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West Wing Reads for 10/23/17

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

West Wing Reads


ABC News’s Luis Martinez reports retired Army Captain Gary Michael Rose, 71, received the Medal of Honor Monday, “for his heroism as a combat medic during a harrowing secret mission into Laos in 1970” where he saved the lives of 60 wounded personnel during four days of intense combat, “including those injured when the helicopter that evacuated his team was brought down by enemy fire.” At a Pentagon news briefing last week Rose said his job “was to focus on the individuals that were hurt,” and that “you don’t concern yourself about getting hurt or killed.”
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The Washington Times reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is unleashing an organized crime task force with the explicit mission of taking the MS-13 street gang down. In an address to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, Mr. Sessions said: “Just like we took Al Capone off the streets with our tax laws, we will use whatever laws we have to get MS-13 off our streets.”


The Associated Press writes about Ivanka Trump’s trip to Pennsylvania, where she promoted the Trump administration’s tax reform plan, saying it addresses “the new realities of the modern American family,” and could help young people starting families by expanding the child tax credit.


The Financial Times reports U.S.-backed fighters took control of Syria’s largest oilfield after pushing out ISIS fighters. The oilfield was an “important source of revenue” for ISIS’ caliphate and military operations, the Times reports.


Peter Boyer at The Weekly Standard reports the government has added an average of 13,000 new restrictions annually for the past 20 years. Under President Trump, the number of new regulations is near zero.