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5:30 PM ET, October 17, 2017

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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.
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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 …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's tough speech  —  https://apnews.com/cd337697c2f04726b690 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.
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Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Sen. John McCain warns against ‘spurious nationalism’ in Liberty Medal speech
Discussion: Hit & Run, KTLA, IJR and The Daily Caller
CNN:
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election
Discussion: Mother Jones, ABC News and Axios
Meduza:   Russian journalists publish massive investigation into St. Petersburg troll factory's U.S. operations
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,” …
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Save the Phony Weinstein Outrage, Republicans
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
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.
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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Alexander, Murray reach bipartisan ACA deal
Discussion: RedState, ABC News and Balloon Juice
Ali Rogin / ABC News:
Senators reach deal to continue Obamacare health insurance subsidy payments
Discussion: Axios
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
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump invokes death of John Kelly's son in furor over calls to fallen soldiers  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday invoked the death of the son of his chief of staff, John Kelly, as he defended his claim from a day before that Barack Obama and other past presidents didn't always call the families of slain service members.
Vivian Yee / New York Times:
Judge Temporarily Halts New Version of Trump's Travel Ban  —  Hours before it was to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order on Tuesday blocking, for now, President Trump's third attempt at a travel ban.  It would have indefinitely stopped almost all travel …
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Federal judge blocks Trump's third travel ban
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge blocks Trump's latest travel ban order
Discussion: IJR and Daily Kos
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: Vox, more at Mediagazer »
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 .
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FOX News Radio:
President Donald Trump On Tax Reform: We're the Highest Taxed Nation In the World, We Need the Tax Cuts
CNN:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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: Daily Kos, Raw Story and AOL
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
D.C. Circuit nominee says he worked on White House response to Mueller probe  —  President Donald Trump's first nominee to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday he worked on the White House's response to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump's judge picks: ‘Not qualified,’ prolific bloggers
Discussion: The Crime Report
Washington Post:
Trump says drug czar nominee Tom Marino is withdrawing after Washington Post/'60 Minutes' investigation  —  President Trump on Tuesday said his nominee to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job — a move that comes in the wake of a Washington Post/"60 Minutes" …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
McCaskill's false claim that she 'wasn't here' when the DEA bill was passed
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
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Madeline Farber / Fox News:
Roofers in Maine stop work to respect national anthem, flag
Discussion: AOL, IJR and twitchy.com
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Delta passenger says she was stopped from singing anthem
Maria Abi-Habib / Wall Street Journal:
U.S.-Backed Forces Say They Have Taken Raqqa, Islamic State's Last Urban Stronghold
Discussion: Mother Jones
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump leaning toward former pharma exec for health secretary
Discussion: Washington Times
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Deal for Bowe Bergdahl looks worse and worse
Discussion: neo-neocon, NewsBusters and Power Line
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The New York Times's Double Standard on the NFL
Discussion: IJR
NBC News:
Senate Subpoenas Former Trump Adviser Carter Page
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
How Donald Trump's Fortune Fell $600 Million In One Year
Discussion: NBC News and Talking Points Memo
Bob Bryan / Business Insider:
Marc Faber, author of influential ‘Gloom, Doom, and Boom’ …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on ‘pervasive’ harassment in California's Capitol
Discussion: Refinery29
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Outbrain Is Investigating Whether Russian Trolls Used Its Platform For Election Propaganda
Alden Bourne / WBUR:
Mass. Small Business Owner At Trump's Order Signing Flabbergasted By Public Reaction
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
There's a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans — but no one knows how to get on it
Discussion: Gothamist