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11:55 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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
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: Raw Story
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  —  Former President Jimmy Carter says he is open to working with President Trump to solve the growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.  —  In an interview with The New York Times' Maureen Dowd, Carter said he would go to the country to work on negotiations.
Discussion: RedState
James Massola / Sydney Morning Herald:
Julie Bishop reveals ‘unprecedented’ letter from North Korea, says pressure is working
Discussion: AOL, WTVR-TV and TheBlaze
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” …
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
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.
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
Thomas Frank / The Guardian:
What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world
Discussion: Washington Post
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump arrives at golf resort as Gold Star family buries soldier he sent on doomed mission  —  As grieving family members and friends say their final goodbyes to a fallen soldier, the commander in chief will spend the day at his golf resort.  —  According to press reports …
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
Caroline Kenny / CNN:
Five former US presidents to appear at hurricane relief concert  —  Former presidents team up for hurricane relief  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)It'll be a rare joint appearance of five members of an exclusive club.  —  All five living former US presidents will take part …
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 …
Jemele Hill — ‘I Deserved My Suspension’ ... Not Mad at ESPN  —  Jemele Hill is breaking her silence — telling TMZ Sports she doesn't blame ESPN for hitting her with a 2-week suspension over anti-Jerry Jones tweets saying ... “I put ESPN in a bad spot.”  —  Hill was put in the penalty box …
Discussion: AOL and Deadspin
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William Saletan / Slate:
Former Republican nominees call for a principled conservatism.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
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
Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13223
Discussion: CNBC
Brent Solomon / KSLA-TV:
Police investigate video showing MS students simulating sex, yelling racist rants
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
 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: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Yvonne Abraham /
How rage over a woman's anti-cop Facebook post killed a Lynn coffee shop
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Young subscribers flock to old media
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Consider Sharp Cut in 401(k) Contribution Limits