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4:25 PM ET, October 31, 2017


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Alvin Chang / Vox:
A week of Fox News transcripts shows how they began questioning Mueller's credibility  —  The data shows how this storyline developed.  —  Conservative media's attack on special counsel Robert Mueller was in the works far before Mueller brought indictments against high-level Trump campaign officials.
The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Tells Trump To Bring In New Lawyers as He Looks For Ways to Kneecap Mueller … Steve Bannon spoke on the phone with his old boss, Donald Trump, on Monday and offered a message: get yourself some new lawyers.  —  The former White House chief strategist has grown increasingly concerned …
Washington's Legions Of Lobbyists See Danger In Special Counsel's Indictment Of Manafort  —  Violations of the federal law that requires US citizens that represent foreign governments to register have long gone unprosecuted.  Is that about to change?  —  Reporting From Washington, DC
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Will Trump fire Mueller?  His attorney just made some very important comments about it.  —  Now that two Trump campaign aides have been indicted and another has reached a plea agreement after lying to investigators, there are two big questions about what President Trump might do:
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Plot Against America  —  On Monday morning, after America learned …
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Watch a Trump crony spin the indictments so badly he gets called out by Fox News
Discussion: IJR and The Guardian
John Yoo / New York Times:
Trump Can Pardon Manafort. He Shouldn't.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
It sure looks like there was collusion between the Trump operation and Russia
Steve Vladeck / Washington Post:
If Trump plans to fire Mueller, the time to do it is right now
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and NBC News
Gromer Jeffers Jr. / Dallas Morning News:
Republican Jeb Hensarling won't run for re-election  —  U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, won't run for re-election next year.  —  “Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the US Congress in 2018.  Although service in Congress remains the greatest privilege of my life …
The Hill:
GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling to retire after end of current term
Discussion: RedState and Axios
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
America's Most and Least Popular Governors  —  Republican leaders in blue states continue to shine  —  Getty Images / Morning Consult illustration  —  The latest installment of Morning Consult's Governor Approval Rankings — a survey of more than 255,000 registered voters nationwide conducted online …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and The Week
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
America's Most and Least Popular Senators  —  Sanders again on top while McConnell has worst numbers  — Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) went down in popularity, too, before his announcement that he would not seek re-election next year.  —  Along with President Donald Trump's declining support across …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The cowardice of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
‘House Of Cards’: Production On Netflix Series Suspended Indefinitely Following Kevin Spacey Allegations  —  EXCLUSIVE: Filming on the upcoming sixth and final season of Netflix's Washington D.C.-set drama House Of Cards has been suspended indefinitely.  Cast and crew of the MRC-produced series were told of the decision this morning.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
‘House of Cards’ Spinoffs in the Works at Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)
Discussion: Engadget, The Daily Caller, The Week and AOL
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Historians respond to John F. Kelly's Civil War remarks: ‘Strange,’ ‘sad,’ ‘wrong’  —  White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly was the guest for the premiere of Laura Ingraham's new show on Fox News Monday night.  During the interview, he outlined a view of the history of the Civil War …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ta-Nehisi Coates Schools John Kelly On History Of Civil War And ‘Compromise’
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Clovis said to be ‘cooperative witness’ in Senate Russia probe  —  Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to be the Agriculture Department's chief scientist, has been “a fully cooperative witness” in the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russian interference …
David Morgan / Reuters:
U.S. House tax chief says state income tax deduction will not remain  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican tax legislation due to be released this week in the U.S. House of Representatives will not include a deduction for state and local income taxes, the top House Republican on tax policy said on Tuesday.
The Hill:
Senate GOP: We are unified on controversial tax policy change
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Moore, who said Muslim shouldn't serve, now opposes ‘religious test’
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
Mike Cernovich Stole My Photo, Lied About It On Twitter, And Sold Trump Jr. On Yet Another Fake Conspiracy  —  A right-wing conspiracy theory was born at Columbia University last night, based on a lie that spread with remarkable speed from a student-led college protest to the immediate family of the president of the United States.
Larry O'Connor / Mediaite:
Virginia Governor's Race Turns Ugly With Ad Depicting Republicans As Racist Predators  —  It may be the most despicable campaign ad in decades and the Democrat who it is designed to help refuses to denounce it.  In fact, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam's Virginia Gubernatorial campaign has embraced it.
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
Virginia ad features minority kids chased by truck with Gillespie sticker, Confederate flag
Christine Rousselle /
DNC Email: Straight White Men Need Not Apply  —  The Democratic National Committee is hiring for some new positions in their Technology Team, including Chief Security Officer, IT Systems Administrator, and Product Manager.  In the email soliciting job applications, it says that the DNC is looking for a …
Rachel Crosby / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Officer accidentally fired weapon in Las Vegas gunman's Mandalay Bay suite  —  A broken window is covered at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, as seen Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.  Eli Segall/Las Vegas Review-Journal  —  A Metropolitan Police Department officer accidentally discharged his weapon inside …
Jess McIntosh / Shareblue Media:
Shareblue Media reporter violently arrested while covering GOP nominee for Virginia governor  —  After months of being harassed by Ed Gillespie's campaign for simply trying to ask the Republican gubernatorial nominee questions, Shareblue Media reporter Mike Stark was violently arrested Saturday while filming the annual Annandale parade.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alice Paul Tapper / New York Times:
I'm 10.  And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands.  —  Last year on a fourth-grade field trip, I noticed that all the boys stood in the front and raised their hands while most of the girls politely stayed in the back and were quiet.  It made me upset.  —  On the car ride home I told my mom about what happened.
Discussion: Washington Post
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
White House releases Trump, Pence official portraits  —  President Trump is seen smiling broadly in his official portrait that will hang in federal buildings across the country.  —  The White House released the official photographs of Trump and Vice President Pence on Tuesday.
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Ali Breland / The Hill:
Thousands attended protest organized by Russians on Facebook
Katherine Lam / Fox News:
200 feared dead after tunnel collapses at North Korean nuclear test site, Japanese TV claims
Discussion: RedState, Faithwire, CBS Baltimore and IJR
Paul Wood / USA Today:
Manafort earned $600,000 a month from pro-Russia party: Ukrainian report
Jeffrey Sachs / CNN:
The ominous absurdity of Trump's tax cuts
Sheila Marikar / New York Times:
Expectant Fathers Go Mildly Wild During Their ‘Daddymoons’
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Smith / CNNMoney:
California to tax pot as much as 45%
Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
Dartmouth College Professors Investigated for Alleged Sexual Misconduct
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Andy Dick Fired From Movie Over Sexual Harassment Claims
Discussion: Althouse and Mediaite
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Preet Bharara Reads Bob Mueller's Tea Leaves
Discussion: The Week and IJR