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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
Erica Pandey / Axios:
Kelly: I'm “stunned” that Rep. Wilson listened to Trump's call
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Kelly lends Trump powerful and personal credibility
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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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Trump offers support to GOP senators in Bannon's cross hairs
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
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
At Al Smith Dinner, Paul Ryan's Best Jokes Are Aimed at Trump
Discussion: Washington Post
Bloomberg:   U.S. Senate Adopts Budget, Giving Momentum to Trump's Tax-Cut Plans
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 …
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 …
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Just Security
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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.
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 …
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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CNN:   Trump met with US attorney candidates with connections to law firms of close confidantes
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. ...
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.
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
Associated Press:
Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear  —  https://apnews.com/2a7c91cf27d24413bfcf 3d28e0047591  —  Link copied!  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of “division” and “fear” while rallying on Thursday …
Discussion: Towleroad and Daily Kos
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   ‘Our democracy is at stake,’ Obama says on Virginia campaign trail
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
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.
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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Saba Hamedy / CNN:
Bernie Sanders bows out of Women's Convention to make trip to Puerto Rico
Discussion: New York Magazine
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
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: Washington Post, Fox News and Raw Story
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
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 …
 
 
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America needs higher wages, not lower taxes
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The Essential John McCain
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The Tyee:
Never Mind Trump: Worry About His Supporters