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5:00 AM ET, October 18, 2017


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Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: ‘He knew what he signed up for’  —  Trump faces controversy after U.S. Army deaths in Africa  —  MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that “he knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens …
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
‘I was gonna curse him out’: Rep. Wilson describes hearing Trump's phone call with widow of fallen soldier  —  Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) on Tuesday spoke with CNN's Don Lemon about the phone call between Donald Trump and the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, explaining she “was gonna curse” the president out.
Washington Post:
Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers  —  On Oct. 4, the day four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were gunned down at the border of Niger and Mali in the deadliest combat incident since President Trump took office, the commander in chief was lighting …
Sanela Sabovic / WPLG-TV:
Remains of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson return to Miami  —  Pregnant widow mourns over soldier's coffin draped in U.S. flag  —  MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The body of Sgt. La David Johnson, the soldier from Miami Gardens who was working with an elite U.S. Army Special Forces unit when he died …
Discussion:, NBC News, KTLA and Mediaite
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Jared Kushner Adds Charles Harder to Legal Team As West Wing Pressure Mounts  —  On Friday, Reince Priebus testified for hours with lawyers on special counsel Robert Mueller's team.  While Priebus has been careful not to criticize the president openly, sources who have spoken to him say he's …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Hullabaloo, ThinkProgress and IJR
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse  —  White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Discussion: CNN and RedState
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House says Obama didn't call Kelly after his son's death
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 …
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 …
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,” …
Harvey Weinstein, I'm Gonna Keep Making Movies, With or Without TWC
Here's the Alexander-Murray bill  —  Here's the draft text of the deal struck by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray, obtained from a senior GOP aide.  The plan can now be seriously evaluated, especially regarding changes made to Affordable Care Act state innovation waivers.  —  Items of note:
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Alexander, Murray strike bipartisan Obamacare deal providing subsidies, state flexibility
John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump calls for Congress to fix ‘ObamaCare mess,’ end ‘bailouts’ for insurers
Discussion: IJR
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded  —  ALBANY — Last March, five women gathered in a home near here to enter a secret sisterhood they were told was created to empower women.  —  To gain admission, they were required to give their recruiter — or “master,” as she was called …
Molly Ringwald / New Yorker:
All the Other Harvey Weinsteins  —  The tale of Harvey Weinstein is now a thread that has tangled its way through Hollywood, connecting women, mostly actresses, in a depressingly common way.  We all seem to have a Harvey story, each one a little different but with essentially the same nauseating pattern and theme.
Exclusive: Putin's ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory  —  (CNN)Yevgeny Prigozhin is a Russian oligarch dubbed “chef” to President Vladimir Putin by the Russian press.  In 2002, he served caviar and truffles to President George W. Bush during a summit in St. Petersburg.
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election
Discussion: Raw Story, Mother Jones and ABC News
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Khan family blasts Trump's comments on fallen soldiers  —  Gold Star parents Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala Khan on Tuesday slammed President Trump after he defended his delay in responding to the recent deaths in Niger and claimed past presidents did not reach out to the families of fallen soldiers as much as he has.
Discussion: AOL
The Hill:
Trump speaks to families of Green Berets killed in Niger
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
New poll predicts unprecedented defeat for House Republicans in 2018  —  For Republicans peering into the near future, none of the electoral news in the Trump era looks good.  —  House Democrats are preparing to focus like a laser on the unpopular House Speaker Paul Ryan …
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: Hullabaloo and Mashable
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like  —  KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police.  So can inviting too many people to your wedding, or naming your child Muhammad or Medina.  —  Driving or taking a bus to a neighboring town …
Ryan Gabrielson / ProPublica:
It's a Fact: Supreme Court Errors Aren't Hard to Find  —  In 2007, a group of California Institute of Technology scientists working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory filed suit against the venerated space agency.  Many of the scientists had worked on NASA missions and research for years as outside employees.
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
Noah Rothman / Commentary Magazine:
The Other Russia Scandal  —  One woman wrecking ball.  —  In her latest reinvention, Hillary Clinton has emerged from the woods transformed into a self-styled Cassandra.  She travels from sound stage to sound stage, reminding the public that her 2016 loss was not her fault and the Russians …
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.
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
White House denies Trump joked about Pence being anti-gay
Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody's Counting  —  Amid a historic spike in U.S. traffic fatalities, federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse.  —  , and  —  Jennifer Smith doesn't like the term “accident.”  It implies too much chance and too little culpability.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Chicago Boyz
New York Times:
Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The headlines are eye-catching.  Melania Trump is leaving the White House!  Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines!  Televangelist Joel Osteen is leaving his wife!
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Trump's Executive Moves Have Strengthened Checks And Balances
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Secretary of State's office considers proposals to implement new voter ID law
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: DACA legal advice must be made public
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Morning Joe rips evangelical hypocrites: ‘Donald Trump is the antithesis of everything Jesus Christ said’
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
‘Dr. Doom’ Faber: ‘Thank God white people populated America’
Emilia Petrarca / thecut:
Ivanka Trump Says She Had a ‘Punk Phase’ …
Discussion: Mashable
Madeline Farber / Fox News:
Roofers in Maine stop work to respect national anthem, flag
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller, AOL and