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12:15 AM ET, October 4, 2016


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Source: along with the NYT, the Daily News received three pages from Trump's 1995 state tax returns, but its reporters couldn't verify that they were real  —  The New York Times wasn't the only news outlet to receive documents from Donald Trump's tax returns.  But they were the only ones to successfully vet them.
Ronald K.L. Collins / Concurring Opinions:
11 prominent First Amendment experts agree that New York Times reporters won't go to jail for publishing Donald Trump's 1995 state tax returns  —  → “[A] lawyer for Mr. Trump, Marc E. Kasowitz, emailed a letter to The Times arguing that publication of the records is illegal because Mr. Trump …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ex-Trump campaign manager and CNN analyst Corey Lewandowski says he hopes the candidate sues NYT “into oblivion” for publishing his tax returns  —  This is what CNN gets for hiring a fired Donald Trump campaign manager.  —  In a discussion this morning on CNN's “New Day,” …
Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's threat to sue NYT for publishing his taxes is at least the 11th time he's threatened to sue a news org or journalist during his campaign for president  —  Donald Trump's outright contempt for journalists and press freedom is well known—but in the past month he has outdone himself.
Susanne Craig / New York Times:
How Susanne Craig and a team of New York Times journalists confirmed the authenticity of Trump's tax documents she received in the mail
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
The New York Times risked legal trouble to publish Donald Trump's tax return
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
BuzzFeed editor Andrew Kaczynski and three members of his scoop-driven political research unit are joining CNN; they begin on Tuesday  —  The cable network scores a major coup in hiring the political research unit known for 2016 scoops.  —  NEW YORK BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski …
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Sources: Gannett and Tronc near deal, likely pricing Tronc at about $18.50 to $19 per share; announcement could come as early as Monday  —  Sources tell POLITICO the announcement could come as early as Monday morning  —  Gannett's long quest to buy the newspaper company known as Tronc is nearing the finish line.
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his family file federal suit against the Iranian government, claiming his imprisonment was for political gain  —  Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his family filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the Iranian government …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Ex-NYT, Mashable Executive Editor Jim Roberts joins public strategy and communications firm Mercury, will lead its global digital practice  —  Jim Roberts is turning in his newsman's hat.  Mercury, a global public strategy and communications firm, is announcing on Monday it has hired him to lead its global digital practice.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper says the network is competing with Minecraft and Pokémon Go for younger audiences  —  In any normal week, Ben Cooper's eye-catching and ambitious mission to make BBC Radio 1 like a Netflix for radio would make an ideal entry point to an interview with the station's controller.
Discussion: @prconnors and @martinsfp
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
As Disney's shares dip, speculation mounts that it's looking to grow through acquisitions that would be less obvious than previous deals with Pixar, Marvel  —  LOS ANGELES — This is new territory for Robert A. Iger.  —  Since taking over as chief executive of the Walt Disney Company in October 2005 …
Claire Landsbaum / New York Magazine:
Olivia Nuzzi, Katy Tur, Rosie Gray, and other journalists reflect on what it's like to be a female reporter covering Donald Trump  —  When Olivia Nuzzi walked into Donald Trump's office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower, she wasn't sure what to expect.  She'd seen the Republican nominee up close before …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: despite recent relaunch, Relativity is now up for sale, after founder Ryan Kavanaugh failed to secure the financing needed to make debt repayments  —  Sources say the studio has hired EMP and Zolfo Cooper to help with the sale and has begun fielding offers over the weekend.
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Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Driven by ratings, as a top exec at NBC Entertainment and CNN, Jeff Zucker aided Trump's rise with Apprentice shows and airing of rallies during primaries
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Company that owns Telegraph took £150M writedown on newspapers as it paid owners a £150M dividend