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12:25 PM ET, October 17, 2017


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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
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  —  A Rose Garden embrace for McConnell, epitome of establishment  —  Pleads for Bannon to back off threatened party purge  —  Steve Bannon won't abandon his war against congressional Republican incumbents …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump gives his own performance a Trump-sized endorsement
Discussion: and ABC News
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
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Trump and McConnell See a Way to Make Conservatives Happy
Discussion: Power Line and Business Insider
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
McConnell told Trump that Bannon could undermine agenda: report
Discussion: RedState
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump's judge picks: ‘Not qualified,’ prolific bloggers
Discussion: The Crime Report
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Mitch McConnell warns Trump that Steve Bannon threatens their agenda
Discussion: The Hill 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 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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dan Merica / CNN:
Trump: Ask Kelly whether Obama called after his son was killed in action
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn't Contact Families of Fallen Troops
Associated Press:
Trump to call families of slain soldiers, questions Obama
Discussion: CNN
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Ex-Joint Chiefs chair fires back at Trump: Obama, Bush ‘cared deeply’ for fallen soldiers
Discussion: RedState
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
Sarah Ferguson / ABC:
Hillary Clinton: How losing to Donald Trump changed her
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.
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Sen. John McCain warns against ‘spurious nationalism’ in Liberty Medal speech  —  Washington (CNN)In a lofty and at moments pointed speech, Sen. John McCain on Monday cautioned against the US turning toward “half-baked, spurious nationalism” during an event honoring the war hero's contributions.
Discussion: KTLA
Tara Fowler / ABC News:
McCain slams ‘half-baked, spurious nationalism’ sweeping US in passionate speech
Discussion: Politico, Axios and The Daily Caller
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
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.
German Lopez / Vox:
The fall of Tom Marino, Trump's pick for drug czar, explained  —  The Congress member was the main sponsor of a law that made the federal fight against opioids harder.  —  Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), President Donald Trump's pick for drug czar, hadn't gotten a single hearing from the Senate yet.
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
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
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.
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)
Bob Bryan / Business Insider:
Marc Faber, author of influential ‘Gloom, Doom, and Boom’ report, says ‘thank God white people populated America, not the blacks’  —  Marc Faber, the über-bearish author of an investing newsletter who frequently appears as a guest on financial TV, wrote in his latest “Gloom, Doom …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
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Colin Kaepernick's collusion grievance against NFL centered on Trump's influence
Edith M. / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Root, CNBC and The Daily Signal
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
The Method to Trump's ‘Madness’
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