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10:45 AM ET, October 20, 2017


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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 …
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.
Eugene Scott / Washington Post:
What John Kelly got wrong about Rep. Frederica Wilson and the Johnson family  —  To White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the conversation between the president of the United States and the spouse of a fallen soldier is “sacred.”  And perhaps, private.  —  But President Trump …
Jessica Holly / WSVN-TV:
Congresswoman reacts to White House statement on call to army's family  —  NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - 7News spoke with Congresswoman Frederica Wilson as she reacted to hearing a statement from the White House chief of staff on a controversial phone call.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Kelly emotionally defends Trump's call to military widow
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Rep. Frederica Wilson didn't flinch at Trump's attacks. Her record explains why.
Discussion: Politicus USA, AOL and Business Insider
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Fox News:
Correction: Veteran, glass artist falsified his military record
Discussion: AOL
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge won't wipe out guilty verdict for Arpaio
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.
Daily Mail:
Outrage as Donald Trump blames ‘Radical Islamic terror’ for 13% jump in crime in England and Wales  —  Donald Trump was today accused of peddling ‘fake news’ and stirring up hate after he wrongly linked the rise in crime in England and Wales to ‘Radical Islamic terror’.
Discussion: Telegraph and Raw Story
Jamie Grierson / The Guardian:
Trump links UK crime rise to ‘spread of Islamic terror’
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.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan's friends flee as frustration with Trump grows
Discussion: Raw Story
Silvia / 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 …
Mark Ebner / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Former Model Accuses David Blaine of Rape … Scotland Yard is investigating magician David Blaine after a model accused him of raping her in London.  Police have asked Blaine to come to Britain to be interviewed, according to emails reviewed by The Daily Beast.
Discussion: The Guardian, ABC News, AOL and Mediaite
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: Daily Wire and Mediaite
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Essential John McCain  —  It turns out that John McCain's most important service to American democracy was not rendered in a P.O.W. camp in Vietnam.  It's being rendered right now in the U.S. Senate.  —  In the first place, McCain seems to be the only member of Congress who insists …
Discussion: Axios
Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group's Campaign of Menace  —  They train to fight.  They post their beatings online.  And so far, they have little reason to fear the authorities.  —  It was about 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 when the melee erupted just north of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Fusion Collusion  —  Democrats are trying to protect the firm's secrets—so the GOP should keep digging.  —  Washington is obsessed with the word “collusion” but has little understanding of its true meaning.  The confusion might explain why D.C. has missed the big story of collusion between Fusion GPS and the Democratic Party.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Megadonor Tom Steyer launches TV ad campaign for Trump impeachment  —  Political mega-donor Tom Steyer is funding a TV ad campaign to “demand that elected officials take a stand” on impeaching President Trump.  —  “A Republican Congress once impeached a president for far less …
Discussion: Daily Wire and New York Magazine
New York Times:
The Self-Dealing Presidency of Donald Trump  —  If Donald Trump thinks there's nothing wrong with exploiting the presidency for his personal profit, he should read the Constitution.  —  That's the argument plaintiffs made in a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, in the first-ever lawsuit …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kate Talerico / BuzzFeed:
From The Gym To The Gun Range, Here's Where Antifa Learn To Fight  —  How anti-fascists across the country are training to take on the far right.  —  The anti-fascists are wearing their sweatpants today.  Tennis shoes are a must.  They've been told to wear something breathable — no masks, no bandanas, no armor.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Death of U.S. Soldiers in Niger Sparks FBI Probe, Criticism  —  Agency's role comes as lawmakers criticize White House and Pentagon over incident early this month  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation into how a group of militants thought to be Islamists killed …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
At Al Smith Dinner, Paul Ryan's Best Jokes Are Aimed at Trump  —  When Paul D. Ryan, the House speaker, rose to deliver the keynote address at the Al Smith charity dinner on Thursday night, he immediately let it be known that he wouldn't shy away from jokes about a president who doesn't react well to jokes.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Discussion: CNBC
Raja Abdulrahim / Wall Street Journal:
Symbol of Kurdish Nationalism Rises in Raqqa  —  In Syrian city recaptured from Islamic State, some residents are wary of a new authority  —  Two days after leading the battle to oust Islamic State from Raqqa, U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters on Thursday made clear they have replaced the extremist group as the Syrian city's new authority.
Discussion: CNN and Just Security
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Trump vs. Hitler: Let's Run the Numbers.  —  A celebration of Charles Blow, the first pundit ever to compare the two figures.  —  I heard something unusual when I logged on to the New York Times this morning.  It seemed to me a dire, authoritative, even apocalyptic sound.
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
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Rebecca Traister / thecut:
The Conversation We Should Be Having
Discussion: Shakesville
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Maureen Feighan / Detroit News:
Bernie Sanders bows out of Women's Convention
Discussion: The Daily Caller