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12:45 PM ET, October 8, 2017


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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Corker calls White House ‘an adult day care center’ in response to Trump's latest Twitter tirade  —  Sen. Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Sunday called the White House “an adult day care center” after President Trump attacked him in a morning Twitter tirade.
Discussion: Vox, CNN, Axios, RedState and Political Wire
Trump claims Corker 'didn't have the guts' to run for reelection  —  The president also says the Senate Foreign Relationship chairman ‘begged’ him for an endorsement.  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed that Sen. Bob Corker “begged” him for an endorsement and decided to not seek reelection …
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
In a switch, GOP deserts its budget-cutting mantra  —  The Republican Party has largely abandoned its platform of fiscal restraint, pivoting sharply in a way that could add trillions of dollars in federal debt over the next decade.  —  Cutting spending to balance the budget was almost religion …
New York Times:
Erik Prince, Blackwater Founder, Weighs Primary Challenge to Wyoming Republican  —  WASHINGTON — Erik Prince, the founder of the security contractor Blackwater, is seriously considering a Republican primary challenge for a Senate seat in Wyoming, potentially adding a high-profile contender …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump: I want to focus on North Korea not 'fixing somebody's back'  —  President Trump praised health care block grants on Saturday, saying they allow the states to focus on health care, but said he would rather focus his energy on tensions with North Korea than “fixing somebody's back or their knee.”
Sam Kim / Bloomberg:   Kim Jong Un Boosts Sister Within North Korea's Inner Circle
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump on North Korea: ‘Only one thing will work’
Discussion: Axios, CANNONFIRE and TalkLeft
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
‘We will keep coming back:’ Richard Spencer leads another torchlight march in Charlottesville  —  Richard Spencer, who in August led white nationalists and white supremacists in a torchlight march across the University of Virginia campus that touched off a weekend of deadly clashes, returned Saturday night to Charlottesville.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
White nationalists return to Charlottesville
Discussion: RedState
David Siders / Politico:
Feinstein ‘close’ to announcing reelection bid  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she is “close” to announcing a reelection campaign — the 84-year-old's firmest suggestion yet that she will seek a fifth full term in the Senate.  —  “I'm ready for a good fight,” Feinstein told NBC News' …
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Trump zeroes in on 2020 battlegrounds  —  President Donald Trump's campaign operatives and other allies have begun surveying the political landscape for his 2020 reelection bid, viewing a handful of upcoming midterm races as especially insightful to his strategic path three years from now.
Charles J. Sykes / New York Times:
N.R.A. and G.O.P., Together Forever  —  FOR years, Republicans have effectively outsourced their thought leadership to the loudmouths at the end of the bar.  But perhaps the most extreme example of that trend has been the issue of guns, where the party has ceded control to a gun lobby that has built its brand on absolutism.
New York Times:
Lisa Bloom, Lawyer Advising Harvey Weinstein, Resigns Amid Criticism From Board Members  —  The lawyer Lisa Bloom resigned on Saturday as an adviser to Harvey Weinstein, the high-powered film producer facing allegations of rampant sexual harassment, amid harsh criticism of her handling of his defense.
The Hill:
GOP leaders look to avoid a fight with base over guns  —  Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are signaling that they want the Trump administration to write new regulations for a gun accessory that may have allowed the Las Vegas shooter to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.
Discussion: Political Wire
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump: I'll give peace ‘a shot’ before moving US embassy to Jerusalem  —  President Trump said he would like to attempt to establish peace between the Israel and Palestine before moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  —  “I want to give that a shot before I even think about moving …
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Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Sign Order Easing Health Plan Rules, Official Says
Discussion: Vox, New York Times, RedState and The Hill
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
The ‘Resistance,’ Raising Big Money, Upends Liberal Politics
Foreign Policy:
As U.S. Retreats From World Organizations, China Steps in to Fill the Void
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Hoping to Have Trump Cleared, Legal Team Eases Resistance to Inquiry
Discussion: Axios
Caleb Parke / Fox News:
UC student who stole ‘MAGA’ hat in viral video could face felony charges
Mike Martindale / Detroit News:
Michigan rapist gets joint custody
Discussion: Raw Story