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10:10 PM ET, October 16, 2017

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
You Need To Read This  —  The following is a rush transcript of President Trump's comments a few moments ago on Obamacare.  There may be small textual errors.  But it will give you a broad sense of what he said.  It's important to read.  —  Health care is moving along.
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump White House fed up with the Senate  —  President Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell stood side by side at the White House Monday afternoon to declare they're “together totally” and “very united” heading into this fall's tax reform battle.  —  But behind the scenes, Trump …
Discussion: FOX6Now.com
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.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Trump said to want bipartisan Senate Obamacare deal
Discussion: Political Wire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Steve Bannon totally undercuts Trump's claim about canceling Obamacare payments
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
GOP Sen. Thad Cochran grappling with illness
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Axios
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Danger of President Pence  —  Trump's critics yearn for his exit.  But Mike Pence, the corporate right's inside man, poses his own risks.  —  On September 14th, the right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, who last year published a book titled “In Trump We Trust,” expressed what a growing number of Americans …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump claims Obama, other past presidents didn't call families of fallen soldiers  —  President Trump on Monday claimed former President Obama and other past presidents didn't call the families of fallen soldiers.  —  Trump made the remark after being asked about the four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger last week.
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Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump forced to walk back ridiculous falsehood about Obama
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.
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump promises to ‘look into’ report on drug czar nominee Marino in wake of Post/'60 Minutes' probe
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.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
‘Today’ editor fired over Lawrence O'Donnell meltdown leak … NBC has tracked down and fired the staffer who leaked the infamous — and wildly entertaining — tape of Lawrence O'Donnell's meltdown during which he swore at his crew because of “insanity in my earpiece.”
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Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Megyn Kelly's ratings hit ‘possible all-time low’
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Elias Groll / Foreign Policy:
Here's the Memo the Kremlin-Linked Lawyer Took to the Meeting With Donald Trump Jr.  —  No dirt on Clinton, a passing mention of adoptions, and a lot on Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act.  —  Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya arrived at a June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. armed …
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Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton Suggests Russian Interference In US Election Was A “Cyber 9/11”
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Clinton refers to Russian election interference as ‘cyber 9/11’
Discussion: Infowars
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Miami politician says aliens took her on a spaceship.  Now she's running for Congress.  —  WASHINGTON  —  Florida has a U.S. senator who once flew aboard the Space Shuttle.  —  A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's been aboard a spaceship too.
CNN:
Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, faces up to life in prison  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Fort Bragg, North Carolina (CNN)US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda / New York Times:
Stephen Sondheim, Theater's Greatest Lyricist  —  Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks to the man who has consistently remade the American musical over his 60-year career — and who is trying to surprise us one more time.  —  Sondheim: I hope you don't mind doing this upstairs, I'm feeling a bit under the weather.
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Wire
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
The Mystery Of Wilbur Ross' Missing Billions  —  Dressed in a blue suit and red tie, Donald Trump's 79-year-old pick for Secretary of Commerce sat before a panel of senators for nearly four hours in January, deflecting dozens of questions with relative ease.
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's dumbfounding, expansive press conference with Mitch McConnell, annotated  —  President Trump took part in an extensive Q&A with reporters Monday in which he falsely accused his predecessors of not calling the families of fallen soldiers, suggested Puerto Rico shouldn't need food …
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
EPA Chief Pruitt Looks To Kneecap Environmental Groups With New Policy  —  The head of the Environmental Protection Agency in effect declared trench warfare on environmental groups on Monday, ending a practice he dubbed “Sue & Settle” by which the EPA would often settle lawsuits brought …
Geoff Pender / USA Today:
Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's health issues raise questions  —  Sen. Thad Cochran's extended absence from Congress has brought renewed questions as to whether the Mississippi Republican and Appropriations chairman is healthy enough to continue to serve.
CNN:
Post-Maria, Trump's approval rating on hurricanes down 20 points  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)President Donald Trump's approval rating for handling the federal government's response to recent hurricanes has dropped 20 points in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump  —  President Trump listens as officials heap praise on him at a Cabinet meeting June 12.  From left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
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 and Politico
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
California Tells Pet Stores Their Dogs and Cats Must Be Rescues  —  In a blow to commercial animal breeders and brokers, California pet stores will soon have to get their puppies, kittens and rabbits from shelters and rescue centers only.  —  Individuals can still buy from private breeders.
Daily Mail:
‘I was running downstairs in heels with a cup of coffee and fell backwards!’:  Hillary Clinton appears on British TV show to promote her book hobbling on crutches and wearing a protective boot after BREAKING her toe  —  Hillary Clinton hobbled away from filming a British TV show interview …
Bloomberg:
Kushner Plan for Fifth Avenue Tower Is Being Blocked by Partner  —  Vornado wants modest renovation and to rent out offices  —  The building has been losing money since it was bought in 2007  —  An ambitious plan by Jared Kushner's family to recast its indebted Fifth Avenue office building …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency ahead of white nationalist's speech  —  Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida.
 
 
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Alice Speri / The Intercept:
Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids
Discussion: Raw Story
Renuka Rayasam / Politico:
Undocumented pregnant girl in Texas tests Trump policy to stop abortions
Discussion: Rewire
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Legal marijuana is saving lives in Colorado, study finds
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
How Carrie Fisher stuck up for friend who was sexually assaulted
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Democrat Doug Jones Raises $1.3 Million In Alabama Senate Race
CNN:
Hill Russia investigators probe GOP operative who sought Clinton emails
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Jerry Brown Sides with Betsy DeVos on Title IX
Josie Duffy Rice / New York Times:
Cyrus Vance and the Myth of the Progressive Prosecutor
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Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Did Trump's tweet make it safer for NFL players to kneel for the anthem?
Discussion: The Daily Dolphin and Power Line
Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Dean Heller amasses nearly $4.2M to defend Senate seat
David Zucchino / New York Times:
Iraqi Forces Sweep Into Kirkuk, Checking Kurdish Independence Drive
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump, Chieftain of Spite
Discussion: MSNBC
Thomas J. Farnan / Townhall.com:
Roger Goodell Killed the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
How Not to Marginalize the Alt-Right
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
TRUMP'S GOLDEN RULE OF GOVERNING
Discussion: Eschaton
Meduza:
An ex St. Petersburg ‘troll’ speaks out Russian independent TV network interviews former troll …
Discussion: Yahoo