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11:25 PM ET, September 22, 2017

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mccain.senate.gov:
SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON HEALTH CARE REFORM  —  Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on health care reform:  —  “As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Behind New Obamacare Repeal Vote: ‘Furious’ G.O.P. Donors  —  WASHINGTON — As more than 40 subdued Republican senators lunched on Chick-fil-A at a closed-door session last week, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado painted a dire picture for his colleagues.  Campaign fund-raising was drying up …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Raw Story and The Week
Joe Lawlorstaff / Press Herald:
Sen. Collins says she's leaning ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy health care bill  —  The Republican from Maine listed serious deficiences in her party's latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  —  U.S. Sen. Susan Collins all but said she would vote “no” on an Affordable Care Act repeal bill …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The Cassidy-Graham bill probably won't become law.  And more than half of America is good with that.  —  Republicans' last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare was always a moonshot.  —  A bill proposed by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) looks like it doesn't have enough support …
Discussion: Political Wire
Future Development Reads:
How will the Graham-Cassidy proposal affect the number of people with health insurance coverage?  —  Editor's Note: … On September 13, Senators Graham and Cassidy, together with two other Republican colleagues, introduced legislation that would repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Politico:
Trump publicly backs healthcare effort, privately harbors doubts
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Shivving Repeal, McCain Tells Congress To Return To Bipartisan Obamacare Fix
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McCain to vote no on ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: Politico, Towleroad and Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking  —  https://apnews.com/cb8a753a9b0948589cc3 72a3c037a567  —  Link copied!  —  The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.
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Joe Uchill / The Hill:
DHS tells 21 states they were Russia hacking targets before 2016 election  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notified 21 states Friday that Russia attempted to hack their election systems before the 2016 election.  —  In the majority of the states, the Department of Homeland Security …
Discussion: Political Wire
USA Today:
Russians tried to hack election systems of 21 states in 2016, Wisconsin officials say
Wisconsin Elections Commission:
Wisconsin Notified of Unsuccessful Russian Hacking Attempt
Discussion: IJR
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea's leader personally before his fiery U.N. address  —  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called President Trump “mentally deranged” and said Trump will “pay dearly” for his threat to destroy North Korea.  (STR / AFP/Getty Images)
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Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Beyond ‘dotard’: A history of epic North Korean insults
Discussion: IJR
Tara Fowler / ABC News:
Trump fires back at Kim Jong Un: ‘Little Rocket Man’ will be handled
Discussion: Politico
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Kim Jong Un Calls President Trump ‘Dotard’ and ‘Frightened Dog’
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Trump after ‘lock her up’ chant: Talk to Jeff Sessions  —  Trump: You'd turn over your rifles to Clinton  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told an Alabama crowd Friday night that if “Crooked Hillary” Clinton had won the 2016 election, “you would not have a Second Amendment.”
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Neal Rothschild / Axios:
Ben Carson breaks with Trump, supports Roy Moore
Discussion: Politico
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Funds Donald Trump's Defense in Russia Probe With Help From a Handful of Wealthy People  —  Payment arrangement is legal, but ethics experts warn that reliance on party and campaign accounts could raise thorny political issues  —  President Donald Trump's attorneys in the probe …
Dan Diamond / Politico:
New details cast doubt on why Tom Price needed a private jet  —  HHS Secretary Tom Price has been taking private jets because an unreliable commercial flight once forced him to cancel an important meeting, an HHS spokesperson says, part of his agenda to meet with average Americans outside of Washington.
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Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
How Tom Price decided chartered, private jets were a good use of taxpayer money
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump aides begin looking for the exits  —  A fast-growing number of White House staffers are starting to look for the exits, even though the one-year mark of President Donald Trump's first term is still months away.  —  Many who joined the administration in January did so with the explicit idea …
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Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
45 After Dark: It's a Strange Night edition
Discussion: Axios
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:   Melania Trump hosts her first event in the garden Michelle Obama founded
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Finalizes New Restrictions to Replace Travel Ban
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump is ‘prepping his base’ for a constitutional crisis to stop the Russia probe: Dem lawmaker  —  President Donald Trump is preparing his base for the constitutional crisis he'll trigger by firing special counsel Robert Mueller, according to a congressional investigator.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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New York Times:
Betsy DeVos Reverses Obama-era Policy on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday scrapped a key part of government policy on campus sexual assault, saying she was giving colleges more freedom to balance the rights of accused students with the need to crack down on serious misconduct.
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The mysterious group that's picking Breitbart apart, one tweet at a time  —  Hardly anyone paid attention last November when a strangely named Twitter account, Sleeping Giants, sent its first tweet into the digisphere.  “Are you aware that you're advertising on Breitbart, the alt-right's biggest champion …
CNN:
The former FBI director spoke at Howard University.  It did not go well.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Students at Howard University loudly protested former FBI Director James Comey Friday as he delivered a convocation address.  —  As Comey, making a rare public appearance since leaving …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans to Murkowski: Nice State You Have There.  Shame If Something Should Happen to It.  —  Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel's column typically channels talking points from congressional Republicans, and today's effort is dedicated to putting the squeeze on Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski.
James Hibberd / EW.com:
Bill Clinton's first novel to become a Showtime TV series in major deal  —  Clinton and James Patterson's upcoming thriller, The President Is Missing, getting series treatment  —  Bill Clinton has landed a major TV series deal.  —  The former president and bestselling author James Patterson …
 
 
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump: Southern border wall is going to be see-through
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The FBI: Still Stonewalling
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Dan Snierson / EW.com:
Veep showrunner regrets not booing Sean Spicer
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www.wnyc.org:
Hillary Clinton Talks About ‘What Happened’
Discussion: Gothamist
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
In Battle Over Tax Cuts, It's Republicans vs. Economists
Daniela Velázquez / ACLU-EM News:
ACLU of Missouri Files Lawsuit against City of St. Louis For Unconstitutional Police Conduct
Discussion: The Daily Caller and FOX2now.com
CNN:
CNN poll: 54% say Russia-backed content on social media moved 2016 election
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CNN:
Sen. Ron Wyden places hold on Treasury nominee for Russia financial documents
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Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed:
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