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4:40 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 …
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.
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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CNN:
Missing soldier found nearly a mile from Niger ambush, officials say
Discussion: Snopes.com
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
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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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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
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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BBC:
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
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” …
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: Mediaite
Carolina Moreno / HuffPost:   Doctors Fear A Potentially Deadly Disease Outbreak In Puerto Rico
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: Politico and Political Wire
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
 
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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
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
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
USA Today:
Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Harvard Students Told Us What They're Learning From Sean Spicer
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR