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5:40 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.
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
State Department official quietly visits Moscow to discuss North Korea
Discussion: Vox, Outside the Beltway and CNBC
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Opens Up About ‘What Happened,’ With Candor, Defiance and Dark Humor  —  Hillary Clinton has written a book.  Have you heard?  —  Choice quotes have been seeping out for weeks, and I'll admit that I reacted to one of them — “Now I'm letting down my guard” …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton says Trump associates helped Russia meddle in the 2016 election
Mike Allen / Axios:
Mueller haunts the West Wing
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Clinton's account of how she was ‘shivved’ in the 2016 presidential election
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump's legal team debated whether Kushner should leave White House
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  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders rode his impassioned liberal army of supporters through a tumultuous 2016, fighting to snatch the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton.  Now he's disrupting the party anew …
Discussion: Vox and New York Times
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Pelosi: Single-payer isn't a litmus test for Democrats
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Insurers make their pitch on how to rescue health-care system
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.
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
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
McConnell Says Democrats' Glee on Debt Limit Deal Was Premature  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell thinks Democrats were a tad premature in exuberantly celebrating the surprise spending deal they struck last week with President Trump.  —  “Let's put it this way,” Mr. McConnell …
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Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Trump courting Democrats on tax reform
Discussion: Politico
Ernice Gilbert / viconsortium.com:
Trump To Visit U.S. Virgin Islands In Wake Of Irma; More Police, National Guard, Arrive On St. John  —  President Donald Trump will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands “within the next six or seven days,” Governor Kenneth Mapp said during a press conference at Government House late Monday.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
White House downplays Malaysian prime minister's stay at Trump Hotel  —  The White House on Tuesday denied having any influence on the Malaysian prime minister's decision to stay at the Trump International Hotel while visiting President Donald Trump.  —  “I'm not sure about if that came up.
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CNN:
Bannon: I left White House to be ‘wingman’ for Trump agenda
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
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil … Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook's event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz blames staffer for ‘liking’ porn tweet  —  Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday that a staff member of his was responsible for “liking” a pornographic Twitter post with the Texas lawmaker's account, chalking up the social media snafu to a “mistake.”  —  “There are a number of people on the team who have access on the account.
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Washington Post:
After @tedcruz liked a porn tweet, Sen. Ted Cruz blamed ‘a staffing issue’
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 …
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
The Trump Campaign Has Begun Turning Over Documents to Mueller … The Trump campaign has begun handing over documents to Bob Mueller as his investigators probe potential interference by Russia in the 2016 election.  —  A team of attorneys at Jones Day, the firm representing the Trump campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
US Census / census.gov:
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016  —  SEPT. 12, 2017 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income increased by 3.2 percent between 2015 and 2016, while the official poverty rate decreased 0.8 percentage points.
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Heather Long / Washington Post:   Middle-class income hit highest level on record in 2016, Census Bureau reports
Wall Street Journal:
Some Trump Lawyers Wanted Kushner Out  —  Aides, worried about complications arising from Russia probe, drafted statement explaining departure  —  Some of President Donald Trump's lawyers earlier this summer concluded that Jared Kushner should step down as senior White House adviser …
David Moye / HuffPost:
No, ‘60 Minutes’ Didn't Purposely Make Steve Bannon Look Like A ‘Bleary-Eyed Drunk’  —  News experts rejected the color-coordinated conspiracy theory.  —  After a Los Angeles-based photographer accused “60 Minutes” of purposely altering the color to make former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon …
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.
David Bernstein / Chicago magazine:
His Life in Prison … ABOVE:Our photo of Rod Blagojevich is anything but traditional.  Since Chicago wasn't allowed inside the ex-governor's prison, he rented a camera from the commissary and had it shot himself.  —  Rod Blagojevich's first summer in prison was, he recalls, “quite an awakening.”
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House: Border wall funding doesn't have to be tied to DACA legislation  —  White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump would not demand that border wall funding is tied to a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
 
 
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Jim Kiertzner / WXYZ-TV:
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MSNBC:
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Fox News:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court blocks penalties in new New Hampshire voting law
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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