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White House calls Rep. Frederica Wilson ‘all hat and no cattle’ in feud over Trump’s call to widow
The White House called a Florida congresswoman “all hat and no cattle” Friday in a continuing war of words over the lawmaker’s criticism of President Trump’s call to the widow of a slain soldier. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that presidential Chief of Staff John F. Kelly was accurate when he described Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson talking mostly about herself at the dedication of an FBI building in Florida in 2015. Mrs. Wilson has criticized Mr. Trump’s alleged insensitivity for his phone call of condolences to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, saying the president told her that her husband “knew what he was getting into.” The lawmaker overheard parts of the call on speakerphone. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Wilson is an idiot.

Hillary Clinton: ‘I really tried to get out of going’ to Trump inauguration
The former first lady and failed Democratic presidential nominee said on BBC One’s “The Graham Norton Show” that she asked the remaining former presidents if they were going to the Jan. 20 inauguration in an effort to justify not showing up herself. “I really tried to get out of going,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We thought ‘OK, maybe others aren’t going.’” She explained that it’s tradition for former presidents and first ladies to attend a presidential inauguration, regardless of party, to show “support” and “continuity of our government.” Washington Time
VOA VIEW: Hillary wanted to be with the rest if the shakers and makers.

Why didn't Gainesville become Charlottesville when Richard Spencer came to visit?
On the day after white supremacist Richard B. Spencer delivered a speech that brought 2,500 people – mostly protesters – to the University of Florida, President Kent Fuchs said what happened in Charlottesville, Va., was a wakeup call.  “If Charlottesville had not occurred I don’t think we would have taken it as seriously,” Fuchs said on Friday. Seeing those images, the assault weapons and that death, just woke me up. USA Today

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Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage
President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced. By law, only 25 retired officers can be brought back to serve in any one branch. Trump's order removes those caps by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after 9/11, signaling what could be a significant escalation in the 16-year-old global war on terror. USA Today

Mueller team criticized by fellow attorneys for history of questionable tactics
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team running the Russia collusion probe are being accused by fellow attorneys of employing aggressive and questionable tactics in past cases, potentially putting a dent in his straight-shooter image. As the investigation heats up and key players like former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer are interviewed by investigators, several attorneys with experience in federal cases spoke out with their concerns this week. Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, wrote an opinion piece accusing Mueller of once trying to entrap him when Mueller was acting U.S. attorney in Boston.  According to Silverglate, Mueller once sent someone into Silverglate's office offering to give false testimony for a client. Silverglate said he turned the offer down and noticed the man was wearing a wire. Fox
VOA VIEW: Mueller is not clean - he is a user and opportunist.

Locals may have helped Islamic State ambush Green Berets in Niger
The 12-man team of Green Berets ambushed in Niger were delayed as they left a meeting with local leaders -- which may have been part of the plan to attack them, Army officials told UPI. Officials suspect that some people in the Oct. 4 Tongo Tongo meeting may have been working with the Islamic State. Some people from the town have been arrested. UPI

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Social media's role in Russian meddling
A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to regulate political ads appearing on digital platforms as U.S. officials dig deeper into Russia's cyberinterference in American elections. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Mark Warner, D-Va., unveiled the Honest Ads Act on Thursday, requiring that political ads sold online be subject to the same rules as ads sold on television, radio and satellite. UPI

Melania Trump cuts bloated first lady payroll from Michelle Obama days
According to a Fox News analysis of White House personnel reports, Melania Trump has significantly reduced the number of aides on the first lady's office payroll in comparison to her predecessor, Michelle Obama. During then-President Barack Obama’s first year in office, 16 people were listed working for Michelle Obama, earning a combined $1.24 million a year. This year, just four people were listed working for Melania Trump as of June. Their salaries totaled $486,700. The details are contained in an annual report the White House sends to Congress showing the names, positions and salaries of all its personnel. Both the Obama and Trump administrations acknowledged several additional staffers beyond those listed in the report with the term “first lady” in their titles. But even counting all those employees -- 24 for Michelle Obama and nine for the current first lady -- Melania Trump's office is relatively small. Fox
VOA VIEW: Michelle, like her husband are a wasteful breed.

Puerto Rico mayor: ?for US response to crisis Trump deserves 'a 10' – out of 100
Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan, responded on Friday to Donald Trump’s claim that his administration deserved a grade of 10/10 for his handling of the crisis in the hurricane-hit US territory. “If it’s a 10 out of a scale of 100, of course,” she said. “It’s still a failing grade.” At a press conference with the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, on Thursday, Trump was asked to rate the federal government’s relief effort in the territory – where hundreds of thousands of Americans are still without running water and more than 80% of electricity consumers remain without power – on a scale of one to 10. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Cruz is an idiot.

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Donald Trump will not visit Britain until 2018, White House confirms
The US president was invited to Britain a week after his inauguration, when Theresa May became the first foreign leader to visit at the White House. Trump has since travelled to France and Germany. On Friday, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, conceded it has still not been determined whether Trump would make a “state visit” or a “working visit” to Britain. The latter would be without royal pageantry or a stopover with the Queen. “We’re still going back and forth with our allies there and once we have those travel details outlined and determined we’ll certainly let you know,” Sanders said. “But they’ve made the invitation for the president to come. We’ve accepted and we’re working out the logistics. Guardian

Lawyer says he'll sue Ohio State over white nationalist
A lawyer said Friday he'll file a lawsuit against Ohio State University because it failed to respond to a request to rent space for an appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer. "The die is cast," attorney Kyle Bristow said in a Twitter message written in Latin. Bristow said earlier this week he wanted an "unequivocal and unconditional assertion" from Ohio State by 5 p.m. Friday that it would allow Spencer to speak. The university said last week it couldn't accommodate a Spencer event as requested on Nov. 15 for safety reasons but would decide by the end of this week whether viable alternatives exist. Houston Chroncile

Trump: Considering Powell and Taylor for Fed's top 2 posts
President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he is considering dual nominations for the Federal Reserve's top two jobs. Trump may appoint Jerome Powell, a member of the Fed's board, potentially as chairman, and John Taylor, a Stanford University economist, as vice chairman, according to a transcript of an interview with Trump distributed by Fox Business.Asked about that possibility, Trump said, according to Fox Business: "It is in my thinking, and I have a couple of others things in my thinking but I like talent and they're both very talented people. It's a hard decision." Houston Chroncile

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John Kerry bashes Trump on climate, Department of State jobs
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is faulting President Donald Trump's administration for failing to fill many diplomatic positions and top Department of State posts and is criticizing his stance on climate change. Kerry was a Democratic U.S. senator from Massachusetts and spoke Friday in Rhode Island. He says the United States needs to invest in the work of democracy and building international relationships. He warns against allowing a "neo-national demagoguery to take away from America what has made America great." WPRO News reports Kerry spoke during a conference in Providence for energy and environmental leaders. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Kerry is an Obama loser.

College takes steps to address anti-LGBT flyer controversy
Cleveland State University says it will offer sensitivity training and create an advisory committee after officials were criticized for their response to a flyer that urged LGBT students to kill themselves. The school said Friday that its response was inadequate and that the flyer was an attack on minorities. The flyer was posted on a university bulletin board Oct. 12. It showed a silhouette of a man hanging from a noose and contained a gay slur.University president Ronald Berkman said initially that the school was committed to upholding free speech rights instead of condemning the flyer. It was taken down but officials say it would have been allowed to stay if the unknown people behind it had followed school posting procedures. The school's response angered students and provoked protests, petitions and a heated town hall meeting. Las Vegas Sun

Turns out Paul Ryan has a sense of humor, after all
House Speaker Paul Ryan let Americans see a different side to him Thursday night — a funny side — as the keynote speaker at the 72nd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in NYC. It’s named for the Democrats’ 1928 presidential nominee — the first Catholic nominated by a major party. Miami Herald

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Body Cameras Have Little Effect on Police Behavior
A new study says that police body cameras have almost no effect on officer behavior. After a series of high-profile police shootings, police departments across the nation turned to body cameras, hoping they would curb abuses. But a rigorous study released Friday shows that they have almost no effect on officer behavior. The 18-month study of more than 2,000 police officers in Washington found that officers equipped with cameras used force and prompted civilian complaints at about the same rate as those who did not have them. By 2015, 95 percent of large police departments reported they were using body cameras or had committed to doing so in the near future, according to a national survey. The federal government has given police departments more than $40 million to invest in body cameras, and state and local authorities have spent many millions more. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Cops have been doing the right thing, like before.

Trump launches petition against NFL players' anthem protests
U.S. President Donald Trump has stepped up the pressure on the National Football League over protests by its players during the national anthem by launching a petition and asking his supporters to show their patriotism by backing it. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the Heritage Foundation’s President’s Club Meeting in Washington, U.S., October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts The move came after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week rejected Trump’s calls to punish players who kneel for the anthem to protest racism. Trump has said the protests are unpatriotic and disrespectful of military veterans. Reuters

DA finds three officer-involved shootings legally justified
hree shootings by police and a sheriff’s deputy over the past year — including the killing of a man who opened fire at a University City poolside birthday party — were legally justified, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday. At an afternoon news conference held at the downtown Hall of Justice, Stephan said law enforcement personnel involved in each incident believed they needed to defend themselves and others present, and that their use of lethal force was necessary.San Diego Union

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Trudeau on Quebec face-cover ban: not our business to tell women what to wear
Justin Trudeau has said it is not the government’s business to tell a woman what or what not to wear after the Canadian province of Quebec passed a law – believed to be the first of its kind in North America – obliging women wearing the niqab or burqa to unveil when riding public transit or receiving government services. On Wednesday, Quebec’s Liberal government flexed its majority to vote in a law banning face coverings for those offering or receiving services from government departments, as well as municipalities, school boards, public health services and transit authorities. The legislation has been condemned by critics who say it deliberately targets Muslim women. Others have raised the possibility that women who wear the niqab or burqa would not be able to access health services, sit for school exams or borrow books from the library. Guardian

Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel
The Islamic militants came on motorcycles toting rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, killing four American service members after shattering the windows of the unarmored U.S. trucks. In this remote corner of Niger where the Americans and their local counterparts had been meeting with community leaders, residents say the men who came to kill that day had never been seen there before. No extremist group has claimed responsibility for the deadly ambush on Oct. 4 and the languages reportedly spoken by the jihadists are used throughout the Sahel including Tamashek, spoken by ethnic Tuaregs. Seattle Times

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