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2:10 PM ET, September 19, 2017


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New York Times:
Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact of Refugees  —  WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department …
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
World leaders watch “stone faced” as Trump casually threatens nuclear war at UN  —  Trump not only disgraced himself and America in his speech to the United Nations, but he just recklessly escalated tensions with a casual threat to “totally destroy” North Korea.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump warns that major portions of the world ‘are going to hell’  —  UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to “totally destroy” North Korea and its “Rocket Man” leader, warned the “murderous” Iranian government that it cannot endure, and declared that much of the world is “going to hell.”
Discussion: ABC News and Vox
New York Times:
Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea.  —  If the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” President Trump said in his address to the General Assembly.  —  He denounced North Korea and its leader …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
US considers shooting down NK missiles that don't pose a direct threat
Discussion: WTVR-TV and Washington Free Beacon
Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman  —  Washington (CNN)US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official …
New York Times:
With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller's Inquiry Sets a Tone  —  WASHINGTON — Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home.
SHennessey / Lawfare:
The Latest Scoops from CNN and the New York Times: A Quick and Dirty Analysis  —  CNN and the New York Times this evening published dueling scoops on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.  —  As Jim Comey might put it: Lordy, there appear to be tapes.
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Raids, warrants, and wiretaps: The Trump-Russia probe ‘has reached a critical stage’
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan, White House reject bipartisan health fix  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House have informed Senate Republican leaders that they oppose a bipartisan plan to stabilize Obamacare being written in the Senate, according to Trump administration and congressional sources …
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Obamacare Is Suddenly in Grave Danger.  Here's Why.  —  WASHINGTON — A last-ditch Republican effort to repeal Obamacare picked up steam on Monday as a key senator opened the door to supporting the bill, which is popularly known as Graham-Cassidy.  —  The GOP got a boost when Sen. John McCain …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Reuters
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Pence to Senate Republicans: Now's your chance for repeal
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and Political Wire
Erin Granger / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Walker airs concern about latest GOP health care bill
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Murray makes big concession in bipartisan health talks
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Roy Moore says 'we've asked for' shootings and killings by turning away from God  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — “You wonder why we're having shootings, and killings here in 2017?  Because we've asked for it,” Moore said in video reviewed by KFile.  — “We've taken God out of everything.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Gives Up Secret Service Protection, Seeking Privacy  —  WASHINGTON — Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, has elected for forgo protection by the Secret Service, according to a senior administration official.  —  The agency ceased protecting Mr. Trump …
READ: Michael Cohen's statement to the Senate intelligence committee  —  (CNN)Statement of Michael D. Cohen, Esq. to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on September 19, 2017  —  Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today.  —  As part of this statement, I would like to accomplish two things.
Discussion: Axios, Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senate Intelligence Committee interview with Trump lawyer abruptly canceled
Discussion: Axios, Politico, Political Wire and ABC News
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Republican governors get into the ‘news’ business  — 6f861ecf3b64  —  Link copied!  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Republican governors are getting into the “news” business.  —  The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication …
Harry Cockburn / The Independent:
Global warming may be occurring more slowly than previously thought, study suggests  —  Previous climate models may have been ‘on the hot side’  —  Computer modelling used a decade ago to predict how quickly global average temperatures would rise may have forecast too much warming, a study has found.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech  —  Demonstrators march during a free speech rally in Berkeley, Calif. (Josh Edelson/AP)  —  Here's the problem with suggesting that upsetting speech warrants “safe spaces,” or otherwise conflating mere words with physical assault …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
'Isn't That the Trump Lawyer?':  A Reporter's Accidental Scoop  —  WASHINGTON — I have always thought of overhearing conversations as an underappreciated journalistic tool.  —  When political donors, lobbyists and politicians gather at hotels for meetings and strategy sessions, they often keep out reporters.
Mary Katharine Ham / The Federalist:
After My Husband's Death, I'm Learning To Steward The Light He Left Behind  —  'All of us who knew him and loved him are keepers of this fire.  It's there, and it lives on, and it is something we can breathe life into every day.'  —  When you lose someone, you go through a lot of metaphors.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The fight over Jemele Hill's tweets won't go away.  It's about truth and race in the Trump era.  —  I love words, but sometimes they just aren't up to the job.  —  Like the word “inappropriate,” which has been applied to certain tweets last week by Jemele Hill, the ESPN commentator …
New York Times:
Aung San Suu Kyi, a Much-Changed Icon, Evades Rohingya Accusations  —  NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and de facto leader of Myanmar, stood before a room of government officials and foreign dignitaries on Tuesday to at last, after weeks of international urging …
Kenneth Gleason / The Advocate:
Baton Rouge man to be booked in ‘brutal,’ possibly racially motivated killings, 3rd shooting  —  At the Violent Crime Unit, Kenneth Gleason is arrested in two killings Tuesday Sept. 19, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La..  —  At the Violent Crime Unit, Kenneth Gleason is arrested in two killings Tuesday Sept. 19, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La..
Discussion: Raw Story
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Marc Bennetts / The Guardian:
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Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Not drinking or driving, teens increasingly put off traditional markers of adulthood
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Jezebel and Althouse
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Senator warns White House press secretary she could be indicted for obstruction of justice
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
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Alex Emmons / The Intercept:
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Discussion: Common Dreams
Mike Allen / Axios:
The Kelly effect: See no evil, hear no evil, do no evil
Dan Alexander / Forbes:
Eric Trump's Old Foundation Apparently Held Secret Event At Trump-Owned Golf Club
Discussion: Shakesville, The Hill and Raw Story
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Fox News Contributor Says Rape Allegation Blacklisted Her