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9:50 PM ET, October 18, 2017

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Washington Post:
Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000 in a call, but didn't follow through  —  President Trump, in a personal phone call to a grieving military father, offered him $25,000 and said he would direct his staff to establish an online fundraiser for the family, but neither happened, the father said.
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Washington Post:
Trump disputes account of his call with soldier's widow.  But congresswoman who heard exchange says it was ‘horrible.’  —  President Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa this month that her husband “must have known what he signed up for.”
CNN:
Sources: Kelly didn't know Trump would publicize that Obama didn't call when his son died  —  Trump: Ask Kelly if Obama called about son  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Trump waited nearly two weeks to call the families of four soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
White House staff drafted Niger sympathy statement for Trump that was never released  —  Staffers at the National Security Council drafted and circulated a statement of condolence for President Donald Trump to make almost immediately after a deadly ambush of U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Father of fallen soldier wants to join Twitter to call Trump a ‘damn liar’  —  The father of a soldier killed in Iraq said he wants to create a Twitter account so he can call President Trump a “damn liar” after Trump didn't contact him following his son's death, according to The Washington Post.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just said his comment to a war widow was ‘fabricated.’ In an interview, the witness pushes back.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump doubles down; says he didn't make controversial remark to widow
Discussion: ABC News and The Last Tradition
The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election … Some of the Trump campaign's most prominent names and supporters, including Trump's campaign manager, digital director and son, pushed tweets from professional trolls paid by the Russian government in the heat of the 2016 election campaign.
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Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A Russian Troll Farm And Refused To Take It Down  —  The account was one of hundreds created by Russia's Internet Research Agency and drew 136,000 followers by tweeting divisive messages in the name of the Tennessee Republican Party.
Nash Jenkins / TIME:
Senate Candidate Roy Moore Says NFL Protesters Are Breaking the Law  —  Senate candidate Roy Moore believes that professional athletes who take a knee during the national anthem are breaking the law.  —  In an interview with TIME magazine, the Alabama Republican argued that NFL players …
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Mary Hui / Washington Post:
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law
Discussion: BuzzFeed and twitchy.com
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Trump strategist quits Gillespie campaign for Va. governor, sources say  —  RICHMOND — The man who rallied Southwest Virginia to vote for Donald Trump last year quit Republican Ed Gillespie's gubernatorial campaign this week, offended by a personal snub and exasperated by the campaign's …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: Democrat Northam has seven-point edge over Republican Gillespie in Virginia gubernatorial race
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: 46 percent think media make up stories about Trump
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
Black candidate omitted from Democratic campaign fliers in Virginia  —  In this Sept 4, 2017 photo, Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, right, talks during a Democratic breakfast, with Attorney General Mark Herring, sitting from left, gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam …
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New York Times:   Obama Returns to Campaign Trail to Rally Black Voters
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Frail and disoriented, Cochran says he's not retiring  —  Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran insists that he is not retiring from Congress, despite widespread speculation about the veteran lawmaker's health and political future.  —  The 79-year-old Cochran appeared frail and at times disoriented during …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
A Judge Just Ordered The Trump Administration To Allow An Undocumented Teen To Get An Abortion  —  A federal judge ordered federal officials to allow the teen to travel to an abortion provider “promptly and without delay.”  The 17-year-old Jane Doe at the center of the case is approximately 15 weeks pregnant.
Discussion: The Hill
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USA Today:
Real death toll in Puerto Rico is probably 450 — much higher than official count  —  Three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, we've seen images of the destruction and heard stories about the lack of electricity and basic supplies like food and water in some areas.
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Daily Kos
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Dan Corey / NBC News:
Obama's Name to Replace Jefferson Davis' on Mississippi School  —  A public elementary school in Mississippi named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States.  —  Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary in Jackson …
Discussion: Axios
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Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun:
Court documents: Former co-worker of suspected Maryland office park shooter ‘feared him’  —  The man wanted in two separate shootings in Maryland and Delaware being taken into the police station in Wilmington, Delaware.  (WTTG video)  —  Kevin Doyle talks about the moments after the shooting …
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and NBC News
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Paul Ryan comes out against Alexander-Murray health care bill  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan's press secretary, Doug Andres, told Axios Wednesday that despite the bipartisan push behind the Alexander-Murray health bill , “The speaker does not see anything that changes his view that the Senate …
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Christopher Jacobs / The Federalist:
The Alexander-Murray Health ‘Deal’ Sends Tax Dollars To Abortion Coverage
Linda Bloodworth Thomason / Hollywood Reporter:
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason: Lessons from Witnessing Four Decades of Harassment in Hollywood (Guest Column)  —  The creator of ‘Designing Women’ and Clinton confidant details horrific stories of sexual impropriety and abuse of power ("The No. 1 casting criterion for an actress is that she be 'hot and f …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Shakeup at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted  —  WASHINGTON — A shakeup is underway at the Democratic National Committee as several key longtime officials have lost their posts, exposing a still-raw rift in the party and igniting anger among those in its progressive wing …
Discussion: Political Wire
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Americans raise $200k overnight for children of grieving Army widow Trump insulted  —  Donald Trump's response to the four U.S. soldiers killed by ISIS in Niger is one of his most incompetent spectacles so far.  He waited two weeks to even mention it, then lied about President Obama …
Bloomberg:
Facebook and Google Helped Anti-Refugee Campaign in Swing States  —  The big tech companies worked closely with Secure America Now to target an audience the group felt could be swayed by the message.  —  In the final weeks of the 2016 election campaign, voters in swing states including Nevada …
Tom Dreisbach / NPR:
A Trump Golf Course Said It Gave Millions To Charity.  Here's What The Numbers Say  —  Throughout his presidential campaign and since, President Trump has made bold assertions about his charitable giving.  But as the Washington Post has thoroughly documented, those boasts of philanthropy don't always stand up to scrutiny.
The Moscow Times:
Russia Prepares to Blacklist Five ‘Undesirable’ U.S. Media Outlets  —  Russian senators have drawn up a list of five U.S.-based media outlets, including CNN, whose activities in Russia could be restricted in response to a requirement to have the American branch of Russia's state-funded RT television channel register as a foreign agent.
 
 
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Rick Perry calls fallen soldiers phone call controversy “asinine”
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ESPN:
NFL ratings continue fall, latest Nielsen numbers show
Shaun King / The Intercept:
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Discussion: JustOneMinute
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Las Vegas judge who told felons if they meet probation requirements they can vote for Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC News:
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