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8:45 AM ET, October 18, 2017


 Top Items: 
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.
Discussion: Sputnik International
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: CNN, KTLA, AOL, NBC News and Mediaite
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says US Rep. ‘fabricated’ what he said
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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 …
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.
Associated Press:   Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Khan family blasts Trump's comments on fallen soldiers
Discussion: AOL
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Top General's Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Discussion: RedState, New York Magazine and CNN
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 …
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,” …
Molly Ringwald / New Yorker:
All the Other Harvey Weinsteins
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bannon hits up GOP mega-donors exasperated with McConnell  —  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon flew to Atlanta last week to huddle with Republican mega-donor Bernie Marcus — and to hear him vent.  —  A Home Depot co-founder who's been one of the most prolific givers to Senate Republicans …
Discussion: Political Wire
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Trump's small-dollar donors fuel surge in GOP fundraising
Associated Press:   Bannon praises Flake opponent, slams Senate leader McConnell
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 …
Associated Press:
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
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Alexander, Murray strike bipartisan Obamacare deal providing subsidies, state flexibility
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 …
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” …
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 …
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials weighed the fervor of players protesting racism against U.S. President Donald Trump's anger at their autumn meeting on Tuesday with supporters of the players kneeling outside in solidarity.
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: DACA legal advice must be made public  —  A federal judge in California on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to turn over emails, letters, memos and other materials related to its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Politicus USA, AOL and Vox
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
Is Obama's Foreign-Policy Legacy Disappearing?  —  When Donald Trump last week opted to decertify the nuclear agreement that Barack Obama forged with Iran, it appeared to fit a pattern in the president's emerging foreign policy.  In withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal …
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
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: AOL, Vox Popoli and Raw Story
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 Zax / Fast Company:
The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
New York Times:
Women Denounce Harassment in California's Capital
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
Ben White / Politico:
Treasury secretary: Pass a tax bill or markets will tank
Discussion: CNBC
John Solomon / The Hill:
Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case
Justin Caruso / The Daily Caller:
‘SO DISHONEST’: Tucker And Glenn Greenwald Go After Media Lies On Trump-Russia
Discussion: Infowars and The Last Tradition
Dylan Gwinn / Breitbart:
Backlash: Week 6 of the NFL Reveals Several Nearly Empty Stadiums As Fans Continue to Leave the League
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Lawrence Summers: Trump's top economist's tax analysis isn't just wrong, it's dishonest
Discussion: Larry Summers
 Earlier Items: 
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Rio Tinto, Former Top Executives Charged With Fraud
Discussion: The Guardian
Ryan Gabrielson / ProPublica:
It's a Fact: Supreme Court Errors Aren't Hard to Find
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Trump's Executive Moves Have Strengthened Checks And Balances
Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody's Counting
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and New York Magazine
Washington Post:
Heritage Foundation considers top White House aide, Cubs co-owner as next leader
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
‘Dr. Doom’ Faber: ‘Thank God white people populated America’