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3:25 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.
Discussion: ACA Signups, The Week and Refinery29
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Bill Cassidy Responds To Jimmy Kimmel By Doubling Down On The Dishonesty  —  A new study details huge spending cuts and likely coverage losses.  —  Hours after a brutal takedown at the hands of late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) went on television Wednesday to respond.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Repeal first, ask questions later
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
The new healthcare bill includes an ‘Alaska Purchase’ to woo a key senator
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sarah Frostenson / Politico:
Graham-Cassidy health care bill: What you need to know
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and JustOneMinute
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
How well does Jimmy Kimmel understand the GOP health-care bill?
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell spokeswoman: Senate to vote next week on Graham-Cassidy
Discussion: The Week and Vox
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump's Actions as President  —  WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President Trump's most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing …
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
All Mr. Comey's Wiretaps  —  Congress needs to learn …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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  —  President Donald Trump is using targeted Facebook ads to reassure supporters that he still plans to build the border wall after his recent public comments caused many to question whether he would keep his promise.
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
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’
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 …
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Vanity Fair: Peter Thiel In Line For Trump Intelligence Advisory Post
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Bobby Moynihan / CBS News:
Man captures dramatic rescue at Mexico school on video  —  At least 25 people were killed when the 7.1 Magnitude earthquake brought part of a school in the Mexican capital tumbling down onto students and teachers on Tuesday.  At least 21 of them were children.
Discussion: Raw Story and CBS San Francisco
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Death toll in Mexico earthquake rises as citizens frantically look for the missing
Discussion: TalkLeft and CityLab
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 …
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 …
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 …
James Bruggers / Courier-Journal:
Duke Energy slammed in citizen lawsuit for keeping catastrophic coal-ash risks secret  —  The fear is that toxic heavy metals could harm people, waterways and the environment  —  Duke Energy has been keeping the public in the dark about the flooding threats from massive coal-ash ponds at its power plants …
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.”
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
John Daniszewski / Associated Press:
AP Interview: Lavrov hints US-Russia ‘tit-for-tat’ could end  — 3dec7fac0423  —  Link copied!  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told The Associated Press in an interview that he heard positive news in President Donald Trump's …
Financial Times:
Amazon working on first wearables to interact with Alexa  —  Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of “smart glasses” that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to be summoned any time, anywhere, according to people familiar with its plans.
Pete Kasperowicz / Washington Examiner:
John Kerry doesn't rule out 2020 White House run  —  Former senator and Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he has no plans to run for president in 2020, but didn't rule out the idea.  —  “I don't have any plans right now, honestly,” Kerry said on MSNBC when asked if he might make another run.
Obama slams Senate GOP health care proposal  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  New York (CNN)Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday there are no practical benefits to a bill Republicans are considering to replace the Affordable Care Act.  —  Speaking in New York, Obama said the bill …
Discussion: Axios, The Root and
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: IJR
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump to dispatch Haley and Price to Africa
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Discussion: Politico
Steve Silberman / New York Times:
The Police Need to Understand Autism
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Gregg Jarrett / Fox News:
Sessions should resign, but not before taking action against Clinton, Comey and Rice
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
ACLU moves from defense to offense, starting in Kris Kobach's home state
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
“He took the job and made it smaller”: how Rex Tillerson failed the State Department
Discussion: Raw Story
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Real Political Correctness
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The US Government-In-Exile Has A New President
Discussion: No More Mister Nice Blog and Axios