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Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Harvey Weinstein's Army of Spies  —  In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women.  He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations.
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Report Details Weinstein's Covert Attempt to Halt Publication of Accusations  —  The disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein used a web of private detectives, lawyers and even undercover former Mossad agents in a failed effort to stop The New York Times and The New Yorker from publishing …
Adam Roberts / KHBS:
Man who shot Texas church gunman shares his story  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas —  Stephen Willeford shot and chased the man who killed 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday.  He spoke to 40/29 News in an exclusive sit-down interview on Monday.
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Rich Lowry / New York Post:
The heroes of Sutherland Springs  —  MORE FROM: … Before the Texas church shooter encountered any police officers, he was run off a highway and dead.  —  He had been shot and chased by two private citizens who took it upon themselves to respond to a heinous crime when no one with a badge was anywhere to be found.
New York Times:
Texas Gunman Broke Child's Skull and Assaulted Wife in Troubled Life  —  NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. — He beat his wife, cracked his toddler stepson's skull and was kicked out of the military.  He drove away friends, drew attention from the police and abused his dog.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:   Trump says ‘hundreds more’ might have died in Texas shooting if gun laws were tougher
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Texas Gov. Abbot: Gunman was denied gun permit
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and ABC News
New York Times:
Air Force Error Allowed Texas Gunman to Buy Weapons
New York Times:
A Family Was Praying in a Texas Church. Then 8 Were Dead.
Discussion: Washington Post and Telegraph
Washington Post:
Trump adviser sent email describing ‘private conversation’ with Russian official  —  Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to President Trump's campaign whose visit to Moscow during the election has drawn scrutiny, sent an email to fellow Trump aides during his trip describing “a private conversation” …
Discussion: Political Wire, ABC News and The Week
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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Carter Page's testimony is filled with bombshells — and supports key portions of the Steele dossier
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
The Case Of Wilbur Ross' Phantom $2 Billion  —  Fresh off a tour through Thailand, Laos and China, United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr. picked up the phone on a Sunday afternoon in October to discuss something deeply personal: how much money he has.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Associated Press:
The Latest: US-South Korea discuss nuclear submarines  —  The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Asia (all times local):  —  South Korea's presidential office says U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have agreed to open “working-level” …
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
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Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
A toned-down Trump prods China, Russia to do more to combat North Korean nuclear threat
Discussion: ABC News and CNBC
Associated Press:
In Seoul, Trump calls for North Korea to make a deal
Discussion: The Week
Marina Fang / HuffPost:
Russian Lawyer Who Met With Donald Trump Jr. Claims He Offered A Quid Pro Quo  —  “Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it,” Trump Jr. said during the June 2016 meeting, according to Natalia Veselnitskaya.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Trump approval at new low as Russia concerns grow  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Six in 10 think Trump knew last year that campaign associates met with suspected Russian operatives  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)Donald Trump's approval rating stands at its lowest point in CNN's polling as concerns …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Offshore cash helped fund Steve Bannon's attacks on Hillary Clinton  —  Robert Mercer, whose spending assisted Donald Trump's election win, used tax haven of Bermuda to avoid US taxes  —  Eighteen months before guiding Donald Trump to election victory, Steve Bannon delivered the opening shot …
Discussion: Axios and Mediaite
John Harwood / CNBC:
GOP tax plan would increase federal deficits substantially, new analysis shows  — The Tax Policy Center released an analysis of the House GOP tax bill, but then the think tank pulled its study after it found an error in its analysis.  — A second report shows that the House GOP bill …
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Washington Post:   Taxes would rise for many in working class and fall for richest Americans under House GOP tax plan, analysis shows
New York Times:
What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings?  International Comparisons Suggest an Answer  —  mass  —  shooters … mass  —  shooters … 100  —  mass  —  shooters … 80  —  60  —  40 … The New York Times |  Source: Adam Lankford, The University of Alabama (shooters); Small Arms Survey (guns).
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
The indefensible Republican response to the Texas mass shooting
Discussion: Vox and Bangor Daily News
James Bridle:
Something is wrong on the internet  —  I'm James Bridle.  I'm a writer and artist concerned with technology and culture.  I usually write on my own blog, but frankly I don't want what I'm talking about here anywhere near my own site.  Please be advised: this essay describes disturbing things …
New York Times:
Is Landscaping Drama at the Root of Rand Paul's Assault?  —  WASHINGTON — The violent altercation last week that left Senator Rand Paul nursing bruised lungs and broken ribs began over a landscaping dispute between the senator and his longtime next-door neighbor, according to neighbors …
BBC:
Paradise Papers: Apple's secret tax bolthole revealed  —  The world's most profitable firm has a secretive new structure that would enable it to continue avoiding billions in taxes, the Paradise Papers show.  —  They reveal how Apple sidestepped a 2013 crackdown on its controversial Irish tax practices …
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Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
Crossing the Trump Rubicon  —  We are in a veritable war of competing visions.  The strife inside the two parties is irrelevant—when compared to the larger existential war for the soul of America.  —  Like it or not, Donald Trump in fits and starts has chosen not to accommodate the progressive vision.
Harriet Sinclair / Newsweek:
PAPA JOHNS TELLS NAZIS 'DON'T BUY OUR PIZZA' AFTER CHAIN IS CLAIMED AS OFFICIAL PIE OF ALT-RIGHT  —  Papa Johns has told racists not to eat its food, after a neo-Nazi website claimed the pizza chain was the official pie of the alt-right.  —  The Daily Stormer posted a picture of a swastika pizza …
Associated Press:
Voters in New Jersey and Virginia elect new governors  —  Voters in New Jersey and Virginia are choosing new governors Tuesday in contests that could be an early referendum on President Donald Trump.  —  In swing-state Virginia, most polls show a close race between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.
Discussion: Politico
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
ObamaCare signups surge in early days to set new record  —  A record number of people signed up for ObamaCare in the first few days of open enrollment this year compared to the same period in previous years, several sources close to the process told The Hill.
Dara Lind / Vox:
The Trump administration is plunging 57,000 Honduran immigrants into limbo  —  They've lived here legally for decades.  They could be pushed out in 6 months.  —  For nearly 20 years, since a 1998 hurricane, the US government has allowed tens of thousands of Honduran immigrants to stay …
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Anniversary of the Apocalypse  —  In the terror-struck and vertiginous days after Donald Trump's election a year ago, as I tried to make sense of America's new reality, I called people who lived, or had lived, under authoritarianism to ask what to expect.  I wasn't looking for concrete predictions …
Discussion: Esquire
David Faber / CNBC:
21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney: Sources  — 21st Century Fox has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney Co., according to people familiar with the situation.  — Fox is said to believe that a more tightly focused group …
 
 
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Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
President Is Losing Support in ‘Trump Counties,’ a WSJ/NBC News Poll Finds
Heather Caygle / Politico:
GOP shrugs off gun control after latest mass shooting
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
From Utah, Secretive Help for a Russian Oligarch and His Jet
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Johnny Depp Hit With Foreclosure On Homes By Ex-Biz Managers For $5M Loan
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TMZ.com
New Yorker:
The Saudi Royal Purge—with Trump's Consent
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
GAO to review whether EPA violated anti-propaganda law
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Alec Baldwin: Melania Trump ‘loves my impersonation’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Reza Aslan / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed The dangerous cult of Donald Trump
Dave Urbanski / TheBlaze:
Atheist French woman who wants American citizenship sues to remove ‘so help me God’ from oath
Discussion: IJR
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
WATCH: Trump tells Japanese dignitaries he never knew there were ‘so many countries’ until he was elected
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Alyssa Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Why I won't be reviewing ‘The Last Jedi,’ or any other Disney movie, in advance