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7:45 AM ET, September 13, 2017

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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Sanders will introduce universal health care, backed by 15 Democrats  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would expand Medicare into a universal health insurance program with the backing of at least 15 Democratic senators — a record level of support …
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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.
Bernie Sanders / New York Times:
Why We Need Medicare for All  —  This is a pivotal moment in American history.
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
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.
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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David Corn / Mother Jones:
How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner
Discussion: Politicus USA
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lawmakers force Trump to formally condemn white supremacists  —  Congress is putting a bipartisan squeeze on President Donald Trump to condemn white supremacists and commit his administration's resources to combating domestic terrorism by neo-Nazis and other racist groups.
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House sends resolution urging Trump to condemn white supremacists
Discussion: ABC News
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:   Trump Has Always Backed Amnesty, White House Says
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Heritage lamented Dems, moderates on Trump voter fraud commission  —  Allowing Democrats or moderate Republicans to serve on President Trump's voter fraud commission “would guarantee its failure,” a top Heritage Foundation employee wrote to the Justice Department in an email that eventually made its way to Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Discussion: Politico
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Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Jeff Sessions Was Lobbied to Exclude Democrats From Trump's Election Fraud Panel
Discussion: The Week, Rewire and USA Today
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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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Over liberals' objections, Supreme Court says Texas need not draw new districts now
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
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.
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
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.
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Top White House Official to Discuss Climate Change at U.N.
Discussion: Axios
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Ryan transferred $2M to NRCC in August  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan in August transferred $2 million to the NRCC, bringing his total haul for House Republicans' campaign arm to nearly $30 million in 2017.  —  Ryan's fundraising accounted for more than half of what the NRCC raised in August …
Discussion: Breaking News USA
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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 …
New York Times:
‘It Was a Frat House’: Questions Over C.E.O.'s Conduct Cloud Social Finance  —  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 …
The White House:
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders  —  MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon.  —  Q Good afternoon.  —  MS. SANDERS: There's at least one person to say “hi” back.  (Laughter.)  —  The President and the entire administration —  Q Good afternoon, Sarah.  —  Q Good afternoon, Sarah!
Discussion: RT, Power Line and AOL
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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.
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 and TheBlaze
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
 
 
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Olivier Knox / Yahoo:
Trump ambassador qualifications: Wrote a cookbook, sang in a church choir
Melody Gutierrez / San Francisco Chronicle:
California leaders announce $30 million plan to help DACA recipients
38 North:
North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Satellite Imagery Shows Post-Test Effects …
Discussion: New York Times
Associated Press:
De Blasio wins Democratic primary for New York City mayor
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
For Time's Nancy Gibbs, “It's Time”
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
A Political Conservative Goes to Berkeley
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson: Republicans ‘denying reality’ on climate change
Discussion: Watts Up With That? and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Bannon to appear at Berkeley ‘Free Speech Week’ with Yiannopoulos, Coulter
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Politico and IJR
Jon Meacham / New York Times:
‘What Happened’? They Lost. With Her Memoir, Hillary Clinton Joins a Haunted Club
Discussion: Liberal Values, IJR and NewsBusters
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Republicans wind up one last Hail Mary to repeal Obamacare
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine