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10:50 PM ET, September 12, 2017

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John Hudson / BuzzFeed:
Russia Sought A Broad Reset With Trump, Secret Document Shows  —  A Russian proposal obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals Moscow's ambitious plan to break with the past and launch a major rapprochement with the United States.  —  Reporting From Washington, D.C.
The Seattle Times:
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation  —  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has resigned hours after a fifth man — a relative — made public allegations Murray molested him when he was a child.  —  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegations …
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The Seattle Times:
Mayor Ed Murray's cousin: He sexually abused me, too  —  Joseph Dyer, a younger cousin of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, says he wants Murray punished, alleging he repeatedly molested him in the 1970s in New York.  “I have had enough ... Something has got to be done.”  Murray denies abusing Dyer, blaming a yearslong family rift.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump to huddle with House moderates Wednesday  —  A group of moderate House members is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the latest across-the-aisle outreach by the White House to Democrats.  —  Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, including its co-chairmen …
Discussion: ABC News, Axios, Bloomberg and USA Today
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House sends resolution urging Trump to condemn white supremacists  —  The House unanimously cleared a resolution on Tuesday that condemns white supremacists and urges President Trump to speak out against them.  —  The bipartisan resolution now heads to President Trump's desk for his signature …
Discussion: ABC News
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:   Trump Has Always Backed Amnesty, White House Says
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
White House spokeswoman: Justice Department ‘should certainly look at’ prosecuting Comey
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lawmakers force Trump to formally condemn white supremacists
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Louis Nelson / Politico:
White House weighs in on Hillary Clinton's new book: ‘Sad’
Discussion: ABC News
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
There's Blood In The Water In Silicon Valley  —  The bad new politics of big tech.  —  BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief  —  The blinding rise of Donald Trump over the past year has masked another major trend in American politics: the palpable, and perhaps permanent, turn against the tech industry.
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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Heritage lamented Dems, moderates on Trump voter fraud commission
Discussion: Politico and Heritage Foundation
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Jeff Sessions Was Lobbied to Exclude Democrats From Trump's Election Fraud Panel
Discussion: Rewire, Politico and NPR
The Daily Beast:
How Omarosa Became the Most ‘Despised’ Person in the Trump White House … Omarosa Manigault made her name as one of reality TV's most notorious and hated personalities: the breakout star on season one of Donald Trump's NBC series The Apprentice.  —  Thirteen-years later, she is in the White House, not on a makeshift television set.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
In Surprise Vote, House Passes Amendment to Restrict Asset Forfeiture  —  In a stunning move, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an amendment to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act that will roll back Attorney General Jeff Sessions's expansion of asset forfeiture.
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Ian Mason / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Paul Ryan Reportedly Says No Chance for Border Wall at Private Dinner
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Raw Story
Speaker.gov:   11 Conservative Wins in the Funding Bill
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Conservative Democrat Open to Single-Payer Health System  —  The Senate's most conservative Democrat said Tuesday Congress should consider adopting a single-payer health-care system, a sign of how fast politics are shifting on what was once seen as a fringe issue on the left.
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Associated Press:
Bernie Sanders' health care plan puts Democrats on the spot
Discussion: New York Times and Vox
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Edith Windsor, Whose Same-Sex Marriage Fight Led to Landmark Ruling, Dies at 88  —  Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights …
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Flynn refusing new request to speak to Hill committee  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, has refused a new request to appear as a witness before the Senate intelligence committee, a congressional source tells CNN.
