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7:15 PM ET, October 19, 2017

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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” …
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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
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.”
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Kelly: I'm “stunned” that Rep. Wilson listened to Trump's call  —  Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly said he did not receive a phone call from President Obama when his son was killed in action.  “That's not a criticism,” Kelly added.  He said that he initially advised Trump not to make phone calls to families.
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Kelly says he was ‘stunned’ by congresswoman's account of Trump's call  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)White House chief of staff John Kelly, in an extraordinary and at times emotional statement Thursday, said he was “stunned” by what a Democratic congresswoman told reporters …
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
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
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Pentagon launches formal investigation into deadly Niger ambush
Discussion: CNN, NBC News, IJR and AOL
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Dem rep threatened after sharing account of Trump's call to soldier's widow: report
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Tarantino on Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did’  —  Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director most closely tied to Harvey Weinstein, has known for decades about the producer's alleged misconduct toward women and now feels ashamed he did not take a stronger stand and stop working with him, he said in an interview.
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Los Angeles Times:
LAPD investigating Harvey Weinstein after a woman in L.A. accuses him of rape  —  Los Angeles police are investigating new allegations against Harvey Weinstein after an Italian model-actress reported that the producer sexually assaulted her in 2013.  (Al Powers / Associated Press)
Discussion: KTLA, LAist, AOL, thecut and Infowars
Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Harvey Weinstein is done. But what about Lisa Bloom?
Discussion: Power Line
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, TheBlaze 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’
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Without Saying ‘Trump,’ George W. Bush Delivers an Implicit Rebuke
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP to Trump: Stop flip-flopping on Obamacare deal  —  Key Senate Republicans are urgently trying to get President Donald Trump to reconsider his apparent opposition to a bipartisan deal shoring up health insurance markets, several senators said Thursday morning.
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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 …
Playboy:
Meet Your November 2017 Playmate, Ines Rau  —  To the astute playboy reader, and to anyone who keeps tabs on the fashion world, Ines Rau may look familiar.  In addition to commanding couture runways, appearing in Vogue Italia and starring in a Balmain campaign, Ines has graced these pages before …
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
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 …
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.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Trump personally interviewed U.S. attorney candidates  —  President Donald Trump has personally interviewed at least two potential candidates for U.S. attorney positions in New York, according to two sources familiar with the matter — a move that critics say raises questions about whether …
Niv Elis / The Hill:
Corker calls budget ‘a hoax’  —  (R-Tenn.) lambasted the budgetary process ahead of a key vote Thursday, calling the Senate budget a hoax and saying that he would dismantle the Senate Budget Committee.  —  “The only thing about this that matters is preparation for the tax reform,” said Corker …
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: CNBC, Axios and Reuters
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
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 …
The Tyee:
Never Mind Trump: Worry About His Supporters  —  Nuclear war has moved from unthinkable to possible — and Trump's political army thinks that's fine.  —  If you were born after, say, 1980, you are too young to remember the years of dread provoked by nuclear weapons.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America  —  WASHINGTON  —  The number of networks of Russian-sponsored trolls spreading propaganda to the United States and Europe may number in the hundreds, including the one team drawing wide attention for blitzing American social media outlets …
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex Lubben / VICE News:
Hear Trump's judge pick admit he discriminates against gay people  —  President Donald Trump's nominee to become a district judge in Texas admitted that he discriminates based on sexual orientation.  But he didn't think that should prevent him from serving on the federal bench.  —  “Guess what?
Discussion: Towleroad, Vox, Fox News and CNN
New York Times:
Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators will move on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations …
Keenan Steiner / grubstreet:
As Danny Meyer Continues to Eliminate Tips, His Staff Struggles to Adapt  —  It's been two years since Danny Meyer announced he would eliminate tipping at all of his company's restaurants.  At the time, it was hailed as a move that could “save the hospitality industry,” and restaurateurs around the country followed suit.
Discussion: Eater NY and Gothamist
TIME:
Roy Moore Is Rising in Alabama.  Here's How He Could Disrupt Trump's GOP  —  Roy Moore has been talking with God.  It's a brilliant October afternoon in downtown Montgomery, Ala., and inside the weathered brick home serving as the headquarters for Moore's Senate campaign …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
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Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Tesla workers claim anti-LGBT threats, taunts, and racial abuse in lawsuits
Discussion: Towleroad, Mashable and The Verge
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump pick for top environmental post called belief in global warming a ‘kind of paganism’
Discussion: Political Wire
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
In the military, trusted officers have become alleged assailants in sex crimes
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump gives his team a ‘10’ for its Puerto Rico hurricane response
Discussion: ABC News
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Florida Democrat Wilson no friend of veterans, vote record shows
 Earlier Items: 
Rafael Carranza / Arizona Republic:
A first look at 8 possible versions of President Donald Trump's border wall
Discussion: Daily Wire and Infowars
Albert Breer / SI.com:
Declining NFL Television Ratings Presented at Meetings Grabbed Attention of Owners
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Why rumors of a Gorsuch-Kagan clash at the Supreme Court are such a bombshell.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Steve Bannon's Motley Crew of Challengers