Trump advisers and allies are floating the idea of replacing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo, age 53 — someone who's already around the table in the Situation Room, and could make the switch without chaos.
Sources tell us Trump recognizes that a Cabinet shuffle would bring bad press. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly wants stability, and so is discouraging high-level departures before next year.
And yet, insiders say Trump's relationship with Tillerson is broken beyond repair. We're told Trump was furious that Tillerson didn't try to blunt the story about him calling the president a "moron," by just going out and denying it (whether or not it actually occurred).
Be smart: The breakdown in the relationship between a president and the Secretary of State has profound effects on American statecraft and the way foreign countries view this administration.
"Trump, during photo shoot, talks of 'calm before the storm,'" by AP's Jill Colvin:
Between the lines: The commander-in-chief is pondering several high-stakes national-security decisions that we could hear about soon. But part of this may simply be the president's instinct for drama and photos that make him look strong, love of cliffhangers, and joy in flummoxing the press.
"Trump is expected to overrule his top national security advisers and decline to certify the Iran nuclear agreement, ... a decision that would reopen a volatile political debate," the N.Y. Times' Mark Landler and David E. Sanger write in the paper's lead story:
The lobby of a building on the Food and Drug Administration campus (Building 32) in Silver Spring, Md., shows a portrait of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, with missing spots for the President and Vice President (whose official photos haven't been issued), and the HHS Secretary, vacant since Friday.
"Football's decline has some high schools disbanding teams," by AP's Ben Nuckols:
The Economist cover story looks at signs of bubbles in both markets and real estate:
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein told Emily Smith of the N.Y. Post's "Page Six" that he "bears responsibility" for sexual misconduct in the workplace, but threatened to sue the N.Y. Times for as much as $50 million for the bombshell piece alleging he subjected women to decades of sexual harassment.
The article by the Times' Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey brims with on-record documentation, after years of whispers and failed efforts by news outlets to document one of the industry's biggest open secrets:
[A]fter being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Mr. Weinstein has reached at least eight settlements with women, ... Among the recipients ... were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015.
In a statement, ... Weinstein said: "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I'm trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go." He added that he was working with therapists and planning to take a leave of absence to "deal with this issue head on."
"Snapchat has seen nearly 40% growth in Stories engagement since launching Snap Maps," Axios' Sara Fischer scoops:
Yahoo News posts an oral history of Oct. 7 to 9, 2016, from the release of "the Access Hollywood" tape to the second presidential debate:
The dizzying events of that weekend reflects some essential truths about the two candidates and their campaigns: Clinton cool, cautious and cocooned by staff; Trump instinctual, aggressive and unbound by propriety and convention. The same qualities that have so often gotten him in trouble were the also ones that rescued him from this crisis.
From the November issue of The Atlantic ... "Death at a Penn State Fraternity: Tim Piazza fought for his life for 12 hours before his Beta Theta Pi brothers called 911. By then, it was too late," by Caitlin Flanagan:
"The streamers [Hulu, Amazon, Netflix] don't share their ratings, but a new measurement looked at streams, viewers, engagement and more to determine which series have the biggest audiences," per Hollywood Reporter: