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8:30 AM ET, October 21, 2017

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John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Exclusive: Pentagon Document Contradicts Trump's Gold Star Claims  —  Email undermines veracity of president's statement about Gold Star contacts  —  Contrary to Rhetoric, Military Mishaps Have Been Declining Senate Diluted Tough Oversight of Israeli Antimissile Program Safety Experts: Some F-35 Ejections Pose ‘Serious’ Death Risk
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Washington Post:
John Kelly owes the congresswoman an apology  —  WHITE HOUSE Chief of Staff John F. Kelly owes Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) an apology.  That is the only conclusion that can be drawn after watching a video of the representative's remarks at the dedication of an FBI building in Miramar, Fla., in 2015.
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New York Times:
After Video Refutes Kelly's Charges, Congresswoman Raises Issue of Race  —  WASHINGTON — Video of a 2015 speech delivered by Representative Frederica S. Wilson revealed Friday that John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, misrepresented her remarks when he accused her of bragging …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Video shows Kelly made inaccurate claims about lawmaker in feud over Trump's condolence call
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup
Larry Barszewski / Sun-Sentinel:
Full video of Frederica Wilson's 2015 FBI speech shows John Kelly got it wrong
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Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon investigating troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush  —  Militants affiliated with Islamic State apparently carried out the deadly attack in Niger that left four U.S. soldiers dead.  —  Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Palmer Report
USA Today:
Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.
CNN:
Missing soldier found nearly a mile from Niger ambush, officials say  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — The Pentagon is still looking at the exact circumstances of how Johnson became separated from the 12-member team  — The entire team led by Green Berets have been interviewed about when they last saw Sgt. La David Johnson
Alex Harris / miamiherald:
Three Richard Spencer supporters arrested on charges of shooting at UF protesters  —  GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA  —  The only shot fired at Richard Spencer's University of Florida appearance missed its mark, and police said two of the three men arrested in connection with the shooting were members of extremist groups.
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Washington Post:
‘Kill them’: Three men charged in shooting after Richard Spencer speech
Discussion: Snopes.com and The Guardian
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
White nationalist shot at protesters after Richard Spencer speech in Florida, police say
Discussion: The Root
CNN:
Senate investigators spoke with Russians present at Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr.  —  Washington (CNN)Senate intelligence committee investigators have spoken with several Russians who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., a sign that the matter remains …
Discussion: emptywheel, Raw Story and Mediaite
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
White House pushing for new concessions in bipartisan health bill, including retroactive mandate relief  —  (Reynold/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock/ Reynold/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock)  —  The White House signaled to Senate Republican negotiators Friday that they want to include retroactive relief …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Key Senate Republican warns GOP to change course on ObamaCare
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Retweeted Alleged Russian Trolls … Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey twice retweeted a now-deleted account that was allegedly run out of Russia's “troll factory” in March of last year.  —  The account, @Crystal1Johnson, claimed to be an African-American woman …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Harvard Students Told Us What They're Learning From Sean Spicer  —  Veritas?  Nah.  —  Sean Spicer, a man most famous for lying compulsively and giving Hitler the benefit of the doubt, has been rewarded for his brief stint as White House press secretary with a prestigious fellowship …
Discussion: IJR
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The White-Minstrel Show  —  ‘Acting white’ for white people  —  Ice-T never received an Academy Award, which makes sense inasmuch as his movies have been for the most part crap.  But as an actor, you have to give the man credit: Along with other gangster rappers such as Ice Cube …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: 'I don't know' if I'll interview with Mueller for Russia probe  —  President Trump declined to commit to interviewing with special counsel Robert Mueller amid the federal Russia probe, saying in comments released Friday that he has not been asked to do so.  —  “I don't know.
Discussion: Palmer Report
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Melania Trump cuts bloated first lady payroll from Michelle Obama days  —  Melania Trump is embracing a more active and public schedule as first lady - but she still runs one of the leanest East Wing operations in recent history.  —  According to a Fox News analysis of White House personnel reports …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, IJR and TheBlaze
New York Times:
Asia Argento flees Italy after public condemns her for speaking out about Harvey Weinstein  —  Italian movie actress and director Asia Argento is facing pushback in her home country after speaking out about an alleged rape at the hands of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Discussion: twitchy.com, IndieWire and IJR
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
There's an Awakening Against Sexual Assault, So Why Is No One Talking About Bill Clinton?
Discussion: Axios
Greg Margason / FOX59:
Kokomo man's warning after having 16 guns stolen: 'Don't let strippers in your house' … KOKOMO, Ind.— Howard County gun owner Billy Swaggerty said he learned a bitter lesson after his back door was kicked in last spring and more than a dozen firearms, some of them assault-style rifles, and the safes they were kept in were stolen.
Discussion: Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Max Blau / STAT:
Georgia lawmaker, wife of Tom Price, suggests people with HIV could be quarantined  —  TLANTA — A Georgia state lawmaker — the wife of former Trump health secretary Tom Price — is drawing condemnation for suggesting that people with HIV might be quarantined to curb the spread of the infectious disease.
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and IJR
 
 
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USA Today:
Trump weighs in on UK crime rates and gets it all wrong
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Drama Unfolds Between Democrats Over Rumor About Ousting Three Black Women DNC Members
Washington Post:
Appeals court rules teen can't be denied abortion; gives government time to find her a sponsor
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Philip Shenon / Politico:
Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In dossier probe, Fusion GPS asks court to stop House from seeing bank records
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren't sure Puerto Ricans should
Discussion: Raw Story
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Steve Bannon's speech to the California GOP tonight has some Republicans nervous
Nick Green / Daily Breeze:
Congressional candidate Omar Navarro on probation for illegal use of tracking device
Max Bearak / Washington Post:
There's a rising global tide of crackdowns on LGBT communities
Discussion: Towleroad and Joe.My.God.
Amanda Ripley / New York Times:
A Big Test of Police Body Cameras Defies Expectations