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Full text: Trump's 2017 U.N. speech transcript  —  President Donald Trump's statement to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017, as prepared for delivery.  —  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York.
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
‘Holy Sh**’: Trump at the U.N.  —  A Jacksonian speech in Turtle Bay  —  As someone said on Twitter, never before has been there so much murmuring of “holy sh**” in so many different languages.  Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations was a sometimes awkward marriage …
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton criticizes Trump's ‘rocket man’ nickname for North Korean leader … late Tuesday tore into President Trump's “very dark” and “dangerous” speech at the United Nations General Assembly earlier in the day, arguing he took the wrong tact in condemning North Korea's nuclear pursuits.
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump Uses Putin's Arguments to Undermine the World … The leader stepped to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, as close to a literal world stage as exists, and issued a stringent defense of the principle of national sovereignty.  —  “What is the state sovereignty, after all …
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
USA Today:
At the United Nations, Trump tries to out-bluff ‘rocket man’25 minutes ago
Olivier Knox / Yahoo:
World leaders' faces react to Trump's U.N. speech
Max Boot / USA Today:
At U.N., Trump's ‘me first’ doctrine abandons Truman's postwar ‘security for all’
Sarah Frostenson / Politico:
Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know  —  Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have drafted the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare.  The bill would overhaul or eliminate major sections of the health care law, including its subsidized insurance coverage and Medicaid expansion.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
Jimmy Kimmel: new Obamacare repeal bill flunks the Jimmy Kimmel Test  —  “This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied right to my face.”  —  Jimmy Kimmel became an unlikely figure in the Republican health care debate a few months ago when he reached an accord of sorts with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) …
Discussion: Axios, Shareblue and Mediaite
Axios:
What's missing from the latest ACA repeal bill
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
Jimmy Kimmel gets heated about health-care bill, says Sen. Bill Cassidy ‘lied right to my face’
CNN:
Exclusive: Mueller team's focus on Manafort spans 11 years  —  Washington (CNN)Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is reaching back more than a decade in its investigation of Paul Manafort, a sign of the pressure Mueller is placing on President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.
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Wall Street Journal:
Special Counsel's Office Interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein  —  Interview could be a sign that Rosenstein isn't seen as a central witness, as he hasn't withdrawn himself from his oversight role  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein …
CNBC:
Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay Russia probe legal bills: Reuters, citing sources  — The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows the use of private campaign funds to pay legal bills arising from being a candidate or elected official.  — Trump would be the first U.S. president …
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Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg:
For Trump Aides Caught in Russia Probe, Legal Bills and Paranoia  —  Communications adviser says he bought guns after threats  —  Probes cast ‘dark shadow’ over White House, Panetta says  —  Follow @bpolitics for all the latest news, and sign up for our daily Balance of Power newsletter.
Discussion: The Week
Reuters:
Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe: sources
Matea Gold / Washington Post:   RNC taps legal account to help pay for President Trump's lawyers in Russia probes
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Networks Pass on Sean Spicer for Paid Contributor Role  —  The big five news organizations have passed on offering former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer a job as an exclusive paid contributor, network sources confirmed to NBC News Tuesday.  —  Since Spicer exited the White House …
Discussion: Axios, Mediaite and Political Wire
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Price's private-jet travel breaks precedent  —  In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel.
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and Axios
Wall Street Journal:
Death Toll From Mexico Earthquake Surpasses 200  —  At one primary school that collapsed, 20 children died  —  MEXICO CITY—Soldiers, rescue workers and volunteers worked late into the night Tuesday, searching for the living and the dead beneath rubble left by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
At least 105 killed as powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico
Discussion: KTLA, Daily Wire and Deadspin
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Bannon orders Breitbart to step up negative coverage of Trump-backed candidate  —  What you need to know about Steve Bannon  —  Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday morning ordered top editors at Breitbart to step up its overwhelmingly negative coverage …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Jerrod Laber / The Federalist:
Your Refusal To Date Conservatives Is One Reason We Have Donald Trump  —  The popular dating website OkCupid announced Wednesday that it would make the online dating scene a little easier for progressives who can't risk interacting with someone with whom they disagree (imagine the horror!).
CNN:10 minutes ago
Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico with 155-mph winds  —  San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Hurricane Maria made landfall Wednesday morning in southeast Puerto Rico as a strong Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said.  —  Maria slammed the island with winds of 155 mph …
Dana Ferguson / Argus Leader:
S.D. GOP whip shares meme endorsing vehicular assault on protesters  —  RAPID CITY — A Republican state lawmaker faced calls to apologize Tuesday after she shared an image on Facebook depicting protesters being hit by a vehicle under the caption, “All Lives Splatter.”
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump rebounds after polling slide  —  President Donald Trump's summer swoon appears to be over.  —  After months of declining poll numbers, the president's approval ratings have stabilized — and even ticked up slightly — over the past month.  —  Following a low of 39 percent …
Discussion: The Week
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
After Russian Facebook ads, Democrats seek new FEC rules on social media politics  —  Democrats on Capitol Hill are launching new efforts to prevent Russians and other foreigners outside the U.S. from using social media to interfere in future American elections.
Gabriella Paiella / thecut:
The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time  —  Two years ago, below a New York Times recipe for Katharine Hepburn's brownies, a woman named Sydne Newberry left what is perhaps the greatest recipe comment of all time, in a genre known for excellence.
 
 
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Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
All in all, Trump has had a pretty good eight months   Find
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Wall Street Journal:
Death Toll From Mexico Earthquake Surpasses 200   Find
 
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Jesse Singal / New York Times:
Undercover With the Alt-Right  —  Last September, Patrik Hermansson …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The US Government-In-Exile Has A New President
Discussion: Axios
Bloomberg:
Tony Blair Puts Chances of Brexit Being Reversed at 30 Percent
Discussion: Political Wire
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Erdogan claims Trump apologized over bodyguard attack
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Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
There are an estimated 40 million slaves in the world. Where do they live and what do they do?
Discussion: Daily Wire and Cafe Hayek
Tim McManusESPN / ESPN:
Eagles' Chris Long to fund Charlottesville scholarships
Discussion: IJR and WTVR-TV
Dallas Morning News:
School officials apologize after Texas actress distributes materials mentioning sex-trafficking, abortion to kids
Discussion: The Daily Caller and LifeNews.com
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Kris Kobach Defends Using A Private Email For Government Business