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8:40 AM ET, October 24, 2017


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Leo Shane III / Military Times:
One in four troops sees white nationalism in the ranks  —  Nearly one in four troops polled say they have seen examples of white nationalism among their fellow service members, and troops rate it as a larger national security threat than Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new Military Times poll.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
Leo Shane III / Military Times:
Military Times Poll: What you really think about Trump  —  President Donald Trump enjoys far stronger support among members of the military than the American public at large, according to the latest scientific Military Times poll.  —  Yet while Trump is especially popular among enlisted troops …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Bill O'Reilly ‘mad at God’ over sexual misconduct allegations  —  Bill O'Reilly on sexual misconduct: It's all crap  —  Bill O'Reilly has repeatedly blamed reports of sexual misconduct on a politically motivated media.  On Monday, he admitted that he also blames a higher power.  —  “You know, am I mad at God?
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is wrong about John Kelly  —  Of all the repellent statements issued by President Trump or his aides, the one that came out of the mouth of Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week was maybe the most chilling.  There she stood, asking a White House reporter who the hell …
New York Times:
Honor the Truth, John Kelly  —  John Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, is grimly suited to addressing the family of a fallen service member.  Mr. Kelly, a retired four-star general, is the highest-ranking officer to lose a child in Iraq or Afghanistan.  His son Second Lt. Robert Kelly was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Des Plaines police probe alleged lynching threat made against congresswoman on Facebook  —  Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., talks to reporters in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Oct. 18, 2017.  (Alan Diaz / AP)  —  Police are investigating allegations that a Des Plaines man threatened to lynch U.S …
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico's biggest contract to get the power back on  —  For the sprawling effort to restore Puerto Rico's crippled electrical grid, the territory's state-owned utility has turned to a two-year-old company from Montana that had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria made landfall.
Mujib Mashal / New York Times:
Tillerson in Kabul?  Two Photos Lead to Many Questions  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — It was Kabul and it wasn't Kabul.  There was a clock and there wasn't a clock.  —  Soon after a two-hour secret visit to Afghanistan by Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Monday was publicly disclosed …
NBC News:
Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen to Appear Before House Intel Panel on Tuesday  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is scheduled to speak Tuesday with investigators for the House probe into Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Trump attorney Cohen to meet with Hill investigators this week
Discussion: Raw Story
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Steve Bannon's already murky Middle East ties deepen  —  WASHINGTON  —  Shortly after Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon left the White House, a company with close ties to him was hired by the United Arab Emirates to launch a social media campaign against its Arab neighbor, Qatar.
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Bannon Backs Isolation of Qatar, Comparing Threat to North Korea
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
The Daily Beast:
Russian Propaganda Hosted by Man on Staten Island, New York … Russia's propaganda campaign targeting Americans was hosted, at least in part, on American soil.  —  A company owned by a man on Staten Island, New York, provided internet infrastructure services to DoNotShoot.Us …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jonathan Drew / Associated Press:
Trump comments concern judge, loom over Bergdahl sentencing  — 98cebf42f77885ec  —  Link copied!  —  FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has become a factor in the soldier's sentencing …
Discussion: New York Magazine and NBC News
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘traitor’ rhetoric looms over Bowe Bergdahl's sentencing
Discussion: Axios
Nick Juliano / Politico:
Zinke boosted fortunes of ‘scam PAC’ operators  —  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed millions of dollars in political contributions since 2014 to a network of Washington operatives that prominent conservatives have accused of profiting by misleading donors.
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Allow Refugees From All Countries but With New Rules  —  New policy comes as the hold on U.S. refugee program lifts after 120 days  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration will allow refugee admissions to the U.S. to resume for all countries but with new rules meant to better vet applicants …
Discussion: Axios
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Republicans quietly craft Dreamers deal  —  Key Senate Republicans have begun privately discussing the contours of an immigration plan to shield the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who will lose work permits and deportation protections starting early next year.
