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Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct  —  Six women accuse the C.E.O. of harassment and intimidation, and dozens more describe abuse at his company.  —  For more than twenty years, Leslie Moonves has been one of the most powerful media executives in America.
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Leslie Moonves Accused of Sexual Misconduct in Ronan Farrow Exposé  —  The CBS CEO, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, is accused of unwanted kissing and touching in a New Yorker article set to be published Friday.  —  The New Yorker is poised to publish an article by Ronan Farrow …
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
How Vladimir Putin will take down Donald Trump when he's no longer useful  —  Signs are that Vladimir Putin may already be hedging his bets on Donald Trump as a reliable tool for advancing several of Russia's key goals, including his drive to get U.S. sanctions lifted, sow chaos in America's elections …
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Reuters:   Putin says Trump can ‘be my guest’ in Moscow, White House welcomes idea
CNN:   Sanctions on Russia's Rusal could be lifted, Mnuchin says
Ari Honarvar / The Nation:
A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Abused in an Immigrant-Detention Center  —  Separated from her mother by Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the child was forced to sign a statement confirming that she understood it was her responsibility to stay away from her abuser.
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ProPublica:
Immigrant Youth Shelters: “If You're a Predator, It's a Gold Mine”  —  We obtained police reports and call logs from more than two-thirds of the shelters housing immigrant children.  Here's what they show.  —  Just five days after he reached the United States, the 15-year-old Honduran boy awoke …
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress and Mediaite
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Russian Hackers Appear to Shift Focus to U.S. Power Grid  —  WASHINGTON — State-sponsored Russian hackers appear far more interested this year in demonstrating that they can disrupt the American electric utility grid than the midterm elections, according to United States intelligence officials and technology company executives.
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Trump admin has no central strategy for election security, and no one's in charge  —  After two years of calling Russian election meddling a hoax, President Trump will preside over a meeting about election security.  —  WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of calling Russian election interference …
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Venting about press, Trump has repeatedly sought to ban reporters over questions  —  President Trump has sought repeatedly to punish journalists for the way they ask him questions, directing White House staff to ban those reporters from covering official events or to revoke their press credentials …
Discussion: Raw Story, AOL, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
Walter Kirn / Harper's:
Illiberal Values  —  Coming of age in the Seventies as a Midwesterner, a Mormon, and a resident of a town of about five hundred people, I didn't get to meet a lot of outspoken liberals, but those I did meet made strong impressions on me.  I was too young to understand the intricacies of their politics …
Lauren Meier / Axios:
Special counsel releases witness list for Manafort trial  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed his witness list, which includes 35 individuals who could testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in his upcoming trial.  —  Flashback: Earlier this week …
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Talking Points Memo:   Mueller Unveils Witness List For Manafort Trial Starting Next Week
TYT Investigates / TYT Network:
Giuliani, Bolton Repeatedly Met With Group Formerly Designated a Cult-Like Terror Organization  —  Rudy Giuliani speaks during a memorial in NYC on September 24, 2013, for members of Iranian dissident group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK).  MEK says that 52 of its members were killed on September 1, 2013, in Iraq.
Politico:
Spotted: Mueller and Trump Jr. at DCA  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller and Donald Trump Jr. were spotted both waiting for their flights this morning at the 35X gate at DCA.  This image first appeared in POLITICO Playbook PM — sign up below.  —  Sign up here for POLITICO Playbook.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
HHS official who spread conspiracy theories forced out  —  Ximena Barreto — a Donald Trump political appointee who used social media to spread conspiracy theories about a supposed pizza shop sex ring and made other inflammatory remarks — was escorted from Health and Human Services Department …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump administration fails to comply with court order, keeps kids locked up  —  The Post reports: … We have no doubt that the DHS employees working to reunite families have given their all and are committed to fulfilling the judge's order.  It is the political appointees who conducted …
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New York Times:
At Prayer Breakfast, Guests Seek Access to a Different Higher Power  —  WASHINGTON — With a lineup of prayer meetings, humanitarian forums and religious panels, the National Prayer Breakfast has long brought together people from all over the world for an agenda built around the teachings of Jesus.
Adam Nossiter / New York Times:
‘They Spit When I Walked in the Street’: The ‘New Anti-Semitism’ in France  —  PARIS — The solemn boulevards and quiet side streets of the 17th Arrondissement in Paris suggest Jewish life in France is vibrant: There is a new profusion of kosher groceries and restaurants, and about 15 synagogues, up from only a handful two decades ago.
