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2:00 PM ET, October 17, 2017


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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.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Rand Paul opposes Senate GOP budget  —  Sen. Rand Paul is prepared to vote “no” on the Senate GOP budget if leaders do not agree to cut billions in spending from the plan, he said in an interview Tuesday.  —  The Kentucky Republican said he spoke to President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning …
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Sen. John McCain warns against ‘spurious nationalism’ in Liberty Medal speech
Discussion: KTLA
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.
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 …
The Hill:
FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow
Discussion: Mediaite
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 .
Trump Seeks a Truce Between Republicans to Save Their Tax Plan
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
‘The empathy of a cockroach’: Phil Mudd shames Trump's self-centered response to fallen soldiers
Discussion: CNN and Reuters
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump gives his own performance a Trump-sized endorsement
Discussion: and ABC News
Melissa Quinn / Washington Examiner:
Trump on calling families of fallen troops: ‘Ask General Kelly’ if Obama called when his son died  —  President Trump said Tuesday that anyone with questions of whether former President Barack Obama called the families of fallen service members can ask White House chief of staff John Kelly if he received a phone call from Obama.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump: Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, in defense of his claim that President Barack Obama didn't call the loved ones of fallen soldiers, floated the idea Tuesday that reporters ask his chief of staff …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Trump to call families of slain soldiers, questions Obama
Discussion: CNN and
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.
Discussion: Axios, Vox, AOL and Political Wire
Dave Zirin / The Nation:
‘A Soulless Coward’: Coach Gregg Popovich Responds to Trump  —  In an exclusive here at The Nation, the Spurs coach speaks about Trump's latest outrage.  —  We've all seen San Antonio Spurs' future Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich in a state of exasperation on the sidelines, or in post-game news conferences.
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 …
Discussion: RedState and National Review
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump's judge picks: ‘Not qualified,’ prolific bloggers  —  President Donald Trump has nominated 50 candidates to lifetime appointments to the federal bench — including a man who asserted transgender children were evidence of “Satan's plan,” one deemed unqualified by the American Bar Association and a handful of prolific bloggers.
Discussion: The Crime Report
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Trump and McConnell See a Way to Make Conservatives Happy
Discussion: Power Line
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Outbrain Is Investigating Whether Russian Trolls Used Its Platform For Election Propaganda  —  The content recommendation ad network Outbrain, whose clicky content sprawls across the web, is investigating whether Russian ads or other forms of election tampering took place on its service during the 2016 election.
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Donald Trump is negotiating like a hostage-taker  —  (CNN)As a candidate, Donald Trump sold himself as a deal maker.  As president, he's governing more as a hostage taker.  —  Across an array of domestic and foreign challenges, Trump's go-to move has become to create what amounts to a political hostage situation.
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
Rex Tillerson and the Unraveling of the State Department  —  With an isolated leader, a demoralized diplomatic corps and a president dismantling international relations one tweet at a time, American foreign policy is adrift in the world.  —  One afternoon in late September …
Kaitlin Menza / Esquire:
57 Things I Need You to Stop Doing to the Women You Work With  —  I'm begging you: Don't be a creep at work.  —  A female friend of mine went on a foreign business trip early in her career with two colleagues who were both male, married, and senior to her at the company.
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Alden Bourne / WBUR:
Mass. Small Business Owner At Trump's Order Signing Flabbergasted By Public Reaction  —  A western Massachusetts business owner faces a boycott of his stores after attending an event with President Trump last week.  But he says he's being unfairly targeted.
Discussion: Raw Story
Harvey Weinstein, I'm Gonna Keep Making Movies, With or Without TWC  —  Harvey Weinstein — I'm Gonna Keep Making Movies With Or Without You, Bro  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  Harvey Weinstein is not giving up — not even close — he vows he'll continue making movies, whether it's with The Weinstein Co. or someplace else.
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on ‘pervasive’ harassment in California's Capitol  —  A screenshot of the website launched by women in California politics decrying what they call a “pervasive” culture of harassment in the Capitol.  (Screenshot)
USA Today:
Amid fears of violence, Florida governor declares emergency ahead of Spencer speech … TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state gather at the University of Florida in advance of a Thursday event by white nationalist Richard B. Spencer.
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:
Jane Fonda says she's not proud of America  —  Jane Fonda made it clear she is not proud of America.  —  During a recent interview with the BBC, Fonda was asked, “Are you proud of America today?”  —  The actress was very quick to reply with a hard “no.”  —  “But, I'm proud of the resistance,” she elaborated.
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue Media:
White House now blaming Pentagon “paperwork” for Trump's failure to honor fallen US troops  —  Donald Trump had time to go golfing five times since four U.S. troops were killed by an ISIS ambush in Niger on Oct., 4.  But Trump didn't have time to reach out to the mourning military families …
Rabon / FOX News Radio:
President Donald Trump On Tax Reform: We're the Highest Taxed Nation In the World, We Need the Tax Cuts  —  45th President of the United States Donald Trump joined the Brian Kilmeade Show today to discuss his tax reform plan as well as healthcare, the Iran deal, NFL and more.  Listen to the full interview below:
Jason La Canfora /
Colin Kaepernick's collusion grievance against NFL centered on Trump's influence  —  Trump's tweets, rallies and contact with NFL owners will be a major part of Kaepernick's legal case  —  The influence and power of President Donald Trump will be a central element in Colin Kaepernick's collusion grievance …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
D.C. Circuit nominee says he worked on White House response to Mueller probe  —  Katsas also acknowledged he gave advice on travel ban, DACA, voter fraud commission.  —  President Donald Trump's first nominee to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday he worked …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Avalere Health:
Administration's Decision to End Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments Will Lead to Substantial 2017 Losses for Health Plans
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNBC
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Donald Trump's Fortune Fell $600 Million In One Year
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
Margaret Harding McGill / Politico:
FCC chairman defends First Amendment after Trump broadcaster threats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
Former GOP Rep stuns: The Republic might be ‘safer if Democrats take over the House in 2018’
Bob Bryan / Business Insider:
Marc Faber, author of influential ‘Gloom, Doom, and Boom’ …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Boston Globe:
Report finds state lab withheld breathalyzer test results
Russian journalists publish massive investigation into St. Petersburg troll factory's U.S. operations
 Earlier Items: 
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose ‘No Harmful Health Effect’
Washington Post:
NFL endorses criminal-justice reform bill in the midst of anthem debate
German Lopez / Vox:
The fall of Tom Marino, Trump's pick for drug czar, explained
There's a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans — but no one knows how to get on it
Discussion: Gothamist
Edith M. / Associated Press:
North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
For each scene of his presidency, Trump casts a villain (or two, or three ...)
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
‘Beautiful Girls’ Scribe Scott Rosenberg On A Complicated Legacy With Harvey Weinstein
Discussion: TheBlaze and Daily Wire