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1:35 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 …
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.
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. ...
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: Raw Story and American Prospect
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.
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 …
Fox News:
Correction: Veteran, glass artist falsified his military record  —  On Sunday, Oct. 8, Fox News Channel aired a story about John Garofalo, a glass artist who created a presidential glass seal in the hopes of gifting it to President Trump.  —  Garofalo claimed he was a Vietnam veteran …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and AOL
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 …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Harvey Weinstein doesn't seem to be taking sex rehab seriously
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Tarantino on Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did’
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 …
3 ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING AFTER RICHARD SPENCER SPEECH  —  Friday, October 20, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  GAINESVILLE, FLA - Gainesville area law enforcement located and arrested three men about 20 miles north of Gainesville late Thursday for their role in a shooting that followed the afternoon speech by Richard Spencer.
Discussion: Raw Story and Deadspin
Deborah Strange / Gainesville Sun:   Three charged in shooting after Spencer talk
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.
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.
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 …
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: Raw Story, The Root, WGN-TV, IJR and Althouse
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 …
J. Michael Waller / The Daily Caller:
Hillary Clinton's Russian Ghost Stories
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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, CNBC and 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.
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Senate votes down effort to block drilling in Alaska refuge  —  The Senate on Thursday defeated a Democratic attempt to block oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  —  A group of Democrats, led by Sen. Maria Cantwell  —  (Wash.), offered an amendment to the Senate's budget resolution looking …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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CBS News:
Donation to Cy Vance Jr. during sex assault case raises “yet another alarm bell”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Crime Report
Taylor W. Anderson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Rep. Mia Love starts ahead of Mayor Ben McAdams in high-profile race for 2018 election, poll shows
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Trump nominees show up for work without waiting for Senate approval
Baltimore Sun:
Elon Musk to start hyperloop project in Maryland, officials say
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John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Good advice for Trump to not to call fallen soldiers' families
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 Earlier Items: 
Camilla Turner / Telegraph:
Cambridge students warned Shakespeare plays may distress them
Discussion: Daily Wire
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Megadonor Tom Steyer launches TV ad campaign for Trump impeachment
Discussion: CNBC, Daily Wire and New York Magazine
New York Times:
The Self-Dealing Presidency of Donald Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The Fusion Collusion  —  Democrats are trying to protect …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
At Al Smith Dinner, Paul Ryan's Best Jokes Are Aimed at Trump
Discussion: Washington Post