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12:05 PM 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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
Frederica Wilson vs. Trump and Now John Kelly?  Easy—Go With Wilson … Frederica Wilson is no liar.  On Thursday, Gen. John Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, confirmed that.  Kelly also made clear that he works for a man who has redefined the meaning of shameless.
Discussion: American Prospect and Raw Story
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.
John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Good advice for Trump to not to call fallen soldiers' families
Discussion: RedState
Diana Stancy Correll / Washington Examiner:
Rep. Frederica Wilson pledges not to comment any further on Gold Star widow's phone call with Trump
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Fox News:
Correction: Veteran, glass artist falsified his military record
Discussion: AOL and Joe.My.God.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge won't wipe out guilty verdict for Arpaio
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.
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.’”
Discussion: IJR, Althouse and KFOR-TV
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 …
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: ThinkProgress, BBC, Telegraph and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
Taylor W. Anderson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Rep. Mia Love starts ahead of Mayor Ben McAdams in high-profile race for 2018 election, poll shows  —  Democrats entry into the race boosts the race to the most high profile congressional battle in Utah next year — and likely the most competitive.  —  Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams …
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: Axios and CNBC
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.
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.
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
Baltimore Sun:
Elon Musk to start hyperloop project in Maryland, officials say  —  A sled on wheels levitated above a set of tracks in a vacuum-sealed tube at 70 miles per hour is tested in the Nevada desert, heralding a first for Hyperloop One's futuristic transportation technology.  (Reuters video)
Discussion: CBS Baltimore
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: Joe.My.God.
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: CNBC, Daily Wire and New York Magazine
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