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10:10 PM ET, October 26, 2017


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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
'I don't want to sit on your lap,' she thought.  But, she alleges, Mark Halperin insisted.  —  Dianna Goldberg was a young researcher at ABC News in 1994 when she asked a colleague, Mark Halperin, for some information about a story.  He readily agreed to help her and asked her to come to his office.
The Daily Beast:
Two More Women Accuse Mark Halperin of Sexual Misconduct … The morning after five women accused veteran journalist Mark Halperin of sexual harassment while he was in a powerful position at ABC News, two more women came forward with their own allegations.  —  Those initial five accusers …
NBC News:
Release of JFK Assassination File Is Delayed as Deadline Looms  —  The U.S. government was in danger Thursday of missing the deadline to release a trove of previously classified records from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, adding an unexpected twist to a saga already rife with rumors and conspiracies.
Associated Press:
The Latest: CIA says no JFK records will be withheld in full
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump blocks release of some JFK assassination records
Discussion: Axios
Lloyd Grove / Vanity Fair:
The Very Busy, Very Unproductive Life of Leon Wieseltier  —  New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier is the egghead boy toy of such glamorous powers as Barbra Streisand, Shirley MacLaine, and Tipper Gore.  But has he abandoned the life of the mind to be the life of the party?
Clio Chang / Splinter:
Leon Wieseltier Was Always Hiding in Plain Sight
Molly Boigon / WGBH News:
Juliette Kayyem: Mueller Will Deliver On Russia Investigation Before Thanksgiving  —  National security expert Juliette Kayyem is predicting news from Robert Mueller's Russia investigation will be announced within the next month.  —  “I think it is safe to say that before Thanksgiving …
Announcement: RT and Sputnik Advertising  —  Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately.  This decision was based on the retrospective work we've been doing around the 2016 U.S. election …
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Steps Up Efforts to Sway Lawmakers  —  Amid Russia probes and online ad scrutiny, social-media giant boosts lobbying spending and work on messaging  —  As the probes of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election turn to the role of social-media giants …
Christina Baker Kline / Slate:
George H.W. Bush Groped Me, Too  —  It was during an April 2014 photo op, and later I was asked to “be discreet.”  —  In April of 2014, I was invited to Houston as a guest author for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy fundraiser, along with two well-known male authors …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Third woman says she was groped by George H.W. Bush
Discussion: RedState
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: O'Reilly ‘Commencing Legal Action’ Against NJ Pol Accusing Him of Harassment  —  Former Fox News host and best-selling author Bill O'Reilly has revealed to Mediaite what he says are plans to commence legal action against Michael Panter, a small business owner and former …
Vanity Fair:
Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams Share Their Stories of James Toback's Sexual Harassment  —  Both women encountered the director early in their careers.  Both describe remarkably similar experiences of his targeting and humiliation of young actresses.  —  A week after The New York Times …
Conrad Black / LifeZette:
Russia ‘Collusion’ Story Is Blowing Up Like the Hindenburg
Discussion: Power Line
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
White House Claims That Mueller Probe ‘Getting Closer To Conclusion’
Discussion: Shakesville
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Lisa Bloom Has ‘Files’ on Rose McGowan's Sexual History: Inside Her Scorched Earth Crusade for Harvey Weinstein … Ronan Farrow was stunned and disgusted early this year when famed feminist lawyer Lisa Bloom phoned him, in the midst of his investigation for NBC News of widespread allegations …
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Trump: “Really great advertising” will keep kids off drugs  —  President Trump declared a “nationwide public-health emergency” on the opioid crisis today from the White House.  Although the declaration doesn't open up new funds (which some estimate would exceed $9.3 billion), Trump argued that …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a ‘Health Emergency’ but Requests No Funds
Rlitt / Lawfare:
The (Ir)relevance of the Trump “Dossier”  —  Much has been made this week of reports that the Clinton campaign paid for the so-called “dossier” about Trump that was compiled by a former British intelligence agent.  One important point is sometimes lost in the discussion.
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Georgia election server wiped after suit filed  — 63538b035d3f  —  Link copied!  —  A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned.
