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3:00 PM ET, October 19, 2017


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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Bush blasts bigotry and white supremacy, says US politics ‘vulnerable’ to ‘outright fabrication’  —  In a rare public speech today, former President George W. Bush blasted the divisive state of American politics, rejecting nativism and warning of a “crisis of confidence.”  —  “Bigotry seems emboldened.
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
George W. Bush's unmistakable takedown of Trumpism — and Trump  —  For the last 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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
George W. slams Trumpism, without mentioning president by name  —  Former President George W. Bush offered an unmistakable denunciation of Trumpism Thursday without mentioning the president by name, urging citizens to oppose threats to American democracy.  —  “Bigotry seems emboldened.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Without Saying ‘Trump,’ George W. Bush Delivers an Implicit Rebuke  —  Former President George W. Bush never mentioned his name but delivered what sounded like a sustained rebuke to President Trump on Thursday, decrying nationalism, protectionism and the coarsening of public debate while calling …
Eli Meixler / TIME:
The Defense Department Is Looking Into Why Four U.S. Soldiers Died in Niger  —  The Defense Department is opening an investigation into the deaths of four U.S. soldiers in Niger earlier this month, as President Trump faces criticism for how he has approached the bereaved families.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
McCain: Administration not being up front about Niger attack
Discussion: AOL, New York Magazine, ABC News and WTVR-TV
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
The private life of Sgt. La David Johnson, the slain soldier ensnared in a Trump controversy
Discussion: Slate, France 24, The Root and New York Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's unmoored week shows just how aimless he is
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 …
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.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Flake takes on Trump — and risks it all
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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 Bowden / The Hill:
Man dressed as Pikachu jumps White House barrier: report
Discussion: RedState
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump gives his team a ‘10’ for its Puerto Rico hurricane response  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday gave the federal government the highest marks for its response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico.  —  “I'd say it was a 10,” the president, who sat beside Puerto Rico …
Discussion: ABC News
Ali Rogin / ABC News:   Puerto Rico governor airs grievances before meeting with Trump
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 …
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
John Bowden / The Hill:
Nikki Haley: Russia committed ‘warfare’ against US in 2016  —  said Thursday that the Russian government committed “warfare” against the U.S. last year when hackers tied to Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  —  In remarks first reported by the Washington Examiner …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Nikki Haley: Russia committed ‘warfare’ against US in 2016
Discussion: IJR
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. …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
Trump just publicly accused the FBI of having conspired against him  —  The tweet is not only false, but creepily authoritarian.  —  As president, Donald Trump is in charge of the FBI.  Which makes it incredibly striking that, in a Thursday morning tweet, Trump accused the bureau …
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
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: Raw Story
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Florida Democrat Wilson no friend of veterans, vote record shows  —  The Florida Democrat who criticized President Donald Trump this week for being “insensitive” toward the widow of a U.S. soldier slain in Africa might be facing similar criticism herself.  —  It turns out that U.S …
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 …
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
Sho Chandra / Bloomberg:
Fewest Jobless Claims Since 1973 Show Firm U.S. Job Market  —  Filings for unemployment benefits plunged last week to the lowest level since 1973 as workers affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma continued to return to their jobs, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Emily Flitter / Reuters:
U.S. House members ask EPA not to lower biofuels requirements
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Republicans urge Trump to back bipartisan Obamacare deal
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Ev Ehrlich / USA Today:
Break up the Google-Facebook-Amazon web monopoly
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rafael Carranza / Arizona Republic:
A first look at 8 possible versions of President Donald Trump's border wall
Discussion: Daily Wire and Infowars
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Blue Apron is laying off hundreds of employees
Mark Mackie / RealClearDefense:
Solving the Siege of Seoul
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Scandals and Outrage Won't End Sexual Harassment
Discussion: neo-neocon
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Dem senator slams Trump EPA nominee for starting work before confirmation
Discussion: Washington Post
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump
Discussion: Shakesville and
Andrew / Statistical Modeling …:
Beyond “power pose”: Using replication failures and a better understanding of data collection …
Discussion: New York Times
The Intercept:
Children Are Dying at Alarming Rates in Foster Care, and Nobody Is Bothering to Investigate
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Blood and Beauty on a Texas Exotic-Game Ranch
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Facebook's General Counsel to Testify to Congress in Russia Probe
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Rich City, Poor City