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2:40 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.
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 …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Senators Stunned to Discover We Have 1,000 Troops in Niger
Discussion: Shakesville and Just Security
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Once a ‘jackass’ and ‘idiot,’ Trump and Graham now pals
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is tone of Trump-Russia probe changing?
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
House Panel to Interview Trump Campaign Digital Director Brad Parscale
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Mark Cuban May Run Against Donald Trump In 2020 As A Republican  —  “I wouldn't run unless I have solutions.”  —  Mark Cuban is “seriously considering” seeking the presidency in 2020, and if he runs, he could challenge Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Cuban would ‘probably’ run as Republican if he challenges Trump
Discussion: RedState
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.
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:
McCain appears to mock Trump's draft deferments  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. John McCain, in an interview about the Vietnam War, appeared to take a swipe at President Donald Trump when he criticized people from “the highest income level” who avoided the draft by finding a doctor who …
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and Towleroad
Brandon Conradis / The Hill:
McCain appears to take swipe at Trump's ‘bone spur’ Vietnam deferment
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 …
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
The Daily Beast:
‘Tyrant’ Laura Ingraham Already Terrifying Fox News Staffers—and Her Show Hasn't Even Aired Yet … When conservative author and talk radio host Laura Ingraham sits down in the anchor chair on Oct. 30 for the first time as a host on Fox News' evening lineup, the cable network will be making a multi-prong bet.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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 …
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 …
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
The Family That Built an Empire of Pain  —  The Sackler dynasty's ruthless marketing of painkillers has generated billions of dollars—and millions of addicts.  —  The north wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a vast, airy enclosure featuring a banked wall of glass and the Temple of Dendur …
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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Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump welcomes Singapore leader to White House
Discussion: Axios
Raphael Minder / New York Times:
In Catalonia Crisis, Shared Blame for ‘a Difficult and Undesirable Situation’
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
He Didn't Vote in a Few Elections. In the Next One, Ohio Said He Couldn't.
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Prominent anti-Putin whistleblower Bill Browder says he has been barred from entering the US
Discussion: NPR, National Review and New York Times
Megan Twohey / New York Times:
Weinstein Company Faces Civil Rights Inquiry by New York Attorney General
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
New York Times:
‘I Was Willing to Do Everything’: Mothers Defend Sons Accused of Sexual Assault
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs