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TOP TALKER: “Russia Puts Browder on Interpol Wanted List, Blocking Travel” by Stephanie Baker: “Hermitage Capital Management founder William Browder said Russia put him on Interpol’s wanted list last week, its latest move to undermine the American-born fund manager’s global campaign against Russia over the death of his legal and tax adviser Sergei Magnitsky. Browder, a British citizen since giving up his U.S. citizenship in 1998, said he’d received an email from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security notifying him his “global entry status” had been removed. He also found out his visa waiver for the U.S. had been revoked after Russia added him to the Interpol list using a loophole known as a “diffusion notice,” which allows countries to issue arrest warrants unilaterally without vetting from the organization.” [BloombergNationalReview]

REPORT — Trump peace proposal will seek regional deal — by Raphael Ahren: “Trump’s administration will shortly unveil a formal proposal for Middle East peace that aims to enable a “comprehensive regional arrangement,” but that will not be imposed on the sides, and that will not feature a rigid timetable, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported… The TV report said administration officials have revealed aspects of the proposal to Democratic politicians. An unnamed Democratic source was quoted saying that the Trump officials promised the Democrats that they would be “pleased” with the approach…”

“An administration official said… “It would be more newsworthy if we weren’t working towards an enduring peace. We are engaged in a productive dialogue with all relevant parties about an enduring peace deal but are not going to put an artificial deadline on anything. We have no imminent plans beyond continuing our conversations. As we have always said, our job is to facilitate a deal that works for both the Israelis and Palestinians, not to impose anything on them.”” [ToI]

“U.S. Sees Possible Opportunity in Palestinian Reconciliation Led by Egypt, White House Official Says” by Barak Ravid: “Senior White House officials said the United States believes that Egyptian mediation between the Palestinian factions has created a possibly positive opportunity… On Thursday, the Trump administration’s special envoy on the peace process, Jason Greenblatt, was in Cairo for several hours… Greenblatt returned to Jerusalem, where on Sunday he is due to continue talks with Israel and the Palestinians… Greenblatt has been in regular contact over the past several days with presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner and has briefed Kushner on his contacts with the Egyptians, the Israelis and the Palestinians. Kushner himself also spoke with several officials in the region about the reconciliation agreement.” [Haaretz]

Greenblatt tweets this morning: “Hamas, which has only brought ruin and misery to Palestinians, now begs Iran for help and again vows to destroy Israel. Palestinians deserve so much better than this. We must find a better path forward toward peace and prosperity.” [Twitter]

“Jimmy Carter Lusts for a Trump Posting” by Maureen Dowd: “He also said he liked Trump’s initiative reaching out to Saudi Arabia. He doesn’t know Jared Kushner but is not totally dismissive of the idea that the son-in-law could succeed where others have failed. “I’ve seen in the Arab world, including the Palestinian world,” he said, “the high esteem that they pay to a member of one’s own family.” Indeed, Carter was harder on Obama during the interview than he was on Trump… Saying that he did not think “there’s much hope now that Israelis will ever permit a two-state solution,” he knocked Obama on the Middle East: “He made some very wonderful statements, in my opinion, when he first got in office, and then he reneged on that.”” [NYTimes]

IRAN DEAL: “Tillerson Warns Against Doing Business With Iran’s Revolutionary Guards” by Nick Wadhams: “The Revolutionary Guards “foment instability in the region and create destruction in the region,” Tillerson told reporters in Riyadh on Sunday after talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other top officials. European countries and companies that do business with the IRGC “really do so at great risk,” he said.” [Bloomberg] • Tillerson’s Mideast Aim Is a Saudi-Iraqi Axis Against Iran [NYT]

HEARD YESTERDAY — Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal at the Middle East Policy Forum in New York, hosted by the Israel Policy Forum and held at The Temple Emanu-El Striecker Center: “If you want to put pressure on Iran, you have to do whatever it means to do that and decertification is one way of putting in that pressure to make them live up not just to the letter of the deal, but the spirit. The signers of the deal when they signed it portrayed the holy picture that it was going to turn into a very friendly and open and hospitable place to do business with, but that hasn’t happened.” Pointing to Iran’s influence in the Middle East, Al-Faisal asserted, “The basic failure of the deal was to deal with [the] Iranian extraterritorial ambitions.”

Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy argued that Israel preferred the nuclear deal negotiated in 2015: “Israel is indestructible. We are able to, if necessary, protect ourselves and emerge intact. I have huge faith in our military establishment, our defense establishment, and our intelligence establishment. We are less indestructible than we ever were. Having said that, the Iran deal was not an ideal deal. But this was because Israel did not wish the negotiations to include all the items on the agenda… Israel wanted the U.S. to focus on the nuclear issue and nothing else. We didn’t want to delay the deal, we wanted it to come as quickly as possible and be as effective as possible.”

Al-Faisal at the start of the event: “I want to thank the IPF for giving me this opportunity to come for the first time to a synagogue. That is an occasion that I will value, and hopefully, it will not be the last.” [Video]

HAPPENING TODAY — at 12:15Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus, and Steve Bannon will speak at the Hudson Institute’s conference on Countering Violent Extremism: Qatar, Iran, and the Muslim Brotherhood. The event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in DC. [Livestream]

DRIVING THE WEEK — House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions: “It is Congress’ responsibility to work with the executive branch on a clear-eyed strategy to stop Iran’s reckless behavior,” Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy…  and Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a joint statement… “Immediate action towards this goal will come from the House [this] week as we vote on legislation that furthers sanctions on Hezbollah and Iran’s missile proliferation.” [Reuters]

“Talking North Korea and Iran With Israel’s Rocket Man: Yitzhak Ben-Israel thinks Kim’s cyberwarriors are third-rate, U.S. missile defense is good, and the Iran deal is a keeper” by Zev Chafets: “First, it must be remembered that North Korea has nuclear weapons. If the U.S. crosses a red line, the crazy dictator in Pyongyang could use them. Hezbollah and Hamas don’t have nuclear weapons, which is exactly why Israel doesn’t want Iran to have them. As far as conventional short-range artillery, we have solved that technological problem with the Iron Dome… North Korea’s rockets are not different from those of Hamas and Hezbollah. But North Korea has a great many more. If they were to launch a massive simultaneous barrage, you’d need a sufficient number of Iron Dome batteries.” [BloombergView]

INSIDE THE ADMIN: “The most popular parlor game in Washington: Who will replace Tillerson?” by Josh Rogin: “The top two contenders, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, offer different paths for recovery… Haley took a middle-of-the-road approach in deliberations on the new Iran strategy, which ended up winning the day… But the Haley choice is risky for Haley. She already has amassed the foreign policy bona fides required for a future run for president. Her physical distance from the White House has allowed her to avoid internal conflicts and act independently. It’s not clear what she gains politically from moving up to secretary of state… Pompeo would be a secretary of state with deeper ties to Trump and views that align more with those of the White House. He is more hawkish on Iran than Haley is.” [WashPost]

DECISION TIME: “Inside the Fed chair decision” by Jonathan Swan: “Rupert Murdoch, who speaks regularly to Trump by telephone and is one of his most influential informal advisers, has urged the president to appoint either of the two free market conservative finalists, Stanford economist John Taylor or former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh… Trump has also spoken favorably of current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, further muddling the picture… Another source close to the process told me the smart money is still on [Jerome] Powell. Powell’s most aggressive advocate has been Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.” [Axios]

Chris Christie’s Last Fight” by Jason Zengerle: “It’s conventional wisdom among political insiders that Christie’s problem isn’t so much with Trump as it is with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose father Christie sent to prison when Christie was a federal prosecutor. Even on that score, Christie downplays any friction. “There’s a lot of history there, not between me and him but between me and his father,” Christie says, “and Jared has continued to tell me that he holds no grudge against me, so I have to take him at his word.”

— “About Trump’s “both sides” rhetoric after the violence in Charlottesville, Christie told me, “I know he’s not a racist. He just blew it.” When I asked Christie how Trump kept blowing it if he’s not a racist—repeatedly failing to criticize neo-Nazis and white supremacists—he deflected: “Don’t confuse that with stubbornness. The president has a stubborn streak.””[GQ]

“Sen. Sherrod Brown: Steve Bannon ‘Is A White Supremacist’” by Igor Bobic: “I agree that Steve Bannon is a white supremacist, and [senior White House adviser] Stephen Miller seems to be. And I know that studies have shown that they have their allies sprinkled around the White House,” Brown said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” without naming the studies.”” [HuffPost]

THE MOOCH SPEAKS OUT: “Scaramucci to ‘Post’: I have a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on Nazis” by Michael Wilner: “The fact that they’re even out there is a sign that something’s wrong,” [Anthony] Scaramucci told The Post… “You’ve got to have a zero tolerance policy on Nazis… I find it absolutely reprehensible and offensive that there are people walking around with swastikas on their arms in the United States,” Scaramucci said… Originally from Long Island, Scaramucci took note of the 200-odd bar mitzvahs he attended while growing up in New York. “I’m as close to being a Jew as you can get while still being Italian,” he joked.” [JPost

NJ GOV WATCH: “Murphy slams ‘anti-Semitic’ rhetoric around Mahwah eruv” by Tom Nobile: “Democratic nominee for governor Phil Murphy chided residents of Mahwah for creating an “overarching perception of anti-Semitism and discrimination” in its rejection of an eruv, he wrote in a pointed op-ed… “When a Holocaust survivor at a public meeting is heckled, and then denounced as a fraud, there is a problem,” Murphy wrote. “When well-intentioned residents are disparaged as ‘paid actors’ for a ‘Jewish money conspiracy scheme’ there is a problem.”” [NorthJersey]

KAFE KNESSET — Welcome back, Knesset — by Tal Shalev and JPost’s Lahav Harkov: After a three-month summer recess, the Knesset has returned to regular work. As always, the afternoon plenum meeting will be full of pomp and circumstance, with speeches by Netanyahu, President Rivlin, and opposition leader Herzog. The situation today, though, is probably best represented by the Israeli idiom “full gas in neutral” – an exercise in futility. There’s a long list of influential and controversial bills on the agenda, dealing with everything from stopping the Supreme Court from canceling bills, banning investigations of a sitting prime minister, returning to evacuated settlements in northern Samaria, and more, but they were all frozen yesterday over coalition infighting. Even planned votes on the Jewish nation-state bill were stopped, because the Haredim are reconsidering their support for it. All in all, today is a lot of talk, and not much action. Read today’s entire Kafe Knesset here[JewishInsider]

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BUSINESS BRIEFS: WeWork just bought Avi Flombaum’s N.Y.C. coding bootcamp Flatiron School [FastCompanyAxios] • Rebecca Kaden joins Union Square Ventures as general partner [TechCrunch] • Jessica Lessin’s The Information reveals the startups in its first media accelerator and plans hiring spree [TechCrunch

LongRead: “The Family That Built an Empire of Pain” by Patrick Radden Keefe: “The Brooklyn-born brothers Arthur, Mortimer, and Raymond Sackler, all physicians, donated lavishly during their lifetimes to an astounding range of institutions, many of which today bear the family name: the Sackler Gallery, in Washington; the Sackler Museum, at Harvard; the Sackler Center for Arts Education, at the Guggenheim; the Sackler Wing at the Louvre; and Sackler institutes and facilities at Columbia, Oxford, and a dozen other universities… Arthur and his brothers, the children of Jewish immigrants from Galicia and Poland, grew up in Brooklyn during the Depression. All three attended medical school, and worked together at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, in Queens, collectively publishing some hundred and fifty scholarly papers.”

“Over time, the origins of a clan’s largesse are largely forgotten, and we recall only the philanthropic legacy, prompted by the name on the building. According to Forbes, the Sacklers are now one of America’s richest families, with a collective net worth of thirteen billion dollars. The bulk of the Sacklers’ fortune has been accumulated only in recent decades, yet the source of their wealth is to most people as obscure as that of the robber barons. While the Sacklers are interviewed regularly on the subject of their generosity, they almost never speak publicly about the family business, Purdue Pharma—a privately held company, based in Stamford, Connecticut, that developed the prescription painkiller OxyContin. Upon its release, in 1995, OxyContin was hailed as a medical breakthrough, a long-lasting narcotic that could help patients suffering from moderate to severe pain.” [NewYorker]

“Giving Away Billions as Fast as They Can” by David Gelles: “Rather than try to solve discrete problems like disease, Open Society aims to promote values like democracy, tolerance and inclusion, which [George] Soros, a Holocaust survivor, holds dear. In practice, this means that his money is less likely to fund early stage medical research, and more likely to help refugees displaced by conflict. But while the issues they address are distinct, the broad outline of these billionaires’ efforts (Gates, Bloomberg, Mercer, Koch and Zuckerberg) have much in common: shaping the world in their moral image… Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, is also no stranger to criticism. The purpose of his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is to “ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people.” In practice, this has meant Mr. Bloomberg spending hundreds of millions of dollars on issues including gun control and obesity prevention.” [NYTimes]

“How Hitler’s plan to take over LA was thwarted by a Jewish lawyer” by Larry Getlen: “In 1933, the year Hitler became Germany’s chancellor, around 100 Nazis held their first meeting in LA to talk about unifying the area’s 150,000 Germans to promote Hitlerism in the US. [Leon] Lewis knew that decisive action needed to be taken. Having done “secret intelligence work for the military during World War I,” he established a private espionage organization, finding spies who could infiltrate the Nazis and expose their devious plans. Knowing that Semitic-looking men or women would be recognized as such, he sought non-Jews… [John H.] Schmidt was his first undercover operative… [He] began spending time at the Aryan Bookstore in LA’s San Pedro neighborhood. There, he found the prime topics of conversation were how Franklin Roosevelt was a tool of the Jews and how he should be replaced by a president with Nazi sympathies. Had Lewis not taken it upon himself to stop the Nazis, LA in the 1930s could have been a much more frightening place.” [NYPost]

HOLLYWOOD: “‘Transparent’s’ Jeffrey Tambor to Be Honored at Israel Film Festival” by Gregg Kilday: “Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor will be honored with the 2017 IFF Achievement in Television Award at the 31st Israel Film Festival’s opening night gala, which will be held Nov. 5 at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The fest also will present its 2017 IFF Cinematic Achievement Award to Israeli film star Lior Ashkenazi, winner of this year’s Israeli Academy Ophir Award as best actor for his work in Foxtrot… This year’s festival chairman is Adam Berkowitz, CAA co-head of TV. Serving as honorary chairman is Arnon Milchan, owner of New Regency Productions.” [THR]

TALK OF THE TOWN: “The Newseum Is Increasingly Relevant, but Can It Survive?” by Sopan Deb: “The Newseum has run up deficits every year since it opened a grand new home in 2008. Though it attracts a respectable number of visitors (820,000 expected this year) who pay top dollar ($24.95 for adults) in a city filled with free museums, the institution is simply not taking in enough money to cover its bills. It still owes roughly $300 million on its new building, and the interest rates on the loans spiked last year. Its fund-raising has long been sluggish for a museum with a $61 million operating budget. All of which has put the museum’s future in doubt. Jeffrey Herbst, who served as the Newseum’s chief executive officer and president for two years, stepped down from his post at the end of August. “We had different visions of how to address the Newseum’s financial challenges and at the end of the day, decided to separate amicably,” Mr. Herbst said in a phone interview.” [NYTimes]

MAZEL TOV: “Lauren Nicole Coyle and Jeffrey Rosen were married Oct. 20 in Washington. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court officiated in her chambers. Mrs. Rosen, 34, is an assistant professor of anthropology at Princeton… Mr. Rosen, 53, is the president and the chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.” [NYTimesh/t Playbook

SPOTTED at Julia Ioffe’s birthday party Saturday night at Mari Vanna in D.C.: Leon Wieseltier, Robert Draper and Kirsten Powers, Phil Rucker, Jamie Kirchick, Alex Isenstadt, Daniel Lippman, Zeke Miller, Jason Rezaian, Molly Ball and David Kihara, Alexandria Petri, Jamie Weinstein, Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter, Ben Schreckinger, Elizabeth Ralph, Katie Fossett, Michael Crowley, Annie Linskey, Evelyn Farkas, Elizabeth Drew, David Litt, Tracy Sefl, Yochi Dreazen.

BIRTHDAYS: Chairman emeritus of the shopping mall developer Simon Property Group and an owner of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, Herbert “Herb” Simon turns 83… Founder of New Democrat Network and the New Policy Institute, a liberal think tank and advocacy group based in DC, Simon Rosenberg turns 54… New England regional director for J Street, Shaina Wasserman turns 40… AIPAC’s associate area director for Bergen County NJ and Rockland County NY, Ayelet Kahane turns 29… Harvard Law School student, she has worked for Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI-1) and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Annika Lichtenbaum turns 25… Digital producer at Well & Lighthouse, Rachel Shabad turns 25 (h/ts Playbook)… Richard Rubenstein

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