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6:40 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 …
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 …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
CHIP's budget lapsed 23 days ago.  Congress has done nothing.  —  This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America's health care debate.  Like what you're reading?  Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here.
Politico:   States may roll back children's health coverage without money from Congress
Tara Golshan / Vox:   Congress is on track for a major government shutdown showdown
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Steve Bannon Dropped Milo After White Nationalism Revelations.  Will The Mercers Stand By Him?  —  Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon has told multiple people that he will never work with Milo Yiannopoulos again in the aftermath of a BuzzFeed News exposé linking Breitbart's …
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Prominent anti-Putin whistleblower Bill Browder says he was barred from entering the US  — Bill Browder, the banker turned human-rights activist who spearheaded the Magnitsky Act in 2012, says his authorization to travel to the US via an ESTA was revoked last week.
Discussion: IJR, NPR, National Review and New York Times
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Lawmakers want immediate review of travel restriction on Putin critic
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Trump officials suddenly revoke visa of hero being hunted by Putin
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Trump's latest big interview is both funny and terrifying  —  POTUS swings and misses at the softest softballs.  —  It's not exactly a news flash at this point that Donald Trump isn't very fluent on questions of public policy, but his interview over the weekend with Fox Business Channel's Maria Bartiromo …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Once a ‘jackass’ and ‘idiot,’ Trump and Graham now pals
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
China's Pursuit of Fugitive Businessman Guo Wengui Kicks Off Manhattan Caper Worthy of Spy Thriller  —  Pressure from Beijing officials seeking Mr. Guo's return sparks frantic response from Trump administration—and Penn Station, JFK airport standoffs  —  Guo Wengui, a wealthy Chinese businessman …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Lawfare
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
Facebook tests removing publishers from News Feed—unless they pay  —  Watch out, publishers: a nightmare scenario for Facebook may soon be a reality.  —  The social network last week officially launched its secondary news feed called Explore.  The feed generally features posts from Facebook Pages users don't follow.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Key senators say they didn't know the US had troops in Niger  —  Senators stunned over troop number in Niger  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Some senators are saying they didn't know the US had troops in Niger as questions swirl about the raid that killed four US servicemen there earlier this month.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Senators Stunned to Discover We Have 1,000 Troops in Niger
Discussion: Shakesville and Just Security
Casey Hopkins / Mediaite:
Fox News Fires John Huddy, Brother of O'Reilly Accuser Juliet Huddy  —  Fox News has parted ways with Jerusalem-based correspondent John Huddy.  The timing of this news coming out is sure to raise eyebrows as it has nearly immediately followed a shocking interview that his sister Juliet Huddy had with Megyn Kelly today.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and IJR
New York Times:
Trump Promises ‘No Change to Your 401(k)’ as Congress Considers a Contribution Cap  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said early on Monday that his proposed tax plan would not prompt any changes to Americans' tax-deferred retirement plans, pushing back against reports that the Republicans …
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 …
Alisa Hauser / DNAinfo Chicago:
‘Repulsive’ Racist Tirade About Black Nanny Sparks Outrage In West Town  —  WEST TOWN — After receiving an anonymous letter targeting their African-American nanny, two West Town moms and the nanny have fired back with their own letter and are inviting the community to a “Stand Up to Hate” play date.
Discussion: theGrio, Raw Story and The Root
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 …
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: Washington Post
Ryan C. Brooks / BuzzFeed:
Russian Troll Efforts Extended To Standing Rock  —  “DEAR RACISTS IN AMERICA,” began one Instagram meme shared by the since suspended account @Native_Americans_United, which is believed to be connected to a Russian troll farm.  —  The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Cannon Ball …
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
He Didn't Vote in a Few Elections.  In the Next One, Ohio Said He Couldn't.  —  WASHINGTON — Larry Harmon, a software engineer who lives near Akron, Ohio, says he is “a firm believer in the right to vote.”  But sometimes he stays home on Election Day, on purpose.
CBS Boston:
Principal Apologizes For Trump Tombstone At School Halloween Party  —  GLOUCESTER - An elementary school principal in Gloucester is apologizing for a controversial Halloween display at a school party.  —  The parent teacher organization hosted a fundraiser at West Parish Elementary School Friday night …
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Jason Newman / Rolling Stone:
Surviving R. Kelly
Discussion: theGrio and The Root
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: FBI Recovered 72,000 Pages of Clinton Records
Olivia Campbell / thecut:
The Men Taking Classes to Unlearn Toxic Masculinity
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Washington Post:
Homegrown ‘fake news’ is a bigger problem than Russian propaganda. …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
FCPD Media Relations / Fairfax County Police …:
Former MLB Player / TV Analyst Ray Knight Charged with Assault & Battery
Discussion: Deadspin
Brit Marling / The Atlantic:
Harvey Weinstein and the Economics of Consent
Discussion: IndieWire
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
On Safari in Trump's America
 Earlier Items: 
Lucia Graves / The Guardian:
Donald Trump's sexual harassment accusers hope president goes way of Weinstein
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
Michael H. Schill / New York Times:
The Misguided Student Crusade Against ‘Fascism’
Discussion: Hit & Run and Power Line