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12:55 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.”
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  — 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: Vox, RedState, 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 …
Trump: Dem congresswoman ‘totally fabricated’ his remarks to widow of fallen soldier
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Trump doubles down; says he didn't make controversial remark to widow
Julia Manchester / The Hill:   Fallen soldiers' families say they haven't heard from Trump: report
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
‘I was gonna curse him out’: Rep. Wilson describes hearing Trump's phone call with widow of fallen soldier
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says US Rep. ‘fabricated’ what he said
John Solomon / The Hill:
Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a full-scale probe into a Russian nuclear bribery case, demanding several federal agencies disclose whether they knew the FBI had uncovered the corruption before the Obama administration …
The Hill:
FBI informant blocked from telling Congress about Russia nuclear corruption case, lawyer says
Discussion: RedState
Elana Schor / Politico:
Sessions: Mueller hasn't interviewed me in Russia probe
Discussion: ABC News
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Alexander: Trump engineered the bipartisan health bill  —  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) sat down with Mike Allen immediately after getting off the phone with President Trump, who called to encourage him about the bipartisan health care bill he announced yesterday with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened.
Discussion: Washington Post, Bloomberg and The Hill
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
Ryan Struyk / CNN:   CNN poll: Most Americans oppose Trump's tax reform plan
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Kelli Ward's U.S. Senate campaign kickoff
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.
Baltimore Sun:
5 shot, 3 dead in Maryland business park, gunman on the run, Harford sheriff says
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump suggests Comey prematurely exonerated Clinton but investigators say probe was largely complete  —  President Trump suggested Wednesday that former FBI director James B. Comey had intended to spare Democrat Hillary Clinton from prosecution “long before investigation was complete” into her government email practices.
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 …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Lana Del Rey sang about Harvey Weinstein in 2012  —  MORE FROM: … Lana Del Rey's 2012 track “Cola” about older men is about Harvey Weinstein, sources tell us.  “Cola” features the lyrics: “I got a taste for men who are older.  It's always been, so it's no surprise,” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Associated Press:
Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families  — 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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The Clarion Ledger:
JPS school honoring Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama
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Matt Latimer / Politico:
Why Trump Will Regret Passing Tax Reform
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Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Las Vegas judge who told felons if they meet probation requirements they can vote for Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell to hold Senate in session for longer workweeks
Discussion: Axios
Facebook and Google Helped Anti-Refugee Campaign in Swing States
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Why Hollywood is the perfect hunting ground for pervs
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Wall Street Journal:
The Other Brother: Bob Weinstein Was an Abusive Boss
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Justin Caruso / The Daily Caller:
‘SO DISHONEST’: Tucker And Glenn Greenwald Go After Media Lies On Trump-Russia
Discussion: The Last Tradition and Infowars
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Lawrence Summers: Trump's top economist's tax analysis isn't just wrong, it's dishonest
Discussion: EconLog and Larry Summers
Ryan Gabrielson / ProPublica:
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Discussion: The Crime Report
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded