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1:10 AM ET, October 22, 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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Don Lemon calls Fox News hypocritical after reports of O'Reilly settlement  —  CNN reporter Don Lemon attacked rival news network Fox News on Saturday after an explosive report from The New York Times revealed that the network extended former host Bill O'Reilly's contract after he paid out a $32 million sexual harassment settlement.
Discussion: Raw Story, Deadline, Mediaite and IJR
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 …
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
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” …
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
James Massola / Sydney Morning Herald:
Julie Bishop reveals ‘unprecedented’ letter from North Korea, says pressure is working
Discussion: AOL, WTVR-TV and TheBlaze
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: Instapundit and Washington Post
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 …
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.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brent Solomon / KSLA-TV:
Police investigate video showing MS students simulating sex, yelling racist rants
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
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
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Consider Sharp Cut in 401(k) Contribution Limits