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12:50 PM ET, October 30, 2017


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Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Told to Surrender  —  WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort and his former business associate Rick Gates were told to surrender to federal authorities Monday morning, the first charges in a special counsel investigation, according to a person involved in the case.
Manafort to turn himself in to Mueller, source says  —  Source: Manafort to turn himself in to Mueller  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Manafort is the first person in Trump's orbit charged in connection with the special counsel investigation  —  Washington (CNN)Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort …
New York Times:
How the Russia Investigation Entangled a Manafort Protégé  —  Nearly everywhere Paul Manafort went, it seemed, Rick Gates followed, his protégé and junior partner.  Election campaigns in Eastern Europe and Africa.  Business ventures with a Russian tycoon.
Washington Post:
Manafort and former business partner asked to surrender in connection with special counsel probe  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his former business partner Rick Gates will turn themselves in on charges stemming from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation …
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
How to Interpret Robert Mueller's New Charges  —  WITH THE FIRST public criminal charges expected to come out Monday, this year's biggest political story—the former FBI director Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election—will enter an important new phase …
Dave Lawler / Axios:
How the Russia probe closed in on Paul Manafort  —  Paul Manafort was in the room when Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer hoping for dirt on Hilary Clinton.  One month later, he reportedly sent an email to a Russian billionaire offering private briefings on the campaign.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
How Fox News is covering the toughest day of the Trump presidency  —  Indictment against Manafort, Gates unsealed  —  The news that Donald Trump's former campaign head had turned himself over to the FBI was just minutes old on Monday morning when “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade posed …
Wall Street Journal:
Begging Your Pardon, Mr. President
Discussion: New York Magazine
Adam B. Vary / BuzzFeed:
Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14  —  The Star Trek: Discovery actor says women speaking out about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry has compelled him to come forward about the Oscar winner.  —  Last June, Anthony Rapp settled …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
John Boehner Unchained  —  WEST CHESTER, Ohio—He swings the golf club like a right-hander, which he is, but putts as a southpaw.  Maybe it's a metaphor for a conservative politician who often turned to liberals in crunch time, but I'm too busy losing $20 on this hole to appreciate it.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Menendez formally seeks mistrial in bribery case
Discussion: Instapundit and The Daily Caller
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Adviser Met With Russian to Discuss ‘Dirt’ on Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — A professor with close ties to the Russian government told an adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign in April 2016 that Moscow had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails,” according to court documents unsealed Monday.
Washington Post:
Puerto Rico moves to cancel contract with Whitefish Energy to repair electric grid  —  Puerto Rico's electric company moved Sunday to cancel a $300 million contract with a small Montana firm for repairs to the territory's hurricane-ravaged electrical grid, saying controversy surrounding …
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
‘The Russians Have Succeeded Beyond Their Wildest Expectations’  —  Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here.  Subscribe via Stitcher here.  —  America's former top spymaster has a few things he'd like to clear up about the Russia investigation.
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Mediaite
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
NBC News, MSNBC cut ties with Mark Halperin  —  Mark Halperin apologizes after sexual harassment claims  —  NBC News and MSNBC have severed ties with “Game Change” co-author and veteran journalist Mark Halperin, days after multiple women told CNN he sexually harassed or assaulted them during his time at ABC News.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bannon declares war on Singer in call with Trump  —  In a Friday night phone call, President Trump's former chief strategist and enforcer Steve Bannon told Trump he was going “off the chain” to destroy Paul Singer, a New York hedge fund billionaire who is one of the most influential donors to the Republican Party.
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and CNBC
Tyler Jones / The Hill:
To win in 2018, Democrats must resist moving further left  —  BY TYLER JONES, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 10/29/17 02:20 PM EDT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  's (R-Ariz.) surprise retirements and their decision to forcefully speak out against Donald Trump
Discussion: Instapundit
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida congressional candidate: ‘I was Harvey Weinsteined’  —  MIAMI — A top congressional candidate in one of the nation's marquee races for Democrats is accusing a political ally she once supported of exposing himself to her — and he's countering that she might be lying to gain attention for her campaign.
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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
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Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
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Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Axios
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
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Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Politico
Carol Rosenberg / miamiherald:
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Discussion: Just Security
Lisa Miller / New York Magazine:
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