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12:35 PM ET, September 13, 2017

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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 …
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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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
What Hillary Clinton really thinks  —  Hillary Clinton's theory of politics is unfashionable.  But she doesn't care.  —  On page 239 of What Happened, Hillary Clinton reveals that she almost ran a very different campaign in 2016.  Before announcing for president, she read Peter Barnes's book …
Elana Schor / Politico:
Sanders' single-payer push splits Democrats  —  Bernie Sanders' single-payer health care plan has won over most other liberal senators, including many weighing 2020 bids.  —  The rest of the Democratic Party is another matter.  —  As Sanders prepares to unveil his Medicare for All legislation …
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Single-Payer Insanity  —  The Democrats' presidential contenders …
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
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
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:   The Note: Trump losing control over the forces that elected him
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:   In book and tour, Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump had media advantage
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Root, Gizmodo, The Week and The Verge
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Splitting 5-4, Justices Put Texas Redistricting on Hold  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked rulings from a federal court in Texas that had called for revisions to congressional and state legislative districts in the state after the court found that the districts violated the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.
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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.
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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Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Republicans Don't Care That Trump Snubbed Ryan And McConnell
Discussion: Political Wire and Politicus USA
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.
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
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 …
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
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
Evan Lambert / WTTG-TV:
College Park to allow non-US citizens the right to vote in local elections  —  College Park grants non-US citizens right to vote  —  College Park debating measure that would allow non-US citizens to vote in local elections  —  College Park weighing proposal that would allow non-US citizens to vote in local elections
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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
Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Personal Lawyer To Meet With Senate Next Week  —  After a 35-page dossier alleged that Michael Cohen worked with Russian officials during the 2016 election, President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer and confidante is set to speak with congressional investigators.
Discussion: IJR
Associated Press:
Russia reduces parking spaces at US consulates  —  https://www.apnews.com/bbbebd185ddc4d34 8eb49263e7bc2dc9  —  Link copied!  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has withdrawn parking privileges for U.S. diplomats, an apparent continuation of a diplomatic tit-for-tat between Washington and Moscow.
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
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 …
Kate Klonick / New York Times:
The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors  —  After the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last month where a man drove a car into a crowd, killing a counter-demonstrator, the American neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer published a long, hate-riddled post mocking the victim.
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 …
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.
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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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Majority wants Congress to establish path to citizenship for DACA recipients
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Canadian Judge Who Wore Trump Hat in Court Will Remain on the Bench
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Trump nominates Texas lawyer Trey Trainor for Federal Election Commission
PNAS:
Meta-analysis of field experiments shows no change in racial discrimination in hiring over time
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Steve Bannon's Intellectual Reputation Is a Charade
Angelo Codevilla / American Greatness:
Establishment GOP Puts Cronies over Country on Missile Defense
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill O'Reilly Unrepentant: His Fox News Firing, Trump's Missteps and a Possible TV Return
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Discussion: Politico and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Bill and Melinda Gates: Let's Keep Investing in the World's Poor
Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. middle-class incomes reached highest-ever level in 2016, Census Bureau says
Discussion: Political Wire
ABC News:
Senator talks tax reform after Donald Trump hosts dinner
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Twitter account sells Ted Cruz merch following ‘liked’ porn tweet
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
RT, Sputnik and Russia's New Theory of War