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11:00 AM ET, October 22, 2017


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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)
World Health Organization:
Director General rescinds Goodwill Ambassador appointment  —  Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa.  As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment.  —  I have listened carefully …
Stan Collender / Forbes:
The Trump Budget Legacy: A Permanent $1 Trillion Federal Deficit  —  The U.S. Treasury Department reported last Friday that the federal budget deficit for the just-completed fiscal year had risen by $80 billion over fiscal 2016 to the ominous-sounding $666 billion, a number many people …
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
OPIOID LOBBYIST LEFT A DIGITAL FINGERPRINT ON A CAMPAIGN BY “PATIENT ADVOCATES”  —  In the wake of the 60 Minutes/Washington Post story on the drug industry using its political influence to pass a law to undercut Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to police pill mill suppliers …
Discussion: CBS Boston
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
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
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 …
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)
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
House GOP Fears Wave in 2018 as Money Woes Grow  —  The odds of Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker again are rising as Republican donors show frustration over the party's stalled agenda on Capitol Hill.  —  House Republicans are growing increasingly alarmed that some of their most vulnerable members …
Exclusive: Former Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher enters Tennessee U.S. Senate race  —  Former Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher is entering next year's U.S. Senate race in Tennessee, a move that pits him against one of his former GOP congressional colleagues in the election to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Bush and Kelly: Truth Tellers  —  We all have something to learn from the two speeches, not least Donald Trump.  —  EDITOR'S NOTE:  —  The following is Jonah Goldberg's weekly “news"letter, the G-File.  Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays.  —  D  —  ear Reader,
Donald Trump / USA Today:
President Trump: With tax reform we can make it morning in America again  —  With my plan in place, jobs will grow, family incomes will rise and we will make America great again.  —  Today is the anniversary of former president Ronald Reagan signing into law the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
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.
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 and IJR
New York Times:
O'Reilly Settled New Harassment Claim, Then Fox Renewed His Contract
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: Axios and RedState
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump pledges at least $430,000 of his own money to help cover aides' legal costs related to Russia probes  —  President Trump plans to spend at least $430,000 of his personal funds to help cover the mounting legal costs incurred by White House staff and campaign aides related …
Discussion: The Hill
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Washington Post:
Trump shouldn't repeat Obama's mistake in Iraq and Syria
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
Can Trump stay on track on tax reform?
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Crews work to clean up after train derails in North Knoxville overnight
Discussion: ABC News
John H. Cochrane / The Grumpy Economist:
How does inflation work anyway?
Discussion: EconLog
 Earlier Items: 
Weinstein's fall grew from rage over Trump
Discussion: IJR
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
Jemele Hill — ‘I Deserved My Suspension’ ... Not Mad at ESPN
Discussion: AOL and Deadspin
Lena Felton / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump Is Rush-Shipping Condolences to Military Families