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6:05 PM ET, September 20, 2017


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Jeff Stein / Vox:
GOP senators are rushing to pass Graham-Cassidy.  We asked 9 to explain what it does.  —  Republican senators are struggling to articulate why they are rushing to pass their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare over the next 10 days before running into their September 30 deadline.
Avalere Health:
Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Bill Would Reduce Federal Funding to States by $215 Billion  —  New analysis from Avalere finds that the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would lead to a reduction in federal funding to states …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
I've covered the GOP repeal plans since day one.  Graham-Cassidy is the most radical.  —  Other Republican plans create a poorly funded version of Obamacare.  This one blows up the law entirely.  —  I have spent the bulk of 2017 writing about the different Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Reihan Salam / Slate:
Graham-Cassidy could turn a red electoral map blue.  —  If Graham-Cassidy is signed into law, it just might represent the death knell of today's GOP.  Needless to say, that is not the message we're hearing from the Republican senators who back the legislation, who insist it instead represents the last …
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
The new healthcare bill includes an ‘Alaska Purchase’ to woo a key senator  —  On Tuesday evening, Robert VerBruggen of National Review noticed something odd: The financial projections produced by Sen. Bill Cassidy's office showed that, in 2026, his healthcare proposal would award each state …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Chuck Grassley: Fulfilling campaign promise just as important as ‘substance’ of health bill  —  Republican Senators have taken up another bill to repeal Obamacare.  Here's what's in the legislation.  USA TODAY  —  CONNECT  —  Despite many evident shortcomings in a bill to repeal …
Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
New GOP Plan Could Sow Health Care Chaos
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Bill Cassidy Responds To Jimmy Kimmel By Doubling Down On The Dishonesty
Katie Jennings / Politico:
Christie says he opposes Graham-Cassidy bill
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Repeal first, ask questions later
John Harwood / CNBC:   Many GOP senators would shortchange their states by backing the latest Obamacare repeal bill
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump's Actions as President  —  Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, is interested in Mr. Trump's firing of his F.B.I. director and national security adviser and other events.  —  September 20, 2017  —  Republican Leaders Defy Bipartisan Opposition to Health Law Repeal
Washington Post:
Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign  —  FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, then-Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left.
Wall Street Journal:
All Mr. Comey's Wiretaps  —  Congress needs to learn …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Wire
Washington Post:
Mueller casts broad net in requesting extensive records from Trump White House
The Daily Beast:
Russians Appear to Use Facebook to Push Pro-Trump ‘Flash Mobs’ in Florida … Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year's election, The Daily Beast has learned.  —  The demonstrations—at least …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Trump Is Using Targeted Facebook Ads To Reassure Supporters He Will Build The Border Wall
Discussion: Shakesville
Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico with 155-mph winds  —  San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Hurricane Maria made landfall Wednesday morning in southeast Puerto Rico as a strong Category 4 storm, the National Hurricane Center said.  —  Maria slammed the island with winds of 155 mph …
Washington Post:
Puerto Rico entirely without power as Hurricane Maria hammers island with force not seen in ‘modern history’
Discussion:, TalkLeft and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Hurricane Maria Live Updates: Puerto Rico Loses Power and Sets a Curfew
Discussion: Grist and Refinery29
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Clinton book has sold more than 300,000 copies  — 009d6c31a497  —  Link copied!  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton's “What Happened” had a big debut.  —  Clinton's book about her stunning loss in 2016 to Donald Trump sold …
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Hillary Clinton just sold more copies of her book in one week than Trump's sold in two years
Discussion: IJR
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump rebounds after polling slide  —  President Donald Trump's summer swoon appears to be over.  —  After months of declining poll numbers, the president's approval ratings have stabilized — and even ticked up slightly — over the past month.  —  Following a low of 39 percent …
How America feels about Trump
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Voter Fraud?  A Trump Nominee Looks Like He Cast an Illegal Ballot  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump's voter integrity commission looks under rocks for possible voter malfeasance, its members might want to examine a presidential nominee awaiting confirmation by the Senate Finance Committee.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump says he's worried about voter fraud.  One of his nominees may have voted illegally in Virginia.
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Price's private-jet travel breaks precedent  —  In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel.
Sheryl Sandberg:
Last week we temporarily disabled some of our ads tools following news reports that slurs or other offensive language could be used as targeting criteria for advertising.  If someone self-identified as a ‘Jew-hater’ or said they studied ‘how to burn Jews’ in their profile …
J.R. Taylor / National Enquirer:
Apology Regarding Judge Judy And Nicole Sheindlin  —  A statement from The National ENQUIRER  —  The National ENQUIRER and sister publication The National Examiner recently published articles which stated that Judge Judy Sheindlin suffered from “brain disease,” was “fighting” …
Discussion: Daily Wire, Jezebel and IJR
Adam Ciralsky / Vanity Fair:
Is Trump Mulling Peter Thiel for a Top Intelligence Advisory Post?  —  Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has been quietly advising the Trump administration for months.  Now—as sources say he could be in line for a top intelligence oversight role—Steve Bannon, White House officials, friends …
Kimberly Roots / TVLine:
Law & Order Vet Sam Waterston to Bring Jack McCoy to SVU Season 19  —  These are their stories... and some are so good, you wanna hear 'em again: Law & Order alum Sam Waterston will reprise his role from that series on an upcoming episode of SVU's Season 19, TVLine has learned.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
LEAKED: Watch MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell's Unhinged Outtakes...for Eight Crazy Minutes  —  Lawrence O'Donnell had a really bad night on August 29, 2017.  —  We draw that conclusion based on the above clip obtained by Mediaite, showing behind the scenes footage of a furious O'Donnell absolutely …
Discussion: IJR and Washington Free Beacon
Trump judicial nominee said transgender children are part of 'Satan's plan', defended ‘conversion therapy’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)In a pair of 2015 speeches, President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal judgeship in Texas described transgender children as evidence of “Satan's plan …
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Linda Hamilton Set to Return to ‘Terminator’ Franchise (Exclusive)  —  With James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger involved, it's a reunion more than 25 years in the making.  —  She'll be back.  —  After waving hasta la vista, baby, more than 25 years ago, Linda Hamilton is returning …
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
There is meddling in Germany's election — not by Russia, but by U.S. right wing  —  Less than a week before Sunday's vote that is likely to hand German Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term, evidence of anticipated Russian meddling has yet to materialize, but U.S. right-wing groups have interfered, according to German researchers.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Brad McElhinny / WV MetroNews:
Governor Justice, now Republican, tells Republicans he supports Manchin's Senate bid
Discussion: Political Wire and BuzzFeed
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
It looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me
Discussion: Bloomberg
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Months After Second Avenue Subway Opening, Safety Testing Is Not Finished
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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Why Is Congress Conducting Its Russia Investigation in Secret?
Discussion: CNN
Jeannie Suk Gersen / New Yorker:
Laura Kipnis's Endless Trial by Title IX
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Ticker
Washington Post:
At EPA, guarding the chief pulls agents from pursuing environmental crimes
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 Earlier Items: 
Bobby Moynihan / CBS News:
Man captures dramatic rescue at Mexico school on video
Discussion: NPR, Raw Story and CBS San Francisco
James Bruggers / Courier-Journal:
Duke Energy slammed in citizen lawsuit for keeping catastrophic coal-ash risks secret
Immigrant taken by ICE from Austin courthouse was killed in Mexico
Discussion: ThinkProgress