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1:40 PM ET, October 23, 2017


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M.L. Nestel / ABC News:
Fallen soldier's widow ‘very angry’ about Trump's call, says he 'couldn't remember' husband's name  —  The widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four U.S. service members killed in Niger earlier this month, expressed a mix of blame and sorrow today on “Good Morning America …
Washington Post:
Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson has ‘nothing to say’ to Trump after controversial condolence call  —  Nineteen days after her husband's death and two days after his wrenching burial, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson said she has “nothing to say” to President Trump, whose condolence call pulled …
ABC News:
TRANSCRIPT: Widow of fallen soldier La David Johnson speaks out  —  In a wide-ranging interview, Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, spoke out on “Good Morning America” about her husband's death during a mission in Niger and the controversy that has surrounded it.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump spars with widow of slain soldier about condolence call
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
NBC News:
Mueller Now Investigating Democratic Lobbyist Tony Podesta  —  WASHINGTON — Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group are now the subjects of a federal investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, three sources with knowledge of the matter told NBC News.
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Listen to ‘The Daily’: Bill O'Reilly Goes on the Record  —  “It's horrible what I went through, horrible what my family went through,” Bill O'Reilly said of the sexual harassment allegations that cost him his job at Fox News.  —  Mr. O'Reilly spoke on the record to my colleagues Emily Steel …
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:   O'Reilly on sexual harassment allegations: 'It's horrible what I went through'
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Hopes Dim for Congressional Russia Inquiries as Parties Clash  —  WASHINGTON — In a secured room in the basement of the Capitol in July, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, fielded question after question from members of the House Intelligence Committee.
Discussion: Axios and New York Magazine
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Prominent anti-Putin whistleblower Bill Browder says he has been barred from entering the US
Discussion: NPR, New York Times and National Review
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing?
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Christie's Last Fight  —  This wasn't how he figured it would end.  A year after being steamrolled by Donald Trump, Chris Christie is hobbling out of office as the most unpopular governor in the history of New Jersey—a casualty of scandal and hubris, and a guy freed up to quietly pursue the toughest job of his life.
Brandon Conradis / The Hill:
McCain appears to take swipe at Trump's ‘bone spur’ Vietnam deferment … (R-Ariz.) took what appeared to be a swipe at President Trump during an interview about the Vietnam War on Sunday, criticizing how upper-income Americans were able to obtain a draft deferment for having a “bone spur.”
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
McCain hits Trump where it hurts, attacking ‘bone spur’ deferments in Vietnam
Discussion: ABC News, IJR and Business Insider
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Democrats' early money haul stuns GOP  —  Democratic candidates are reporting historic early fundraising totals, alarming GOP strategists and raising the prospect that 2018 could feature the most expansive House battlefield in years.  —  Animated by opposition to President Donald Trump …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Yes, James Comey was in Iowa over the weekend  —  James Comey has a book deal.  Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) reveals what we know.  Buzz60  —  CONNECT  —  Former FBI Director James Comey was in Iowa this weekend.  —  An anonymous Twitter account believed to be used by Comey …
Michael H. Schill / New York Times:
The Misguided Student Crusade Against ‘Fascism’  —  This month, a handful of student protesters at the University of Oregon blocked me from delivering my state-of-the-university speech, one of my jobs as president.  I had planned to announce a $50 million gift that would fund several new programs.
Discussion: Power Line
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The great dealmaker?  Lawmakers find Trump to be an untrustworthy negotiator.  —  President Trump campaigned as one of the world's greatest dealmakers, but after nine months of struggling to broker agreements, lawmakers in both parties increasingly consider him an untrustworthy …
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Why the Athletic Wants to Pillage Newspapers  —  By the time you finish reading this article, the upstart sports news outlet called The Athletic probably will have hired another well known sportswriter from your local newspaper.  In a couple of years, once The Athletic has completed its breakneck expansion …
Megan Twohey / New York Times:
Weinstein Company Faces Civil Rights Inquiry by New York Attorney General  —  The New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, has opened an inquiry into the Weinstein Company examining whether allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against its co-founder Harvey Weinstein reflect …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is at risk of blowing it on opioids, a member of his own commission warns  —  As early as this week, President Trump is set to declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency.”  Trump telegraphed this when he recently told reporters that he would soon have a “major announcement” on the …
Lucia Graves / The Guardian:
Donald Trump's sexual harassment accusers hope president goes way of Weinstein  —  Three of the women who accused Trump of making unwanted sexual advances feel the culture may finally change but worry about men's relative silence  —  As the aftershocks from Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct spread …
First on CNN: Security costs skyrocket at ‘lightning rod’ EPA  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The Environmental Protection Agency is beefing up security measures surrounding Administrator Scott Pruitt to an unprecedented level, CNN has learned, as members of Congress are asking if the costs are a …
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 …
The Hill:
FBI watched, then acted as Russian spy moved closer to Hillary Clinton  —  was beginning her job as President Obama's chief diplomat, federal agents observed as multiple arms of Vladimir Putin's machine unleashed an influence campaign designed to win access to the new secretary of State, her husband Bill Clinton
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Senators Stunned to Discover We Have 1,000 Troops in Niger … The death of four U.S. Special Operations Forces troops in Niger has generated a raucous conversation about how presidents should comfort bereft Gold Star families.  —  But, quietly, it's fueling a more difficult debate than whether …
Discussion: Shakesville and Just Security
Andrew Gilligan / The Times & The Sunday Times:
It's not women who get pregnant — it's ‘people’  —  The government has said the term “pregnant woman” should not be used in a UN treaty because it “excludes” transgender people.  —  Feminists reacted with outrage to what they said was the latest example of “making women unmentionable” in the name of transgender equality.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
He Didn't Vote in a Few Elections. In the Next One, Ohio Said He Couldn't.
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Trump Election Commissioner's Voter Database Is a Ripe Target for Hackers
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
No plans for Trump to visit DMZ, White House official says
The Daily Beast:
‘Tyrant’ Laura Ingraham Already Terrifying Fox News Staffers—and Her Show Hasn't Even Aired Yet
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
The Family That Built an Empire of Pain
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Congress is on track for a major government shutdown showdown
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Obama's army enlists in redistricting fight
Discussion: Axios
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Cuban would ‘probably’ run as Republican if he challenges Trump
Discussion: RedState
Yochi Dreazen / Vox:
Darkness: life in Puerto Rico without electricity
First lady Melania Trump
Discussion: Politico and AOL
New York Times:
America's Forever Wars
Victoria McGrane GLOBE /
Elizabeth Warren starts warming up to the media
David Weigel / Washington Post:
National Democrats are jittery about Va. governor's race