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11:00 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
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 …
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
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Top White House Official to Discuss Climate Change at U.N.
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Trump Has Always Backed Amnesty, White House Says
Discussion: RedState
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House sends resolution urging Trump to condemn white supremacists
Discussion: ABC News
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Over liberals' objections, Supreme Court says Texas need not draw new districts now  —  Seated from left, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, and Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.
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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 …
Discussion: Axios, Daily Kos and Raw Story
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.
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
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.
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 …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Ex-Sec of State blasts Trump's voter fraud panel: It's based on the ‘biggest lie a president has ever told’  —  The former chief elections officer for the state of Missouri had harsh words for President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission.  —  Speaking with Jake Tapper on CNN's “The Lead …
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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Heritage lamented Dems, moderates on Trump voter fraud commission
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
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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Ian Mason / Breitbart:
Exclusive: Paul Ryan Reportedly Says No Chance for Border Wall at Private Dinner
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Gizmodo
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.
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 …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Twitter account sells Ted Cruz merch following ‘liked’ porn tweet  —  The Twitter account behind the porn tweet Sen. Ted Cruz  —  's (R-Texas) official account “liked” Monday night is now selling merchandise relating to the senator.  —  “Sexuall Posts,” the name of the account …
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
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
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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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Another American Massacre Just Went Almost Totally Ignored
Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. middle-class incomes reached highest-ever level in 2016, Census Bureau says
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
In book and tour, Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump had media advantage
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
RT, Sputnik and Russia's New Theory of War
Olivier Knox / Yahoo:
Trump ambassador qualifications: Wrote a cookbook, sang in a church choir
38 North:
North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site: Satellite Imagery Shows Post-Test Effects …
Discussion: New York Times
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Associated Press:
De Blasio wins Democratic primary for New York City mayor
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
For Time's Nancy Gibbs, “It's Time”
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson: Republicans ‘denying reality’ on climate change
Zaid Jilani / The Intercept:
In Surprise Vote, House Passes Amendment to Restrict Asset Forfeiture
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush Take the Next Step with Trump
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Edith Windsor, Whose Same-Sex Marriage Fight Led to Landmark Ruling, Dies at 88