Foreign Policy:
State Department Scraps Sanctions Office  —  The Trump administration is three weeks late on Russia sanctions.  But it's killed the office that coordinates them.  —  The State Department shuttered an office that oversees sanctions policy, even as the Donald Trump administration faces criticism …
Bob Bryan / Business Insider:
House Republicans just cleared the way for tax reform  — The House passed the Senate's budget resolution by a vote of 216-212.  — Passing the budget resolution allows Republicans to start on the fast track to their tax plan.  — Some GOP members were upset over a key provision.
New York Times:
U.S. Soldiers Were Separated From Unit in Niger Ambush, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — In the chaotic moments after an Army Special Forces team and 30 Nigerien troops were ambushed by militants in a remote corner of West Africa three weeks ago, four of the Americans were separated from the larger group.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
The Midterms and Mueller  —  By now it's become pretty obvious that while many Republican members of Congress may be privately cheering for Sens. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, they aren't going to follow their lead and publicly break with the president or their party.  —  Politics is not all that complicated.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Trump Spending $1.75 Million on Presidential Furniture, Redecorations  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's administration is spending $1.75 million on furniture for the White House and offices tied to it, according to government records.  —  That includes $17,000 for custom rugs …
Discussion: Politico, AOL, IJR and Joe.My.God.
Dallas Morning News:
John Cornyn betrays himself and his party with embrace of Roy Moore  —  Sen. John Cornyn's endorsement this week of Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate from Alabama is a new low not just for the former jurist and ex-Texas attorney general, but for the party he claims to love.
Dylan Scott / Vox:
This is the nightmare scenario for the Children's Health Insurance Program  —  This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America's health care debate.  Like what you're reading?  Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
‘I hope someone truly shoots you’: online conspiracy theorists harass Vegas victims  —  Those who lived to describe the mass shooting face flood of abuse on social media accusing them of being actors, as hoax claims flourish on YouTube  —  Braden Matejka survived a bullet to the head in the Las Vegas massacre.
Discussion: AOL, Raw Story and Shakesville
Eleanor Ainge Roy / The Guardian:
Scott Brown: more complaints surface over behaviour of US ambassador to New Zealand  —  Ambassador said to have been ‘culturally insensitive’ at party in Samoa and is alleged by one woman to have stared at her breasts … It was a balmy 32 degrees when the US ambassador to New Zealand …
Discussion: IJR
Genalyn Kabiling / Manila Bulletin News:
Duterte bothered by ‘fake news’ on drug war, extrajudicial killings … President Duterte said he has been “demonized” by “fake news” about the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to his war on illegal drugs.  —  The President accused his political opponents of spreading such false information …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook and Politico to help Trump  —  Speech by company executive contradicts denial by Trump campaign that the company used its own data and Facebook data to help the campaign  —  Did Cambridge Analytica influence the Brexit vote and the US election?  —  Read more
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump DOJ settles lawsuits over Tea Party targeting by Obama IRS  —  The Trump administration, after years of litigation, has settled lawsuits with Tea Party and other conservative groups who say they were unfairly targeted by the IRS under the Obama administration.
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Republicans spoil for a fight over Russia probe budget
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nick Roll / Inside Higher Ed:
New Graduation Requirement: Patriotism
Discussion: TheBlaze
Victoria Balara / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Positive views of NFL down 18 points since 2013
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Senate Democrats have a plan that would cut child poverty nearly in half
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker spars with CNN reporter over Charlottesville conspiracy theories
Cindy Boren / Washington Post:
Mark Cuban foresaw an NFL ‘implosion’ of greed. Now, he says, it's ‘accelerating.’
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Bailey / Flavorwire:
Here's Alec Baldwin Rage-Tweeting Sexist Nonsense at a Female TV Critic
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed News Parts Ways With Three Entertainment Staffers After Identifying ‘Holes’ in Harvey Weinstein Coverage
Alexia Fernández Campbell / Vox:
Nurses returning from Puerto Rico accuse the federal government of leaving people to die
Discussion: Politico and Earther
Trump pick for top environmental post once wrote Texas would be ‘better off’ as an independent republic
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Times:
Sessions threatened to quit over Chinese dissident
Discussion: The Hill and IJR