New York Times:
Questions Over C.E.O.'s Conduct Cloud Social Finance, a Lending Start-Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For months, the text messages came.  Some were flirtatious, asking her to meet him late at night.  Sometimes, the texts were sexually explicit.  —  The messages were directed at Laura Munoz …
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a “sociopath” and “a very sick individual”  —  Harvard professor and psychoanalyst on the “antiquated” Goldwater rule and our president's “serious mental illness” VIDEO  —  The president of the United States is a global celebrity whose every action …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Campus Reform
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MSNBC:
An excerpt from Katy Tur's ‘Unbelievable’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Associated Press:
Justices allow Trump administration ban on most refugees  —  The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees.  —  The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban …
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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Supreme Court: Trump admin can keep travel ban on most refugees
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:
White House Weighs Lowering Refugee Quota to Below 50,000  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering reducing the number of refugees admitted to the country over the next year to below 50,000, according to current and former government officials familiar with the discussions, the lowest number since at least 1980.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Bannon to appear at Berkeley ‘Free Speech Week’ with Yiannopoulos, Coulter  —  Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon will join conservative firebrands Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter and more than a dozen speakers at “Free Speech Week” on the University of California, Berkeley campus later this month.
Discussion: Politico, Los Angeles Times and IJR
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush Take the Next Step with Trump  —  The New York Times' masters of West Wing insider detail just made a book deal with Random House.  But they want it to be more than the book version of the reality show.  —  The announcement that New York Times White House …
Discussion: Mashable
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Scandal-plagued foreign leader gets surprise invite from Trump, checks into Trump's hotel  —  This is a huge boost to the autocratic leader — and he's returning the favor.  —  Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is the subject of a Justice Department corruption probe which alleges …
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Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
From Trump hotel lobby to White House, Malaysian prime minister gets VIP treatment
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Guardian
NewsBusters:
Study: The Liberal Media's Summer of Pummeling Trump  —  The broadcast network evening newscasts remain as hostile as ever towards President Trump and his agenda, although the networks appear to be easing up on their obsessive wall-to-wall coverage of the administration.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Logic of Trump's Sexist Attacks  —  On Thursday, Donald Trump tweeted that MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski had been “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she visited Mar-a-Lago last December.  On Tuesday, in the Oval Office, he interrupted a phone call with the Irish prime minister to call …
Discussion: IJR
Fox News:
Contractors say Clinton State Department silenced them on Benghazi security lapses  —  EXCLUSIVE: Security at the State Department's Benghazi compound was so dire that another contractor was brought in to clean up the mess just two weeks before the 2012 terror attack - and was later pressured …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kate Mather / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. saw a big drop in homicides this summer, falling to levels seen in 1966  —  Killings in Los Angeles saw a marked drop during the summer, falling to a total of 59 during June, July and August.  Except for 2014, when the city recorded the same number, it was the fewest killings in a summer since 1966.
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson: Republicans ‘denying reality’ on climate change  —  Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, after surveying the damage that Hurricane Irma inflicted across his state, blasted Republican politicians who reject the science and minimize the importance of climate change …
Discussion: IJR
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Republicans wind up one last Hail Mary to repeal Obamacare  —  Cassidy-Graham faces a tricky schedule and tough politics.  —  At least a handful of Republican senators will fight to repeal Obamacare until the last possible moment.  They have less than three weeks.  —  The path forward is improbably narrow.
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
 
 
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Bari Weiss / New York Times:
A Political Conservative Goes to Berkeley
David Corn / Mother Jones:
How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner
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Allie Gross / Detroit Free Press:
Kid Rock denies Detroit Free Press credentials for Little Caesars Arena concert
Jonathan A. Greenblatt / Washington Post:
It's time to update America's important anti-boycott law for Israel
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jon Meacham / New York Times:
‘What Happened’? They Lost. With Her Memoir, Hillary Clinton Joins a Haunted Club
Discussion: Liberal Values, NewsBusters and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
Women Aren't Responsible for Hillary Clinton's Defeat
Discussion: YouTube and Vox
Conor Beck / Washington Free Beacon:
Clinton: I Think Democrats Will Continue to Face a ‘Very Difficult Media Environment’
Discussion: NewsBusters and MichelleMalkin.com
Paul Sisson / Los Angeles Times:
After 15 die in hepatitis outbreak, San Diego begins sanitary street washing
Discussion: RT and Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
The Trump Campaign Has Begun Turning Over Documents to Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story