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12:35 AM ET, October 25, 2017


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Washington Post:
Clinton campaign, DNC paid for research that led to Russia dossier  —  The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that resulted in a now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump's connections to Russia and possible coordination between …
What you need to know about Hillary Clinton, Russia, and uranium  —  A 2016 campaign attack involving former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her role in a uranium sale that involved Russia is back in the news.  —  With new revelations, increased media attention and reader requests, we decided to take another look.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Clinton lawyer, DNC helped bankroll research that led to Trump-Russia dossier  —  The Democratic National Committee and a lawyer for Hillary Clinton helped bankroll research that led to the now-infamous dossier on alleged ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian government operatives …
John Solomon / The Hill:
GOP investigates Russian granted US entry by Obama administration while under FBI investigation for bribery
Discussion: RedState
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Hillary Clinton's Top Aides Still Being Paid by Campaign Nearly One Year After Defeat
Associated Press:
As panel questions Trump associates, GOP launches new probes
Discussion: ABC News
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Arizona's Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate … Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in 2018.
Jeff Flake's full speech announcing he won't run for re-election  —  Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles.
David Dayen / The Intercept:
After Day of Feuding, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker Join Trump to Upend a Major Consumer Protection  —  With national attention focused Tuesday morning on a mushrooming feud between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., followed by a feud in the afternoon between Trump and Sen. Jeff Flake …
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
Enough  —  Jeff Flake, a Republican, is a U.S. senator from Arizona.  —  As I contemplate the Trump presidency, I cannot help but think of Joseph Welch.  —  On June 9, 1954, during the Army-McCarthy hearings, Welch, who was the chief counsel for the Army, famously asked the committee chairman …
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / New York Times:
Consumer Bureau Loses Fight to Allow More Class-Action Suits  —  Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday to strike down a sweeping new rule that would have allowed millions of Americans to band together in class-action lawsuits against financial institutions.  —  The overturning of the rule …
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
The Latest: Senate votes to repeal consumer rule  —  The Latest on Republican efforts to repeal a banking regulation that would let consumers participate in class-action lawsuits.  (all times local):  —  The Senate has voted to nullify a consumer-oriented rule that would let millions …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Spare Me Your “Poor Jeff Flake is a Victim” Horsecrap Hot Takes  —  Oh poor Jeff Flake.  Jeff Flake got bullied out of Washington by Trumpism.  Flake is such a nice guy and there is no room for nice guys in the GOP any more.  I am seeing all this all over social media and it is such horse crap.
Discussion: CNN
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Jeff Flake, a Fierce Trump Critic, Will Not Seek Re-election for Senate
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Republicans Need a Better Response Besides Quitting
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Sanders criticizes “petty” Flake, Corker
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
New York Times:   Full Transcript: Jeff Flake's Speech on the Senate Floor
Jonathan Swan / Axios:   Reality check on Flake's retirement
Wall Street Journal:
Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Faces Another Money-Laundering Probe  —  Manhattan U.S. attorney's inquiry comes as President Donald Trump is weighing candidates to run the office  —  The Manhattan U.S. attorney's office is pursuing an investigation into possible money laundering …
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Manafort faces new money laundering probe: report  —  President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is facing a new probe into possible money laundering, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.  —  Sources told the newspaper that the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office is now pursuing …
Discussion: RedState
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Leon Wieseltier Admits ‘Offenses’ Against Female Colleagues as New Magazine Is Killed  —  Leon Wieseltier, a prominent editor at The New Republic for three decades who was preparing to debut a magazine this fall, apologized on Tuesday for “offenses against some of my colleagues in the past” …
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Leon Wieseltier acknowledges ‘misdeeds’ with female colleagues
The Daily Beast:
GOP Leaders Refusing To Pay For Dana Rohrabacher's Travel Over Russia Fears … House Republican leaders have taken the extraordinary step of curtailing Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's (R-CA) ability to conduct official business out of fear that he is too compromised by his ties to Russia.
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Trump-Corker feud explodes ahead of critical Hill visit  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The ongoing public feud between Sen. Bob Corker and President Donald Trump exploded Tuesday ahead of the President's high-stakes visit to Capitol Hill for tax negotiations …
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Corker are going at it again
Discussion: Raw Story
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Colin Kaepernick lands million-dollar book deal  —  Colin Kaepernick has inked a book deal worth just over $1 million with Random House imprint One World, Page Six has exclusively learned.  —  One World's headed by book world superstar Chris Jackson, who also publishes Jay-Z and Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Larry O'Connor / Mediaite:
FactsFirst?  CNN's Don Lemon Reads Letter To Trump Then Weeps On Air  —  Just hours after CNN self-importantly and sanctimoniously claimed they'd be the network of “Facts First” one of the 3rd place news outlet's anchors took to the air and read a letter he'd written to President Donald Trump and Gold Star Widow Myeshia Johnson.
Alex Thompson / VICE News:
Exclusive: Zuckerberg group to spend $45 million on political causes  —  Mark Zuckerberg's listening tour of the United States, he insists, is not a political campaign.  But while “Zuck 2020” may not be happening, the 33-year-old Facebook co-founder is planning to influence American politics for generations to come.
Detroit Free Press:
Kid Rock: Of course I'm not running for Senate … CONNECT  —  Mocking people who took the idea seriously, Kid Rock said this morning he's not running for U.S. Senate.  —  “F— no, I'm not running for Senate.  Are you kidding me?”  Rock said on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show.  “Who couldn't figure that out?
Washington Post:
A black man is charged in racist graffiti incidents that shook Mich. campus, drew national attention  —  Last fall and in the spring, the otherwise quiet campus of Eastern Michigan University was hit by three ugly incidents of vandalism targeting blacks.  —  The first came in September …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Trump to skip key Asia summit in Philippines to go home earlier  —  Leaders of more than a dozen countries will meet for a major summit in the Philippines in mid-November, but President Trump won't be there.  He is planning to skip it and leave the Philippines the day before.
Discussion: Politicus USA
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
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