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1:00 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.
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CNN:
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
Washington Post:
Fallen soldier's mother: ‘Trump did disrespect my son’  —  The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa said Wednesday that President Trump “did disrespect my son” with remarks in a condolence telephone call.  —  Sgt. La David T. Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson …
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.
New York Times:
Trump's Condolence Call to Soldier's Widow Ignites an Imbroglio
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Cruz, Sanders debate tax reform in CNN town hall
Discussion: Business Insider
Nash Jenkins / TIME:
Senate Candidate Roy Moore Says NFL Protesters Are Breaking the Law  —  Senate candidate Roy Moore believes that professional athletes who take a knee during the national anthem are breaking the law.  —  In an interview with TIME magazine, the Alabama Republican argued that NFL players …
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Mary Hui / Washington Post:
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law
Discussion: Townhall.com, BuzzFeed and twitchy.com
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
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:   Fox News Poll: Democrat Northam has seven-point edge over Republican Gillespie in Virginia gubernatorial race
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
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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 …
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New York Times:   Obama Returns to Campaign Trail to Rally Black Voters
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 …
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 …
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USA Today:
Real death toll in Puerto Rico is probably 450 — much higher than official count
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Tom Dreisbach / NPR.org:
Numbers Disagree With Trump Golf Course Claim Of ‘Millions To Charity’  —  NPR's “Embedded” podcast team examined charitable giving by Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles.  It found the organization appears to have fallen short of its bold claims of philanthropic giving.  —  EMBEDDED
Discussion: Eschaton
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Tom Dreisbach / NPR:   A Trump Golf Course Said It Gave Millions To Charity. Here's What The Numbers Say
Dan Corey / NBC News:
Obama's Name to Replace Jefferson Davis' on Mississippi School  —  A public elementary school in Mississippi named after the president of the Confederacy will be renamed to honor the first black president of the United States.  —  Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary in Jackson …
Discussion: Axios
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Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese  —  The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.  —  The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced …
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
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Paul Ryan comes out against Alexander-Murray health care bill  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan's press secretary, Doug Andres, told Axios Wednesday that despite the bipartisan push behind the Alexander-Murray health bill , “The speaker does not see anything that changes his view that the Senate …
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Christopher Jacobs / The Federalist:
The Alexander-Murray Health ‘Deal’ Sends Tax Dollars To Abortion Coverage
 
 
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Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
Trey Gowdy: Samantha Power testified that intel officials made ‘unmasking’ requests in her name
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Stabenow to deliver opening remarks at women's convention
Discussion: IJR
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Sessions declines ‘blanket’ assurance to not jail journalists
New York Times:
Jann Wenner and His Biographer Have a Falling Out
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Americans raise $200k overnight for children of grieving Army widow Trump insulted
Bloomberg:
Trump Tells EPA to Halt Ethanol Quota Changes
Discussion: RedState, The Daily Caller and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Eagerness to Go on TV Has Warped the Liberal Media, Glenn Greenwald Tells TV Host
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal REVOLUTION:
Is Piketty's Data Reliable?
CBS News:
Rick Perry calls fallen soldiers phone call controversy “asinine”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ESPN:
NFL ratings continue fall, latest Nielsen numbers show
Shaun King / The Intercept:
Dear White People: Be More Like Gregg Popovich
Discussion: JustOneMinute
The Moscow Times:
Russia Prepares to Blacklist Five ‘Undesirable’ U.S. Media Outlets