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7:25 AM ET, September 22, 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 …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The key states that would lose funding under Graham-Cassidy  —  A new estimate obtained by Axios from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) projects that Alaska, home to key swing vote Sen. Lisa Murkowski, would lose 38% of federal funding for premium subsidies and Medicaid by 2026 under the Graham-Cassidy proposal.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
This Republican health-care bill is the most monstrous yet  —  Motivated by the cynical aims of fulfilling a bumper-sticker campaign promise and lavishing tax cuts on the wealthy, Republicans are threatening to pass a health-care bill they know will make millions of Americans sicker and poorer.
Brian Galle / Whatever Source Derived:
The “Alaska Purchase” Is Probably Unconstitutional
Discussion: Washington Post and IJR
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
How Democrats Gave the GOP One More Chance to Repeal Obamacare
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Alaska could get relief from Senate repeal bill's Medicaid cuts
Associated Press:
Kim Jong Un: ‘Deranged’ Trump will ‘pay dearly’ for threat  —  UNITED NATIONS — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called President Donald Trump “deranged” and said, in a statement carried by the state news agency, that the U.S. president will “pay dearly” for his threats.
Discussion: USA Today, IJR, The Hill and Axios
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:   Kim's Rejoinder to Trump's Rocket Man: ‘Mentally Deranged U.S. Dotard’
China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with North Korea: sources
Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Monitored Manafort After He Left Trump Campaign  —  The surveillance came as part of a counterintelligence probe into Russian interference with presidential election  —  U.S. authorities placed Paul Manafort under surveillance after he was ousted as Donald Trump's campaign manager …
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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 …
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 …
CNNMoney:   Facebook says it will hand Russian ads over to Congress
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook to Provide Congress With Ads Linked to Internet Research Agency
Financial Times:
Steve Bannon held secret meeting in Beijing  —  Steve Bannon flew to Beijing last week for a secret meeting with the second most powerful Chinese Communist party official, less than a month after the former chief White House strategist declared that America was at “economic war with China”.
Discussion: Raw Story
Salon:   Captain odious: Stephen Miller, White House “alt-right” survivor
John Verhovek / ABC News:
5 moments that mattered in the Alabama US Senate debate  —  Senator Luther Strange and former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore faced off tonight in the only debate before the runoff election for the GOP nomination next Tuesday to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: Politico
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Flint's lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds  —  The fertility rate in Flint, Mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper.
New York Times:
Trump Poised to Drop Some Limits on Drone Strikes and Commando Raids  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to dismantle key Obama-era limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields, according to officials familiar with internal deliberations.
Discussion: Just Security
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Medicaid directors issue warning on new ObamaCare repeal bill  —  The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) warned Republicans on Thursday that the Senate's latest ObamaCare repeal bill would place a massive burden on states.  —  The bill, sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham
Discussion: The Week
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
State-by-State Estimates of Changes in Federal Spending on Health Care Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Media Has A Probability Problem  —  This is the 11th and final article in a series that reviews news coverage of the 2016 general election, explores how Donald Trump won and why his chances were underrated by most of the American media.  —  Two Saturday nights ago …
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 …
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
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Stephen Miles / The Nation:
Bernie Sanders Just Gave the Progressive Foreign-Policy Speech We've Been Waiting For
Discussion: Vox
Washington Post:
Russia threatens retaliatory strikes against U.S. troops and their allies in Syria
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Poll: Trump sees slight uptick in approval rating
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Shannon Bream to host new ‘Fox News @ Night’ prime-time show
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
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Former CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson offers epic apology after tweeting anti-Semitic story …
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Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Former Brat Pack star Anthony Michael Hall convicted of assaulting neighbor
Discussion: The Daily Caller

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