Carroll / The Guardian:   Harvey Weinstein: English actor says alleged sexual assault ruined film career
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
How the Pentagon Spun Hurricane Maria  —  U.S. officials inadvertently included a Bloomberg reporter on an internal email list.  Here's a glimpse into their bid to put relief efforts in a positive light.  —  Late last month, Pentagon communications officials inadvertently included Bloomberg …
Discussion: Raw Story
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
69 Republicans vote against aid for Puerto Rico, other disaster sites
Eliza Barclay / Vox:
This CNN clip shows why we need an accurate death count from Puerto Rico
Discussion: ABC News and USA Today
The Daily Beast:
McMaster Wants to Save the Iran Deal by Hiding It From Trump … In a meeting with Senate Democrats last week, President Donald Trump's top national security aide had a message for those worried that the administration may scuttle the Iran nuclear deal: If Trump doesn't have to see it, he won't be able to kill it.
Mattthew Lee / Associated Press:
Trumps said to disparage but not bolt from Iranian nuke deal
Discussion: Politico
Sean Illing / Vox:
20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy.  They're scared.  —  “If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.”  —  Is American democracy in decline?  Should we be worried?  —  On October 6, some of America's top political …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Social Media Guidelines for The Times Newsroom  —  The New York Times has been a dominant force on social media for years.  Our newsroom accounts have tens of millions of followers.  Many of our journalists are influential voices on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms.
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Twitter deleted data potentially crucial to Russia probes  —  Twitter has deleted tweets and other user data of potentially irreplaceable value to investigators probing Russia's suspected manipulation of the social media platform during the 2016 election, according to current and former government cybersecurity officials.
Seth Stevenson / Slate:
The Massachusetts congressman is a white, centrist, Harvard-educated war hero who wants to remake the Democratic Party.  Too bad no one wants that.  —  I'm squinting through the sun at the Polk County Steak Fry, trying to size up Seth Moulton.  —  It's a late September Saturday in Des Moines …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Background check chief has ‘never seen’ mistakes and omissions at level of Jared Kushner forms  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The head of a government bureau responsible for clearing background checks told lawmakers Wednesday he has “never seen that level of mistakes” when asked …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
RNC chair: GOP is 'in the best place we've ever been'  —  Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel says the GOP is “in the best place” it's ever been.  —  During a visit to Denver, McDaniel said the party's high fundraising shows a strong base, the Denver Post reported.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Senator Susan Collins Will Not Run for Governor of Maine  —  ROCKPORT, Me.  — After several months of open deliberations about her future, Senator Susan Collins of Maine announced Friday that she would not run for governor and would remain in the Senate.  —  Ms. Collins, a Republican …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Flynn ally sought help from ‘dark web’ in covert Clinton email investigation  —  Barbara Ledeen, a staffer on the committee looking into Trump's Russia ties and a friend of Mike Flynn, tried to launch her own investigation into Clinton's emails … A close associate of Donald Trump's former …
Discussion: Shakesville
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon TV Producer Goes Public With Harassment Claim Against Top Exec Roy Price (Exclusive)  —  “You will love my d**k,” Price allegedly said to Isa Hackett, a producer on ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ who details a July 2015 incident at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Nancy Dillon / New York Daily News:
Hillary Clinton in talks with Columbia University to take on professor role  —  Hillary Clinton is testing the waters on a return to academia.  —  The former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential nominee is in talks with Columbia University to take on a formal role at the Ivy League …
Greg Norman / Fox News:
Las Vegas security guard Jesus Campos disappears moments before TV interviews  —  Where in the world is Jesus Campos?  —  The Mandalay Bay security guard shot by Stephen Paddock in the moments leading up to the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history was set to break his silence Thursday night …
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
‘Just ash and bone’: Death toll in California wildfires reaches historically grim heights  —  SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The horrific scale of death and destruction is coming into focus, even as the wildfires continue to rage throughout Northern California.  —  Thirty-one confirmed dead, many of them elderly.
Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Hannity hits back at Sasse: ‘Call me when you repeal ObamaCare loser’  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity fanned the flames of his feud with Sen. Ben Sasse  —  (R-Neb.) late Thursday, saying he has “done nothing” in D.C. and to “call me when you repeal ObamaCare loser.”
Alexander Nazaryan / Newsweek:
WHO BROKE CONGRESS?  DENNIS HASTERT, FORMER SPEAKER, BREAKS TWO-YEAR SILENCE TO DENY ROLE IN GRIDLOCK  —  In 1978, E.J. Dionne Jr. was a young reporter covering New York state politics in Albany.  That same year, a young historian from Georgia finally won a seat in the House of Representatives, after two failed attempts.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Howard Cheerleaders Add Voices to the Anthem Debate by Taking a Knee  —  WASHINGTON — A few minutes before kickoff last Saturday at Howard University's Greene Stadium — about two miles from the White House — the public address announcer said, “We ask that you please rise as we honor the United States of America.”
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Nate Boyer / ESPN:
Ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer writes open letter to Trump, Kaepernick, NFL and America
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Kyle Mizokami / Popular Mechanics:
U.S. Cruise Missile-Carrying Sub to Visit South Korea This Weekend
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
For Nationals, a crazy night ends with anguish and a season-ending loss to Cubs
Discussion: AOL
Kevin Glass / Washington Examiner:
Tax reform can finally drain the swamp by getting rid of lobbyists
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Gun laws that cost millions had little effect because they weren't enforced
Discussion: The Crime Report
Kelsey Tamborrino / Politico:
Trump: My presidency is ‘substantially ahead of schedule’
Discussion: ABC News and Talking Points Memo
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Federal employees allegedly brought in Puerto Ricans to provide them a ‘spa day’ while doing disaster relief: report
Discussion: The Root
 Earlier Items: 
Maya Oppenheim / The Independent:
Donald Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT hate group's annual summit
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Trump taps climate skeptic to lead White House environment office
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend
Discussion: Scripting News
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Fractured GOP  —  Trump Republicans vs. McConnell Republicans.