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11:35 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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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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democratic leaders keep distance from Sanders single-payer plan
Discussion: Vox and The Resurgent
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 …
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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.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:   Flynn backed for-profit nuclear scheme inside Trump transition
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's closed-door rants on Comey and Mueller  —  Behind the scenes in the West Wing, President Trump continues to rant and brood about former FBI Director Jim Comey and the Russia investigation that got him fired.  —  Trump tells aides and visitors that the probe now being run …
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Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton: I Was ‘Dumbfounded’ When Comey Reopened Email Probe  —  Hillary Clinton was stunned when then-FBI Director James Comey reopened the agency's investigation into her private email server just days before the 2016 election, she told TODAY on Wednesday in her first live interview since the race.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:   In book and tour, Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump had media advantage
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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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Splitting 5-4, Justices Put Texas Redistricting on Hold
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:   Over liberals' objections, Supreme Court says Texas need not draw new districts now
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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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Congress Passes Measure Challenging Trump to Denounce Hate Groups
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Dems flip two seats in special state elections  —  Democrats flipped state House seats in New Hampshire and Oklahoma on Tuesday, replacing Republicans in two districts ahead of the crucial 2018 midterm elections.  —  Democratic school teacher Jacob Rosecrants garnered 60 percent of the vote …
Discussion: The Week
ABC News:
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Discussion: Politico
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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
Lesley Messer / ABC News:
‘Hand in Hand’ telethon raises more than $44 million for hurricane survivors  —  A-list celebrities came out in droves on Monday night to take part in the “Hand in Hand” hurricane relief benefit, which raised more than $44 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Tommy Christopher / IJR:
Trump Grabbed and Kissed Katy Tur Without Asking; Watch Trump Brag About It  —  Note: This article contains coarse language that may offend some readers.  —  On Tuesday, NBC News reporter Katy Tur released her big 2016 campaign book, “Unbelievable,” coincidentally the same day that Hillary Clinton's …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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Los Angeles Times:
Berkeley City Council OKs police use of pepper spray on violent protesters
Discussion: Daily Wire
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Pressure mounts on Facebook to release campaign ads bought by Russia  —  WASHINGTON - A campaign finance reform group, accusing Facebook of being used as an “accomplice” in a Russian influence scheme, is calling on company chairman Mark Zuckerberg to reverse his position and publicly release …
New York Times:
Sex Scandal Simmered for Years Before Silicon Valley C.E.O.'s Swift Fall  —  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 …
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Abortion Access in Missouri Is Getting Easier, Thanks to Planned Parenthood and Satanists  —  Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write: Abortion access in Missouri is booming.  Until this month, the state had only one abortion provider: a Planned Parenthood health center in St. Louis.
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.
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.
 
 
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. middle-class incomes reached highest-ever level in 2016, Census Bureau says
Discussion: Political Wire
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
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Olivier Knox / Yahoo:
Trump ambassador qualifications: Wrote a cookbook, sang in a church choir
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
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Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
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