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5:30 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.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  If this morning's reporting is accurate, zombie Trumpcare still appears to have a reasonable chance of passing.  But there is one scenario in which the Cassidy-Graham repeal bill could not just fail …
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Graham-Cassidy needs to pass this final test before it can come to a vote
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 …
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook to Provide Congress With Ads Linked to Internet Research Agency  —  Two weeks ago, we announced we had found more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the US between 2015 and 2017 and that appear to have come from accounts associated with a Russian entity known as the Internet Research Agency.
Washington Post:
Facebook to give Congress copies of 3,000 political ads bought through Russian accounts, reversing previous decision  —  BY WASHINGTON POST STAFF September 21 at 3:26 PM  —  The company had previously shown some of the ads to Capitol Hill investigators but took back copies …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress
Discussion: Raw Story
China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with North Korea: sources  —  BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid U.S. concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough …
Ryan Struyk / CNN:   Trump's approval again reaches 40% after positive reaction to hurricane response
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
There is No Trump Doctrine, Only Contradictions and Bluster
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.”
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.
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
Geoffrey Skelley / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Unsweet Home Alabama
Discussion: Financial Times and US News
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:
Law Firm Faces Questions for Ukraine Work With Manafort  —  WASHINGTON — Five years ago, Paul Manafort arranged for a prominent New York-based law firm to draft a report that was used by allies of his client, Viktor Yanukovych, the Russia-aligned president of Ukraine, to justify the jailing of a political rival.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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?
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.
James Doubek / NPR:
Oklahoma City Police Fatally Shoot Deaf Man Despite Yells Of 'He Can't Hear'
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
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 and The Week
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Behind the Senate GOP's high-stakes health-care gamble: Unrelenting criticism back home  —  (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency/EFE/Rex/Shutterstock)  —  Senate Republicans have made a calculated decision: Better to fail again trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act than not to try at all.
Maria Danilova / Associated Press:
On work trips, DeVos flies on her plane at own expense  — 9f1dde11e04c09fa  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos flies on her personal plane at her own expense when she visits schools around the country …
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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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Jason Stein / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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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
Everton Bailey Jr. / Oregonian:
Oregon lawmakers demand investigation, apology over mistaken ICE stop
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
John Burnett / Around the Nation : NPR:
Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week