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12:05 PM 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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's unmoored week shows just how aimless he is  —  President Trump's most faithful supporters like to believe he's always a step ahead of the media and the political establishment — that he's playing three-dimensional chess while we're stuck on checkers.  Where we see utter discord, they see carefully orchestrated chaos.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politicus USA
Ashley Killough / CNN:
McCain: Administration not being up front about Niger attack
Discussion: AOL, New York Magazine and ABC News
Trump sends $25,000 check to fallen soldier's family on same day as Washington Post report
Washington Post:
Trump trivializes the deaths of four soldiers
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account.  But it wasn't real.  It was Russian.  —  Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to persuade American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content …
McCain's latest surprise: Regulate Facebook  —  Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) knows his time in the public eye is short, so his big statements in recent weeks are especially resonant.  Today, McCain will join with two Democrats — Sens. Mark Warner (Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) …
New York Times:
Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:   Social-Media Legislation Gains Traction After Months of Russia Probes
Noah Gray / CNN:
Gotta catch 'em all: Secret Service nabs Pikachu-dressed man at WH  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)A man dressed as the Pokémon character Pikachu attempted to infiltrate the White House Tuesday morning before he was caught by Secret Service officers manning the perimeter, authorities said.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Man dressed as Pikachu jumps White House barrier: report
Discussion: RedState
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Dem rep threatened after sharing account of Trump's call to soldier's widow: report  —  's (D-Fla.) staff in D.C. say the office has received several threatening phone calls directed at the lawmaker after she said President Trump made controversial comments to the wife of a fallen soldier.
CBS Miami:
Rep. Wilson's Office Says She's Getting Threats Over Blasting Trump's Call To Widow
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 …
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
Sam Baker / Axios:
Don't rush to judgment on Alexander-Murray  —  Yes, the Senate's bipartisan Affordable Care Act bill ran into some political roadblocks yesterday.  The White House said President Trump, who had taken several positions over the course of the day, is against it.  House Speaker Paul Ryan is also against it.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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: Daily Wire and
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.
Andrew / Statistical Modeling …:
Beyond “power pose”: Using replication failures and a better understanding of data collection and analysis to do better science  —  So.  A bunch of people pointed me to a New York Times article by Susan Dominus about Amy Cuddy, the psychology researcher and Ted-talk star famous for the following claim …
Discussion: New York Times
Albert Breer /
Declining NFL Television Ratings Presented at Meetings Grabbed Attention of Owners  — In the background of the meeting with players about the anthem protests was the issue of a potentially shrinking audience and what could be done to solve it - Other sections include: Adrian Peterson's fit in Arizona …
The Intercept:
Children Are Dying at Alarming Rates in Foster Care, and Nobody Is Bothering to Investigate … Children in the for-profit foster care system are dying at alarming rates, but the deaths are not being investigated, and autopsies are not even being attached to the now-closed case files, a two-year investigation has found.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Flake takes on Trump — and risks it all  —  Most Republicans threatened with primary challenges next year are opting not to criticize President Donald Trump — even those who are privately appalled by his bombastic governing style.  —  Then there's Jeff Flake.
Discussion: Mediaite
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Dem senator slams Trump EPA nominee for starting work before confirmation  —  (D-N.Y.) slammed the Trump administration for what she called a “terrible nomination” for a top position in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying the pick, who already works for the agency, may have large conflicts of interest.
Discussion: Washington Post
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Blood and Beauty on a Texas Exotic-Game Ranch  —  UVALDE, Tex. — On a ranch at the southwestern edge of the Texas Hill Country, a hunting guide spotted her cooling off in the shade: an African reticulated giraffe.  Such is the curious state of modern Texas ranching, that a giraffe among …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Scandals and Outrage Won't End Sexual Harassment  —  The hope that we will “teach men not to ...” is weak.  They already know it's wrong.  That's part of its appeal.  —  For decades, there were private whispers.  But not very private.  Given how many women have now come forward …
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Facebook's General Counsel to Testify to Congress in Russia Probe  —  WASHINGTON — Facebook's general counsel, Colin Stretch, will testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees in open hearings Nov. 1 as part of the congressional investigation into Russia's use of technology …
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Rich City, Poor City  —  With most big cities's economies continuing to grow, the most pressing issue they face is how to connect their low-income communities to the opportunities that growth creates.  New efforts developing in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Chicago show the many creative alternatives cities …
Mark Mackie / RealClearDefense:
Solving the Siege of Seoul  —  Editor's Note: An abbreviated version of this article originally appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  —  Regardless of one's opinion of Steve Bannon's White House legacy, he stated the military conundrum that is North Korea well: “'Until somebody solves …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Celine Ryan / Campus Reform:
Students storm library, shut down College Republicans meeting
Discussion: Daily Wire and National Review
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Free Money at the Edge of the Tech Boom
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
McCain the Hedgehog vs. Bannon the Honey Badger
Discussion: WBRC-TV
Taylor W. Anderson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams jumps into U.S. House race against Rep. Mia Love
William Booth / Washington Post:
Spain threatens to take over Catalonia's government as constitutional crisis looms
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Goodbye and Good Riddance to the Islamic State
Charlotte Graham / New York Times:
New Zealand to Be Led by Jacinda Ardern, 37, Capping Labour Revival
NBC News:
This is uncharted territory
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Trump Calls the Congressional GOP's Bluff
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Republican senators ask McConnell to open Senate 24/7
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In North Carolina, Republicans Stung by Court Rulings Aim to Change the Judges
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Trump strategist quits Gillespie campaign for Va. governor, sources say
Discussion: Political Wire
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Frail and disoriented, Cochran says he's not retiring