By Ted Hesson | 10/12/2017 10:00 AM EDT

With help from Marianne LeVine and Ian Kullgren

NIELSEN TAPPED FOR DHS: President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he'll nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, deputy to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, for Homeland Security secretary, a move first reported by POLITICO's Eliana Johnson, Andrew Restuccia, and Daniel Lippman.

"Nielsen served as White House chief of staff John Kelly's top aide during his time as DHS secretary and moved with him to the West Wing as his principal deputy chief of staff when he was appointed in July, leaving the Cabinet post vacant," the trio write. "Nielsen, 45, is a cybersecurity expert and an attorney with an extensive background in homeland security, including stints at the Transportation Security Administration and on the White House Homeland Security Council under President George W. Bush."

The top Republicans on the House and Senate Homeland Security committees praised the choice. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) - reportedly passed over for the role - called Nielsen "a true leader" and Kelly's "right hand." Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he hoped to work with ranking member Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to expedite the nomination process. "She would be the first person to run the department who has actually worked there," a person close to the administration told POLITICO on Wednesday. "She has a deep familiarity."

Still, some former DHS officials wondered whether Nielsen, who had scant experience in the public eye before this year, was up to running an organization with more than 240,000 employees. Her time spent working in the George W. Bush administration mostly counts in her favor, but a 2006 Senate report that investigated the Bush administration's botched response to Hurricane Katrina faulted Nielsen, among others, for failing to move quickly enough. House Homeland Security ranking member Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) cited the report on Wednesday, saying he was "very concerned."

It's not clear that Nielsen will pass muster with Trump's base. POLITICO's Annie Karni reported in September that Nielsen's no-nonsense style prompted "some Trump loyalists" to call her "Nurse Ratched" behind her back. (The nickname, a reference to the tyrannical head nurse in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' is a favorite insult on the alt right.) Political operative Roger Stone told Karni that Nielsen is "a neocon who likely did not vote for Donald Trump" and who blocked the hiring of Trump supporters at DHS. The alt-right website Breitbart last month called Nielsen a "globalist bureaucrat." (To Breitbart readers, that's worse even than "Nurse Ratched.")

Some immigration hawks are skeptical, too. Rosemary Jenks, director of governmental relations at the immigration restrictionist group NumbersUSA, questioned Nielsen's policy knowledge. "I've seen no real indication that she has any expertise on immigration," Jenks told Morning Shift. "She has just sort of come out of nowhere for this position." President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will announce Nielsen's nomination at 2:30 p.m. in the East Room. More from POLITICO here.

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WHITE HOUSE DROPS ETA NOMINEE: The White House blocked Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's pick for assistant secretary to run DOL's Employment and Training Administration, two sources tell POLITICO. For weeks, Mason Bishop (who was No. 2 at ETA during the George W. Bush administration) was rumored to be in line for the position. He was so sure he'd get it, one source said, that he had started quietly asking people if they'd be willing to serve as his deputies. "I imagine he's hurting badly right now," this person said. Bishop confirmed the decision to Bloomberg BNA on Wednesday. "All the White House informed me was that at this time they weren't going to be able to nominate me and they would not give me a reason why," he said.

ETA administrator is an especially important role for the Trump administration, which put DOL at the forefront of its push to expand apprenticeships. In June, Trump signed an executive order that gave third-party entities such as businesses, trade groups, and unions more authority in developing apprenticeship programs. This month, DOL is expected to announce a new apprenticeship initiative. The White House declined to comment on the situation with Bishop.

TODAY: SESSIONS TACKLES ASYLUM: Attorney General Jeff Session will deliver remarks at 10 a.m. on "the crisis facing our asylum system." The White House listed asylum reform Sunday night as one of its conditions for supporting any legislation to protect enrollees in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Unlike refugees, who request safe haven from abroad, asylum seekers arrive in the United States first, and then make their claim. The White House would like to make that harder to do. The asylum system is currently laden with a backlog that since December 2013 has increased more than 600 percent. The speech will take place at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, 5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va.

WOMEN SHARE STORIES OF BLACKLISTING AT WORKPLACE: Female readers shared with the New York Times stories of discrimination in the workplace following publication of the Times' story on sexual assault allegations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.

One reader, who works as a crew member in Hollywood, wrote that she was "blacklisted from employment for complaining to human resources [about] being sexually harassed and assaulted." After she said that her supervisor had touched her inappropriately, the human resources department put her "on trial" and "accused me of petty grievances." The supervisor who assaulted her retaliated by persuading another studio to rescind job offers. "I tried to retain an attorney, but no one wanted to represent me against a big studio."

Another reader wrote that her "academic career was shattered" when the male chair of her department sexually harassed her. A male peer reported the incident to the administration and she was fired. She rebuilt her academic career by taking administrative jobs, "but never again was I tenure-track faculty." More stories here.

WEINSTEIN PAYOFFS: WHO KNEW?: "With Harvey Weinstein fired amid escalating allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct, the business he helped create is consumed not just with what he is accused of doing, but with what other company leaders knew and how they responded," Megan Twohey reports in the New York Times.

"On Tuesday, his brother and co-founder, Bob Weinstein, and the company's president, David Glasser, told concerned employees in a video conference call that they were shocked by the allegations and unaware of payments made to women who complained of unwanted touching, sexual harassment, and other over-the-line behavior, according to several employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity," writes Twohey. "Soon after, Bob Weinstein and three other members of the rapidly dwindling board issued a statement saying that new allegations of extreme sexual misconduct and sexual assault had come as 'an utter surprise' and that any 'suggestion that the board had knowledge of this conduct is false.'"

"But interviews and internal company records show that the company has been grappling with Mr. Weinstein's behavior for at least two years," the Times reports. "David Boies, a lawyer who represented Mr. Weinstein when his contract was up for renewal in 2015, said in an interview that the board and the company were made aware at the time of three or four confidential settlements with women." More here.

IS THIS THE END OF NAFTA? The North American Free Trade Agreement could be nearing its final days, Ana Swanson reports in the New York Times. As renegotiation talks enter their fourth round this week, the odds appear stronger that the entire agreement will collapse. Trump said Wednesday that it was "possible" that the United States would drop out. "We'll see if we can do the kind of changes that we need," he said. "We have to protect our workers."

From the Times: "The collapse of the 1994 trade deal would send shock waves throughout the global economy, inflicting damage far beyond Mexico, Canada and the United States and impacting industries as varied as manufacturing, agriculture and energy. It would also sow at least short-term chaos for businesses, including the auto industry, that have arranged their North American supply chains around the deal's terms." More here.

UFCW: KEEP POULTRY SPEEDS: Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers, urged the Department of Agriculture Tuesday not to change the line speed at poultry plants. In a letter sent to acting Deputy Under Secretary Carmen Rottenberg, Perrone wrote that the agency should reject a petition from the National Chicken Council that would allow some poultry plants to eliminate line speed limits. Perrone said that the petition "essentially requests that USDA create this new 'no speed limit rule' behind closed doors." Read the letter here.

MAYORS BACK EB-5 REFORMS: The U.S. Conference of Mayors sent a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday that urged preservation of the EB-5 visa program, which offers a path to a green card for immigrants who invest $1 million in a commercial project that will create or preserve at least 10 jobs in the U.S. If the applicants choose to invest in a high-unemployment area, the investment threshold is lowered to $500,000. The program has financed major real estate developments in cities across the country, sometimes offering investors the $500,000 discount rate by creating gerrymandered regional maps that stretch from low-income areas to wealthy enclaves. In one high-profile example, the family business of Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner used the visa program to fund a luxury development near the Jersey City waterfront at the $500,000 investment rate.

The mayors praised the program as a source of investment and capital for cities. "For more than 25 years, EB-5 has played an integral role in financing economic development projects in cities, suburbs and rural areas across our country, often providing the 'gap' capital needed to jump start projects that otherwise would not be viable," wrote conference CEO Tom Cochran. "Any reform of the EB-5 program should allow investors in the business community adequate time to transition to the new rules and regulations." Read the letter here.

CARTER: NO DEMS NEEDED: "A key House Republican involved in immigration negotiations said Wednesday that he expects his chamber will pass a bill with only GOP votes - and [will] include some version of a border wall - even as Democrats dismiss the idea that such a deal could reach the president's desk," write CNN's Tal Kopan and Deirdre Walsh.

"Texas Rep. John Carter is a member of the House Republican immigration working group set up by House Speaker Paul Ryan to figure out a path forward for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ... Carter told reporters in the Capitol that he expects what comes out of those meetings to be Republican-only and to include at least something for Trump's controversial border wall." Carter, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee's Homeland Security Subcommittee, didn't sound worried about Democratic votes. "I think we will have a wall factor in the bill and I don't think we will get a single Democrat vote," Carter said. More from CNN here.

20K DACA TEACHERS AT RISK: President Trump's decision to phase out the DACA program could cause a huge disruption in classrooms around the country, USA Today's Greg Toppo reports. "Nationwide, an estimated 20,000 DACA-eligible teachers - many of them possessing key Spanish-language skills that are in high demand - could be plucked from the classroom if the program is phased out," Toppo writes.

"Recent findings by the Economic Policy Institute, a D.C.-based think tank backed by labor unions, suggest that public schools are already in a teacher shortage bind," USA Today reports. "An Oct. 6 report found that given rising student populations, public schools are short by about 327,000 educators." More here.

WASH TARGETS TRAVEL BAN 3.0: Washington State urged a federal judge in Seattle to lift a stay in proceedings so it could pursue legal action against the third iteration of Trump's travel ban, according to a motion filed on Wednesday. Washington sued the administration over the initial version of the policy, which led a federal judge in Seattle to block the ban nationwide in February. (Trump took to Twitter at the time to blast the "so-called judge" for his decision.)

"EO3 indefinitely restricts entry to the United States by foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries, plus Venezuela and North Korea, suspending entirely immigrant visas for anyone from the six Muslim-majority countries," the latest brief reads. "This severe and expansive proclamation suffers from many of the same constitutional and statutory deficiencies as EO1 and EO2." Five other states (California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon) all joined Washington in the case. Read the motion here.

COFFEE BREAK

-"Only 5% of young workers in Britain are in jobs that are safe from robot replacement," from Quartz

-"Immigrant shielded from deportation by Philadelphia church walks free," from the New York Times

-"City official: D.C.'s paid family leave program may face delays, cost more than planned," from WAMU

-"Union in Texas files charge against Cowboys, says Jerry Jones violated law in national anthem call," from the Dallas News

-"NLRB seeks order to force Spanish broadcasting system to bargain in 'good faith' with SAG-AFTRA," from Deadline

-"Sears Canada to shut down, leaving 12,000 out of work," from the New York Times

THAT'S ALL FOR MORNING SHIFT.

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