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6:40 PM ET, September 21, 2017


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Haley Byrd / IJR:
Republicans Attempt to Buy Murkowski's Vote in New Draft of Health Care Bill  —  A Republican Senate aide told Independent Journal Review Thursday that Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are attempting to buy Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's support through new changes …
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
State-by-State Estimates of Changes in Federal Spending on Health Care Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill  —  A new health care bill recently introduced by a number of senators led by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy would repeal major elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Cassidy-Graham could still blow up in the GOP's face. Here's how.
Mark Zuckerberg:
I just went live a minute ago.  Here's what I said:  —  Today is my first day back in the office after taking parental leave.  It was really special to be with Priscilla and August after she was born, and to get to spend some more time with Max.  —  While I was out on leave …
Ali Watkins / Politico:
Facebook agrees to release Russian-purchased ads, pledges deeper look at 2016 election  —  Facebook has struck a deal with Capitol Hill investigators to release ads purchased by Russians to influence the 2016 presidential campaign, while CEO Mark Zuckerberg vowed Thursday to take further steps to protect …
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook to Provide Congress With Ads Linked to Internet Research Agency
Washington Post:   Facebook to give Congress copies of 3,000 political ads bought through Russian accounts, reversing previous decision
New York Times:
Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
There is No Trump Doctrine, Only Contradictions and Bluster  —  The things our President says.  At a lunch with African leaders on Wednesday, Donald Trump praised the continent's business potential by noting that many of his friends were “going to your countries to get rich.”
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
North Korea likens Trump's UN speech to sound of a ‘dog barking’
Discussion: USA Today, IJR and The Week
Ryan Struyk / CNN:   Trump's approval again reaches 40% after positive reaction to hurricane response
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump announces new U.S. economic sanctions targeting North Korea over nuclear program
Discussion: RedState, CNN and New York Magazine
Mike Allen / Axios:
Another potential Mueller honey pot: Spicer's notebooks  —  The Watergate resonance of the Bob Mueller probe rose this week with a CNN report that the special counsel has details of wiretaps of “former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election.”
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Mueller requested phone records about Air Force One statement  —  The special counsel has also recently made requests for documents concerning a statement made by Sean Spicer in the days preceding James Comey's firing as FBI director.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller has sought phone records concerning …
Jonathan Capriel / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa girl, 4, dies of gunshot reaching for candy  —  TAMPA — One day last week, 4-year-old Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse looking for candy, her father says.  —  Instead, she found a gun.  She accidently pulled the trigger and was shot in the chest.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken at least 24 flights on private charter planes at taxpayers' expense since early May, according to people with knowledge of his travel plans and a review of HHS documents.
Maria Danilova / Associated Press:
On work trips, DeVos flies on her plane at own expense
The Unz Review:
America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars  —  Shouldn't they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East?  —  I spoke recently at a conference on America's war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, “Why doesn't anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room?
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:   Former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson offers epic apology after tweeting anti-Semitic story …
Senate candidate Roy Moore in 2005: ‘Homosexual conduct should be illegal’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Roy Moore, a Republican US Senate candidate in Alabama, said in a 2005 interview that he believes “homosexual conduct” should be illegal.  —  Moore, a hardline conservative Christian …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Roy Moore disrupts Alabama Senate race — and prepares for new level of defiance in Washington
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Manafort planning to leave US — as Mueller's team prepares to indict him in Russia probe  —  Paul Manafort is planning to leave the country soon, after he was reportedly notified that he will be indicted by federal prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller.
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Ex-CIA chief stuns Nicole Wallace: It's ‘absolutely’ possible Russia ‘dispatched Manafort to the Trump campaign’
New York Times:
Skadden, Big New York Law Firm, Faces Questions on Work With Manafort  —  The Justice Department wants information about Skadden's work on behalf of a Russia-aligned former president of Ukraine.  —  September 21, 2017  —  Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump's Actions as President
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Aaron Hernandez Found to Have Severe C.T.E.  —  Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who committed suicide in April while serving a life sentence for murder, was found to have a severe form of C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma …
Keith Matheny / Detroit Free Press:
Study: Flint water killed unborn babies; many moms who drank it couldn't get pregnant  —  Babies born in Flint after switch to river water also nearly 150 grams lighter than those born in other areas of Michigan, and gained less weight.  —  CONNECT  —  The city of Flint saw fewer pregnancies …
Discussion: Axios, Daily Kos, The Root, The Week and RT
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Trump Supporters Quietly Built A Massive List With The Personal Information Of Thousands Of People  —  The list began traveling the dark corners of the internet around April as a scattered collection of names, addresses, phone numbers and social media accounts.  It's now a massive organized database of thousands of people.
Discussion: Raw Story
Daily Oklahoman:
Neighbor of disabled man shot and killed by police says family will hire attorney  —  A man who witnessed a police officer shoot and kill his disabled neighbor said he does not think the shooting was justified and that the family of the man killed is planning to hire an attorney.
Kurt Schlichter /
Unleashing the Power of Mockery on Annoying Social Justice Warriors  —  In a culture where humorless leftists scolds seek to impose their rule upon us normals by sucking every drop of joy out of life, it is the conservative smartass who is the true subversive.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Rick and Morty co-creator slams trolls attacking their female writers
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Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Puerto Rico battered by Hurricane Maria: 'Devastation - it's everywhere'
Discussion: Shakesville
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Former Brat Pack star Anthony Michael Hall convicted of assaulting neighbor
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
For the first time, the Marine Corps plans to have a female infantry officer among its ranks
Discussion: Jezebel and Business Insider
Alex Ward / Vox:
Read: Bernie Sanders's big foreign policy speech
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Why labor loves robots
Discussion: Axios
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Ben Strauss / Politico:
Jim Acosta Is the White House's Favorite Reporter
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Julia Horowitz / CNNMoney:
Bill Gates: Sorry about Control-Alt-Delete
Discussion: AOL
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Princeton's campus newspaper disbands editorial board after string of right-leaning opinions
Discussion: National Review
John Burnett / Around the Nation : NPR:
Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week