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10:50 AM 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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Repeal first, ask questions later  —  Senate Republicans are on the verge of passing a sweeping health care bill not only without knowing what's in it, but without particularly caring.  The political abstraction of “Obamacare” — and the seven years of promises to “repeal Obamacare” …
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Jimmy Kimmel: new Obamacare repeal bill flunks the Jimmy Kimmel Test
Discussion: Shareblue, Axios and Mediaite
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
I've covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical.
Discussion: ACA Signups
Sarah Frostenson / Politico:
Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know
Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Republicans rip Rand for rejecting Obamacare repeal
What's missing from the latest ACA repeal bill
Discussion: Vox
Wall Street Journal:
Special Counsel's Office Interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein  —  Interview could be a sign that Rosenstein isn't seen as a central witness, as he hasn't withdrawn himself from his oversight role  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein …
Exclusive: Mueller team's focus on Manafort spans 11 years  —  Washington (CNN)Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is reaching back more than a decade in its investigation of Paul Manafort, a sign of the pressure Mueller is placing on President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Deputy AG interviewed by Mueller's office: report
Discussion: RedState
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.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Clinton criticizes Trump's ‘rocket man’ nickname for North Korean leader … late Tuesday tore into President Trump's “very dark” and “dangerous” speech at the United Nations General Assembly earlier in the day, arguing he took the wrong tact in condemning North Korea's nuclear pursuits.
Full text: Trump's 2017 U.N. speech transcript
Max Boot / USA Today:
At U.N., Trump's ‘me first’ doctrine abandons Truman's postwar ‘security for all’
Olivier Knox / Yahoo:
World leaders' faces react to Trump's U.N. speech
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 …
Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg:
For Trump Aides Caught in Russia Probe, Legal Bills and Paranoia
Discussion: The Week
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Networks Pass on Sean Spicer for Paid Contributor Role  —  The big five news organizations have passed on offering former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer a job as an exclusive paid contributor, network sources confirmed to NBC News Tuesday.  —  Since Spicer exited the White House …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Trump Is Using Targeted Facebook Ads To Reassure Supporters He Will Build The Border Wall  —  The personal Facebook pages of the president and vice president are running dark post ads that promise “A WALL (NOT A FENCE),” while asking for donations.  —  President Donald Trump …
The Daily Beast:
Seb Gorka Joins Pro-Trump Group Founded by Pizzagate Truthers and a Seth Rich Conspiracy Theorist … Seb Gorka may have left the Trump White House.  But he's still working for a conspiracy theorist.  —  The controversial former White House adviser has officially signed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
Benjamin Haas / Politico:
The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat  —  In Federalist No. 68, his pseudonymous essay on “The Mode of Electing the President,” Alexander Hamilton wrote that the Electoral College could shield the United States “from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.”
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The US Government-In-Exile Has A New President  —  Clinton and Bloomberg share a stage in 2009.  —  Chris Hondros / Getty Images  —  The annual Manhattan conference hosted for a decade by the Clinton Global Initiative became a kind of shorthand for what some hated about the Clintons …
Discussion: Axios and No More Mister Nice Blog
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
Eliot Nelson / HuffPost:
Hillary Clinton Secretly Supported ‘Pizzagate’ Restaurant After Incident  —  The owner of a nearby business thanked Clinton for her patronage of Comet Ping Pong.  —  Ten months after a gunman opened fire in a D.C. pizza parlor over a debunked conspiracy theory involving 2016 Democratic …
Discussion: Shareblue
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 …
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Tucker Carlson rolls into an ethical ditch
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Robert Wasinger / Breitbart:
Night of the Living Mitt — Wasinger: Trump Movement Should Make Romney Senate Defeat ‘Top Priority’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
New Hotel Act would ban federal agencies from doing business with Trump hotels
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
All in all, Trump has had a pretty good eight months
Jesse Singal / New York Times:
Undercover With the Alt-Right  —  Last September, Patrik Hermansson …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
After Russian Facebook ads, Democrats seek new FEC rules on social media politics
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Erdogan claims Trump apologized over bodyguard attack
Discussion: DCist and The Week
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Bannon orders Breitbart to step up negative coverage of Trump-backed candidate
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
Dana Ferguson / Argus Leader:
S.D. GOP whip shares meme endorsing vehicular assault on protesters
Jerrod Laber / The Federalist:
Your Refusal To Date Conservatives Is One Reason We Have Donald Trump