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4:30 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 …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump opposes bipartisan Obamacare rescue plan  —  President Donald Trump will oppose any congressional attempts to reinstate funding for Obamacare subsidies — unless he gets something in return, his budget director Mick Mulvaney said in an interview Friday morning.
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 …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Trump's acting like Obamacare is just politics. It's people's lives.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Danielle Kurtzleben / NPR:
Trump Administration To End Obamacare Subsidies For The Poor
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.
Los Angeles Times:
The fallout: How the Harvey Weinstein scandal exposed sexual harassment as Hollywood's dirty secret  —  Blake Lively is just one of many women alleging abuse within the industry in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.  (Jason Merritt / Getty Images)  —  Dana Brunetti has produced …
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 and Vox
Eliza Barclay / Vox:
This CNN clip shows why we need an accurate death count from Puerto Rico  —  A GOP lawmaker claimed people weren't dying on the island.  —  Death tolls are one of the main ways the public understands the impact of a disaster.  And as my colleague Alexia Fernandez Campbell and I reported earlier this week …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
69 Republicans vote against aid for Puerto Rico, other disaster sites
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.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump asks Congress to fix Iran deal's flaws
Discussion: ABC News, Axios, Just Security and IJR
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump strikes blow against Iran nuclear deal in major U.S. policy shift
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.
Jesse Paul / Denver Post:
Republican National Committee chief, in Colorado visit, says “I think we're in the best place we've ever been as a party”  —  Ronna Romney McDaniel was in Denver Thursday for an event honoring Hispanic Heritage Month  —  The chief of the Republican National Committee said Thursday during …
Discussion: Shakesville
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
RNC chair: GOP is 'in the best place we've ever been'
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Trump to become first sitting president to address Values Voter Summit  —  President Trump on Friday will become the first sitting United States president to speak at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit.  —  “Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America's mission …
Discussion: IJR
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Throwing a bomb into the insurance markets, Trump now owns the broken health-care system  —  THE BIG IDEA: President Trump took two giant steps Thursday to disembowel the Affordable Care Act.  —  The administration announced late last night that he will immediately halt cost-sharing reductions.
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
For Nationals, a crazy night ends with anguish and a season-ending loss to Cubs
Discussion: AOL
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.
David French / National Review:
Trump's Tweets Are Damaging the Republican Character  —  No short-term political victory is worth the long-term cultural degradation the president is guaranteeing the GOP.  —  The vast majority of commentary about Donald Trump's tweets centers on Trump: What do they say about his state of mind?
Discussion: Mother Jones and RedState
Chicago Business:
What Jaguars owner Khan said today on Trump, NFL owners and a $20 minimum wage  —  NFL team owner Shahid Khan spoke his mind today on his fellow club owners, President Donald Trump and the politics of divisiveness at an executive conference for Crain's Who's Who in Chicago Business.
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News Insider
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
For Trump, “Consequences Are Piling Up” with Republicans in Washington  —  Shortly after noon on Tuesday, after a morning in which President Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's I.Q. in an interview and insulted Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker's diminutive stature …
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
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: Raw Story and Shakesville
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.”
Nate Boyer / ESPN:
Ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer writes open letter to Trump, Kaepernick, NFL and America  —  Editor's note: More than a year after penning an open letter to Colin Kaepernick, former Army Green Beret and NFL player Nate Boyer writes another one, this time calling for unity across all sides of the United States.
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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Josh Delk / The Hill:
Obama Foundation to hold inaugural event with Chance the Rapper, Gloria Estefan
Discussion: The Root
North Carolina avoids major sanctions in academic fraud case
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Howard Cheerleaders Add Voices to the Anthem Debate by Taking a Knee
Kevin Glass / Washington Examiner:
Tax reform can finally drain the swamp by getting rid of lobbyists
 Earlier Items: 
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
Gun laws that cost millions had little effect because they weren't enforced
Discussion: The Crime Report
Washington Post:
‘Just ash and bone’: Death toll in California wildfires reaches historically grim heights
Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend
Discussion: Scripting News