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5:00 PM ET, September 13, 2017

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NBC News:
Mike Flynn's Son Is Subject of Federal Russia Probe  —  WASHINGTON — Michael G. Flynn, the son of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, is a subject of the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Bernie Sanders's Bill Gets America Zero Percent Closer to Single Payer  —  The sight of 15 Senate Democrats, including many of the party's likely presidential contenders, co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders's single-payer health-care bill may look like a momentous step.
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Bernie Sanders / New York Times:
Why We Need Medicare for All  —  This is a pivotal moment in American history.  Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right?  Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Sanders introduces universal health care, backed by 15 Democrats
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
GOP Senators' pitch for block grant health care funding
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Elana Schor / Politico:
Sanders' single-payer push splits Democrats
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Single-Payer Insanity  —  The Democrats' presidential contenders …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's clear warning to Democrats: Don't be like Bernie
Wall Street Journal:
Flynn Promoted Nuclear-Plant Project While in White House  —  Then-Trump security adviser had his staff meet with those involved in Middle East proposal that once included Russian firms  —  As President Donald Trump's national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn promoted …
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Business Insider
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CNN:
Dems to Mueller: Flynn failed to disclose trip to broker Saudi-Russian business deal  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — It's illegal under federal law to knowingly falsify or conceal relevant information from a security clearance form  —  Washington (CNN)House Democrats sent special counsel Robert Mueller …
Elizabeth Segran / Fast Company:
Two Ex-Googlers Want To Make Bodegas And Mom-And-Pop Corner Stores Obsolete  —  Called Bodega, this startup installs unmanned pantry boxes in apartments, offices, dorms, and gyms.  It promises convenience, but also represents competition for many mom-and-pop stores.
Suzy Khimm / NBC News:
Trump FEMA Nominee Withdraws After NBC Questions on Falsified Records  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency withdrew from consideration on Wednesday after NBC News raised questions about a federal investigation that found …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Exclusive: Justice Department declines Senate request to interview FBI officials over Comey firing  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The Justice Department is preventing Senate investigators from interviewing two top FBI officials who could provide first-hand testimony over the firing …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and IJR
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:   Why Mueller is drilling into Trump's role in drafting Don Jr.'s false Russia statement
Katie Bo Willliams / The Hill:
Justice blocks FBI officials from Senate interviews on Clinton, Comey
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
U.S. bans use of Kaspersky software in federal agencies amid concerns of Russian espionage … The U.S. government on Wednesday banned the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored cyberespionage activities, according to U.S. officials.
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Eric Geller / Politico:
DHS bars government from using Russia-based Kaspersky software
Discussion: ABC News and RedState
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
DHS bans Kaspersky software in federal agencies
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Maureen Callahan / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton's book signing was as insufferable as you'd expect  —  MORE FROM: … Among the enduring criticisms of Hillary Clinton: Her sense of entitlement is limitless.  She's tone-deaf and doesn't understand the average American — nor does she care to.  Her greed is insatiable.
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David Remnick / New Yorker:   Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump losing control over the forces that elected him
Discussion: Mediaite
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Mueller Probe Has ‘Red-Hot’ Focus on Social Media, Officials Say  —  Facebook officials likely to face Congress, key lawmaker says  —  Russia still ramping up cyber espionage: intelligence chief  —  Follow @bpolitics for all the latest news, and sign up for our daily Balance of Power newsletter.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Teflon Don confounds Democrats  —  Democrats tried attacking Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency.  They've made the case that he's ineffective, pointing to his failure to sign a single major piece of legislation into law after eight months in the job.  They've argued that Trump is using …
Dean Seal / Daily Progress:
Protesters shroud Jefferson statue, decry UVa response to rallies  —  One month after white nationalists stormed the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, bearing tiki torches and chanting, “You will not replace us,” a smaller but equally vocal crowd of protesters took to the Rotunda on Tuesday night …
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Phoenix New Times:
Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests … On a hot Wednesday in June, Manuel Rodriguez-Juarez, a 33-year-old landscaper, got into an argument with his live-in girlfriend.  —  While he waited for her to cool down, he decided to check into a $45-a-night room at a nearby Motel 6 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and The Week
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Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Cruz on porn video ‘liked’ on his Twitter account: ‘It was not me’  —  Porn video ‘like’ removed from Cruz's Twitter  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. Ted Cruz denied Wednesday that he was the one who liked a pornographic video from his Twitter account.  —  “It was not me,” Cruz said in an interview …
Discussion: Snopes.com, WTVR-TV and Washington Post
Baltimore Sun:
‘Racist Anthem’ spray painted on 106-year-old Francis Scott Key statue in Baltimore  —  Residents react to the vandalism of a Francis Scott Key monument in Bolton Hill.  (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun video)  —  Mayor Catherine E. Pugh was disappointed by the vandalism of the Francis Scott Key Monument …
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer - All:
Deep Six: Jemele Hill and the Fight for the Future of ESPN  —  The new cohost of ‘SportsCenter’ and her partner, Michael Smith, have been blamed for the network's perceived liberal bias.  Should they embrace debate or block the trolls?  Hill shares her side.
The Guardian:
Bloodstained ice axe used to kill Trotsky emerges after decades in the shadows … n the evening of 20 August 1940, a man known as Frank Jacson called at a large house in the suburbs of Mexico City, and asked to see the ‘Old Man’ - as everyone called its celebrated resident, Leon Trotsky.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Another American Massacre Just Went Almost Totally Ignored  —  It's just the price of freedom in this country we've built for ourselves.  —  Here's a story that was missed in all the gales and waves, and probably because, what the hell, it's the price you should be expected to pay for having a Bill of Rights.
Pew Research Center:
Partisans Differ Widely in Views of Police Officers, College Professors  —  Republicans, Democrats view each other more negatively  —  Americans give strongly positive ratings to teachers and members of the military, while ratings of political and ideological groups - Democrats, Republicans …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill O'Reilly Unrepentant: His Fox News Firing, Trump's Missteps and a Possible TV Return  —  The former king of cable news enters THR's no-spin zone to discuss his exit amid harassment claims, the president's Charlottesville remarks, Megyn Kelly's Putin sit-down and his latest ‘Killing’ book.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The voting commission is a fraud itself.  Shut it down.  —  The Post reports: … Wait a minute.  Yes, a partisan politician — did we mention he's running for governor? — and lawyer who writes for an alt-right publication known for hyperbole, exaggeration and outright falsehoods …
Discussion: The Week
Russ Roberts:
The World Turned Upside Down (and what to do about it)  —  The current state of the country and the current state of political and intellectual conversation depresses me in a way that it never has before.  You have to understand—I'm never happy with the state of the country …
Discussion: RedState
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Scott Pruitt criticizes Obama as ‘environmental savior,’ moves EPA away from climate change … Few Trump administration agency chiefs have moved as decisively to implement an agenda as Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and he's quite clear about what he wants to do.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Chanyaporn Chanjaroen / Bloomberg:
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Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. won't issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mark Tapson / Acculturated:
Is it Time for Conservatives to Create an Alternate Culture?
Discussion: alicublog and Vox Popoli
Michael Hainey / Esquire:
ROBERT REDFORD ON TRUMP: 'HE'S OUR FAULT'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NewsBusters
Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Bevin implores universities to cut programs that don't produce money-making grads
Tony Romm / Recode:
An anti-sex trafficking bill that Silicon Valley hates could see a hearing in the U.S. Senate next week
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 Earlier Items: 
Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Personal Lawyer To Meet With Senate Next Week
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and IJR
Kate Klonick / New York Times:
The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors
Tommy Christopher / IJR:
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Discussion: Mediaite
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's closed-door rants on Comey and Mueller
Discussion: AOL
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
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