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In attack on Frederica Wilson over Trump's call to widow, John Kelly gets facts wrong  —  WASHINGTON  —  When White House Chief of Staff John Kelly condemned a Miami congresswoman on Thursday for sneering at President Donald Trump's condolence call to a soldier's widow …
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Sarah Karlin-Smith / Politico:
Trump blindsides advisers with promised opioid plan  —  President Donald Trump overrode his own advisers when he promised to deliver an emergency declaration next week to combat the nation's worsening opioid crisis.  —  “That is a very, very big statement,” he said Monday.  “It's a very important step. ...
Dan Merica / CNN:
A timeline of the White House after the Niger raid  —  What we know about the deadly Niger attack  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)How four US service members were killed in Niger — and President Donald Trump's response to the attack — has left the federal government searching for answers.
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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” …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Kelly lends Trump powerful and personal credibility
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Kelly: I'm “stunned” that Rep. Wilson listened to Trump's call
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
READ: Kelly's Full Remarks Defending Trump's Call To Military Widow
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 …
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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.
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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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan's friends flee as frustration with Trump grows
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Senate passes budget, clearing path for tax reform
Discussion: NPR and RedState
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Ready to Move on a Tax Plan Few Have Seen
Discussion: New York Magazine
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA director distorts intelligence community's findings on Russian interference  —  (REUTERS/YURI GRIPAS) (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)  —  CIA Director Mike Pompeo declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia's interference in the 2016 American presidential election …
Silvia Killingsworth / The Awl:
Lockhart Steele Fired From Vox Media  —  In what appears to be the first and probably not the last repercussion of last week's Shitty Media Men list, and the larger floodgates of assault and harassment survivors speaking out against their attackers, Lockhart Steele, Vox Media's Editorial Director …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge won't wipe out guilty verdict for Arpaio  —  A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio ends his prosecution for criminal contempt of court, but does not wipe out the guilty verdict she returned or any other rulings in the case.
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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Julia Fair / USA Today:
George W. Bush delivers clear rebuke, without mentioning Trump by name
Marist Poll:
10/19: President Trump Legacy May Be as One of the Worst U.S. Presidents  —  Americans have low expectations for the administration of President Donald Trump.  —  Americans have low expectations for the administration of President Donald Trump.  In fact, few U.S. residents …
Discussion: AOL and Politicus USA
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Poll: 42 percent think Trump will be remembered as one of worst presidents in history
Discussion: RedState
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, The Resurgent and AOL
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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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
‘Our democracy is at stake,’ Obama says on Virginia campaign trail  —  Stumping for Ralph Northam in the governor's race, the former president rails against ‘the politics of fear.’  —  RICHMOND, Va. — “It is time.”  —  Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, finished his own speech …
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Associated Press:
Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear
Discussion: Daily Kos
TheLancet.com:
The Lancet Commission on pollution and health  —  Executive Summary  —  For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people's health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda.  Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause …
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
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 …
 
 
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump offers support to GOP senators in Bannon's cross hairs
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Rep. Frederica Wilson didn't flinch at Trump's attacks. Her record explains why.
Discussion: Politicus USA, Business Insider and IJR
Pew Research Center:
The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
Europe Is Already Warming Up to President Pence
Discussion: Foreign Policy and Raw Story
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
Silent Republicans have their reasons. They don't have an excuse.
Jillian Jorgensen / New York Daily News:
Nicole Malliotakis finds it ‘unconscionable’ Mayor de Blasio won't support Yankees
Keenan Steiner / grubstreet:
As Danny Meyer Continues to Eliminate Tips, His Staff Struggles to Adapt
Discussion: Eater NY and Gothamist
 Earlier Items: 
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
The Tyee:
Never Mind Trump: Worry About His Supporters
Alex Lubben / VICE News:
Hear Trump's judge pick admit he discriminates against gay people
Discussion: Towleroad and Vox
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair, officials say
Discussion: CNBC and Reuters