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2:40 PM ET, October 21, 2017


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New York Times:
O'Reilly Settled New Harassment Claims, Then Fox Renewed His Contract  —  In January, the Fox News host was said to have agreed to a $32 million settlement with a former network analyst, the largest of his known payouts.  —  Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid …
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Exclusive: Pentagon Document Contradicts Trump's Gold Star Claims  —  Email undermines veracity of president's statement about Gold Star contacts  —  Contrary to Rhetoric, Military Mishaps Have Been Declining Senate Diluted Tough Oversight of Israeli Antimissile Program Safety Experts: Some F-35 Ejections Pose ‘Serious’ Death Risk
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump viciously lashes out as Gold Star family lays Sgt. La David Johnson to rest  —  Army Sgt. La David Johnson will be laid to rest today in Hollywood, Florida, more than two weeks after he was killed in an ISIS-led ambush in Niger.  He was one of four Army Special Forces troops killed on Oct. 4 …
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump arrives at golf resort as Gold Star family buries soldier he sent on doomed mission  —  Instead of honoring Sgt. La David Johnson's sacrifice for the nation, Trump will spend his 74th day on a golf course.  —  As grieving family members and friends say their final goodbyes to a fallen soldier …
NBC News:
Niger Ambush Came After ‘Massive Intelligence Failure,’ Source Says
CNN:   Missing soldier found nearly a mile from Niger ambush, officials say
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Steve Bannon delivers blistering attack on former President George W. Bush  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Anaheim, California (CNN)Steve Bannon delivered a withering attack on George W. Bush Friday night, bluntly questioning the former President's intelligence and his grasp of the concepts …
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:   Steve Bannon's ‘Season of War’ Roadshow
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Stephen Bannon takes fierce aim at George W. Bush in wake of speech seen as critical of President Trump
Discussion: AOL
Washington Post:
Trump authorizes release of JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies  —  BY WASHINGTON POST STAFF October 21 at 8:53 AM  —  The National Security Council had urged President Trump to withhold the last batch of government documents that could shed more light …
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Shenon / Politico:
Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files
Yvonne Abraham /
How rage over a woman's anti-cop Facebook post killed a Lynn coffee shop  —  LYNN — So this is how the world works now.  —  It's not enough to just disagree with somebody who says something some find odious.  No, angry mobs must be set upon them, to terrify them and destroy their lives.
Thomas Frank / The Guardian:
What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world  —  et us now consider the peculiar politics of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie producer.  Today Weinstein is in the headlines for an astonishing array of alleged sexual harassment and assaults, but once upon a time he was renowned …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Uber's Whistle-Blower Is Developing a Movie and Having a Baby  —  In her first interview since the essay that started a wave of sexual-harassment revelations, Susan Fowler tells her life story and looks to the future.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Susan Fowler was, she recalls, “over the moon” in January 2016.
Discussion: IndieWire and Mashable
Robert Mugabe's WHO appointment condemned as ‘an insult’  —  The choice of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization (WHO) goodwill ambassador has been criticised by several organisations including the British government.  —  It described his selection as …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and IJR
Brent Solomon / KSLA-TV:
Police investigate video showing MS students simulating sex, yelling racist rants  —  Henrico police are now investigating a video posted on social media showing middle school students simulating sex and shouting racially insensitive remarks.  Parents are angry over the video.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump hails liberation of Raqqa as ‘critical breakthrough’ in anti-ISIS campaign  —  President Trump announced Saturday that U.S.-backed forces had liberated “the entire” city of Raqqa in northern Syria, hailing it as a “critical breakthrough” in the international campaign to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller, IJR and Axios
New York Times:
10 Minutes.  12 Gunfire Bursts.  30 Videos.  Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre.  —  The shots began at 10:05.  Twelve bursts of gunfire later, police broke down Stephen Paddock's door at the Mandalay Bay.  Using forensic analysis, The Times mapped 30 videos that show a vivid picture of what happened that night.
Discussion: Power Line
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Young subscribers flock to old media  —  As President Donald Trump wages daily war against the press, millennials are subscribing to legacy news publications in record numbers—and at a growth rate, data suggests, far outpacing any other age group.  —  Since November's election, the New Yorker …
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13223  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and in furtherance of the objectives of Proclamation 7463 …
Discussion: CNBC
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Consider Sharp Cut in 401(k) Contribution Limits  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans are considering a plan to sharply reduce the amount of income American workers can save in tax-deferred retirement accounts as part of a broad effort to rewrite the tax code, according to lobbyists …
Discussion: Messaging Matters and Axios
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Harvard Students Told Us What They're Learning From Sean Spicer  —  Veritas?  Nah.  —  Sean Spicer, a man most famous for lying compulsively and giving Hitler the benefit of the doubt, has been rewarded for his brief stint as White House press secretary with a prestigious fellowship …
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Raphael Minder / New York Times:
Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis  —  BARCELONA — The escalating confrontation over Catalonia's independence drive took its most serious turn on Saturday as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced that he would remove the leadership of the restive region …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump pledges to personally pay some legal bills of WH staff and associates  —  President Trump has promised to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to defray legal costs incurred by campaign associates and White House staff due to the Russia investigations, a White House official tells Axios.
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Caroline Kenny / CNN:
Five former US presidents to appear at hurricane relief concert
James Massola / Sydney Morning Herald:
Julie Bishop reveals ‘unprecedented’ letter from North Korea, says pressure is working
Discussion: AOL, WTVR-TV and TheBlaze
Carolina Moreno / HuffPost:
Doctors Fear A Potentially Deadly Disease Outbreak In Puerto Rico
The Weather Channel:
16 Billion-Dollar Disasters Have Impacted the U.S. This Year, Tying an All-Time Record …
Foreign Policy:
Jeff Sessions Just Confessed His Negligence on Russia
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Pelosi says she must remain as leader so a woman is at table
Discussion: Liberal Values and IJR
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Trump's Road to 2024  —  PHOENIX — There are now two definitions …
 Earlier Items: 
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: 'I don't know' if I'll interview with Mueller for Russia probe
Discussion: Palmer Report
USA Today:
Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage
Washington Post:
John Kelly owes the congresswoman an apology
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
White House pushing for new concessions in bipartisan health bill, including retroactive mandate relief
Discussion: New York Times and CNBC
Greg Margason / FOX59:
Kokomo man's warning after having 16 guns stolen: 'Don't let strippers in your house'
Discussion: Daily Wire and
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Retweeted Alleged Russian Trolls
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios