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8:30 PM ET, October 21, 2017


 Top Items: 
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Trump pledges at least $430,000 of his own money to help cover aides' legal costs related to Russia probes
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘Pick up the phone and say I apologize’: Medal of Honor recipient rips Kelly and Trump over fallen soldier response  —  MSNBC anchor Joy Reid brought together a panel of guests for “AM Joy” Saturday to examine the ongoing feud President Donald Trump and his administration have been waging …
Linley Sanders / Newsweek:
WHAT DOES ‘EMPTY BARREL’ MEAN AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?  —  One day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly insulted a member of Congress be calling her an “empty barrel,” the world has been asking one question: What the hell is an “empty barrel,” anyway?
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Maxine Waters calls on Kelly to apologize for lashing out at Dem congresswoman
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 …
Fox News:
Bannon slams former President Bush as most ‘destructive’ president in ongoing attack to GOP establishment  —  Former White House adviser Steve Bannon widened his assault on the Republican establishment Friday night, saying former GOP President George W. Bush had the most “destructive” presidency in U.S. history.
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump authorizes release of JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
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 …
Caroline Kenny / CNN:
Five former US presidents to appear at hurricane relief concert
Discussion: and Mediaite
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting  —  PLAINS, Ga. — Most people would run away screaming at the thought of working for a boss who humiliates subordinates in public, throttles them in private, demands constant flattery, spends all day watching cable TV and behaves in a wildly unpredictable way.
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.
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 …
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
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Democratic Party Drama Puts Deputy Chair Keith Ellison in a Tough Spot
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Jemele Hill — ‘I Deserved My Suspension’ ... Not Mad at ESPN
Discussion: AOL and Deadspin
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
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
10 Minutes. 12 Gunfire Bursts. 30 Videos. Mapping the Las Vegas Massacre.
Discussion: Power Line
Foreign Policy:
Jeff Sessions Just Confessed His Negligence on Russia
Discussion: Politico
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
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Young subscribers flock to old media