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8:30 AM ET, October 19, 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.
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.
Trump sends $25,000 check to fallen soldier's family on same day as Washington Post report  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump sent a $25,000 personal check to the family of a fallen soldier the same day that The Washington Post reported that he had promised …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Trump White House is unmoored
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politicus USA
Washington Post:
Trump trivializes the deaths of four soldiers
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Trump's Condolence Call to Soldier's Widow Ignites an Imbroglio
New York Times:
Signaling Frustration, Senior House Republican Plans to Quit Early  —  In a sign of mounting frustration among Republicans in Washington, Representative Pat Tiberi of Ohio, a senior lawmaker with close ties to his party's leaders, is expected to resign and take up an executive post …
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.
Washington Post:
Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account.  But it wasn't real.  It was Russian.  —  Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to persuade American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content …
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 …
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
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?”
Nash Jenkins / TIME:
Senate Candidate Roy Moore Says NFL Protesters Are Breaking the Law
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
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
Judge orders Trump administration to allow abortion for undocumented teen
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 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In North Carolina, Republicans Stung by Court Rulings Aim to Change the Judges  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Republicans with a firm grip on the North Carolina legislature — and, until January, the governor's seat — enacted a conservative agenda in recent years, only to have a steady stream …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Towering cross-shaped monument on public land is unconstitutional, court rules
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 …
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
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:
The Europe Merkel Made  —  Her legacy includes Brexit, the rise of far-right parties, and border walls.  —  Angela Merkel really is the most consequential politician of modern Europe, but lately not in the way she hopes.  Her 2015 decision to welcome over 1 million migrants into her country …
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 …
Sam Baker / Axios:
Don't rush to judgment on Alexander-Murray  —  Yes, the Senate's bipartisan Affordable Care Act bill ran into some political roadblocks yesterday.  The White House said President Trump, who had taken several positions over the course of the day, is against it.  House Speaker Paul Ryan is also against it.
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
The private life of Sgt. La David Johnson, the slain soldier ensnared in a Trump controversy  —  To most of the country, Sgt. La David Terrence Johnson was an American service member killed in action in West Africa.  —  But to his family and his community in Miami Gardens, Fla. …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Steve Bannon's Motley Crew of Challengers  —  One is fresh out of prison.  Another held a town hall to discuss ‘chemtrail’ theories.  —  Steve Bannon, the failed presidential adviser and alt-right sympathizer, has declared war on incumbent Republicans, particularly Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Rich City, Poor City  —  With most big cities' economies continuing to grow, the most pressing issue they face is how to connect their low-income communities to the opportunities that growth creates.  New efforts developing in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago show the many creative alternatives cities …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Republican senators ask McConnell to open Senate 24/7  —  Nine Republican senators have signed a letter to Mitch McConnell calling on him to “turn the Senate on full time, 24/7, to advance the president's agenda.”  The senators write that “perversion of Senate rules” by Democrats …
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Facebook's General Counsel to Testify to Congress in Russia Probe
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Trump Calls the Congressional GOP's Bluff
Rosalind Adams / BuzzFeed:
These Americans Were Tricked Into Working For Russia. They Say They Had No Idea.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russian Socialite Enters Race to Challenge President Putin
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Justice Department Has Communicated With Controversial Election Commission, Sessions Confirms
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz, Sanders debate tax reform in CNN town hall
Discussion: Business Insider
Tom Dreisbach /
Numbers Disagree With Trump Golf Course Claim Of ‘Millions To Charity’
Discussion: NPR and Eschaton
 Earlier Items: 
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Trey Gowdy: Samantha Power testified that intel officials made ‘unmasking’ requests in her name
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Sessions declines ‘blanket’ assurance to not jail journalists
New York Times:
Jann Wenner and His Biographer Have a Falling Out
Dan Corey / NBC News:
Obama's Name to Replace Jefferson Davis' on Mississippi School
Discussion: The Root and Axios
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Americans raise $200k overnight for children of grieving Army widow Trump insulted
Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese