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  • Classic quid pro quo: William B. Taylor Jr., the United States’ top diplomat in Ukraine, told impeachment investigators that Trump held up vital security aid for the country and refused a White House meeting with Ukraine’s leader until he agreed to make a public pronouncement pledging to investigate the Bidens.
  • Here are some sensible rules about when to have a Halloween celebration.
  • Journalist Gwen Ifill will be memorialized with a USPS stamp.
  • Will Netflix start cracking down on sharing account passwords?
  • This piece in The Guardian is all about the increasingly thin line between journalists and influencers/lifestyle celebrities: "it struck me that there is functionally little difference between a lauded writer with a recognizable avatar and a prominent social-media influencer. The only difference is in the way each metabolizes the experience of influence."
  • The author of an anonymous column in the NY Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the “resistance” inside the government, has written a tell-all book to be published next month.
  • Why do Renaissance Fairs remain so popular?
  • Jimmy Kimmel, who is in Brooklyn all week, surprised taxi riders with a video prank.
  • Kimmel also interviewed Bruce Springsteen about the NJ exhibit on his life, his new movie Western Stars, going through old home videos, what his kids think of his career, people yelling BRUCE at him and more.
  • Lee Pace & Jared Harris will star in an Apple+ adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation.
  • An adult film star got a private tour of The NYPD’s police hub last week.
  • And finally, dogs definitely know what they're doing: