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1:40 PM ET, September 14, 2017


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Jon Levine / Mediaite:
Fox & Friends: Maybe Trump Wall Was ‘Symbolic’  —  Fox & Friends took viewers on a trip down gaslight alley on Thursday, with the show hosts scrambling to make sense of the alleged deal between Donald Trump and “Chuck and Nancy” to save DACA and punt the border wall until later.
John Binder / Breitbart:
Report: Trump Caves on DACA, Wants ‘Quick’ Amnesty for 800K Illegal Aliens  —  In a meeting with establishment politicians from the Problem Solvers Caucus and the Blue Dog Coalition, President Trump signaled a full-fledged cave on the issue of giving amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens currently protected …
Trump: “The wall will come later”  —  Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement responding to President Trump's morning tweets surrounding DACA, agreeing that there was “no final deal” but rather general agreement on the following terms:  — Trump will encourage the House …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trump 2.0: They're Sending Their Best!  —  The word this morning is that leaders Pelosi and Schumer say Trump agreed to make DACA law as part of a deal that upped funding for “border security” but not for a wall.  But Trump came out and said there's no deal.  So it's all a mess and a big dispute.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump's diehard supporters are fuming after an apparent about-face on ‘dreamers’  —  Staunch conservative allies of President Trump erupted in anger and incredulity late Wednesday after Democrats announced the president had agreed to pursue a legislative deal that would protect thousands …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House: ‘There will be no amnesty’ under Trump
Washington Post:
Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save ‘dreamers’ from deportation
Kurt Schlichter /   Read My Lips: Schumer Is Playing You For A Fool, Mr. President
Trump: “If there's not a wall, we're doing nothing”
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi rises again — thanks to Trump
Discussion: NTK Network and Associated Press
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
No, Trump isn't trying to do bipartisan tax reform
James Doubek / NPR:
Trump: GOP Leadership ‘On Board’ With Deal Over DACA
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Breitbart labels Trump ‘Amnesty Don’ after Dems claim DACA deal
Discussion: Breitbart, Mediaite and Vox
UVA Center / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
New Poll: Some Americans Express Troubling Racial Attitudes Even as Majority Oppose White Supremacists  —  Survey conducted by Reuters/Ipsos in conjunction with UVA Center for Politics measures racial sentiments in aftermath of August neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville
Manu Raju / CNN:
Exclusive: Rice told House investigators why she unmasked senior Trump officials  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Former national security adviser Susan Rice privately told House investigators that she unmasked the identities of senior Trump officials to understand why the crown prince …
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal  —  On March 22, Rep. Devin Nunes made his ham-fisted disclosure that the Obama administration had conducted incidental surveillance collection and unmasking of Trump administration officials.
Associated Press:
15 soldiers injured after explosion at Fort Bragg  —  FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Several soldiers were injured Thursday morning after an explosion at Fort Bragg.  —  Authorities said at least 15 soldiers were transported via medical helicopter to Womack Army Medical Center after an explosion on one of the training fields.
Discussion: IJR
Fox News:
Several soldiers injured in explosion at Fort Bragg, officials say
Courtney Weaver / Financial Times:
Ivanka Trump: ‘I will not be distracted by the noise’  —  In a rare interview, the controversial first daughter talks expectations, criticism and what comes next
Fran Brennan / NTK Network:
FLASHBACK: Sanders: If We Do Medicaid-For-All Type Plan, It Would Bankrupt The Nation  —  “If we expanded Medicaid to everybody...we would be spending such an astronomical sum of money...we would bankrupt the nation,” Sanders said in 1987.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton: It's time to abolish the Electoral College  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  New York (CNN)Hillary Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that it is time to abolish the Electoral College, part of a sweeping interview where the former Democratic nominee sought to explain why she lost the 2016 election.