Monica Burton / Eater:
The No-Tipping Point  —  Inside the twisted minds of deliberately bad tippers  —  “I don't tip because society says I have to,” says Mr. Pink, the crook played by Steve Buscemi in the 1992 Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs.  “Alright, I mean I'll tip if somebody really deserves a tip.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Precinct Data Shows Rich, White Neighborhoods Flipping Democratic in 2016.  Will It Last?  —  Republicans have been the party of the rich and Democrats the party of the poor for about as long as political scientists have collected data on American elections.  —  That might not be quite so true anymore, at least among white voters.
Associated Press:
After decades of silence, nuns talk about abuse by priests  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — The nun no longer goes to confession regularly, after an Italian priest forced himself on her while she was at her most vulnerable: recounting her sins to him in a university classroom nearly 20 years ago.
Politico:
‘If I kissed that one, would it lead to more?’  Federal housing chief investigated for sexual harassment  —  Mortgage regulator taped making suggestive comments to employee.  —  Mel Watt, the powerful regulator of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment of an employee.
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
Bomb Squad Called for Unattended Battery Chargers at Trump Tower: Officials  —  Suspicious Packages Found at Trump Tower  —  The NYPD is investigating after four portable batteries were found in the lobby of Trump Tower on Friday evening, two senior law enforcement officials tell News 4.
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Bill Clinton Heckled By Angry Prostitutes In Amsterdam  —  Bill Clinton was heckled by activists at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on Friday while he was giving a speech.  —  Walking down the center aisle with red umbrellas, protesters demanded the decriminalization …
Discussion: PinkNews, Breitbart and Joe.My.God.
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Exclusive: Kimberly Guilfoyle Left Fox News After Investigation Into Misconduct Allegations, Sources Say  —  Sources tell HuffPost that Guilfoyle, who is dating Donald Trump Jr., engaged in emotionally abusive behavior and showed colleagues personal photos of male genitalia.
Des Moines Register:
New political movement seeks members from left, right and center to find solutions  —  The Republican Party was born in the mid-1800s, a coalition of northern Democrats and other anti-slavery factions dedicated to equality and the Union.  —  Over time, Republican adherence …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Alex Jones slammed with 30-day ban from Facebook for hateful videos [Update]  —  But you'll probably see new content posted to Jones' and InfoWars' pages.  —  Facebook took action against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones late Thursday when it banned the InfoWars host from using his account for the next 30 days.
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Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook says it's getting close to yanking several InfoWars pages
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Help a Freelance Labor Reporter Afford Summer Vacation in Appalachia  —  Right-wing publications have mocked me in the past for raising money for vacations.  However, as a freelance labor reporter, I don't have paid vacation days.  If I don't work, I don't get paid.
Kim Brooks / New York Times:
Motherhood in the Age of Fear  —  Women are being harassed and even arrested for making perfectly rational parenting decisions.  —  CHICAGO — I was on my way home from dropping my kids off at preschool when a police officer called to ask if I was aware there was an outstanding warrant for my arrest.
 
 
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New York Times:
As Carr Fire Kills 2 in California, Firefighters Reflect on a Job Now ‘Twice as Violent’
Discussion: NPR and Balloon Juice
David Weigel / Washington Post:
A test in Delaware: Can an old-school politician succeed in a campaign season defined by tumult?
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 7-Year Prison Sentence
Discussion: Gothamist
Deirdre Fernandes / BostonGlobe.com:
Harvard denies discriminating against Asian-Americans
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wills Robinson / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Surveillance footage shows one of President Obama's senior officials following …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kira Davis / RedState:
CA Police Chief: We've Arrested the Same Person 83 Times
Discussion: Instapundit
Claudia Lauer / Associated Press:
Philadelphia to further limit cooperation with ICE
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Cristina Maza / Newsweek:
Corruption case begins against Kazakh couple that allegedly laundered money through Trump Tower
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
Federal Court Rules that CREW and PEER Records Lawsuit Against Pruitt and EPA May Proceed
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
‘Yep, it was mine’: Man admits growing weed but Georgia jurors refuse to convict him
John Harwood / CNBC:
This is the cost of President Trump's ‘America first’ policy
Justin C. Dearborn / ClickHole:
While I Don't Relish Gutting Newspaper Payrolls, Unfortunately Sometimes It's Necessary …
José Olivares / The Intercept:
ICE Detainee Diagnosed With Schizophrenia Spent 21 Days in Solitary Confinement, Then Took His Own Life
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
G.D.P. Grew at 4.1% Rate in U.S. in Latest Quarter. Here's What That Means.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Help us identify Trump's unknown golf partners
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
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