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5:20 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.
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 …
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  —  The president's daughter-in-law has read it, for some reason, while the general public has not.  —  Is Congresswoman Frederica Wilson lying about the President Trump's call to Sgt. La David T. Johnson's 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. ...
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Kelly erroneously claimed congresswoman took credit for building funding, video shows
New York Times:
After Video Refutes Kelly's Charges, Congresswoman Raises Issue of Race
Dara Lind / Vox:   John Kelly has become a field commander in Trump's culture war
Joy-Ann Reid / The Daily Beast:
Frederica Wilson vs. Trump and Now John Kelly? Easy—Go With Wilson
Discussion: Raw Story and American Prospect
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 …
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.’”
Washington Post:
‘Kill them’: Three men charged in shooting after Richard Spencer speech
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
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.
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
There's an Awakening Against Sexual Assault, So Why Is No One Talking About Bill Clinton?
Discussion: Axios
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.
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) …
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 Political 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Nick Green / Daily Breeze:
Congressional candidate Omar Navarro on probation for illegal use of tracking device  —  Omar Navarro, a fringe GOP activist in the South Bay making his second bid to unseat entrenched Rep. Maxine Waters, is on probation until March for a criminal conviction stemming from his use …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Scoop: Benny Johnson out at Independent Journal Review  —  Benny Johnson, the viral blogger who's gotten himself in trouble numerous times for plagiarism, is out at Independent Journal Review.  In an all-staff email obtained by Axios, IJR CEO Alex Skatell writes, “After over two years …
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.
The Lancet Commission on pollution and health  —  Executive Summary  —  For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people's health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda.  Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause …
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,” …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Key Senate Republican warns GOP to change course on ObamaCare
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Down As Raiders Score Close Win Over Chiefs
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Rebecca Black / NBC News:
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Max Bearak / Washington Post:
There's a rising global tide of crackdowns on LGBT communities
Discussion: Towleroad and Joe.My.God.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Cummings: Trump aides admitted to lawyers they used private email
Discussion: Raw Story
Amanda Ripley / New York Times:
A Big Test of Police Body Cameras Defies Expectations
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Essential John McCain
Discussion: Axios