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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.”
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WPLG-TV:
Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: ‘He knew what he signed up for’  —  Trump faces controversy after U.S. Army deaths in Africa  —  MIAMI-DADE, Fla. - President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that “he knew what he signed up for ... but when it happens …
Associated Press:
Trump and the new politics of honoring war dead  —  https://apnews.com/d3bf716591bd49d4a8a8 6f229efe900f  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and Raw Story
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just said his comment to a war widow was ‘fabricated.’ In an interview, the witness pushes back.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  President Trump appears unable to resist getting drawn into public battles involving figures who are far more vulnerable and sympathetic than he is, and true to form …
Washington Post:
Twelve days of silence, then a swipe at Obama: How Trump handled four dead soldiers  —  On Oct. 4, the day four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were gunned down at the border of Niger and Mali in the deadliest combat incident since President Trump took office, the commander in chief was lighting …
CNN:
Trump: Dem congresswoman ‘totally fabricated’ his remarks to widow of fallen soldier
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
‘I was gonna curse him out’: Rep. Wilson describes hearing Trump's phone call with widow of fallen soldier
Julia Manchester / The Hill:   Fallen soldiers' families say they haven't heard from Trump: report
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says US Rep. ‘fabricated’ what he said
Discussion: Shakesville and ABC News
Sanela Sabovic / WPLG-TV:
Remains of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson return to Miami
Talking Points Memo:
Trump Changes Mind, Says He's Not A Fan Of Bipartisan Health Care Plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception.
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened.
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and The Hill
Axios:
Here's the Alexander-Murray bill
National Journal:
Bannon's Bark Is Worse Than His Bite  —  Trump's former campaign manager fancies himself as a master strategist, but he lacks the tactical skills to oust Republican senators in the 2018 primaries.  —  In the wide world of politics, there are two different types of campaign operatives: strategists and tacticians.
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and New York Magazine
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Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Kelli Ward's U.S. Senate campaign kickoff
Ryan Struyk / CNN:   CNN poll: Most Americans oppose Trump's tax reform plan
Associated Press:
Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families  —  https://apnews.com/33e05d95e44842528e74 c1f8df572ad0  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pulled bereaved military families into a painful political fight of his own making, going so far Tuesday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Khan family blasts Trump's comments on fallen soldiers
Discussion: AOL
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Jared Kushner Adds Charles Harder to Legal Team As West Wing Pressure Mounts  —  On Friday, Reince Priebus testified for hours with lawyers on special counsel Robert Mueller's team.  While Priebus has been careful not to criticize the president openly, sources who have spoken to him say he's …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
The Hill:
FBI informant blocked from telling Congress about Russia nuclear corruption case, lawyer says  —  An American businessman who worked for years undercover as an FBI confidential witness was blocked by the Obama Justice Department from telling Congress about conversations and transactions …
Discussion: RedState
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John Solomon / The Hill:
Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case
Carrie Levine / Center for Public Integrity:
Republican lawmakers' posh hideaway bankrolled by secret corporate cash  —  Bank records: Comcast, Microsoft, Koch helped fund GOP convention ‘cloakroom’  —  Donald Trump declared last year in his populist presidential nomination acceptance speech that he's “not able to look the other way” …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats press Gowdy to subpoena White House for Flynn documents  —  Democrats pressed Wednesday for Rep. Trey Gowdy — the Republican chairman of the powerful House oversight committee — to subpoena the White House for documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Kos and Shareblue Media
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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump's own words show it was aimed at Muslims  —  A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail …
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:   Is Trump Violating the Constitution? In Absentia, He Defends Himself in Court
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - National Football League officials weighed the fervor of players protesting racism against U.S. President Donald Trump's anger at their autumn meeting on Tuesday with supporters of the players kneeling outside in solidarity.
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: 46 percent think media make up stories about Trump  —  Nearly half of voters, 46 percent, believe the news media fabricate news stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  Just 37 percent of voters think the media …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Roy Moore, Doug Jones neck-and-neck in Alabama Senate race  —  Republican Roy Moore, the anti-Republican establishment candidate, is tied at 42 percent apiece with Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate race in deep-red Alabama.  —  A Fox News Poll also finds that among …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell to hold Senate in session for longer workweeks  —  Mitch McConnell is putting an end to the Senate's light schedule.  —  The Senate majority leader is preparing to hold the chamber in session for more rigorous workweeks, including Fridays and possibly even weekends, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Axios
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Internal White House documents allege manufacturing decline increases abortions, infertility, and spousal abuse  —  White House officials working on trade policy were alarmed last month when a top adviser to President Trump circulated a two-page document that alleged a weakened manufacturing sector leads …
NBC News:
Putin Rival Ties Kushner Meeting to Kremlin Bankers  —  A prominent exiled Russian oligarch said in an exclusive interview with NBC News that he is nearly certain Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to collaborate with the Trump campaign, and that he believes a top Russian banker was not …
Discussion: Last Men and OverMen
Ben White / Politico:
Treasury secretary: Pass a tax bill or markets will tank  —  Steven Mnuchin has a stern warning for Congress: You could blow up the stock market if you fail to cut taxes.  —  The Treasury secretary, in the first episode of the “POLITICO Money” podcast, said Wall Street's big runup following …
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 …
 
 
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Matt Latimer / Politico:
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Emily Smith / Page Six:
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Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
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Las Vegas Review-Journal:
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Lexington Herald-Leader:
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
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Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
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Ryan Gabrielson / ProPublica:
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New York Times:
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