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10:25 PM ET, October 22, 2017

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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Political Guardrails Gone, a President's Somber Duty Skids Into Spectacle  —  WASHINGTON — Blame it on these bitter political times.  —  The feud over President Trump's call to the widow of a fallen soldier might never have escalated had Mr. Trump done what any of his predecessors almost certainly …
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Congressional Black Caucus:
CBC Women Demand Apology from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly  —  f t # e  —  Today, the women of the Congressional Black Caucus issued the following statement in response to the South Florida Sun Sentinel's release of a video of Congresswoman Frederica Wilson's (D-FL) …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Fake Facebook post shows military widow criticize congresswoman, defend Trump  —  The widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, Myeshia, has said a Facebook post criticizing Rep. Frederica Wilson  —  (D-Fla.), which has been reportedly circulating since Oct. 17 from a person claiming to be her, is fake, according to ABC News.
Discussion: RedState, twitchy.com and Raw Story
Nicki Zink / ABC News:
US military protects Americans' rights ‘to criticize us’: Ret. Gen. Petraeus
Discussion: Politico and Sun-Sentinel
Arizona Republic:
Montini: John McCain mocks Donald Trump's deferment ‘bone spurs’ (without naming him)  —  Sen. John McCain doesn't have to speak President Donald Trump's name to excoriate him.  —  He doesn't exactly call the president a draft dodger.  But... in a way... he does.
Discussion: Washington Post and twitchy.com
Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
EXCLUSIVE: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert  —  If the order comes, the B-52s will return to a ready-to-fly posture not seen since the Cold War.  —  BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Why Is Bill Browder Banned from America?  —  Vladimir Putin keeps putting William Browder on Interpol's wanted list, or trying to.  As far as I'm concerned, these attempts are the equivalent of medals of freedom.  —  Remember who Browder is: He is the financier whose lawyer was Sergei Magnitsky …
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Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Turning Tables in Magnitsky Case, Russia Accuses a Nemesis of Murder  —  MOSCOW — The case of Sergei L. Magnitsky, the Russian tax lawyer who was imprisoned in 2008 on false charges and died in jail, began as a tragedy.  But now, after years of sanctions, countersanctions …
Ken Stern / New York Post:
Former NPR CEO opens up about liberal media bias … Most reporters and editors are liberal — a now dated Pew Research Center poll found that liberals outnumber conservatives in the media by some 5 to 1, and that comports with my own anecdotal experience at National Public Radio.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Million dollar bracket in the works for GOP tax plan  —  The Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee — engaged in a high-pressure, high-stakes tax policy rewrite — are currently exploring not cutting the income tax rate for people who earn $1 million or more per year.
Discussion: Politico
Michael Tackett / New York Times:
A Presidential Bellwether Is Still Waiting to Start Winning Under Trump  —  TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Nobody is tired of winning here.  —  Not at the Crossroads Cafe, where regulars pick at politics over breakfast.  Not at the Rotary Club, where the meeting dutifully opens with the invocation …
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump shamefully ignores “nightmare” HIV crisis brewing in rural America  —  Trump broke his promise to deal with the opioid epidemic.  Now, the states that voted for him are dealing with the fallout.  —  As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to bring an end to the opioid epidemic that experts …
Discussion: Politico
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
House GOP Fears Wave in 2018 as Money Woes Grow  —  The odds of Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker again are rising as Republican donors show frustration over the party's stalled agenda on Capitol Hill.  —  House Republicans are growing increasingly alarmed that some of their most vulnerable members …
Discussion: Politicus USA and Booman Tribune
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Harvey Weinstein and the Impunity of Powerful Men  —  For women speaking up about their experiences with harassment and assault, being heard is one kind of power, and being free is another.  —  In 2015, in a hotel hallway in New York, the movie producer Harvey Weinstein insisted …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Montana GOP official: I ‘would have shot’ reporter assaulted by Gianforte  —  A Montana GOP official said she “would have shot” a reporter that was assaulted by Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) if the reporter had approached her the way he had Gianforte.  —  Karen Marshall, the vice president …
Bill O'Reilly / No Spin News:
Statement by Mark Fabiani on Behalf of Bill O'Reilly Relating to the New York Times Smear Piece  —  Once again, The New York Times has maliciously smeared Bill O'Reilly, this time even failing to print a sworn affidavit from his former lawyer, Lis Wiehl, repudiating all allegations against Bill O'Reilly.
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
John James could be the future Republicans have been waiting for  —  DETROIT — John James emerges with confidence from a former Detroit elementary school that has been transformed into a charter high school in the northwest side of the city.  It is a stride any parent would hope to see in a son …
Discussion: Instapundit
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Tesla Strikes Deal With Shanghai to Build Factory in China  —  Arrangement could enable electric-car maker to slash production costs; firm would still likely incur 25% import tariff  —  Electric-car maker Tesla Inc. TSLA -1.91% has reached an agreement to set up its own manufacturing facility in Shanghai …
Discussion: The Verge
Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
Tom Hanks: 'If you're concerned about what's going on today, read history'  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks on Saturday night urged the importance of understanding and learning from history, especially for those troubled by the current state of affairs.
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
DNC enters 2018 in cash panic  —  LAS VEGAS — The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises.  —  Many donors are refusing to write checks.
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
California Republicans go gaga for Trump  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — His former chief strategist pillories fellow Republicans they once loved.  His dreadful poll numbers here might drag their House incumbents down next year.  —  But with little else to cheer in this heavily Democratic state …
Stan Collender / Forbes:
The Trump Budget Legacy: A Permanent $1 Trillion Federal Deficit  —  The U.S. Treasury Department reported last Friday that the federal budget deficit for the just-completed fiscal year had risen by $80 billion over fiscal 2016 to the ominous-sounding $666 billion, a number many people …
Discussion: RedState
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:
DeVos rescinds 72 guidance documents outlining rights for disabled students  —  The Education Department has rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities as part of the Trump administration's effort to eliminate regulations it deems superfluous.
ESPN:
Anthem issue delays league business, including Roger Goodell extension  —  The debate over NFL player protests during the national anthem has become so big within the league that it has delayed the completion of commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, league sources told ESPN.
 
 
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Motoko Rich / New York Times:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Axios
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Reuters:
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Discussion: The Guardian, ThinkProgress and BBC
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Mulvaney: ‘Absolutely’ realistic to have tax bill on Trump's desk by December
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump visits his Virginia golf club for second straight day
Ali Rogin / ABC News:
Senators ask Mattis for more information on Niger attack
Discussion: Politico
Salena Zito / New York Post:
Democrats should be terrified by this governor's race
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Brown: ‘Goldman Sachs’ types near Trump pressuring him to slash taxes on rich
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Natasha Lennard / The Intercept:
Police Reportedly Claim a Brooklyn Teen Consented to Sex in Custody. That's Impossible.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and New York Post
Tennessean.com:
Exclusive: Former Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher enters Tennessee U.S. Senate race
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
OPIOID LOBBYIST LEFT A DIGITAL FINGERPRINT ON A CAMPAIGN BY “PATIENT ADVOCATES”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CBS Boston
Donald Trump / USA Today:
President Trump: With tax reform we can make it morning in America again
Discussion: CNN
World Health Organization:
Director General rescinds Goodwill Ambassador appointment
Lawrence H. Summers / Washington Post:
Lawrence Summers: One last time on who benefits from corporate tax cuts
The Hill:
GOP Senate hopefuls reluctant to back McConnell as leader
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Cheaper Health Plans Promoted by Trump Have a History of Fraud