John B. Judis / New Republic:
Redoing the Electoral Math  —  I argued that demographics favored the Democrats.  I was wrong.  —  If any force on Earth could be powerful enough to unite the Democratic Party, you'd have thought the words “President Donald Trump” would do the trick.  Instead, Hillary Clinton's defeat …
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
Eli Hager / New York Times:
From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones  —  Michelle Jones was released last month after serving more than two decades in an Indiana prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son.  The very next day, she arrived at New York University, a promising Ph.D. candidate in American studies.
Pew Research Center:
Mexican Views of the U.S. Turn Sharply Negative  —  Widespread dissatisfaction with economy and political leaders  —  More Mexicans view the United States unfavorably than at any time in the past decade and a half.  Nearly two-thirds of Mexicans (65%) express a negative opinion of the U.S. …
Discussion: New York Times
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Anthony Scaramucci wants paternity test for newborn son  —  MORE FROM: … Anthony Scaramucci's divorce is turning nasty, because he believes the newborn son whose birth he missed during his historically-brief tenure in the White House is not his - and he is demanding a paternity test.
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Anthony Weiner Says His Actions ‘Crushed the Aspirations of My Wife’  —  Lawyers for Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose lewd text exchanges with a teenage girl led to his prosecution and embroiled him in an F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton before the presidential election …
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Weiner's Lawyers Argue Teenager in Sexting Case Targeted Him
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
Why Didn't Trump Build Anything in Russia?  —  Thirty years ago, in July 1987, Donald and Ivana Trump flew to the Soviet Union, apparently at the invitation of the Soviet ambassador to the United States, in order to scout locations for a Trump hotel in Moscow.  “It was an extraordinary experience,” Trump wrote in The Art of the Deal.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
Is sexism what happened to Hillary? … I took my kids to New York for last November's election, so they could experience the hum of a newsroom and help  —  color in Yahoo's giant red-and-blue map with chalk.  The outcome devastated my 8-year-old daughter.  She was excited by the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency and had
Discussion: The Guardian
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Worries About ‘Mass Exodus’ Of Frustrated Members  —  Following a rash of retirements, House Republican leaders are scrambling to get something done legislatively to convince other frustrated members not to toss in the towel in a tough political environment.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
CBS13 | CBS Sacramento:
Folsom School Warns ‘USA’ Chant Could Send ‘Unintended Message’  —  FOLSOM (CBS13) — Controversy erupts at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom over students chanting “USA.”  —  It's a popular way to for students to show pride during sporting events and rallies, but school and district officials …
Discussion: IJR, TheBlaze and Daily Wire
Joe Biden / New York Times:
Reclaiming America's Values  —  In over 45 years of working in global affairs, I've observed a simple truth: America's ability to lead the world depends not just on the example of our power, but on the power of our example.  —  American democracy is rooted in the belief that every man …
Amy Zimmer / DNAinfo New York:
Sellers of $3M Red Hook Townhouse Are Throwing in a Free Tesla  —  BROOKLYN — The perk included in a new three-story two-family townhouse at 307 Van Brunt St. in Red Hook, might be a real lure for some buyers who complain that the neighborhood lacks transit options.
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Trump Says Jump.  His Supporters Ask, How High?  —  In the Trump era, Republicans have been revising their views on right and wrong.  —  In 2011, the Public Religion Research Institute asked voters if  —  White evangelical Protestants were the least forgiving.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and rubber hose
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump ethics watchdog moves to allow anonymous gifts to legal defense funds  —  The U.S. Office of Government Ethics has quietly reversed its own internal policy prohibiting anonymous donations from lobbyists to White House staffers who have legal defense funds.
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Discussion: TASS
Bill Evanina / The Cipher Brief:
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Trump is ‘open’ to ObamaCare fix, lawmakers say
Discussion: RedState
Dara Lind / Vox:
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The Latest (Dim, Distant) Hope for Health-Care Reform
Mikaela Lefrak / The Atlantic:
The David Carr Generation
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Is Casting for a D.C.-Based Political Reality Show
Kiran Raj / Washington Post:
Sessions wants a leak investigation rule-change. That could cripple the free press.
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Martin Shkreli jailed after Facebook post about Hillary Clinton