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9:05 PM ET, October 20, 2017


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Larry Barszewski / Sun-Sentinel:
Full video of Frederica Wilson's 2015 FBI speech shows John Kelly got it wrong  —  A South Florida Sun Sentinel video from 2015 shows the full speech of Congresswoman Frederica Wilson at the dedication ceremony of a new FBI building in Miramar, Florida, named for two slain FBI agents.
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup  —  Consider this nightmare scenario: a military coup.  You don't have to strain your imagination—all you have to do is watch Thursday's White House press briefing, in which the chief of staff, John Kelly, defended President Trump's phone call to a military widow, Myeshia Johnson.
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 …
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump attacks on generals resurface after White House says it's ‘inappropriate’ to question generals  —  Old tweets posted by President Trump in which he attacked generals resurfaced Friday after the White House said it was “inappropriate” to criticize them.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
There is a transcript of Trump's controversial call to Sgt. Johnson's widow, Lara Trump reveals
In attack on Frederica Wilson over Trump's call to widow, John Kelly gets facts wrong
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Kelly erroneously claimed congresswoman took credit for building funding, video shows
Dara Lind / Vox:
John Kelly has become a field commander in Trump's culture war
Discussion: CNN
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
Frederica Wilson vs. Trump and Now John Kelly? Easy—Go With Wilson
Discussion: Raw Story and American Prospect
NBC News:
Niger Ambush Came After ‘Massive Intelligence Failure,’ Source Says  —  WASHINGTON — A senior congressional aide who has been briefed on the deaths of four U.S. servicemen in Niger says the ambush by militants stemmed in part from a “massive intelligence failure.”
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
Amanda Erickson / Washington Post:
Everything we know about the Niger attack that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead
Deborah Strange / Gainesville Sun:
Three charged in shooting after Spencer talk  —  Three supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer were arrested Thursday in connection with an incident in which a shot was fired.  —  Three supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer were arrested Thursday in connection with an incident …
Washington Post:
‘Kill them’: Three men charged in shooting after Richard Spencer speech
Discussion: The Guardian, and WTVR-TV
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
White nationalist shot at protesters after Richard Spencer speech in Florida, police say
Discussion: The Root
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: Raw Story
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
How the GOP Tax Bill Could Squeeze Your 401(k)  —  Talk of limiting the amount of retirement money that people can save before taxes is worrying the financial industry  —  Proposals floating around Washington to cap the amount that Americans can contribute before taxes to 401(k) …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren't sure Puerto Ricans should  —  HOUSTON — Sitting on Mary Maddox's back porch, which flooded with 22 inches of water when Hurricane Harvey hit nearly two months ago, is a Lady of the Evening plant from Puerto Rico that a friend gave her.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
There's an Awakening Against Sexual Assault, So Why Is No One Talking About Bill Clinton?  —  Axios has put together this nifty series of charts detailing the timeline of sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, Donald Trump, and Bill Cosby.
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Asia Argento flees Italy after public condemns her for speaking out about Harvey Weinstein
Discussion: IndieWire and
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Military Times:
FAKER!  Man admits he lied to Fox News about Navy SEAL service … Navy veteran John Garofalo appeared on a Fox News segment this month, showing off a massive presidential seal he carved for President Trump while receiving praise for his service in Vietnam as a SEAL.
Sarah Karlin-Smith / Politico:
Blindsided Trump officials scrambling to develop 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.
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Trump's CIA chief repeats discredited claim about Russia scandal  —  CIA forced to walk back director's statement on Russian meddling  —  The New York Times reported in early August that Donald Trump's CIA chief, former Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, is “perhaps the most openly political spy chief in a generation.”
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA director distorts intelligence community's findings on Russian interference
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: IJR and TheBlaze
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Steve Bannon's speech to the California GOP tonight has some Republicans nervous  —  Former White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon takes part in an interview with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity on Oct. 9.  (Craig Ruttle / Associated Press)  —  The California Republican Party's decision …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
How People Inside Facebook Are Reacting To The Company's Election Crisis  —  In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual.  He was searching to determine which websites received the most referral traffic from its billion-plus users.
Philip Shenon / Politico:
Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files  —  Conspiracy theorists of the world, get ready for some bad news.  —  Trump administration and other government officials say privately that President Donald Trump is almost certain to block the release of information from some of the thousands …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Harvey Weinstein doesn't seem to be taking sex rehab seriously  —  MORE FROM: … Harvey Weinstein is already being belligerent at sex addiction rehab — barking into his banned mobile phone and remaining in denial about his alleged sex attacks, insisting each and every one was consensual, Page Six has exclusively learned.
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Washington Post:
Appeals court rules teen can't be denied abortion; gives government time to find her a sponsor
Discussion: Daily Kos
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In dossier probe, Fusion GPS asks court to stop House from seeing bank records
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Benny Johnson out at Independent Journal Review
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Key Senate Republican warns GOP to change course on ObamaCare
Nick Green / Daily Breeze:
Congressional candidate Omar Navarro on probation for illegal use of tracking device
German Lopez / Vox:
An Indiana county just halted a lifesaving needle exchange program, citing the Bible
Discussion: Raw Story, NBC News and Mother Jones
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Putin calls on Americans to respect Trump
Discussion: IJR and Joe.My.God.