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1:50 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 …
Bill Scher / Politico:
The Single-Payer Insanity  —  The Democrats' presidential contenders …
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
GOP Senators' pitch for block grant health care funding
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Democratic leaders keep distance from Sanders single-payer plan
Discussion: Vox and The Resurgent
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 …
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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Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Personal Lawyer To Meet With Senate Next Week
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and IJR
Josh Dawsey / Politico:   Flynn backed for-profit nuclear scheme inside Trump transition
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.
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 …
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:
White House: Trump to dine with Schumer and Pelosi
Discussion: Axios
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Schumer and Pelosi to visit White House on Trump's invitation
Discussion: Politico, IJR and Mediaite
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Republicans Don't Care That Trump Snubbed Ryan And McConnell
Discussion: Political Wire and Politicus USA
Maureen Callahan / Reuters:
Hillary Clinton's book signing was as insufferable as you'd expect  —  MORE FROM: … Among the enduring criticisms of Hillary Clinton: Her sense of entitlement is limitless.  She's tone-deaf and doesn't understand the average American — nor does she care to.  Her greed is insatiable.
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Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:   The Note: Trump losing control over the forces that elected him
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: AOL
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.
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
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: The Week
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
Russ Roberts:
The World Turned Upside Down (and what to do about it)  —  The current state of the country and the current state of political and intellectual conversation depresses me in a way that it never has before.  You have to understand—I'm never happy with the state of the country …
Discussion: RedState
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
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.
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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Sun-Sentinel:
Six dead at Hollywood nursing home where Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning  —  Six people dead at Hollywood, FL nursing home that lost power and air conditioning after Hurricane Irma" confirms Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief.  —  Sun Sentinel
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.
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.
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
 
 
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Baltimore Sun:
‘Racist Anthem’ spray painted on 106-year-old Francis Scott Key statue in Baltimore
Discussion: RedState
Dean Seal / Daily Progress:
Protesters shroud Jefferson statue, decry UVa response to rallies
Patrick Gillespie / CNNMoney:
U.S. job openings hit record high, nearly 6.2 million
Discussion: CNN, KTLA and TheBlaze
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Majority wants Congress to establish path to citizenship for DACA recipients
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Kate Klonick / New York Times:
The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Steve Bannon's Intellectual Reputation Is a Charade
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Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Pressure mounts on Facebook to release campaign ads bought by Russia
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
New York Times:
Sex Scandal Simmered for Years Before Silicon Valley C.E.O.'s Swift Fall