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9:40 PM ET, October 17, 2017

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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 and Hullabaloo
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The Hill:
Trump speaks to families of Green Berets killed in Niger
Discussion: RedState and The Resurgent
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump invokes death of John Kelly's son in furor over calls to fallen soldiers
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Washington Post:
Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump: Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Guardian
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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Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election
Discussion: Raw Story, Mother Jones and ABC News
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
New poll predicts unprecedented defeat for House Republicans in 2018  —  Congressional Democrats have opened up huge leads among voters, while the GOP struggles under their unpopular leadership.  —  For Republicans peering into the near future, none of the electoral news in the Trump era looks good.
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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.
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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CNBC:
Canada, Mexico to firmly reject US NAFTA proposals but will offer to keep negotiations going: Sources
Discussion: IJR
Sanela Sabovic / WPLG-TV:
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. - U.S. President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that “he knew what he signed up for …
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.
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Forbes:
Forbes Releases 36th Annual Forbes 400 Ranking of the Richest Americans
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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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House says Obama didn't call Kelly after his son's death
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
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 …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Morning Joe rips evangelical hypocrites: ‘Donald Trump is the antithesis of everything Jesus Christ said’  —  MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped congressional Republicans and conservative Christians for allowing themselves to be used by President Donald Trump.  —  The “Morning Joe” …
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 …
Sam Sanders / Arts & Life : NPR:
Taran Killam Says ‘There Was Never Any Common Ground’ When Trump Hosted ‘SNL’  —  When the “On Air” lights went dark in NBC's Studio 8H early on Sunday, May 21, Taran Killam didn't realize he had just performed on Saturday Night Live for the last time.  Later that summer …
Discussion: Full Feed, Mashable and Deadline
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 …
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.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump leaning toward former pharma exec for health secretary  —  President Donald Trump is leaning toward nominating Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical industry executive and George W. Bush administration official, to serve as Health and Human Services secretary, according to two White House officials.
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody's Counting
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and New York Magazine
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: DACA legal advice must be made public
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
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Somalia bombing may have been revenge for botched US-led operation
Discussion: Business Insider
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, twitchy.com, AOL and The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department
Discussion: The Atlantic, Shakesville and Mediaite