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10:45 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
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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CNN:   Missing soldier found nearly a mile from Niger ambush, officials say
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 …
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Washington Post:
John Kelly owes the congresswoman an apology
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Video shows Kelly made inaccurate claims about lawmaker in feud over Trump's condolence call
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.
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
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
Herman Wong / Washington Post:
Here are the four-star generals Donald Trump has publicly bashed  —  As the controversy surrounding President Trump's condolence call to a Gold Star widow rolled into its third day, the White House continued to play defense.  —  Much of Friday's effort was on behalf of White House chief …
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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
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals?  An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots  —  A scientist who worked for the chemical industry now shapes policy on hazardous chemicals.  Within the E.P.A., there is fear that public health is at risk.  (At right, a signing ceremony for new rules on toxic chemicals.)
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Uber's Whistle-Blower Is Developing a Movie and Having a Baby  —  In her first interview since the essay that started a wave of sexual-harassment revelations, Susan Fowler tells her life story and looks to the future.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Susan Fowler was, she recalls, “over the moon” in January 2016.
Raphael Minder / New York Times:
Spain Will Remove Catalan Leader, Prime Minister Announces  —  MADRID — In a first for Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced on Saturday that he would remove the separatist government of the independence-minded region of Catalonia and initiate a process of direct rule from Madrid.
Discussion: Axios
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
The Weather Channel:
16 Billion-Dollar Disasters Have Impacted the U.S. This Year, Tying an All-Time Record, Thanks to the California Wildfires  — Sixteen billion-dollar disasters have occurred this year in the U.S. through October.  — This ties 2011 for the most such disasters in any year dating to 1980.
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.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Young subscribers flock to old media  —  As President Donald Trump wages daily war against the press, millennials are subscribing to legacy news publications in record numbers—and at a growth rate, data suggests, far outpacing any other age group.  —  Since November's election, the New Yorker …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and CNBC
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Key Senate Republican warns GOP to change course on ObamaCare
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
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 …
 
 
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Foreign Policy:
Jeff Sessions Just Confessed His Negligence on Russia
Associated Press:
Pelosi says she must remain as leader so a woman is at table
Discussion: IJR
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Trump's Road to 2024  —  PHOENIX — There are now two definitions …
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
How Does a Democrat Run for Re-election in a Trump State? Very Carefully
USA Today:
Trump weighs in on UK crime rates and gets it all wrong
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Collins / The Daily Beast:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Retweeted Alleged Russian Trolls
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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