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11:25 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, alicublog and The Atlantic
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 …
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
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:   Trump's treatment of families of the fallen ‘sickens’ Chuck Hagel
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Kelly's Full Remarks Defending Trump's Call To Military Widow
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:   Kelly lends Trump powerful and personal credibility
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: New York Times, NPR, KTLA, LAist, AOL and thecut
Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Harvey Weinstein is done. But what about Lisa Bloom?
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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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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
Bill Palmer / Palmer Report:
Donald Trump's Niger scandal just turned into a (real) Benghazi scandal
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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.
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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.
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Senate Approves Budget Plan That Smooths Path Toward Tax Cut  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate took a significant step toward rewriting the tax code on Thursday night with the passage of a budget blueprint that would protect a $1.5 trillion tax cut from a Democratic filibuster.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Resurgent
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Sarah Ferris / Politico:
Senate approves budget as GOP leaders reach deal to set up tax reform
Discussion: Business Insider
Niv Elis / The Hill:
Corker calls budget ‘a hoax’
Maureen Feighan / Detroit News:
Bernie Sanders bows out of Women's Convention  —  U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will not speak at the Women's Convention in Detroit this month, his office announced Thursday, just days after controversy surfaced about the senator's role in the women-led convention.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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 …
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 …
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
Cora Lewis / BuzzFeed:
A Top Labor Executive Has Been Suspended After Complaints About His Relationships With Female Staffers  —  Scott Courtney is the chief strategist for the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign for the SEIU.  —  A top labor movement figure who led the Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign …
The Hill:
Bill Clinton sought State's permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision  —  As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton  —  sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 and Reuters
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 …
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: Vox, Towleroad, CNN and Fox News
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: CNN
Thomas Johnson / Washington Post:
Listen: Soldier's widow shares her call with Trump  —  Natasha De Alencar had just returned home on April 12 after making T-shirts and pillowcases in her husband's memory when the Army casualty assistance officer told her there was someone on the phone for her.  It was President Trump.
Discussion: Business Insider and AOL
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.
 
 
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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
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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
In the military, trusted officers have become alleged assailants in sex crimes
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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.
Discussion: bizpacreview.com and Raw Story