Discussion: Political Wire
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Reid gone from D.C. — but still pulling strings  —  LAS VEGAS — The Senate is done with Harry Reid, but Harry Reid isn't done with politics — not even a little bit.  —  The 77-year-old ex-Democratic Senate leader has been encouraging multiple Democrats to run for president …
Discussion: Political Wire
Cristela Guerra /
Groton Town Meeting settles debate: ‘all’ are welcome  —  Over the last few months as the nation debated the relevance of monuments from the past, one town's new markers created a controversy all their own.  Groton installed small stone markers along roadways over the summer that bear the words: “All Are Welcome.”
Discussion: CBS Boston
Mark Fabiani /
READ: Three Letters - Two from Megyn Kelly and One from Gretchen Carlson  —  Dear Bill:  —  What a class act you are, coming to my baby shower.  I was truly touched - I know how busy you are, especially that time of day.  It meant a lot to me + Doug.  And thank you for the darling …
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Harvey Weinstein: how lawyers kept a lid on sexual harassment claims  —  Nineteen years ago this month, Zelda Perkins walked out of Miramax's London offices on Brewer Street in Soho for the last time and went to see a lawyer with a female colleague.  They were seeking urgent advice.
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 …
Peter Berkowitz / Wall Street Journal:
James Comey and Robert Mueller Imperil the Rule of Law  —  The former FBI directors tend to investigate Republicans far more zealously than Democrats.  —  News broke last week about possible Russian wrongdoing in the U.S., and it didn't involve the Trump campaign.
Washington Post:
Roy Moore is unfit to serve  —  ALABAMA VOTERS will pick a new senator in December, and their choice is between one of the most divisive, counterproductive figures in U.S. politics and a well-qualified, even-tempered former prosecutor.  In other words, there is no choice.  Former judge Roy Moore (R) is unfit to serve.
Discussion: and Talking Points Memo
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
End of Apartheid in South Africa?  Not in Economic Terms  —  Political liberation has yet to translate into material gains for blacks.  As one woman said, “I've gone from a shack to a shack.”  —  CROSSROADS, South Africa — The end of apartheid was supposed to be a beginning.
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Is Trump Smart Enough to Reappoint Janet Yellen?  —  Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks to a student at a job training center in Cleveland on September 26, 2017.  —  Donald Trump would be wise to reappoint Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.  Trump has said he will decide by early November.
Discussion: Washington Post
Kathryn Hinderaker / The College Fix:
The assault on academic freedom at UCLA  —  Over the past few years, UCLA has lost four prominent scholars: James Enstrom, Keith Fink, Val Rust and Tim Groseclose.  —  Each incident is different, whether they left, resigned, or were forced out.  But they all have a common thread …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
New York Times:
Russia's Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant.  YouTube Helped.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When the state-backed Russian news channel RT became the first news organization to surpass one billion views on YouTube in 2013, it marked the achievement with a retrospective of its most popular videos …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sony's Pet Project, a New Robot Dog, to Be Unleashed Soon
Discussion: The Verge and RAPPLER
Peter J. Boyer / Weekly Standard:
Donald Trump: King of Deregulation?
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Admin Expected to Kill Landmark Boeing Plane Sales to Iran
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Liberals, Stop Applauding George W. Bush
Discussion: Power Line
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
This Big Tax Cut for ‘High Fliers’ Shows Why an Overhaul Is Hard
Steve Phillips / The Nation:
The Obsession With White Voters Could Cost Democrats the Virginia Governor's Race
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan C. Brooks / BuzzFeed:
How Russians Attempted To Use Instagram To Influence Native Americans
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Jason Newman / Rolling Stone:
Surviving R. Kelly
Discussion: The Guardian, theGrio and The Root
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: FBI Recovered 72,000 Pages of Clinton Records
Casey Hopkins / Mediaite:
Fox News Fires John Huddy, Brother of O'Reilly Accuser Juliet Huddy
Discussion: Raw Story
Alisa Hauser / DNAinfo Chicago:
‘Repulsive’ Racist Tirade About Black Nanny Sparks Outrage In West Town
Discussion: theGrio, Raw Story and The Root
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
On Safari in Trump's America
Discussion: Political Wire and The Federalist