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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 …
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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.
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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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.
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.
Ali Rogin / ABC News:
Senators reach deal to continue Obamacare health insurance subsidy payments  —  Less than a week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to halt government payments that subsidize insurance plans for low-income Americans, Senate leaders agreed in principle to a bill that would cover the payments for two years.
Discussion: Axios
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
2 Senators Have Deal on Health Subsidies That Trump Cut Off
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Alexander, Murray strike bipartisan Obamacare deal providing subsidies, state flexibility
Discussion: IJR and ABC News
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Alexander, Murray reach bipartisan ACA deal
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
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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TMZ.com:
Harvey Weinstein, I'm Gonna Keep Making Movies, With or Without TWC
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.
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 …
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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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
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.
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.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump praises Greece as PM visits White House  —  The Latest on the Greek prime minister's White House visit (all times local):  —  President Donald Trump says Greece has “gone through a lot” but “is doing a terrific job of coming back” — an apparent reference to the country's ability to weather its economic troubles.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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Ernie Tedeschi / New York Times:
For the Non-Rich, the Child Tax Credit Is the Key to Tax Reform  —  Many specifics of the Republicans' tax plan are unclear, but whether the middle class and the poor are helped depends primarily on how the plan deals with the child tax credit.  —  The tax reform framework released three weeks ago …
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Center for American ProgressCenter …:   This Is How Much Average Americans Will Pay for Trump's Tax Cuts for the 1 Percent
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.
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
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, AOL and Raw Story
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:
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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 …
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
Lynh Bui / Washington Post:
U-Md. student to face hate crime charge in fatal stabbing on campus  —  The fatal stabbing of a black student on a college campus in Maryland will be prosecuted as a hate crime.  —  A Prince George's County grand jury on Tuesday handed up the hate crime charge against Sean Urbanski …
Discussion: The Root
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
Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
The Finance 202: Trump's tax package is shrinking before the fight has even begun  —  THE TICKER  —  President Trump speaks to the media with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at his side in the Rose Garden on Monday.  (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
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.
 
 
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Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Deal for Bowe Bergdahl looks worse and worse
Discussion: NewsBusters and Power Line
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The New York Times's Double Standard on the NFL
Discussion: IJR
Lauren Slagter / MLive.com:
Four Ann Arbor city council members take a knee during Pledge of Allegiance
Caitlin Gibson / Washington Post:
A majority of Americans now say that sexual harassment is a ‘serious problem’
NBC News:
Senate Subpoenas Former Trump Adviser Carter Page
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
Former GOP Rep stuns: The Republic might be ‘safer if Democrats take over the House in 2018’
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Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on ‘pervasive’ harassment in California's Capitol
Meduza:
Russian journalists publish massive investigation into St. Petersburg troll factory's U.S. operations
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
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
How Donald Trump is negotiating like a hostage-taker
Kaitlin Menza / Esquire:
57 Things I Need You to Stop Doing to the Women You Work With
Discussion: Althouse
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
‘Beautiful Girls’ Scribe Scott Rosenberg On A Complicated Legacy With Harvey Weinstein
Discussion: TheBlaze and Daily Wire