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8:55 AM ET, October 18, 2017

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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 …
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Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
‘I was gonna curse him out’: Rep. Wilson describes hearing Trump's phone call with widow of fallen soldier  —  Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) on Tuesday spoke with CNN's Don Lemon about the phone call between Donald Trump and the widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, explaining she “was gonna curse” the president out.
Discussion: Sputnik International
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 …
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: The Hill
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 …
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Khan family blasts Trump's comments on fallen soldiers
Discussion: AOL
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says US Rep. ‘fabricated’ what he said
Discussion: ABC News
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: Raw Story
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Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Spicer interviewed by Mueller's team  —  The former press secretary met with prosecutors in the Russia probe on Monday.  —  President Donald Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer met with special counsel Robert Mueller's team on Monday for an interview that lasted much of the day …
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 …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump White House Uses John Kelly's Dead Son to Trash Obama … On Tuesday morning, the White House, not just President Donald Trump, went out of its way to turn Chief of Staff John Kelly's dead son into a political football for the purpose of attacking Barack Obama's character.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Top General's Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Discussion: RedState, New York Magazine and CNN
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Other Brother: Bob Weinstein Was an Abusive Boss  —  According to multiple former employees and business associates, he was a volatile and bullying executive  —  Over the years, movie producer Bob Weinstein has belittled and bullied employees, shoved an executive's spouse and pressured …
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by TV Showrunner
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump's small-dollar donors fuel surge in GOP fundraising  —  WASHINGTON  —  The Republican National Committee raised more than $100 million in the first nine months of 2017, marking the first time it has raised that much, that fast, in a non-presidential election year.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
McConnell donors weigh switching to Bannon
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:   Bannon praises Flake opponent, slams Senate leader McConnell
Associated Press:
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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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” …
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe  —  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.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Clinton lawyer pounds CNN's Chris Cillizza on email analysis piece
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Mashable
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded  —  ALBANY — Last March, five women gathered in a home near here to enter a secret sisterhood they were told was created to empower women.  —  To gain admission, they were required to give their recruiter — or “master,” as she was called …
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 …
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
Justin Caruso / The Daily Caller:
‘SO DISHONEST’: Tucker And Glenn Greenwald Go After Media Lies On Trump-Russia  —  ‘SO DISHONEST’: Tucker And Glenn Greenwald Go After Media Lies [VIDEO]  —  ‘Inflammatory stories that turn out to be totally false’  —  CNN Reporter Mocks Trump Helping McConnell Up The Stairs—Forgets McConnell Had Polio
Discussion: Infowars and The Last Tradition
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Lawrence Summers: Trump's top economist's tax analysis isn't just wrong, it's dishonest  —  Kevin Hassett, the White House's chief economist, accused me of an ad-hominem attack against his analysis of the Trump administration's tax plan.  I am proudly guilty of asserting that it is some combination of dishonest, incompetent and absurd.
Discussion: Larry Summers
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge: DACA legal advice must be made public  —  A federal judge in California on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to turn over emails, letters, memos and other materials related to its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
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Uri Friedman / The Atlantic:
Is Obama's Foreign-Policy Legacy Disappearing?  —  When Donald Trump last week opted to decertify the nuclear agreement that Barack Obama forged with Iran, it appeared to fit a pattern in the president's emerging foreign policy.  In withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal …
Ryan Gabrielson / ProPublica:
It's a Fact: Supreme Court Errors Aren't Hard to Find  —  In 2007, a group of California Institute of Technology scientists working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory filed suit against the venerated space agency.  Many of the scientists had worked on NASA missions and research for years as outside employees.
 
 
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