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3:20 PM ET, October 18, 2017

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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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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 …
WPLG-TV:
Trump to widow of Sgt. La David Johnson: ‘He knew what he signed up for’  —  President faces controversy after US Army deaths in Africa  —  MIAMI - 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 …
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Trump doubles down; says he didn't make controversial remark to widow
CNN:
Trump: Dem congresswoman ‘totally fabricated’ his remarks to widow of fallen soldier
Julia Manchester / The Hill:   Fallen soldiers' families say they haven't heard from Trump: report
Media Matters for America:
Laura Ingraham: Congresswoman present for Trump call to military widow should be ignored because of her hat
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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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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 …
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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.
Baltimore Sun:
5 shot, 3 dead in Maryland business park, gunman on the run, Harford sheriff says  —  Three people have died and two are injured in a shooting at an Edgewood area business park, the Harford County sheriff said Wednesday.  (Courtesy video)  —  Shooting in Emmorton business park in Edgewood area.
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CNN:
5 shot at Maryland office park, authorities say  —  (CNN)Five people have been shot at an office park in the Maryland community of Edgewood, and the shooter is believed to be on the loose, a deputy with the Harford County sheriff's office said Wednesday morning.
Jennifer Daskal / New York Times:
There's No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case  —  In 2013, United States agents served a warrant on Microsoft seeking the emails of a suspect in a drug case.  Microsoft balked at the request, saying that the data was stored on a server in Ireland and out of the reach of United States law enforcement.
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Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:   Is Trump Violating the Constitution? In Absentia, He Defends Himself in Court
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump's own words show it was aimed at Muslims
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 …
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 …
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
ESPN:
NFL ratings continue fall, latest Nielsen numbers show  —  Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, total viewership of games is down 7.5 percent, compared with the first six weeks of 2016.  —  An average of 15 million people watched games for the first six weeks this year …
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Virginia's Democrat Nominee For Governor Deletes His Black Running Mate From Palm Cards  —  Oh how Democrats will make excuses for their own side.  In Virginia, Ralph Northam is the Democrats' nominee for governor.  He has a black running mate named Justin Fairfax.  Except, in Northern Virginia, you would never know that.
Discussion: twitchy.com and Instapundit
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Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Ralph Northam campaign defends deleting black running mate from campaign literature
Discussion: National Review
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Chipotle downgraded by Bank of America on new concern: It's paying employees too much  — “We believe further gains from trimming hours will prove difficult which limits the opportunity to get labor below 27 percent of sales even if traffic recovers,” the firm says.
Shaun King / The Intercept:
Dear White People: Be More Like Gregg Popovich  —  How white Americans view their country — and their president — appears to be almost split down the middle.  In a recent Gallup poll, 49 percent of white Americans said they do not approve of President Donald Trump's job performance.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Puerto Rico's Environmental Catastrophe  —  ARECIBO, P.R.—"There's no way there were just 45 deaths," said Myrna Conty, an environmental activist whose work takes her regularly across the most remote parts of the island.  She scoffed at the radio reports of the official death toll …
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, New York Magazine and Breitbart
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Las Vegas judge who told felons if they meet probation requirements they can vote for Trump in 2020 says she wanted to ‘invoke some humor’  —  The Clark County District Court judge who told several felons that they could vote for President Donald Trump if they follow through on the terms …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Mediaite and Last Men and OverMen
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: Daily Kos and CNN
 
 
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Mic:
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The Clarion Ledger:
JPS school honoring Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama
Matt Latimer / Politico:
Why Trump Will Regret Passing Tax Reform
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
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Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Jared Kushner Adds Charles Harder to Legal Team As West Wing Pressure Mounts