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9:30 AM ET, October 21, 2017

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John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Exclusive: Pentagon Document Contradicts Trump's Gold Star Claims  —  Email undermines veracity of president's statement about Gold Star contacts  —  Contrary to Rhetoric, Military Mishaps Have Been Declining Senate Diluted Tough Oversight of Israeli Antimissile Program Safety Experts: Some F-35 Ejections Pose ‘Serious’ Death Risk
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Washington Post:
John Kelly owes the congresswoman an apology  —  WHITE HOUSE Chief of Staff John F. Kelly owes Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) an apology.  That is the only conclusion that can be drawn after watching a video of the representative's remarks at the dedication of an FBI building in Miramar, Fla., in 2015.
New York Times:
After Video Refutes Kelly's Charges, Congresswoman Raises Issue of Race  —  WASHINGTON — Video of a 2015 speech delivered by Representative Frederica S. Wilson revealed Friday that John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, misrepresented her remarks when he accused her of bragging …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Video shows Kelly made inaccurate claims about lawmaker in feud over Trump's condolence call
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup
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Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon investigating troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush  —  Militants affiliated with Islamic State apparently carried out the deadly attack in Niger that left four U.S. soldiers dead.  —  Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Palmer Report
USA Today:
Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.
CNN:   Missing soldier found nearly a mile from Niger ambush, officials say
CNN:
Senate investigators spoke with Russians present at Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr.  —  Washington (CNN)Senate intelligence committee investigators have spoken with several Russians who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., a sign that the matter remains …
Discussion: emptywheel, Raw Story and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Trump authorizes release of JFK assassination documents despite concerns from federal agencies  —  BY WASHINGTON POST STAFF October 21 at 8:53 AM  —  The National Security Council had urged President Trump to withhold the last batch of government documents that could shed more light …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Philip Shenon / Politico:   Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Steve Bannon delivers blistering attack on former President George W. Bush  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Anaheim, California (CNN)Steve Bannon delivered a withering attack on George W. Bush Friday night, bluntly questioning the former President's intelligence and his grasp of the concepts …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:   Steve Bannon's speech to the California GOP tonight has some Republicans nervous
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Harvard Students Told Us What They're Learning From Sean Spicer  —  Veritas?  Nah.  —  Sean Spicer, a man most famous for lying compulsively and giving Hitler the benefit of the doubt, has been rewarded for his brief stint as White House press secretary with a prestigious fellowship …
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Republicans Consider Sharp Cut in 401(k) Contribution Limits  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans are considering a plan to sharply reduce the amount of income American workers can save in tax-deferred retirement accounts as part of a broad effort to rewrite the tax code, according to lobbyists …
Discussion: Axios
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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
White House pushing for new concessions in bipartisan health bill, including retroactive mandate relief  —  (Reynold/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock/ Reynold/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock)  —  The White House signaled to Senate Republican negotiators Friday that they want to include retroactive relief …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Key Senate Republican warns GOP to change course on ObamaCare
Yvonne Abraham / BostonGlobe.com:
How rage over a woman's anti-cop Facebook post killed a Lynn coffee shop  —  LYNN — So this is how the world works now.  —  It's not enough to just disagree with somebody who says something some find odious.  No, angry mobs must be set upon them, to terrify them and destroy their lives.
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Retweeted Alleged Russian Trolls … Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey twice retweeted a now-deleted account that was allegedly run out of Russia's “troll factory” in March of last year.  —  The account, @Crystal1Johnson, claimed to be an African-American woman …
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
Alex Harris / miamiherald:
Three Richard Spencer supporters arrested on charges of shooting at UF protesters  —  GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA  —  The only shot fired at Richard Spencer's University of Florida appearance missed its mark, and police said two of the three men arrested in connection with the shooting were members of extremist groups.
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
White nationalist shot at protesters after Richard Spencer speech in Florida, police say
Discussion: The Root
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The White-Minstrel Show  —  ‘Acting white’ for white people  —  Ice-T never received an Academy Award, which makes sense inasmuch as his movies have been for the most part crap.  But as an actor, you have to give the man credit: Along with other gangster rappers such as Ice Cube …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Trump: 'I don't know' if I'll interview with Mueller for Russia probe  —  President Trump declined to commit to interviewing with special counsel Robert Mueller amid the federal Russia probe, saying in comments released Friday that he has not been asked to do so.  —  “I don't know.
Discussion: Palmer Report
Thomas Frank / The Guardian:
What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world  —  et us now consider the peculiar politics of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie producer.  Today Weinstein is in the headlines for an astonishing array of alleged sexual harassment and assaults, but once upon a time he was renowned …
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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Michael Tackett / New York Times:
How Does a Democrat Run for Re-election in a Trump State? Very Carefully
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Trump May Be Following Palin's Trajectory
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Young subscribers flock to old media
USA Today:
Trump weighs in on UK crime rates and gets it all wrong
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Drama Unfolds Between Democrats Over Rumor About Ousting Three Black Women DNC Members
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Appeals court rules teen can't be denied abortion; gives government time to find her a sponsor
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren't sure Puerto Ricans should
Discussion: Raw Story
Nick Green / Daily Breeze:
Congressional candidate Omar Navarro on probation for illegal use of tracking device
Max Bearak / Washington Post:
There's a rising global tide of crackdowns on LGBT communities
Discussion: Towleroad and Joe.My.God.