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7:20 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 …
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.
Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Republican official ‘would have shot’ Guardian reporter attacked by Gianforte  —  Montana Republican official Karen Marshall told radio program she would have shot reporter Ben Jacobs if ‘that kid had done to me what he did to Greg’ … A Montana Republican party official “would have shot” …
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 …
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Brandon Carter / The Hill:   Maxine Waters calls on Kelly to apologize for lashing out at Dem congresswoman
E.A. Crunden / ThinkProgress:
Five former presidents are raising money for hurricane relief.  Trump is playing golf.  —  Your friendly reminder that most of Puerto Rico is still without power.  —  All five living former U.S. presidents are set to participate in a fundraiser for hurricane relief efforts on Saturday …
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Caroline Kenny / CNN:
Five former US presidents to appear at hurricane relief concert
Discussion: fox8.com and Mediaite
Carolina Moreno / HuffPost:   Doctors Fear A Potentially Deadly Disease Outbreak In Puerto Rico
Yonette Joseph / New York Times:
After Making Mugabe a ‘Good-Will Ambassador,’ W.H.O. Chief Is ‘Rethinking’ It  —  The World Health Organization's decision to name President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a “good-will ambassador” has provoked outrage from medical professionals, rights groups, opposition leaders and others who took …
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Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Trump plans to release JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies  —  President Trump announced Saturday morning that he planned to release the tens of thousands of never-before-seen documents left in the files related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination held …
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Washington Post:
Trump authorizes release of JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
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 …
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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
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:   Steve Bannon's ‘Season of War’ Roadshow
Yvonne Abraham / BostonGlobe.com:
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.
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: The Root and Raw Story
Josh Saul / Newsweek:
STEPHANIE MCKELLOP, TEACHER WHO CALLS ON BLACK WOMEN, NOT MALE STUDENTS, BECOMES LATEST CULTURE WAR BATTLE  —  After a teaching assistant at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania tweeted about a strategy to encourage classroom participation by minority students, the tweets sparked …
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 …
Lena Felton / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump Is Rush-Shipping Condolences to Military Families  —  The Trump administration is scrambling to defend the president's characterization of his communications with grieving military families, including rush-delivering letters from the president to the families of servicemembers killed months ago.
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
 
 
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Carolyn Kormann / New Yorker:
There's a Dangerous Bubble in the Fossil-Fuel Economy, and the Trump Administration Is Making It Worse
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
U.S. Budget Deficit Swells, Adding Wrinkle to G.O.P. Push for Tax Cut
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump hails liberation of Raqqa as ‘critical breakthrough’ in anti-ISIS campaign
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and IJR
James Massola / Sydney Morning Herald:
Julie Bishop reveals ‘unprecedented’ letter from North Korea, says pressure is working
Discussion: AOL, WTVR-TV and TheBlaze
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13223
Discussion: CNBC
New York Times:
10 Minutes. 12 Gunfire Bursts. 30 Videos. Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre.
Discussion: Power Line
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
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots
Discussion: Mother Jones
Thomas Frank / The Guardian:
What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
How Does a Democrat Run for Re-election in a Trump State? Very Carefully
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Young subscribers flock to old media
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: 'I don't know' if I'll interview with Mueller for Russia probe
Discussion: ABC News and Palmer Report