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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.”
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just said his comment to a war widow was ‘fabricated.’ In an interview, the witness pushes back.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Father of fallen soldier wants to join Twitter to call Trump a ‘damn liar’
Discussion: RedState and Talking Points Memo
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump doubles down; says he didn't make controversial remark to widow
Discussion: ABC News
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Mother of fallen soldier: ‘Trump did disrespect’ my family
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.
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Casey Michel / ThinkProgress:
Trump personally thanked fake Twitter account linked to Russia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and AOL
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 …
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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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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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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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 …
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: Political Wire
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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: CNN and Daily Kos
The Clarion Ledger:
JPS school honoring Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama  —  A predominately black public school in Mississippi named after Jefferson Davis will have its Confederate tied namesake stripped next year and replaced with the title of another president whose character students …
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese  —  The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.  —  The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced …
CBS News:
Rick Perry calls fallen soldiers phone call controversy “asinine”  —  For more of the interview with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, watch CBSN or listen to “The Takeout” podcast Friday.  —  Energy Secretary Rick Perry thinks the controversy begun by President Trump over the treatment …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Judge orders Trump administration to allow abortion for undocumented teen  —  A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented teenager in its custody to have an abortion, after saying she was “astounded” the Trump administration was trying to prevent the procedure.
Discussion: LifeNews.com and Rewire
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Behind Trump, There's Bannon.  Behind Bannon, There's the Mercers.  —  And a new lawsuit is rather eye-opening.  —  If you accept, as Joshua Green argues in his splendid  —  Devil's Bargain  —  , and as events subsequent to the election have more than borne out, without Steve Bannon …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Filing shows Pence's brother readying House campaign  —  A new federal tax filing indicates that Vice President Mike Pence's brother, Greg, is preparing to launch a campaign for Congress in Indiana.  —  An operative with ties to Vice President Pence and Rep. Luke Messer …
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Eagerness to Go on TV Has Warped the Liberal Media, Glenn Greenwald Tells TV Host  —  Glenn Greenwald has been dismissing reports of Russian interference in the election on behalf of Donald Trump since the story first appeared, and the massive accumulation of evidence has not dissuaded …
Bloomberg:
Trump Tells EPA to Halt Ethanol Quota Changes  —  Market for biofuel credits rebounds after lawmakers weigh in  —  Governor calls conversation with Trump ‘positive & productive’  —  White House officials have directed the Environmental Protection Agency to stand down on efforts to weaken …
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
 
 
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