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8:45 PM ET, October 17, 2017

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The Daily Beast:
Trump White House Uses John Kelly's Dead Son to Trash Obama … On Tuesday morning, the White House, not just President Donald Trump, went out of its way to turn Chief of Staff John Kelly's dead son into a political football for the purpose of attacking Barack Obama's character.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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The Hill:
Trump speaks to families of Green Berets killed in Niger
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump: Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action
Discussion: The Guardian and Daily Kos
Julia Glum / Newsweek:
HOW HILLARY CLINTON STILL CAN, AND SHOULD, BECOME PRESIDENT AFTER THE TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION  —  Sure, it's been more than 340 days since Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, but there's still one very narrow, highly unlikely and entirely unprecedented way that Clinton could become president.
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The Hill:
FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow  —  Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Roy Moore, Doug Jones neck-and-neck in Alabama Senate race  —  Republican Roy Moore, the anti-Republican establishment candidate, is tied at 42 percent apiece with Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate race in deep-red Alabama.  —  A Fox News Poll also finds that among …
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Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Virginia  —  Race for Governor Deadlocked  —  Regional partisan divides widen; Eastern/Central VA up for grabs  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The campaign for governor of Virginia remains up for grabs, with Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam locked in a one point race.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by TV Showrunner  —  A female showrunner who worked on the Weinstein Co. drama “The Mist” has accused Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment during the production of the Spike TV series.  —  Amanda Segel, an executive producer of “Mist,” …
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Spicer interviewed by Mueller's team  —  The former press secretary met with prosecutors in the Russia probe on Monday.  —  President Donald Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer met with special counsel Robert Mueller's team on Monday for an interview that lasted much of the day …
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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Mueller has interviewed the cybersecurity expert who described being ‘recruited to collude with the Russians’  —  A cybersecurity researcher who described being recruited to vet hacked Hillary Clinton emails last year by a GOP operative tied to President Donald Trump's campaign team …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's tough speech  —  https://apnews.com/cd337697c2f04726b690 76627c014eb7  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in America's foreign policy.
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Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election
Discussion: Raw Story, Mother Jones, ABC News and Axios
CNN:
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.
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Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
New poll predicts unprecedented defeat for House Republicans in 2018
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Clinton lawyer pounds CNN's Chris Cillizza on email analysis piece  —  CNN politics reporter and editor-at-large Chris Cillizza grabbed his Outrage-Timing Stopwatch.  He used this device to count the number of days that had passed before former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton denounced …
Discussion: Vox, more at Mediagazer »
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Federal judge blocks Trump's third travel ban  —  A federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of the president's controversial travel ban, setting up yet another legal showdown on the extent of the executive branch's powers when it comes to setting immigration policy.
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge blocks Trump's latest travel ban order
Discussion: IJR and Daily Kos
Vivian Yee / New York Times:   Judge Temporarily Halts New Version of Trump's Travel Ban
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Alexander, Murray strike bipartisan Obamacare deal providing subsidies, state flexibility  —  Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray say they have reached an agreement on a bipartisan Obamacare deal to fund a key insurance subsidy program and provide states flexibility to skirt some requirements of the health care law.
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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 …
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 .
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Paraic O'Brien / Channel 4 News:
Exclusive: Neo-Nazi and National Front organiser quits movement, opens up about Jewish heritage, comes out as gay  —  After a lifetime of involvement with the far-right Kevin Wilshaw announces on Channel 4 News that he is leaving the movement - at the same time publicly coming out as gay.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump says drug czar nominee Tom Marino is withdrawing after Washington Post/'60 Minutes' investigation  —  President Trump on Tuesday said his nominee to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job — a move that comes in the wake of a Washington Post/"60 Minutes" …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
McCaskill's false claim that she 'wasn't here' when the DEA bill was passed
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
‘Dr. Doom’ Faber: ‘Thank God white people populated America’  — The market pessimist Marc “Dr. Doom” Faber claims that the U.S. is great primarily because it is ruled by white people.  — “I am not a racist, but the reality — no matter how politically incorrect — needs to be spelled out …
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Trump's net worth drops $600 million on Forbes' rich list, falls 92 spots  —  Trump's golf clubs in Scotland are losing millions  —  The rich are getting richer.  But not Donald Trump.  —  The Forbes list of 400 richest Americans shows that the billionaire-in-chief's fortune fell by $600 million to $3.1 billion.
Wall Street Journal:
George Soros Transfers $18 Billion to His Foundation, Creating an Instant Giant  —  The pioneer of hedge-fund investing has transferred the bulk of his wealth to Open Society Foundations  —  George Soros, who built one of the world's largest fortunes through a famous series of trades …
Fox News:
Jane Fonda says she's not proud of America  —  Jane Fonda made it clear she is not proud of America.  —  During a recent interview with the BBC, Fonda was asked, “Are you proud of America today?”  —  The actress was very quick to reply with a hard “no.”  —  “But, I'm proud of the resistance,” she elaborated.
Mark Anthony Green / GQ:
LeBron James Is the Greatest Living Athlete (and Here's Why)  —  LeBron James has been basketball's best player for the better part of 14 years.  But it's his work off the court—in business, in movies, and increasingly in politics—that will define the depth of his greatness.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, AOL, TMZ.com and Deadspin
 
 
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Morning Joe rips evangelical hypocrites: ‘Donald Trump is the antithesis of everything Jesus Christ said’
CNBC:
Canada, Mexico to firmly reject US NAFTA proposals but will offer to keep negotiations going: Sources
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Heritage Foundation considers top White House aide, Cubs co-owner as next leader
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Senate one step closer to approving tax cuts after vote to open budget debate
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Top Trump aide: We need tax reform to happen this year
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Somalia bombing may have been revenge for botched US-led operation
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Emilia Petrarca / thecut:
Ivanka Trump Says She Had a ‘Punk Phase’ …
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 Earlier Items: 
Madeline Farber / Fox News:
Roofers in Maine stop work to respect national anthem, flag
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR, twitchy.com and AOL
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Fall To Season Low As Titans Break Colts' Streak
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Delta passenger says she was stopped from singing anthem
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump leaning toward former pharma exec for health secretary
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Deal for Bowe Bergdahl looks worse and worse
Discussion: Power Line, NewsBusters and neo-neocon
NBC News:
Senate Subpoenas Former Trump Adviser Carter Page
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department
Discussion: The Atlantic, Shakesville and Mediaite