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9:10 AM ET, October 17, 2017


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CNN poll: Trump approval steady, but more say he's leading in the wrong direction  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's approval rating holds steady in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, but that overall stability belies declining views on how things are going in the country today.
Discussion: Axios
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump gives his own performance a Trump-sized endorsement  —  Friends say President Donald Trump has grown frustrated that his greatness is not widely understood, that his critics are fierce and on TV every morning, that his poll numbers are both low and “fake,” and that his White House is caricatured as adrift.
Discussion: ABC News
Trump Seeks a Truce Between Republicans to Save Their Tax Plan  —  A Rose Garden embrace for McConnell, epitome of establishment  —  Pleads for Bannon to back off threatened party purge  —  Steve Bannon won't abandon his war against congressional Republican incumbents …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
‘The empathy of a cockroach’: Phil Mudd shames Trump's self-centered response to fallen soldiers  —  On Monday, President Donald Trump lamented from the Rose Garden about how difficult it was to call the families of fallen soldiers when discussing his plans to finally call the families of four military members in Niger over a week ago.
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's alternative reality  —  President Trump “goes there, on just about every topic imaginable,” as NBC's Brian Williams put it, during a pair of Q&As, two hours apart yesterday — one in the Cabinet Room and one with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Rose Garden .
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitch McConnell warns Trump that Steve Bannon threatens their agenda
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump White House fed up with the Senate
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Trump said to want bipartisan Senate Obamacare deal
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire and Axios
CNN:   Post-Maria, Trump's approval rating on hurricanes down 20 points
Dave Zirin / The Nation:
‘A Soulless Coward’: Coach Gregg Popovich Responds to Trump  —  In an exclusive here at The Nation, the Spurs coach speaks about Trump's latest outrage.  —  We've all seen San Antonio Spurs' future Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich in a state of exasperation on the sidelines, or in post-game news conferences.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn't Contact Families of Fallen Troops  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump falsely asserted on Monday that his predecessor, Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty, drawing a swift, angry rebuke from several of Mr. Obama's former aides.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   ‘Categorically false’: MSNBC's Katy Tur smacks down Trump lie that Obama never called soldiers' families
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump claims Obama, other past presidents didn't call families of fallen soldiers
Tara Fowler / ABC News:
McCain slams ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’ sweeping US in passionate speech  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in an impassioned speech while accepting the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia this evening.  —  McCain, who was presented with the medal …
Discussion: Axios, Politico and The Daily Caller
John McCain:
Remarks At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony  —  Thank you, Joe, my old, dear friend, for those mostly undeserved kind words.  Vice President Biden and I have known each other for a lot of years now, more than forty, if you're counting.  We knew each other back when we were young and handsome …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:   ‘Unpatriotic’: Watch John McCain torch Trump and Bannon's ‘half-baked nationalism’ during Liberty Medal speech
Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times:
Jesus Campos, Vegas security guard shot before rampage, appears to have vanished  —  A security vehicle blocks an entrance at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Oct. 4 in Las Vegas.  (David Becker / Getty Images)  —  The story seemed straightforward: The unarmed security guard approached …
German Lopez / Vox:NEW!
How Tom Marino, Trump's pick for drug czar, made the federal fight against opioids harder  —  The Congress member's office called police because reporters tried to talk to him about this story.  —  Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar, hasn't gotten a single hearing from the Senate yet.
Washington Post:
Rep. Tom Marino: Drug czar nominee and the opioid industry's advocate in Congress15 minutes ago
Juliette Garside / The Guardian:
Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist  —  Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger whose investigations focused on corruption, was described as a ‘one-woman WikiLeaks’ … The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Donald Trump is negotiating like a hostage-taker  —  (CNN)As a candidate, Donald Trump sold himself as a deal maker.  As president, he's governing more as a hostage taker.  —  Across an array of domestic and foreign challenges, Trump's go-to move has become to create what amounts to a political hostage situation.
Edith M. / Associated Press:
North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’  —  A U.S. F-35 stealth fighter is seen during the press day of the 2017 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition at Seoul Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.  South Korean and U.S. troops launched five days …
Discussion: CNBC and The Daily Signal
Kaitlin Menza / Esquire:
57 Things I Need You to Stop Doing to the Women You Work With  —  I'm begging you: Don't be a creep at work.  —  A female friend of mine went on a foreign business trip early in her career with two colleagues who were both male, married, and senior to her at the company.
Discussion: Althouse
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
White House brushes off House investigators over aides' use of personal email  —  The White House brushed off a bipartisan request from House investigators for details of senior administration officials' use of private email and encrypted messaging apps for government work …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:   President Trump's mysterious absence from conservative talk radio
Manu Raju / CNN:
Corker: Trump criticism had been ‘building for some time’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)He called the White House “an adult day care center.”  He suggested President Donald Trump was setting the nation on a course to “World War III.”  And he said Trump “concerns me,” …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
For each scene of his presidency, Trump casts a villain (or two, or three ...)  —  Hillary Clinton is not running for president again in 2020 — she has said so, her aides know it, and there is no political rationale that would argue otherwise.  But for President Trump, facts like those simply miss the point.
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
The Method to Trump's ‘Madness’  —  The Democratic Party, as it did after Hubert Humphrey's close loss in 1968, seems still to be misdiagnosing its 2016 defeat.  —  Democrats see too little identity politics rather than too much as their trouble, and thus are redoubling on what has been slowly shrinking …
Timothy Cama / The Hill:15 minutes ago
Trump approves oil pipeline expansion across Canadian border  —  The Trump administration on Monday approved a proposed expansion of an oil sands pipeline that crosses the Canadian border.  —  Enbridge Energy's Line 67, also known as the Alberta Clipper, now has State Department approval …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
There's a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans — but no one knows how to get on it  —  Floating hospital sits empty near Puerto Rico  —  San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school.  He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is bedridden.
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Trump approves oil pipeline expansion across Canadian border   Find
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Jason La Canfora /
Colin Kaepernick's collusion grievance against NFL centered on Trump's influence   Find
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's alternative reality   Find
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Jason La Canfora /
Colin Kaepernick's collusion grievance against NFL centered on Trump's influence
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
CBS earnings to disappoint due to weak NFL ratings, Credit Suisse says
Discussion: Daily Wire
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
A 2-year-old's kidney transplant was put on hold — after his donor father's probation violation
Discussion: AOL
Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
How Anti-Trump Psychiatrists Are Mobilizing Behind the Twenty-Fifth Amendment
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
‘Beautiful Girls’ Scribe Scott Rosenberg On A Complicated Legacy With Harvey Weinstein
Discussion: Daily Wire
Sarah Ferguson / ABC:
Hillary Clinton: How losing to Donald Trump changed her
Discussion: and
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Renuka Rayasam / Politico:
Undocumented pregnant girl in Texas tests Trump policy to stop abortions
Discussion: Rewire
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
EPA Chief Pruitt Looks To Kneecap Environmental Groups With New Policy
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
How Carrie Fisher stuck up for friend who was sexually assaulted
Lin-Manuel Miranda / New York Times:
Stephen Sondheim, Theater's Greatest Lyricist
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Wire
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
You Need To Read This  —  The following is a rush transcript …
Discussion: The Mahablog and Mother Jones