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12:50 PM 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)
Discussion: and IndieWire
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 …
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Senator slams “white supremacists” in Trump admin, defends congresswoman and Gold Star family  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown made it very clear: Rep. Frederica Wilson was right about white supremacists in the White House.  —  Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown slammed the white nationalism …
Discussion: The Root and The Gateway Pundit
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Brown: ‘Goldman Sachs’ types near Trump pressuring him to slash taxes on rich
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
John James could be the future Republicans have been waiting for  —  DETROIT — John James emerges with confidence from a former Detroit elementary school that has been transformed into a charter high school in the northwest side of the city.  It is a stride any parent would hope to see in a son …
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
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)
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.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
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,
Mark Townsend / The Guardian:
Russia puts British Putin critic on Interpol wanted list  —  Vladimir Putin said to have agreed to move against Bill Browder, who has battled Moscow over ‘Magnitsky Act’  —  Russia has placed a prominent British businessman on the Interpol wanted list.  President Vladimir Putin is understood …
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Natasha Lennard / The Intercept:
Police Reportedly Claim a Brooklyn Teen Consented to Sex in Custody. That's Impossible.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Post
CBS News:
Off the African coast, a new tool in the fight against climate change: drones
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
 Earlier Items: 
Crews work to clean up after train derails in North Knoxville overnight
Discussion: ABC News
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
Jemele Hill — ‘I Deserved My Suspension’ ... Not Mad at ESPN
Discussion: AOL and Deadspin
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump pledges at least $430,000 of his own money to help cover aides' legal costs related to Russia probes
Discussion: The Hill, AOL, Politico and Axios
Lena Felton / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump Is Rush-Shipping Condolences to Military Families