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9:10 AM ET, October 22, 2017


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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
John Kelly and the Dangerous Moral Calculus of Working for Trump  —  Anyone in politics or government who works for Donald Trump, whether on the payroll or in some other supporting role, is forced to make a sacrifice.  Working for Trump means that one's credibility is likely to be damaged …
Discussion: and Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
O'Reilly Settled New Harassment Claim, 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 Bowden / The Hill:
Don Lemon calls Fox News hypocritical after reports of O'Reilly settlement
Discussion: Raw Story, Deadline and IJR
John Bowden / The Hill:
Every investor in Trump's Toronto tower lost money except Trump : report  —  Every investing partner working with President Trump's company on a project to build luxury condominiums in Toronto lost money on the project, save for Trump himself, according to an investigation published by the Toronto Star.
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Toronto Star:
How every investor lost money on Trump Tower Toronto (but Donald Trump made millions anyway)  —  Donald Trump called himself a “genius” for investing in Toronto's Trump Tower.  Behind the scenes, he had no money on the line.  The inside story of an unlikely bankruptcy …
Glenn Whipp / Los Angeles Times:
More than 30 women come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment  —  Writer-director James Toback attends the premiere of his latest movie, “The Private Life of a Modern Woman,” at the Venice Film Festival last month.  (Filippo Monteforte / AFP / Getty Images)
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.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Carter volunteers to help solve tensions with North Korea
Discussion: RedState
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.
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” …
The Hill:
GOP Senate hopefuls reluctant to back McConnell as leader  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  —  (R-Ky.) has become a flashpoint for Republicans running for Senate in 2018.  —  The Hill asked nearly two-dozen Senate candidates this week if they would support McConnell as leader if elected.
Washington Post:
‘My pain is everyday’: After Weinstein's fall, Trump accusers wonder: Why not him?  —  Almost a year after New Yorker Jessica Leeds and other women stepped forward with harrowing accounts of being sexually assaulted by a powerful man, another scandal with similar elements exploded.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
DNC reeling financially after brutal 2016  —  LAS VEGAS — The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises.  —  Many donors are refusing to write checks.
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
Can Trump stay on track on tax reform?  —  Congressional Republicans are readying themselves for a new obstacle on tax reform: President Donald Trump and his penchant for disruptions.  —  There's no doubt that Trump badly wants a tax deal, and he appears very willing to travel the country in support of one.
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Lawrence Summers: One last time on who benefits from corporate tax cuts  —  I recently asserted that Kevin Hassett deserved a failing grade for his “analysis” projecting that the Trump administration proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent would raise the wages …
Weinstein's fall grew from rage over Trump  — Liberal celebrities would have looked like hypocrites after being so enraged at Trump's treatment of women, she writes  —  Sally Kohn is an activist, columnist and television commentator.  Follow her on Twitter: @sallykohn.
Discussion: IJR
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Bush and Kelly: Truth Tellers
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
McCain in Twilight: An Unfettered Voice Against Trumpism
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Cheaper Health Plans Promoted by Trump Have a History of Fraud
Jason Green / Mercury News:
ICE official, sheriff clash over suspected Wine Country arsonist
Discussion: IJR
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
Russia puts British Putin critic on Interpol wanted list
No hazardous materials on-board derailed train in North Knoxville
Discussion: ABC News
John H. Cochrane / The Grumpy Economist:
How does inflation work anyway?
Discussion: EconLog
William Saletan / Slate:
Former Republican nominees call for a principled conservatism.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Bannon slams former President Bush as most ‘destructive’ president in ongoing attack to GOP establishment
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
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
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
U.S. Budget Deficit Swells, Adding Wrinkle to G.O.P. Push for Tax Cut
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Trump plans to release JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies
Brent Solomon / KSLA-TV:
Police investigate video showing MS students simulating sex, yelling racist rants
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story