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12:50 AM ET, October 18, 2017


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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 …
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: Politico
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 …
Washington Post:
Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Raw Story
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Discussion: RedState
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump: Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House says Obama didn't call Kelly after his son's death
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Instapundit
Julia Glum / Newsweek:
The Hill:
FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow
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  —  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.
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 …
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:   Former GOP Rep stuns: The Republic might be ‘safer if Democrats take over the House in 2018’
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump calls for Congress to fix ‘ObamaCare mess,’ end ‘bailouts’ for insurers
Discussion: IJR
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 …
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
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
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's tough speech  — 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.
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 …
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Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke
Discussion: Balloon Juice and New York Times
New York Times:
Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites
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
Jason Burke / The Guardian:
Somalia bombing may have been revenge for botched US-led operation
Discussion: Business Insider
 Earlier Items: 
Emilia Petrarca / thecut:
Ivanka Trump Says She Had a ‘Punk Phase’ …
Discussion: Mashable
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Federal judge blocks Trump's third travel ban
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney:
Trump's net worth drops $600 million on Forbes' rich list, falls 92 spots