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2:40 PM ET, September 13, 2017

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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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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, Mediaite and IJR
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Republicans Don't Care That Trump Snubbed Ryan And McConnell
Discussion: Political Wire and Politicus USA
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.
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 and IJR
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Katie Bo Willliams / The Hill:
Justice blocks FBI officials from Senate interviews on Clinton, Comey
Discussion: RedState
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
Suzy Khimm / NBC News:
Trump FEMA Nominee Withdraws After NBC Questions on Falsified Records  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency withdrew from consideration on Wednesday after NBC News raised questions about a federal investigation that found …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mother Jones
Dean Seal / Daily Progress:
Protesters shroud Jefferson statue, decry UVa response to rallies  —  One month after white nationalists stormed the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, bearing tiki torches and chanting, “You will not replace us,” a smaller but equally vocal crowd of protesters took to the Rotunda on Tuesday night …
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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.
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: ThinkProgress and The Week
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
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 …
Tony Romm / Recode:
An anti-sex trafficking bill that Silicon Valley hates could see a hearing in the U.S. Senate next week  —  Tech wants to address the problem — but it doesn't want to face new lawsuits  —  An anti-sex trafficking bill that has drawn sharp opposition from Silicon Valley could inch ahead in the U.S. Senate next week.
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
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Congress Passes Measure Challenging Trump to Denounce Hate Groups  —  WASHINGTON — The House and Senate have unanimously passed a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups, sending a blunt message of dissatisfaction with the president's initial …
Discussion: Instapundit
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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.
Baltimore Sun:
‘Racist Anthem’ spray painted on 106-year-old Francis Scott Key statue in Baltimore  —  Residents react to the vandalism of a Francis Scott Key monument in Bolton Hill.  (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun video)  —  Mayor Catherine E. Pugh was disappointed by the vandalism of the Francis Scott Key Monument …
Discussion: RedState and Daily Wire
 
 
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Evan Lambert / WTTG-TV:
College Park to allow non-US citizens the right to vote in local elections
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
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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Dems flip two seats in special state elections
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