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5:45 PM ET, October 19, 2017

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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Kelly Speaks About Son's Death and Criticizes Congresswoman Wilson  —  WASHINGTON — John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, delivered an emotional, personal defense of President Trump's call this week to the widow of a slain soldier, describing the trauma of learning about his own son's death …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Kelly emotionally defends Trump's call to military widow  —  White House chief of staff John Kelly on Thursday forcefully and emotionally defended President Donald Trump's call to the widow of a U.S. soldier recently killed in Niger, accusing a Florida congresswoman of being “selfish” …
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Trump's treatment of families of the fallen ‘sickens’ Chuck Hagel  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's treatment of families of fallen troops “sickens” former Defense secretary Chuck Hagel, who labeled his recent calls and other statements “beneath the dignity of the presidency.”
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida Democrat calls Niger ambush 'Trump's Benghazi'  —  The Florida Democratic congresswoman who clashed with President Donald Trump over his call to the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger wants Congress to investigate what she's calling “Mr. Trump's Benghazi.”
Bill Palmer / Palmer Report:
Donald Trump's Niger scandal just turned into a (real) Benghazi scandal
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Pentagon launches formal investigation into deadly Niger ambush
Discussion: NBC News, CNN, IJR and AOL
John Haltiwanger / Newsweek:
IS NIGER TRUMP'S BENGHAZI? FOUR U.S. SOLDIERS DIED AND IT TOOK HIM 12 DAYS TO RESPOND
Discussion: CBS News and Jamie Dupree - PBP
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
George W. Bush's unmistakable takedown of Trumpism — and Trump  —  For the past nine years, George W. Bush has largely stayed out of presidential politics; he declined to criticize his successor, Barack Obama, and he chose not to endorse but largely ignored President Trump.
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Politico:
Full text: George W. Bush speech on Trumpism  —  Below is a transcript of George W. Bush's speech delivered Oct. 19, 2017 at the at the “Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The World” event in New York.  —  Thank you all.  Thank you.  Ok, Padilla gracias.  So, I painted Ramon.  I wish you were still standing here.
Discussion: Vox, ABC News and Mother Jones
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
George W. Bush slams Trumpism, without mentioning president by name  —  Former President George W. Bush offered an unmistakable denunciation of Trumpism on Thursday without mentioning the president by name, urging citizens to oppose threats to American democracy.  —  “Bigotry seems emboldened.
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Bush blasts bigotry and white supremacy, says US politics ‘vulnerable’ to ‘outright fabrication’  —  In a rare public speech today, former President George W. Bush blasted the divisive state of American politics, rejecting nativism and warning of a “crisis of confidence.”  —  “Bigotry seems emboldened.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Without Saying ‘Trump,’ George W. Bush Delivers an Implicit Rebuke
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Harvey Weinstein is done. But what about Lisa Bloom?
Discussion: Power Line
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is thrashing around in a straitjacket of GOP lies  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  It is common enough for lawmakers to set policy goals and devise talking points that are designed to build a case for them.  But in the battle over President Trump's ongoing sabotage of Obamacare …
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP to Trump: Stop flip-flopping on Obamacare deal
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump just publicly accused the FBI of having conspired against him  —  The tweet is not only false, but creepily authoritarian.  —  As president, Donald Trump is in charge of the FBI.  Which makes it incredibly striking that, in a Thursday morning tweet, Trump accused the bureau …
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Kieran Nicholson / Denver Post:
A Cub Scout questioned a Colorado state senator at a meeting.  Now he's been kicked out of his den.  —  Sen. Vicki Marble spoke to Broomfield scouts last week  —  A Cub Scout in Broomfield has been kicked out of his den, allegedly for asking pointed questions of a Colorado state senator at meeting organized by the Boy Scouts.
Discussion: bizpacreview.com and Raw Story
Eric Levenson / CNN:
Richard Spencer: Protesters heckle him at Univ. of Florida talk  —  (CNN)Protesters greeted white supremacist Richard Spencer with boos and chants during his speech Thursday afternoon at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  —  It was Spencer's first planned visit to a college campus since …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump gives his team a ‘10’ for its Puerto Rico hurricane response  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday gave the federal government the highest marks for its response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.  —  “I'd say it was a 10,” the president, who sat beside Puerto Rico …
Discussion: ABC News
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Ali Rogin / ABC News:   Puerto Rico governor airs grievances before meeting with Trump
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
LEAKED MEMO REVEALS WHITE HOUSE WISH LIST  —  Since federal courts first enjoined President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban, lawyers for his administration have been at pains to insist that anti-Muslim animus is not a driving force of policymaking in his government.
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 …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Brennan: Trump Aides May Need to Talk Him Out of War  —  Former CIA Director John Brennan, noting that President Donald Trump has escalated tensions with North Korea to a dangerous level, said Thursday that Cabinet members and other senior officials may need to step in as “governors” over the president to prevent war.
Discussion: IJR
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Why rumors of a Gorsuch-Kagan clash at the Supreme Court are such a bombshell.  —  Following his nomination to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch was packaged by his wealthy benefactors as the judicial equivalent of a carrot cake: mild and wholesome with the occasional hint of spice.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump Isn't Hitler.  But the Lying ...  It is a commonly accepted rule among those who are in the business of argument, especially online, that he or she who invokes Adolf Hitler, either in oratory or essays, automatically forfeits the argument.  —  The reference is deemed far too extreme …
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Wire and twitchy.com
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.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair, officials say  —  Powell has been heavily favored by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is leading the search.  —  Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell is the leading candidate to become the chair of the U.S. central bank …
Discussion: Axios and Reuters
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump pick for top environmental post called belief in global warming a ‘kind of paganism’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's nominee to be the White House senior adviser for environmental policy in 2016 described the belief in “global warming” as a “kind of paganism” for “secular elites.”
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Alex Lubben / VICE News:
Hear Trump's judge pick admit he discriminates against gay people
Discussion: Vox and Fox News
TIME:
Roy Moore Is Rising in Alabama. Here's How He Could Disrupt Trump's GOP
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
In the military, trusted officers have become alleged assailants in sex crimes
John Bowden / The Hill:
Nikki Haley: Russia committed ‘warfare’ against US in 2016
Discussion: Washington Examiner and IJR
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Florida Democrat Wilson no friend of veterans, vote record shows
Ev Ehrlich / USA Today:
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Niv Elis / The Hill:
Corker calls budget ‘a hoax’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Blue Apron is laying off hundreds of employees
Albert Breer / SI.com:
Declining NFL Television Ratings Presented at Meetings Grabbed Attention of Owners
Noah Gray / CNN:
Gotta catch 'em all: Secret Service nabs Pikachu-dressed man at WH
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
The private life of Sgt. La David Johnson, the slain soldier ensnared in a Trump controversy