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3:35 PM ET, September 26, 2017

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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Jared Kushner's lawyer, fooled by ‘email prankster,’ offers window into private email controversy  —  Abbe Lowell, a top Washington lawyer, exchanged emails on Monday with a prankster posing as his client Jared Kushner, at one point telling the prankster he needed to see “all emails” …
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New York Times:
At Least 6 White House Advisers Used Private Email Accounts  —  WASHINGTON — At least six of President Trump's closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, current and former officials said on Monday.  —  The disclosures came a day after news surfaced …
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Hillary Clinton Calls Kushner Email Revelations ‘The Height Of Hypocrisy’  —  Her comments came just hours before reports that at least six Trump officials had used private emails.  —  Hillary Clinton slammed the administration of President Donald Trump for its “rank hypocrisy” …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump's plutocracy problem complicates push for tax cuts
New York Times:
Nearly Half of Americans Don't Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens  —  More than three million Americans in Puerto Rico are struggling to meet basic needs after a devastating strike from Hurricane Maria, but their plight seems to be attracting far less public or political attention …
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New York Times:
In Battered Puerto Rico, Governor Warns of a Humanitarian Crisis
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Trump: “I wasn't preoccupied with the NFL”
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Senate Republicans Pull Their Last Obamacare Repeal Bill Before The Vote … Senate Republican leaders decided on Tuesday to not hold a vote on a last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare before a critical, end-of-the-month deadline.  —  Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate won't vote on last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill  —  The Senate will not vote on Republicans' latest bill to repeal Obamacare this week, putting an end to their seven-year push for now.  —  The decision was reached at a party lunch Tuesday after it became clear the plan would fail, GOP senators said.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Graham, Cassidy don't want a vote on their health care bill  —  The Senate seems unlikely to vote on its latest bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, two senior GOP aides said.  At the GOP caucus lunches this afternoon, the bill's sponsors — Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham …
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Senate GOP Aborts Vote On Last-Ditch Obamacare Repeal Bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea seeks help from Republican analysts: 'What's up with Trump?'  —  BERN, Switzerland — North Korean government officials have been quietly trying to arrange talks with Republican-linked analysts in Washington, in an apparent attempt to make sense of President Trump and his confusing messages to Kim Jong Un's regime.
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Wall Street Journal:
GOP Tax Plan to Allow for Top Individual Rate Above 35%  —  Framework would give Congress discretion; current top rate is 39.6%  —  WASHINGTON—The Republican tax plan being released Wednesday will open the door to a top individual tax rate that is higher than the 35% that has been in previous plans …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Trump's State-Tax Plan Could Cause Headaches for 52 Republican Lawmakers
Discussion: Politicus USA
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
GOP tax plan will skip details on how to pay for it
Discussion: Political Wire
CBS Pittsburgh:
Fire Chief ‘Embarrassed,’ ‘Regrets’ Using Racial Slur Against Mike Tomlin  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The fallout continues after the Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday and the team's decision to stay in the tunnel at Chicago's Soldier Field during the national anthem.
Discussion: CBS Denver, The Root and Deadspin
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Pennsylvania fire chief calls Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a ‘no-good n*gger’ over NFL protests  —  A fire chief from Pennsylvania has apologized for calling Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a “no-good n*gger” after his team did not come out onto the field for the national anthem during this Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
Greg Norman / Fox News:
NFL national anthem flap sees Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rap Alejandro Villanueva, while his jersey sales soar
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Again Criticizes Jeff Sessions Over Russia Probe  —  At White House dinner Trump knocks attorney general and said his NFL feud ‘has really taken off,’ guests say  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Monday again indicated he was dissatisfied with his attorney general …
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Law Professors Plan To Take A Knee To Protest Jeff Sessions' Speech On Campus Free Speech  —  Faculty members at Georgetown University Law Center have signed a letter condemning what they say is the “hypocrisy” of Sessions speaking about free speech.  The speech is only open to a select group of law students.
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Some Georgetown Law students and faculty plan to protest speech by Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Discussion: RedState, Slate and Daily Kos
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Alabama Senate GOP frontrunner: Constitution was written to “foster Christianity”  —  HOMEWOOD, Alabama — Judge Roy Moore, the leading candidate in an Alabama Senate Republican primary held on Tuesday, pulled a laminated copy of Joseph Story's 1833 Commentaries on the Constitution out of his dusty maroon briefcase.
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bannon to Alabama: 'They think you're a pack of morons'
Christianna Silva / Newsweek:
Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr. tried to ‘bump’ Tiffany out of her inheritance, according to newly released recordings  —  Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were embroiled in a battle to take away inheritance money from their sister, Tiffany Trump, according to a new archive of the conversations Donald Trump …
Discussion: RedState and AOL
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Blumenthal: ‘99 percent sure’ of Russia indictments  —  Criminal charges against two former top advisers to President Donald Trump are virtually certain, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday.  —  Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort are almost sure to be indicted as a result …
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Roger Stone testifies he's been falsely accused of collusion  —  Roger Stone, a longtime friend and former campaign adviser to President Trump, told House Intelligence Committee lawmakers on Tuesday that he has been falsely accused of colluding with Moscow.  —  Stone entered the committee's …
Discussion: ABC News and RedState
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SSRN:
Abstract  —  Significant theories of democratic accountability hinge on how political campaigns affect Americans' candidate choices.  We argue that the best estimate of the effects of campaign contact and advertising on Americans' candidates choices in general elections is zero.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Scholars Strategy Network:   KEY  —  WHAT ELECTION CAMPAIGNS NEED TO LEARN TO PERSUADE VOTERS …
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive  —  Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the repression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom.  —  The change, which will take effect in June of next year …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
White House Plans to Set Refugee Cap at 45,000 for Next Fiscal Year
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
RSC chief calls women in group ‘eye candy’
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
House to vote on 20-week abortion ban
Discussion: Daily Kos and Right Wing Watch
Gen. Michael Hayden / The Hill:
Michael Hayden: In Trump versus NFL, standing up for free speech
Discussion: Shareblue
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Dean Skelos's 2015 Corruption Conviction Is Overturned
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
More bad news for Guadagno (and Christie) in new governor's race poll
Discussion: Political Wire
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
So, Was the Old Megyn Kelly a Fraud, or is this New Version the Phony?
Salena Zito / New York Post:
NFL anthem protests leave Pittsburgh fans conflicted about game they love
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Pat Tillman widow: Don't ‘politicize’ husband's service in way ‘that divides us’
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Tyranny of the Minority  —  This is Michelle Goldberg's debut column.
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