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4:30 PM ET, September 19, 2017


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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.”
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump Uses Putin's Arguments to Undermine the World … The leader stepped to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, as close to a literal world stage as exists, and issued a stringent defense of the principle of national sovereignty.  —  “What is the state sovereignty, after all …
Discussion: Raw Story
Full text: Trump's 2017 U.N. speech transcript  —  President Donald Trump's statement to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017, as prepared for delivery.  —  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York.
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
World leaders watch “stone faced” as Trump casually threatens nuclear war at UN  —  In what might be his most unpresidential moment yet, Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea while addressing the United Nations.  —  It was not a carefully planned part of his speech …
New York Times:
At U.N., Trump Singles Out ‘Rogue’ Nations North Korea and Iran  —  Leaders from around the globe are taking the lectern at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday — a particularly big moment for President Trump, who addressed the world gathering for the first time.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
In U.N. speech, Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy North Korea’ and calls Kim Jong Un ‘Rocket Man’
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 …
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, IJR and Reuters
Erin Granger / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Walker airs concern about latest GOP health care bill
Discussion: Slate and Talking Points Memo
Fox News Insider:
‘#TrumpVindicated’?  Manafort Wiretap Report Could Boost Trump's Claim After Months of Media Mocking  —  A new report that former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped under secret court order could bolster President Trump's explosive March claim about surveillance under the previous administration …
Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman
SHennessey / Lawfare:
The Latest Scoops from CNN and the New York Times: A Quick and Dirty Analysis
New York Times:
With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller's Inquiry Sets a Tone
Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay Russia probe legal bills: Reuters, citing sources  — The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows the use of private campaign funds to pay legal bills arising from being a candidate or elected official.  — Trump would be the first U.S. president …
Discussion: Eschaton
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
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.
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.
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 …
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Senator warns White House press secretary she could be indicted for obstruction of justice  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders may be the next administration official who needs to lawyer up as Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation accelerates.
Mary Katharine Ham / The Federalist:
After My Husband's Death, I'm Learning To Steward The Light He Left Behind  —  When you lose someone, you go through a lot of metaphors.  Our vocabulary falters in the face of death.  —  Today is the two-year anniversary of the death of my husband, Jake.  It took me about a year to come …
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 …
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 …
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.
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Not drinking or driving, teens increasingly put off traditional markers of adulthood  —  When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don't drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates.  Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books.
Heather Mac Donald / Wall Street Journal:
Higher Ed's Latest Taboo Is ‘Bourgeois Norms’  —  An op-ed praising 1950s values provokes another campus meltdown— from the deans on down.  —  To the list of forbidden ideas on American college campuses, add “bourgeois norms”—hard work, self-discipline, marriage and respect for authority.
Discussion: The Rush Limbaugh Show and VDARE
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Jim Tankersley / Vox:
Trump supporters are more likely to think their taxes will be cut next year
Discussion: Politico
John Ganz / Washington Post:
Libertarians have more in common with the alt-right than they want you to think
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
As Warren and Sanders Jockey for Support, One Takes a Road More Traveled
Alex Emmons / The Intercept:
The Senate's Military Spending Increase Alone Is Enough to Make Public College Free
Discussion: Common Dreams
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech