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5:25 PM ET, September 12, 2017


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John Hudson / BuzzFeed:
Russia Sought A Broad Reset With Trump, Secret Document Shows  —  A Russian proposal obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals Moscow's ambitious plan to break with the past and launch a major rapprochement with the United States.  —  Reporting From Washington, D.C.
The Daily Beast:
How Omarosa Became the Most ‘Despised’ Person in the Trump White House … Omarosa Manigault made her name as one of reality TV's most notorious and hated personalities: the breakout star on season one of Donald Trump's NBC series The Apprentice.  —  Thirteen-years later, she is in the White House, not on a makeshift television set.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Mueller haunts the West Wing
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump's legal team debated whether Kushner should leave White House
Bannon: I left White House to be ‘wingman’ for Trump agenda
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Conservative Democrat Open to Single-Payer Health System  —  The Senate's most conservative Democrat said Tuesday Congress should consider adopting a single-payer health-care system, a sign of how fast politics are shifting on what was once seen as a fringe issue on the left.
Associated Press:
Bernie Sanders' health care plan puts Democrats on the spot  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders rode his impassioned liberal army of supporters through a tumultuous 2016, fighting to snatch the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton.  Now he's disrupting the party anew …
Discussion: Vox and New York Times
Susan Page / USA Today:
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton says Trump associates helped Russia meddle in the 2016 election
Kelsey Snell / Washington Post:
Pelosi: Single-payer isn't a litmus test for Democrats
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Opens Up About ‘What Happened,’ With Candor, Defiance and Dark Humor  —  Hillary Clinton has written a book.  Have you heard?  —  Choice quotes have been seeping out for weeks, and I'll admit that I reacted to one of them — “Now I'm letting down my guard” …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Clinton's account of how she was ‘shivved’ in the 2016 presidential election
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Key takeaways from Hillary Clinton's new book “What Happened”
Discussion: Politico
The Seattle Times:
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after fifth child sex-abuse allegation  —  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has resigned hours after a fifth man — a relative — made public allegations Murray molested him when he was a child.  —  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegations …
New York Times:
Before Pounding Florida, Hurricane Took Out Its Fury on Another Part of the U.S.  —  TUTU, V.I. — With residents ignoring the loosely enforced curfew here and lining up hours before the makeshift pantries opened, it was clear Monday that many were still going to end the day hungry.
Ernice Gilbert /
Trump To Visit U.S. Virgin Islands In Wake Of Irma; More Police, National Guard, Arrive On St. John
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Republicans wind up one last Hail Mary to repeal Obamacare  —  Cassidy-Graham faces a tricky schedule and tough politics.  —  At least a handful of Republican senators will fight to repeal Obamacare until the last possible moment.  They have less than three weeks.  —  The path forward is improbably narrow.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mariam Khan / ABC News:
Trump courting Democrats on tax reform
Discussion: Politico
Chauncey DeVega / Salon:
Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a “sociopath” and “a very sick individual”  —  Harvard professor and psychoanalyst on the “antiquated” Goldwater rule and our president's “serious mental illness” VIDEO  —  The president of the United States is a global celebrity whose every action …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Campus Reform
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Ted Cruz blames staffer for ‘liking’ porn tweet  —  Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday that a staff member of his was responsible for “liking” a pornographic Twitter post with the Texas lawmaker's account, chalking up the social media snafu to a “mistake.”  —  “There are a number of people on the team who have access on the account.
Washington Post:
After @tedcruz liked a porn tweet, Sen. Ted Cruz blamed ‘a staffing issue’
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 …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Edith Windsor, Whose Same-Sex Marriage Fight Led to Landmark Ruling, Dies at 88  —  Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 and granted same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time and rights …
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 …
US Census /
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016  —  SEPT. 12, 2017 — The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income increased by 3.2 percent between 2015 and 2016, while the official poverty rate decreased 0.8 percentage points.
Heather Long / Washington Post:   Middle-class income hit highest level on record in 2016, Census Bureau reports
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
The Trump Campaign Has Begun Turning Over Documents to Mueller … The Trump campaign has begun handing over documents to Bob Mueller as his investigators probe potential interference by Russia in the 2016 election.  —  A team of attorneys at Jones Day, the firm representing the Trump campaign …
Discussion: Raw Story
An excerpt from Katy Tur's ‘Unbelievable’  —  I'm about to throw up.  —  I'm standing on the press riser at Donald Trump's New York City Election Night headquarters.  Fox News is playing on two big-screen televisions, framing a stage covered with American flags and punctuated by two glass cases …
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Katy Tur talks life on the Trump trail
Discussion: Politico, IJR and Political Wire
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House: Border wall funding doesn't have to be tied to DACA legislation  —  White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump would not demand that border wall funding is tied to a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
David Bernstein / Chicago magazine:
His Life in Prison … ABOVE:Our photo of Rod Blagojevich is anything but traditional.  Since Chicago wasn't allowed inside the ex-governor's prison, he rented a camera from the commissary and had it shot himself.  —  Rod Blagojevich's first summer in prison was, he recalls, “quite an awakening.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Study: The Liberal Media's Summer of Pummeling Trump  —  The broadcast network evening newscasts remain as hostile as ever towards President Trump and his agenda, although the networks appear to be easing up on their obsessive wall-to-wall coverage of the administration.
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 …
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Jim Kiertzner / WXYZ-TV:
Metro Detroit business owner uses N-word in post about anthem protests
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Fox News:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center ‘shooting’ suspect in custody, police say
Discussion: Raw Story, The Resurgent and RT
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
President Trump just gushed about the Coast Guard. It really needed the boost.
Woman charged with attempted murder of homeless man in Nashville, father says she was threatened
Discussion: RT and Raw Story
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Brittany Britto / Baltimore Sun:
‘DaddyOFive’ YouTubers sentenced to five years probation for child neglect
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
Poll: More Americans Have a Gun in Home Than Ever Before
Discussion: Daily Wire, RedState and The Resurgent
CBS Philly:
Insects Attack: Swarm Of Bugs Creating Buzz In Philadelphia
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Althouse
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Court blocks penalties in new New Hampshire voting law
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Jack Goldsmith / The Atlantic:
Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?
Discussion: Raw Story and Lawfare