Mic Wakeup: House passes budget, Sessions goes after weed and a few weird Halloween costume ideas

It’s Friday, Oct. 27. Here are three stories you need to read.

What Melania Trump wore her 40th week as first lady — the 2 times we saw her

She kept things pretty simple this week.

Advocates worry that Trump’s latest refugee order is part of a piecemeal plan to ban Muslims

With each additional order, Trump may be getting closer to his goal of “a total and complete shutdown” on Muslims entering the United States.

Is rent-to-own a ripoff? Rent-A-Center has been overcharging customers, study finds

Listed prices at Rent-A-Center can be deceptive, a NerdWallet investigation found.

Why I snatched Caitlyn Jenner’s wig — and why I’m not giving it back

"I’d rather be respected by those living on the margins of society than applauded by those responsible for their disenfranchisement."

Without HR, it’s impossible for restaurant empires to protect their employees — or their businesses

In the wake of the allegations against New Orleans chef John Besh, it's clear that restaurant companies need better protection in place for its workers.

How Trump has quietly been rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault

“Simply put, women’s lives are worse now than they were before Trump took office.”

Bill O’Reilly demands $5M for “defamatory” Facebook post claiming he asked for dirt on an accuser

In the Facebook post, a New Jersey man made a number of claims about O'Reilly's conduct toward a Fox News employee.

In the wake of Harvey Weinstein, media outlets continue to grapple with their own bad actors

Allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct continue to reverberate throughout the media industry, and several people have been fired or suspended.

Taste Test: The best chocolate peanut butter cups you can buy

Can Reese's hold its own against the new kids on the supermarket shelves?

Donald Trump turned a photo-op with children of the press into an attack on the media

"I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children. How the media did this, I don't know."

While You Weren’t Looking: 5 stories from this week that didn’t involve Trump’s Twitter feuds

A 10-year-old undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy gets detained leaving the hospital, and Ben Carson delays a key anti-segregation measure.

The 9 best things to buy right now

Saving money while shopping isn’t hard, at least if you know a few tricks. Here’s what to buy on sale in November and December — to get the very best deal.

Rose McGowan electrifies crowd in opening speech at Women’s Convention in Detroit

With her call to sustain action in seeking justice and consequence, the actress bolstered an already energized audience at the Women's Convention.

How “soy boy” became the alt-right’s favorite new insult

The meme speaks volumes about the alt-right's troubled relationship with masculinity.

The racist Halloween costume trend started on college campuses. Here’s how schools handle them now.

University leaders are forced to confront the issue every year.

How Trump’s plan to help opioid addicts is at odds with his own Justice Department

Trump said he wants to help opioid addicts. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions reimplemented mandatory minimums that will jail nonviolent drug addicts.

5 questions for top Democrats after the latest revelations about the Russia dossier

Reports show the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee helped finance a dossier about Trump's activities in Russia. Did top Democrats lie to Congress about what they knew?

Here’s a chart showing the age gaps between romantic partners in Woody Allen’s movies

The still-in-the-works 'A Rainy Day in New York' is just the latest example of an Allen film that involves a relationship between a middle-aged man and a much younger woman.

Ava DuVernay discovers complicated details about her ancestry on ‘Finding Your Roots’

Ava DuVernay was elated to learn her lineage is mostly black, but also discovered one of her ancestors was a white slave owner.

Apple iPhone X preorders have massive delays — but you’re not screwed if you didn’t order one

If you didn't wake up and preorder at 3 a.m., here's what to do.

We aren’t worthy of Tessa Thompson — or her incredible red carpet fashion

From metallic rainbow gowns to modern ensembles, we are not worthy.

The old Taylor Swift isn’t “dead” — she’s haunting the new Taylor Swift

Despite what she says in song, Swift does not want to be excluded from this particular narrative.

The strange reason deaf children aren’t taught sign language

“Deaf children suffer language deprivation and everyone knows it. It just goes on, to the ruin of yet another generation of deaf children.”

The inspiring story behind the viral video of Milwaukee students rapping about academic excellence

Terrance Sims' students have bars, flow and top GPAs.

More questions arise over Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico power grid contract

FEMA is now denying it had anything to do with the contract, and says it has "significant concerns" about the contract's cost.

Texans star wide receiver skips practice after team owner characterizes NFL players as “inmates”

McNair was one of the 11 NFL team owners who participated in an Oct. 17 meeting with 12 players and commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss ways to address the league’s national anthem protests.