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5:45 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 …
Elana Schor / Politico:
Sanders' single-payer push splits Democrats
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Sanders introduces universal health care, backed by 15 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
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Bernie Sanders and 16 Senate Dems just released their new single-player plan
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 …
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Manu Raju / CNN:
Exclusive: Rice told House investigators why she unmasked senior Trump officials  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Former national security adviser Susan Rice privately told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince …
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 …
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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
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Hillary Clinton Looks Back in Anger  —  She talks about Trump, Comey, collusion, “deplorables,” and the power of sexism.  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, as she puts it, won “more votes for President than any white man” in American history, is not the first candidate to capture the popular vote but lose the election.
Discussion: The Week
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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Pelosi, Schumer to have dinner with Trump Wednesday  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will dine with President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening at the White House.  —  The discussion will include the DREAM Act — a proposal to provide long-term protection …
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Associated Press:
The Latest: White House explains dinner with Dem leaders
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
John Banzhaf / LawNewz:
Judge Considers Defying Trump Over Arpaio Pardon  —  Although President Donald Trump has issued a full pardon to former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, and his lawyers have filed a motion seeking to have his conviction thrown out as a result, District Court Judge Susan Bolton has so far refused …
Discussion: Raw Story and Scripting News
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 …
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.
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. won't issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday will stop issuing certain kinds of visas to some citizens of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone because the nations are not taking …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Linda Blackford / Lexington Herald-Leader:
‘Report this illegal.’ Student seeks help after classmate targets her for deportation.  —  A student at Transylvania University says the school refused to help her after she was targeted on Facebook by a fellow student because of her status under an Obama-era policy that allows the children …
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
David M. Smick / Wall Street Journal:
The Republican Tax Plan Better Be Audacious  —  If the GOP proposal isn't aimed at helping workers, Trump will ask Democrats for a counteroffer.  —  The big question on tax reform is President Trump : Can Republicans really trust him, in the end, to go along with their plan?
Amie Tsang / New York Times:
Sewer in London's East End Menaced by Giant Fatberg  —  There is a monster beneath the streets of London, menacing the East End underworld.  —  What has been named the Whitechapel fatberg is a rock-solid agglomeration of fat, disposable wipes, diapers, condoms and tampons.
Discussion: The Guardian
Benjamin H. Smith / Oxygen Official Site:
Married GOP Senator Resigns After He's Arrested For Groping, Forcibly Kissing Uber Driver: ‘You Got Nice T**s’  —  This wasn't his first run-in with the law, either.  —  A married senator and father of three has resigned from his position in the Oklahoma Senate following his arrest for sexual battery.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Tom Troy / Toledo Blade:
Hicks-Hudson, Kapszukiewicz to face off in general election
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Fox News:
San Diego begins ‘sanitary street washing’ of downtown after pooping homeless people cause deadly hepatitis outbreak
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Chanyaporn Chanjaroen / Bloomberg:
Pandit Says 30% of Bank Jobs May Disappear in Next Five Years
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The voting commission is a fraud itself. Shut it down.
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Michael Hainey / Esquire:
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Bruce Schreiner / Associated Press:
Bevin implores universities to cut programs that don't produce money-making grads
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Tony Romm / Recode:
An anti-sex trafficking bill that Silicon Valley hates could see a hearing in the U.S. Senate next week
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Russ Roberts:
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Discussion: RedState
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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