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8:30 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: Power Line and The Atlantic
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 …
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:   Trump's treatment of families of the fallen ‘sickens’ Chuck Hagel
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
CNN:
What we know and don't know about the deadly Niger attack  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Thursday that the “US military does not leave its troops behind” but did not provide additional details into why the body of Sgt. La David Johnson …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:   Florida Democrat calls Niger ambush '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
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.
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.
Lupita Nyong'O / New York Times:
Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein  —  I have been following the news and reading the accounts of women coming forward to talk about being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and others.  I had shelved my experience with Harvey far in the recesses of my mind, joining in the conspiracy of silence …
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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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan's friends flee as frustration with Trump grows  —  Paul Ryan's governing caucus is dwindling.  —  A number of the speaker's closest comrades in the House have called it quits in recent weeks, because they're tired of President Donald Trump's antics, depressed over the GOP's dearth …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump on Puerto Rico: I'd give myself a 10  —  President Trump on Thursday gave himself a perfect rating for his response to the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico.  —  “I would give myself a 10,” Trump said when asked by reporters how he would score his efforts, on a one to 10 scale.
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump gives his team a ‘10’ for its Puerto Rico hurricane response
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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
Jillian Jorgensen / New York Daily News:
Nicole Malliotakis finds it ‘unconscionable’ Mayor de Blasio won't support Yankees  —  Republican mayoral contender Nicole Malliotakis said she finds it “unconscionable” that Mayor de Blasio won't root for the Yankees.  —  “I believe that you'll have two underdogs winning this year …
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.
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
Silent Republicans have their reasons.  They don't have an excuse. … Whatever his impact may be on the country or the world, Donald Trump's presidency imperils the future of his party, and there isn't a serious-minded Republican in Washington who would tell you otherwise, privately.
Discussion: Liberal Values and CNN
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
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 …
 
 
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Reuters:
Trump administration weighs tighter vetting for women, children refugees: sources
Discussion: IJR
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Kelly's Full Remarks Defending Trump's Call To Military Widow
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Cornyn extracts Trump pledge of Texas hurricane aid
Keenan Steiner / grubstreet:
As Danny Meyer Continues to Eliminate Tips, His Staff Struggles to Adapt
Discussion: Eater NY and Gothamist
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump pick for top environmental post called belief in global warming a ‘kind of paganism’
Discussion: Political Wire
Brandon Ellington Patterson / Mother Jones:
Police Spied on New York Black Lives Matter Group, Internal Police Documents Show
 Earlier Items: 
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
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Florida Democrat Wilson no friend of veterans, vote record shows
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