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2:30 AM ET, October 17, 2017

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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.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump gives his own performance a Trump-sized endorsement  —  Friends say President Donald Trump has grown frustrated that his greatness is not widely understood, that his critics are fierce and on TV every morning, that his poll numbers are both low and “fake,” and that his White House is caricatured as adrift.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
You Need To Read This  —  The following is a rush transcript of President Trump's comments a few moments ago on Obamacare.  There may be small textual errors.  But it will give you a broad sense of what he said.  It's important to read.  —  Health care is moving along.
Discussion: The Mahablog, Mother Jones and Vox
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Trump said to want bipartisan Senate Obamacare deal
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's dumbfounding, expansive press conference with Mitch McConnell, annotated
Discussion: STAT
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump White House fed up with the Senate
Discussion: FOX6Now.com
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Steve Bannon totally undercuts Trump's claim about canceling Obamacare payments
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump expresses wariness of Bannon's war on GOP establishment
Discussion: New York Times, Power Line and ABC News
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump forced to walk back ridiculous falsehood about Obama  —  Part of the problem with Donald Trump's presidency is his profound ignorance of history.  This tends to get him into trouble because, when Trump does something he's proud of, he boasts that he's the first president to do it …
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump claims Obama, other past presidents didn't call families of fallen soldiers  —  President Trump on Monday claimed former President Obama and other past presidents didn't call the families of fallen soldiers.  —  Trump made the remark after being asked about the four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger last week.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn't Contact Families of Fallen Troops  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump falsely asserted on Monday that his predecessor, Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty, drawing a swift, angry rebuke from several of Mr. Obama's former aides.
Juliette Garside / The Guardian:
Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist  —  Daphne Caruana Galizia, a blogger whose investigations focused on corruption, was described as a ‘one-woman WikiLeaks’ … The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday in a car bomb near her home.
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Investigative Journalist in Malta Is Killed in Car Bombing  —  An investigative journalist in Malta who exposed her island nation's links to offshore tax havens using the leaked Panama Papers was killed in a car bombing on Monday, an attack that shocked Malta and was condemned by leaders of the European Union.
Tara Fowler / ABC News:
McCain slams ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’ sweeping US in passionate speech  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in an impassioned speech while accepting the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia this evening.  —  McCain, who was presented with the medal …
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John McCain:
Remarks At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony  —  Thank you, Joe, my old, dear friend, for those mostly undeserved kind words.  Vice President Biden and I have known each other for a lot of years now, more than forty, if you're counting.  We knew each other back when we were young and handsome …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:   ‘Unpatriotic’: Watch John McCain torch Trump and Bannon's ‘half-baked nationalism’ during Liberty Medal speech
Manu Raju / CNN:
Corker: Trump criticism had been ‘building for some time’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)He called the White House “an adult day care center.”  He suggested President Donald Trump was setting the nation on a course to “World War III.”  And he said Trump “concerns me,” …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
‘Today’ editor fired over Lawrence O'Donnell meltdown leak … NBC has tracked down and fired the staffer who leaked the infamous — and wildly entertaining — tape of Lawrence O'Donnell's meltdown during which he swore at his crew because of “insanity in my earpiece.”
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Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Megyn Kelly's ratings hit ‘possible all-time low’
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump promises to ‘look into’ report on drug czar nominee Marino in wake of Post/'60 Minutes' probe
Lin-Manuel Miranda / New York Times:
Stephen Sondheim, Theater's Greatest Lyricist  —  Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks to the man who has consistently remade the American musical over his 60-year career — and who is trying to surprise us one more time.  —  Sondheim: I hope you don't mind doing this upstairs, I'm feeling a bit under the weather.
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Wire
CNN:
Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, faces up to life in prison  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Fort Bragg, North Carolina (CNN)US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
Geoff Pender / USA Today:
Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's health issues raise questions  —  Sen. Thad Cochran's extended absence from Congress has brought renewed questions as to whether the Mississippi Republican and Appropriations chairman is healthy enough to continue to serve.
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Joseph Ax / Reuters:   U.S. Senator Menendez's corruption trial to proceed: judge
CNN:
Post-Maria, Trump's approval rating on hurricanes down 20 points  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)President Donald Trump's approval rating for handling the federal government's response to recent hurricanes has dropped 20 points in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids  —  A directive to immigration officials across the country to try to portray undocumented immigrants swept up in mass raids as criminals came directly from then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, The Intercept has learned.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
White House brushes off House investigators over aides' use of personal email  —  The White House brushed off a bipartisan request from House investigators for details of senior administration officials' use of private email and encrypted messaging apps for government work …
Sarah Ferguson / ABC:
Hillary Clinton: How losing to Donald Trump changed her  —  The Hillary Clinton I met in New York for our recent interview with Four Corners was an angrier, less guarded version of the person we have come to know over her decades in public life.  —  I have been following Hillary Clinton's career since …
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com and twitchy.com
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
‘Beautiful Girls’ Scribe Scott Rosenberg On A Complicated Legacy With Harvey Weinstein  —  Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg just wrote a thought provoking post on his Facebook account about his early days at Miramax Films,.  There, he wrote the memorable movies Beautiful Girls and Things …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Renuka Rayasam / Politico:
Undocumented pregnant girl in Texas tests Trump policy to stop abortions  —  AUSTIN, Texas — The Trump administration is preventing an undocumented, pregnant teenager detained in a Brownsville refugee shelter from getting an abortion in a policy shift with big implications for hundreds of other pregnant …
Discussion: Rewire
Elias Groll / Foreign Policy:
Here's the Memo the Kremlin-Linked Lawyer Took to the Meeting With Donald Trump Jr.  —  No dirt on Clinton, a passing mention of adoptions, and a lot on Bill Browder and the Magnitsky Act.  —  Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya arrived at a June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. armed …
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
EPA Chief Pruitt Looks To Kneecap Environmental Groups With New Policy  —  The head of the Environmental Protection Agency in effect declared trench warfare on environmental groups on Monday, ending a practice he dubbed “Sue & Settle” by which the EPA would often settle lawsuits brought …
Associated Press:
Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency ahead of white nationalist's speech  —  Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida.
 
 
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Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Texas Inmates Donated Nearly $54,000 for Hurricane Relief
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Legal marijuana is saving lives in Colorado, study finds
Discussion: The Cannabist and Balloon Juice
Mara Siegler / Page Six:
How Carrie Fisher stuck up for friend who was sexually assaulted
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Democrat Doug Jones Raises $1.3 Million In Alabama Senate Race
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
California Tells Pet Stores Their Dogs and Cats Must Be Rescues
CNN:
Hill Russia investigators probe GOP operative who sought Clinton emails
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Jerry Brown Sides with Betsy DeVos on Title IX
Talk Poverty:
For the Cost of Repealing the Estate Tax, Congress Could Buy Everyone in America a Pony
Josie Duffy Rice / New York Times:
Cyrus Vance and the Myth of the Progressive Prosecutor
Ben White / Politico:
Trump to interview Yellen as final decision nears on Fed chair
Discussion: CNBC
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump, Chieftain of Spite
Discussion: MSNBC
Thomas J. Farnan / Townhall.com:
Roger Goodell Killed the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
How Not to Marginalize the Alt-Right
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
The Mystery Of Wilbur Ross' Missing Billions
Discussion: Raw Story