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Trump Finally Called the Widow of a Fallen Soldier ... And, Oh God, He Shouldn't Have

By Ursula Scully | Pajiba Love | October 17, 2017 |

By Ursula Scully | Pajiba Love | October 17, 2017 |

Two senators reached a bipartisan agreement to fund the subsidies that Trump cut off last week. It’s a two-year patch, but I’ll take any small victory. (NYT)

A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban. (WaPo)

Sean Spicer was interviewed yesterday by Robert Mueller’s team. So all in all, I think it’s been not a super great day for Trump. (Axios)

It took 12 days before Donald Trump mustered the effort to call the widow of one of the special forces members who died in Niger, and seemingly, he did so only after political pressure was placed on him to do so. And what did he say? “He knew what he signed up for,” he told the grieving, pregnant widow of the soldier, according to Rep. Frederica Wilson. “Yes, he said it,” Wilson said. “It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.” (WPLG)

Happy National Pasta Day! I’ll be celebrating properly this Saturday, until then I’ll just keep reading Fancy Pasta Bitch.

Over the weekend Steven shared this link in the Overlord group and we all agreed it was a fascinating (and highly disturbing) read. It’s in six parts, but trust me, it’s well worth your time. (LA Times)

Molly Ringwald wrote a piece for The New Yorker and I think you should read this too. (The New Yorker)

Linda Rosenthal, a Representative from Manhattan, introduced a bill to withhold tax credits to companies that ignore sexual-harassment complaints. (The Cut)

Did you know that there is an eighth continent named Zealandia? And that you can kind of, sort of explore it? (Atlas Obscura)

How do you feel about me sharing recipes? Every single one of these looks and sounds delicious. (The New Potato)

Trump hasn’t lost his job (yet) but apparently he did lose $600 million. Poor dear. (Town & Country)

I would be completely supportive of Lena Headey going full Cersei Lannister on Weinstein. (Vulture)

Anyone want to take bets that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are already engaged? (Celebitchy)

This story that Russian trolls were instructed to watch House of Cards and learn about American politics is bananas. (Dlisted)

You want to see these photos of Julia Child. (Bon Appetit)

If you need to have surgery, consider finding a female doctor. (IFLScience)

Blake Lively looks like she is channeling Chloë Sevigny in American Psycho. (GFY)

I wasn’t aware that you could use Google Street View for the International Space Station. br(notreally)b (Popular Mechanics)

Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, and Mark Ruffalo hanging out at the Sydney harbor is the trio I never knew I needed. (Lainey Gossip)

Sophia had put off reading Edward Abbey’s classic, Desert Solitaire, until she was on her way to her own Southwestern adventure. She enjoyed Abbey’s writing, though some of his attitudes are less comfortable now. The absence of women (other than one uncomplimentary aside) prompted Sophia to find out more about Abbey as a person. That was a mistake. Does knowing too much about an author’s life impact how much you appreciate their books? (Cannonball Read 9)

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