Good Thursday morning! Situational awareness: The FCC "is planning to make sweeping changes to media-ownership rules next month, eliminating or scaling back longstanding limits on local ownership of TV stations and newspapers," Chairman Ajit Pai told Congress. Why it matters, from Wall Street Journal: "Since ... Trump tapped Mr. Pai, ... the pace of consolidation has accelerated."
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It was just three weeks ago that the N.Y. Times punctured film mogul Harvey Weinstein after decades of creepy sexual harassment and assault, usually targeting aspiring, vulnerable young women in the industry — the open secret that had long been hinted at but never properly exposed.
Past culture-rattling revolutions took decades to come to fruition. This one, befitting an era when everything is sped up, took days:
Among others accused post-Weinstein:
Why it matters: Harvey Weinstein will go down as an historic figure, just not for the reasons he assumed. His outing as a sexist, dangerous pig triggered an uprising rarely seen: Abused women feel liberated to bring down powerful men in government, media, tech, politics, business and pop culture. It's spreading by the day.
A super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (the Senate Leadership Fund) revealed plans to attack Steve Bannon personally "as it works to protect GOP incumbents facing uphill primary fights," the WashPost reports in its print-edition lead story, "Republicans target Bannon":
The N.Y. Times lead story sees a potentially "existential threat to traditional Republicans": "The Grand Old Party risks a longer-term transformation into the Party of Trump."
Go deeper: Axios' Sam Baker on "What to expect from Trump's first ACA enrollment season," beginning six days from now.
L.A.'s Dodger Stadium, "one of the true cathedrals of baseball," is seen during the fourth inning of Game 2 of the best-of-seven World Series — now even 1-1 between the Dodgers and the Houston Astros.
Trump speaks at 2 p.m. in the East Room on "combatting drug demand and the opioid crisis."
Shot ... "Trump will order his health secretary to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency [today] — but will stop short of declaring a more sweeping state of national emergency," USA Today reports on the front page.
Chaser ... Trump to Lou Dobbs of Fox Business, yesterday: "Next week, I'm going to declaring an emergency, national emergency on drugs. The opioid is a tremendous emergency, what's going on there. The drugs pouring into the country have gotten -- and I tell you what, we've made a big impact. But still, we need the wall. You know, part of the reason we need the wall is for drugs."
TIME's Massimo Calabresi says the Cabinet is part of a Trump "D.C. demolition project."
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce today that the Justice Department has entered into settlements, pending approval by the district courts, in two cases brought by groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the Internal Revenue Service based on inappropriate criteria."
Be smart: Justice officials say this is a strong rebuke of the Obama administration. Matt Miller, former Obama Justice official, tells me this is "one of the most political statements I have ever seen from an AG."
First look ... MPAA names Republican to top lobby job in face of growing competition: "Motion Picture Association of America ... CEO Charles H. Rivkin today [will announce] the appointment of Gail MacKinnon as Executive Vice President for Government Affairs."
First look ... Michael Dubin, the Dollar Shave Club CEO known for disrupting the global razor market with a viral YouTube, helps start ACRONYM, a nonprofit, "digital-first political organization focused on electing progressives [using] cutting-edge online creative media and marketing campaigns."
Edelman names Lisa Osborne Ross president of its Washington office. Ross, a Clinton administration alumn who was managing director of APCO Worldwide's D.C. office, succeeds Rob Rehg (who's now chair of Edelman's U.S. Public Affairs practice), and reports to Russell Dubner, Edelman's U.S. CEO.
"Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner: traceable turkeys," by AP's Roxana Hegeman in Wichita, Kansas: