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8:10 AM ET, October 17, 2017


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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: Axios and ABC News
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.
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 …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Trump said to want bipartisan Senate Obamacare deal  —  President Donald Trump urged Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander to seek out an Obamacare deal with Democrats — encouragement that might help sway Republicans who are skeptical of a bipartisan agreement.  —  Alexander said Trump told …
Discussion: ABC News, Political Wire and Axios
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitch McConnell warns Trump that Steve Bannon threatens their agenda
Discussion: Political Wire
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
‘The empathy of a cockroach’: Phil Mudd shames Trump's self-centered response to fallen soldiers
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump White House fed up with the Senate
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.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump forced to walk back ridiculous falsehood about Obama  —  Part of the problem with Donald Trump's presidency is his profound ignorance of history.  This tends to get him into trouble because, when Trump does something he's proud of, he boasts that he's the first president to do it …
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.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   ‘Categorically false’: MSNBC's Katy Tur smacks down Trump lie that Obama never called soldiers' families
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
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:   ‘Unpatriotic’: Watch John McCain torch Trump and Bannon's ‘half-baked nationalism’ during Liberty Medal speech
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.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Investigative Journalist in Malta Is Killed in Car Bombing  —  An investigative journalist in Malta who exposed her island nation's links to offshore tax havens using the leaked Panama Papers was killed in a car bombing on Monday, an attack that shocked Malta and was condemned by leaders of the European Union.
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
Financial Times:   Donald Trump to meet Japanese Emperor Akihito in Tokyo
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,” …
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.
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
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.
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
A 2-year-old's kidney transplant was put on hold — after his donor father's probation violation  —  A father in Georgia who had prepared to donate a kidney to his 2-year-old son said last week that he is being forced to wait after a recent stint in county jail.
Discussion: AOL
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
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.
Discussion: The Mahablog, Mother Jones and Vox
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
Sarah Ferguson / ABC:
Hillary Clinton: How losing to Donald Trump changed her  —  The Hillary Clinton I met in New York for our recent interview with Four Corners was an angrier, less guarded version of the person we have come to know over her decades in public life.  —  I have been following Hillary Clinton's career since …
Discussion: and
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids  —  A directive to immigration officials across the country to try to portray undocumented immigrants swept up in mass raids as criminals came directly from then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, The Intercept has learned.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times:
Jesus Campos, Vegas security guard shot before rampage, appears to have vanished
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
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Matt Stevens / New York Times:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Renuka Rayasam / Politico:
Undocumented pregnant girl in Texas tests Trump policy to stop abortions
Discussion: Rewire
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
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Mara Siegler / Page Six:
How Carrie Fisher stuck up for friend who was sexually assaulted
Geoff Pender / USA Today:
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