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1:40 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 …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Mother of fallen soldier: ‘Trump did disrespect’ my family  —  The mother of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month, said President Trump did disrespect her family, despite Trump's insistence that remarks about a phone conversation he had with Johnson's widow were “fabricated.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Trump doubles down; says he didn't make controversial remark to widow
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
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.).
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Roy Moore, Doug Jones neck-and-neck in Alabama Senate race
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
NFL policy on anthem kneeling unchanged, despite Trump rebuke
Discussion: New York Times and Balloon Juice
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
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 …
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.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump's own words show it was aimed at Muslims
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:   Is Trump Violating the Constitution? In Absentia, He Defends Himself in Court
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
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.
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 …
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.
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Ralph Northam campaign defends deleting black running mate from campaign literature  —  Ralph Northam, Virginia's Democratic nominee for governor, deleted his black running mate from his campaign fliers.  His campaign says that's not a big deal.  —  Northam, the sitting lieutenant governor …
Discussion: National Review
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Virginia's Democrat Nominee For Governor Deletes His Black Running Mate From Palm Cards
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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Shaun King / The Intercept:
Dear White People: Be More Like Gregg Popovich
Exclusive: Army bans green card holders from enlisting, a move that may break federal law
Discussion: Defense One
The Moscow Times:
Russia Prepares to Blacklist Five ‘Undesirable’ U.S. Media Outlets
GOP calls grow to end Russia investigations in Congress this year
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Clarion Ledger:
JPS school honoring Jefferson Davis to be renamed after Barack Obama
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Matt Latimer / Politico:
Why Trump Will Regret Passing Tax Reform
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Lana Del Rey sang about Harvey Weinstein in 2012
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Las Vegas judge who told felons if they meet probation requirements they can vote for Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Washington Post and The Hill
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell to hold Senate in session for longer workweeks
Discussion: Axios
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
Associated Press:
Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ryan Gabrielson / ProPublica:
It's a Fact: Supreme Court Errors Aren't Hard to Find
Discussion: The Crime Report
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded