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3:15 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.
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 …
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.
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.
Lawrence: ‘Stunned’ by John Kelly's attack on Rep. Wilson  —  While defending President Donald Trump's “brave” condolence call to a Gold Star family, Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly attacked Rep. Frederica Wilson, calling her an “empty barrel.”  Lawrence O'Donnell explains why Kelly was noble and cruel all at once. ...
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.
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
Frederica Wilson vs. Trump and Now John Kelly? Easy—Go With Wilson
Discussion: Raw Story and American Prospect
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
There is a transcript of Trump's controversial call to Sgt. Johnson's widow, Lara Trump reveals
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Why Trump Can't Handle the Cost of War
Discussion: Sputnik International
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.
Travis M. Andrews / Washington Post:
Retired ‘Navy SEAL’ praising Trump on Fox News was a fake  —  Fox News ran a story on Oct. 8 about a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL and glass artist who created an enormous presidential glass seal he hoped to give to President Trump.  On Thursday, 11 days later, the network retracted the story …
Jessica Chia / New York Daily News:
Protester hugs Nazi outside Richard Spencer talk, asks ‘Why do you hate me?’  —  The man who hugged a Nazi outside Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Thursday said, “I could have hit him, I could have hurt him ... but something in me said, ‘You know what?  He just needs love.’”
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Raw Story and Deadspin
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 …
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
Sara A. Carter / Circa:
A US consulting firm with ties to the Clintons lobbied on behalf of Russia's nuclear giant
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
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 …
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Winston Churchill's grandson calls Trump a ‘daft twerp’  —  Winston Churchill's grandson called President Trump a “daft twerp” on Twitter, criticizing the president for his comments connecting the U.K.'s rise in crime to “radical Islamic terror.”  —  Nicholas Soames, Churchill's grandson …
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Speaker Paul Ryan Roasts President Trump at Al Smith Dinner  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan opened his speech at the Al Smith Dinner in New York City with a joke about President Donald Trump.  —  “Please, enough.  You sound like the Cabinet when Donald Trump walks into the room,” …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
At Al Smith Dinner, Paul Ryan's Best Jokes Are Aimed at Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
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) …
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.
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.
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio's conviction despite Trump pardon  —  A federal judge on Thursday shot down former sheriff Joe Arpaio's bid to sweep his criminal record clean.  —  Arpaio, the controversial former lawman in Arizona's Maricopa County, was granted a pardon by President Trump on Aug. 25.
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: Political Wire
Maya Salam / New York Times:
Playboy to Feature Its First Transgender Playmate  —  For the first time in its 64-year history, Playboy magazine will feature a transgender Playmate, a decision that Cooper Hefner, a top executive at the magazine, said on Thursday was in keeping with its founding mission of embracing changing attitudes about sex.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cummings: Trump aides admitted to lawyers they used private email  —  A top House Democrat says White House lawyers acknowledged this week that “several” Trump administration officials used their private email accounts for government business in violation of federal record-keeping law.
Discussion: Raw Story
Zac Auter / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Rises to 12.3% in Third Quarter  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of U.S. adults lacking health insurance rose in the third quarter of 2017 to 12.3%, up 0.6 percentage points from the previous quarter and 1.4 points since the end of 2016.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Putin calls on Americans to respect Trump  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Americans to show more respect for their president in response to a question posed to him at the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, on Thursday.  —  In his remarks, Putin called …
Discussion: IJR and Joe.My.God.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Fox's Wallace doesn't like colleagues echoing press attacks  — 01b717fbe683  —  Link copied!  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Sunday host Chris Wallace generally lives in peaceful co-existence with Fox News Channel's opinion folks, except when he hears …
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Max Bearak / Washington Post:
There's a rising global tide of crackdowns on LGBT communities
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Susannah Keogh / The Sun:
ABORTION BOMBSHELL Top Brit abortion clinic ‘paid staff bonuses for encouraging women to have procedures’
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
German Lopez / Vox:
An Indiana county just halted a lifesaving needle exchange program, citing the Bible
Discussion: Raw Story, NBC News and Mother Jones
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
After six tests, the mountain hosting North Korea's nuclear blasts may be exhausted
Discussion: AOL and New York Magazine
Amanda Ripley / New York Times:
A Big Test of Police Body Cameras Defies Expectations
Discussion: Axios and NPR
Taylor W. Anderson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Rep. Mia Love starts ahead of Mayor Ben McAdams in high-profile race for 2018 election, poll shows
 Earlier Items: 
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval
Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group's Campaign of Menace
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Essential John McCain
Discussion: Axios