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11:10 PM ET, October 18, 2017


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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.
Washington Post:
Fallen soldier's mother: ‘Trump did disrespect my son’  —  The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa said Wednesday that President Trump “did disrespect my son” with remarks in a condolence telephone call.  —  Sgt. La David T. Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson …
Sources: Kelly didn't know Trump would publicize that Obama didn't call when his son died  —  Trump: Ask Kelly if Obama called about son  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — Trump waited nearly two weeks to call the families of four soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
White House staff drafted Niger sympathy statement for Trump that was never released  —  Staffers at the National Security Council drafted and circulated a statement of condolence for President Donald Trump to make almost immediately after a deadly ambush of U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just said his comment to a war widow was ‘fabricated.’ In an interview, the witness pushes back.
New York Times:
Trump's Condolence Call to Soldier's Widow Ignites an Imbroglio
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump doubles down; says he didn't make controversial remark to widow
Discussion: ABC News and The Last Tradition
The Daily Beast:
Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election … Some of the Trump campaign's most prominent names and supporters, including Trump's campaign manager, digital director and son, pushed tweets from professional trolls paid by the Russian government in the heat of the 2016 election campaign.
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.
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 …
Mary Hui / Washington Post:
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law  —  Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alabama, said that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are breaking the law.  —  “It's against the law, you know that?”
Discussion:, BuzzFeed and
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Trump strategist quits Gillespie campaign for Va. governor, sources say  —  RICHMOND — The man who rallied Southwest Virginia to vote for Donald Trump last year quit Republican Ed Gillespie's gubernatorial campaign this week, offended by a personal snub and exasperated by the campaign's …
Discussion: Political Wire
Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: Democrat Northam has seven-point edge over Republican Gillespie in Virginia gubernatorial race
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: 46 percent think media make up stories about Trump
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Shakeup at Democratic National Committee, Longtime Officials Ousted  —  WASHINGTON — A shakeup is underway at the Democratic National Committee as several key longtime officials have lost their posts, exposing a still-raw rift in the party and igniting anger among those in its progressive wing …
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 …
New York Times:   Obama Returns to Campaign Trail to Rally Black Voters
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.
Tom Dreisbach /
Numbers Disagree With Trump Golf Course Claim Of ‘Millions To Charity’
Discussion: Eschaton
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
A Judge Just Ordered The Trump Administration To Allow An Undocumented Teen To Get An Abortion  —  A federal judge ordered federal officials to allow the teen to travel to an abortion provider “promptly and without delay.”  The 17-year-old Jane Doe at the center of the case is approximately 15 weeks pregnant.
Discussion: The Hill
John D. Sutter / CNN:
About 1 million Americans without running water. 3 million without power.  This is life one month after Hurricane Maria.  —  Puerto Rico (CNN)After Hurricane Maria toppled the bridge that connects him to the rest of civilization and ripped the roof and walls off his house here in the central mountains …
USA Today:
Real death toll in Puerto Rico is probably 450 — much higher than official count
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Daily Kos
Tim Carman / Washington Post:
After Maria, José Andrés and his team have served more meals in Puerto Rico than the Red Cross
Discussion:, Eater and Business Insider
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: Axios and Political Wire
Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun:
Court documents: Former co-worker of suspected Maryland office park shooter ‘feared him’  —  The man wanted in two separate shootings in Maryland and Delaware being taken into the police station in Wilmington, Delaware.  (WTTG video)  —  Kevin Doyle talks about the moments after the shooting …
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and NBC News
Dan Corey / NBC News:
Obama's Name to Replace Jefferson Davis' on Mississippi School  —  A public elementary school in Mississippi named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States.  —  Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary in Jackson …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Christopher Jacobs / The Federalist:
The Alexander-Murray Health ‘Deal’ Sends Tax Dollars To Abortion Coverage
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Sessions declines ‘blanket’ assurance to not jail journalists  —  on Wednesday said he could not make a “blanket commitment” to not putting journalists in jail.  —  During testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar  —  (D-Minn.) asked Sessions if he could pledge to not place …
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 …
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Americans raise $200k overnight for children of grieving Army widow Trump insulted  —  Donald Trump's response to the four U.S. soldiers killed by ISIS in Niger is one of his most incompetent spectacles so far.  He waited two weeks to even mention it, then lied about President Obama …
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Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Trey Gowdy: Samantha Power testified that intel officials made ‘unmasking’ requests in her name
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In North Carolina, Republicans Stung by Court Rulings Aim to Change the Judges
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Stabenow to deliver opening remarks at women's convention
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
Jann Wenner and His Biographer Have a Falling Out
Trump Tells EPA to Halt Ethanol Quota Changes
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller and Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Eagerness to Go on TV Has Warped the Liberal Media, Glenn Greenwald Tells TV Host
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese
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Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
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CBS News:
Rick Perry calls fallen soldiers phone call controversy “asinine”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
NFL ratings continue fall, latest Nielsen numbers show
Shaun King / The Intercept:
Dear White People: Be More Like Gregg Popovich
Discussion: JustOneMinute
The Moscow Times:
Russia Prepares to Blacklist Five ‘Undesirable’ U.S. Media Outlets
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Las Vegas judge who told felons if they meet probation requirements they can vote for Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Facebook and Google Helped Anti-Refugee Campaign in Swing States