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9:55 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 …
Associated Press:
Trump and the new politics of honoring war dead  — 6f229efe900f  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families  — c1f8df572ad0  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far Tuesday …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says US Rep. ‘fabricated’ what he said
Discussion: ABC News
Trump: Dem congresswoman ‘totally fabricated’ his remarks to widow of fallen soldier
Julia Manchester / The Hill:   Fallen soldiers' families say they haven't heard from Trump: report
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Khan family blasts Trump's comments on fallen soldiers
Discussion: AOL
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
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 …
Ryan Struyk / CNN:
CNN poll: Most Americans oppose Trump's tax reform plan  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)A slim majority of Americans (52%) oppose President Donald Trump's recent tax reform proposals, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, while only one-third (34%) say they support the Trump plan.
Talking Points Memo:
Trump Changes Mind, Says He's Not A Fan Of Bipartisan Health Care Plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception.
Discussion: Political Wire
Here's the Alexander-Murray bill
Carrie Levine / Center for Public Integrity:
Republican lawmakers' posh hideaway bankrolled by secret corporate cash  —  Bank records: Comcast, Microsoft, Koch helped fund GOP convention ‘cloakroom’  —  Donald Trump declared last year in his populist presidential nomination acceptance speech that he's “not able to look the other way” …
Discussion: Political Wire
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump rips NFL decision on anthem protests: ‘Total disrespect’ for US  —  President Trump in an early morning tweet on Wednesday ripped the NFL for its decision to allow players to kneel during the national anthem, saying it shows “total disrespect for our great country!”
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
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 …
The Hill:
FBI informant blocked from telling Congress about Russia nuclear corruption case, lawyer says  —  An American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions …
Discussion: RedState
John Solomon / The Hill:
Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe  —  President Trump suggested Wednesday that former FBI director James B. Comey had intended to spare Democrat Hillary Clinton from prosecution “long before investigation was complete” into her government email practices.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Clinton lawyer pounds CNN's Chris Cillizza on email analysis piece
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Top General's Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Four days after his son died in Afghanistan, John F. Kelly, then a Marine Corps general, eulogized two Marines killed by a truck bomb in Iraq.  He made only a fleeting, oblique reference to his son Second …
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 …
NBC News:
Putin Rival Ties Kushner Meeting to Kremlin Bankers  —  A prominent exiled Russian oligarch said in an exclusive interview with NBC News that he is nearly certain Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to collaborate with the Trump campaign, and that he believes a top Russian banker was not …
Discussion: Last Men and OverMen
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump's own words show it was aimed at Muslims  —  A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail …
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 …
Facebook and Google Helped Anti-Refugee Campaign in Swing States  —  The big tech companies worked closely with Secure America Now to target an audience the group felt could be swayed by the message.  —  In the final weeks of the 2016 election campaign, voters in swing states including Nevada …
Wall Street Journal:
The Other Brother: Bob Weinstein Was an Abusive Boss  —  According to multiple former employees and business associates, he was a volatile and bullying executive  —  Over the years, movie producer Bob Weinstein has belittled and bullied employees, shoved an executive's spouse and pressured …
Justin Caruso / The Daily Caller:
‘SO DISHONEST’: Tucker And Glenn Greenwald Go After Media Lies On Trump-Russia  —  ‘SO DISHONEST’: Tucker And Glenn Greenwald Go After Media Lies [VIDEO]  —  ‘Inflammatory stories that turn out to be totally false’  —  CNN Reporter Mocks Trump Helping McConnell Up The Stairs—Forgets McConnell Had Polio
Discussion: Infowars and The Last Tradition
Ben White / Politico:
Treasury secretary: Pass a tax bill or markets will tank  —  Steven Mnuchin has a stern warning for Congress: You could blow up the stock market if you fail to cut taxes.  —  The Treasury secretary, in the first episode of the “POLITICO Money” podcast, said Wall Street's big run-up following …
Discussion: Business Insider and CNBC
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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