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9:15 AM ET, September 12, 2017


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Wall Street Journal:
Some Trump Lawyers Wanted Kushner Out  —  Aides, worried about complications arising from Russia probe, drafted statement explaining departure  —  Some of President Donald Trump's lawyers earlier this summer concluded that Jared Kushner should step down as senior White House adviser …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton says Trump associates helped Russia meddle in the 2016 election  —  In a candid, angry new book, Hillary Clinton relives her stunning defeat to Donald Trump.  She admits personal mistakes, but also lays blame on Former FBI Director James Comey.  (Sept. 8) AP  —  CONNECT
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Hillary Clinton Is ‘Done,’ But Not Going Away  —  Hillary Clinton's final campaign for office ended in a shocking defeat.  But she isn't going quietly into the night.  —  “I think the country's at risk, and I'm trying to sound the alarm so more people will at least pay attention,” Clinton told NPR.
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Opens Up About ‘What Happened,’ With Candor, Defiance and Dark Humor
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Transcript: Hillary Clinton's Full Interview With NPR's Rachel Martin
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Clinton Blames Herself, and Many Others
Discussion: Liberal Values and Deadline
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
McConnell Says Democrats' Glee on Debt Limit Deal Was Premature  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell thinks Democrats were a tad premature in exuberantly celebrating the surprise spending deal they struck last week with President Trump.  —  “Let's put it this way,” Mr. McConnell …
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Trump scrambles tax reform debate
Discussion: Politico and Booman Tribune
Laura Ingraham set to take over Fox News' 10 p.m. slot  —  Laura Ingraham, the radio host and Fox News commentator, is about to become a prime time host on the conservative cable network.  —  Ingraham is expected to take over the 10 p.m. hour on Fox News, according to people who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Russia probes pose loyalty test for Team Trump  —  Lawyers representing Donald Trump's current and former aides are giving their clients one simple piece of advice: don't lie to protect the president.  —  As special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators prepare …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Mueller haunts the West Wing  —  Steve Bannon provoked lots of chatter for telling Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes” that President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey may have been the worst mistake in “modern political history.”  —  What's intriguing is the reason he said it …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump's legal team debated whether Kushner should leave White House  —  A small group of White House lawyers this summer urged that President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner step down from his White House role amid a broadening probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russians …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil … Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook's event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant …
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump's failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.  —  President Enrique Peña Nieto talks to survivors in the city of Juchitan after a magnitude 8.1 earthquake killed at least 95 people in Mexico.
Discussion: Shareblue and ThinkProgress
Christopher Wallace / Fox News:
John Kelly fires back at Democrat who called him ‘disgrace to the uniform’  —  EXCLUSIVE: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired back at a prominent House Democrat who called him a “disgrace to the uniform,” in the Gold Star father and retired Marine Corps general's first public response to the personal attack on his service.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Bannon's ‘epic’ defense of Trump doesn't extend to all his moves, or all his aides and allies
Discussion: Raw Story and Outside the Beltway
Trump Plans Aggressive Road Show to Sell Tax Overhaul  —  White House retools communications operation for tax battle  —  President may visit as many as 13 states in next seven weeks  —  Follow @bpolitics for all the latest news, and sign up for our daily Balance of Power newsletter.
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
A background check before voting?  Kobach-led commission will consider proposal  —  President Donald Trump's controversial voting commission will weigh a proposal Tuesday about requiring a background check before a person can register to vote — similar to buying a gun.
New York Times:
Houston's Floodwaters Are Tainted With Toxins, Testing Shows  —  HOUSTON — Floodwaters in two Houston neighborhoods have been contaminated with bacteria and toxins that can make people sick, testing organized by The New York Times has found.  Residents will need to take precautions …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Two more Democratic 2020 prospects back Bernie Sanders' single-payer bill  —  Sanders vows to introduce ‘Medicare for All’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jeff Merkley of Oregon are the latest Democratic 2020 presidential prospects to announce …
NJTV News:
Sen. Booker co-sponsoring Bernie Sanders' ‘Medicare for all’ bill
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
How Russia quietly undercuts sanctions intended to stop North Korea's nuclear program  —  Russian smugglers are scurrying to the aid of North Korea with shipments of petroleum and other vital supplies that could help that country weather harsh new economic sanctions, U.S. officials …
Washington Post:
U.N. agrees to toughest-ever sanctions against North Korea
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
After nine months, federal offices are still waiting to hang Trump's picture  —  In the lobby of every federal building, just inside security turnstiles and before the elevator banks, a framed photograph of the president has always hung on the wall.  —  Not so, anymore.
Discussion: Axios
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Republican attempt to deflect Trump-Russia probes could backfire: sources  —  (Reuters) - Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes' investigation into whether Obama administration officials used classified intelligence reports to discredit Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team could backfire on the congressman …
Discussion: AOL
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
An Ousted NSC Official Is Joining the House Intelligence Committee Staff
Discussion: Raw Story
Morwenna Ferrier / The Guardian:
Why does Steve Bannon wear all his shirts at once?  —  The former White House chief strategist appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday in his favourite look - two shirts on top of each other, plus a blazer for added warmth … teve Bannon may have left the White House, but his wardrobe - much like his politics - continues to trouble us.
Discussion: CBS News
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Ivanka Trump had breakfast with Janet Yellen as the president considered the Fed chair's renomination  —  Ivanka Trump and Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen had breakfast this summer as President Trump considered whether to nominate Yellen for another term as the central bank chief.
Discussion: Reuters and Zero Hedge
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Feinstein's Anti-Catholic Questions Are an Outrage  —  Democrats are usually unforgiving of religious attacks, such as the one the senator leveled on a judicial nominee last week.  —  Senator Dianne Feinstein owes a public apology to judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett — and an explanation to all Americans who condemn religious bias.
Sen. Rand Paul /
Rand Paul: Why we must repeal the 16-year-old Authorization for the Use of Military Force  —  Article will continue after advertisement  —  As Congress takes up the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will insist it vote on my amendment to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Cruz spokeswoman: ‘Offensive post’ removed after senator's Twitter account likes pornographic post  —  A spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz announced early Tuesday morning that a “like” on a pornographic post on the Texas lawmaker's Twitter account has been undone and reported to the social media site.
Zachary Toliver / PETA:
Settlement Reached: ‘Monkey Selfie’ Case Broke New Ground for Animal Rights  —  After roughly two years of court battles, the groundbreaking lawsuit asking a U.S. federal court to declare Naruto—a free-living crested macaque—the copyright owner of the internationally famous “monkey selfie” photographs has been settled.
Discussion: Mashable and Engadget
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Lawyer says extradition of oligarch tied to Trump campaign chief imminent  —  Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash could be extradited “within weeks,” his lawyer said Monday.  (GEORGES SCHNEIDER/AFP/Getty Images)  —  Billionaire Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash is at “great risk” …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jack Goldsmith / The Atlantic:
Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?
Discussion: Raw Story and Lawfare
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
Dow Climbs Back Above 22000 as Fears Ease
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Inside the Millennial Mind of Selena Gomez
Austin Wright / Politico:
Kaine hits the trail again, battling 2016 ghosts on his way
Associated Press:
Samsung Eyes Foldable Smartphone, Voice-controlled Speaker
Discussion: The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate approves resolution condemning white supremacist groups
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Tillerson State Dept. Demanding Israel Hand Back Millions in U.S. Military Aid
Discussion: Arutz Sheva and Power Line
Owen Gleiberman / Variety:
Toronto Film Review: ‘Chappaquiddick’
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Wire
Parents remove son from school in pupil gender row
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller