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West Wing Reads for 10/5/17

Each day we round up the best stories the West Wing is reading and share them with you.

West Wing Reads


- Todd Starnes, Fox News

Todd Starnes of Fox News reports on Las Vegas shooting victim, Thomas Gunderson, who, despite having been shot in the leg, told his family he was “going to stand up and shake my president’s hand – out of respect for him and our leaders and our nation,” when President Trump visited a Las Vegas hospital. Starnes writes Gunderson is currently suffering from a gunshot wound that tore through muscles in his calf and the resulting nerve pain, quoting him saying “it’s hard to stand – very painful.” Nevertheless, Gunderson stood and shook President Trump’s hand all while “grimacing in pain,” before stating “that was one of the most humbling experiences of my life.” Starnes concludes by saying the interaction “was a gentle reminder that we are a united people – one nation under God.” 
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On tax reform, Heidi Przybyla of USA Today reports President Trump will continue to push his tax reform plan with an Oval Office meeting on Friday “designed to highlight the manufacturing industry.” The President is hosting “more than a dozen manufacturing industry employees and executives” and is also issuing a "proclamation making Oct. 6 ‘National Manufacturing Day,’” Przybyla writes.


In the New York Post, President Trump’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, writes on the importance of starting computer-science and coding education “well before college or trade school.” Ivanka states the high demand for workers with tech skills makes it “imperative that all our students…have access to computer-science education.”


Regarding space, the Washington Examiner’s Anna Giaritelli reports on Vice President Mike Pence’s initiative to make the U.S. an international leader in space exploration with the revived National Space Council. After 25 years of inactivity, Vice President Pence stated the council will allow America to “lead in space again,” Giaritelli writes.


In Reuters, 24-year State Department veteran Peter Van Buren gives an “insider’s guide to disaster management,” saying the media “tends to focus on drama and controversy” and often “overplay the story via anecdotal reporting.”