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5:10 PM ET, September 22, 2017


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SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON HEALTH CARE REFORM  —  Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on health care reform:  —  “As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate.
Future Development Reads:
How will the Graham-Cassidy proposal affect the number of people with health insurance coverage?  —  Editor's Note: … On September 13, Senators Graham and Cassidy, together with two other Republican colleagues, introduced legislation that would repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Joe Lawlorstaff / Press Herald:
Sen. Collins says she's leaning ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy health care bill  —  The Republican from Maine listed serious deficiences in her party's latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  —  U.S. Sen. Susan Collins all but said she would vote “no” on an Affordable Care Act repeal bill …
Trump publicly backs healthcare effort, privately harbors doubts  —  While the president appears all in some in the White House wonder about Graham-Cassidy's contents and its chances.  —  In public, President Donald Trump is all-in on the Senate's final chance to repeal Obamacare.
New York Times:
McCain Announces Opposition to Republican Health Bill, Likely Dooming It  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain of Arizona announced on Friday that he would oppose the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders with little hope of succeeding in their last-ditch attempt to dismantle the health law.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans to Murkowski: Nice State You Have There.  Shame If Something Should Happen to It.  —  Wall Street Journal writer Kimberley Strassel's column typically channels talking points from congressional Republicans, and today's effort is dedicated to putting the squeeze on Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski.
Discussion: The Federalist
Associated Press:
The Latest: Collins ‘leaning against’ GOP health care bill  — c728fa51a4fc  —  Link copied!  —  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on health care legislation (all times local):  —  Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she's “leaning against” …
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
The Cassidy-Graham bill probably won't become law.  And more than half of America is good with that.  —  Republicans' last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare was always a moonshot.  —  A bill proposed by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) looks like it doesn't have enough support …
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cruelty, Incompetence and Lies  —  Graham-Cassidy, the health bill the Senate may vote on next week, is stunningly cruel.  It's also incompetently drafted: The bill's sponsors clearly had no idea what they were doing when they put it together.  Furthermore, their efforts to sell the bill involve obvious, blatant lies.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McCain to vote no on ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Axelrod: I cried when they passed Obamacare
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Megan Messerly / The Nevada Independent:
Sandoval doubles down on criticism of Heller-sponsored measure; state analysis highlights up to $2 billion loss
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Collins: ‘Leaning against’ supporting new ObamaCare repeal effort
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kyle Feldscher / Washington Examiner:
Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright: John McCain will make a ‘good choice’ …
The former FBI director spoke at Howard University.  It did not go well.  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Students at Howard University loudly protested former FBI Director James Comey Friday as he delivered a convocation address.  —  As Comey, making a rare public appearance since leaving …
Fox News:
Comey convocation address derailed by angry protesters at Howard University
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump says this is all a hoax.  Mueller, Congress and Facebook disagree.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller and three congressional committees are investigating Russian interference in the election, but President Trump is still telling his fans it's a “hoax.”
Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Monitored Manafort After He Left Trump Campaign
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
A Dizzying Week of Trump-Russia Revelations
Discussion: Dispatches From the …, Salon and IJR
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
How Tom Price decided chartered, private jets were a good use of taxpayer money  —  After Tom Price was sworn in as health and human services secretary, the Georgia Republican faced an inconvenience known to millions of Americans: His flight was delayed, an aide said, and he was forced to spend hours at an airport.
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Inspector general to investigate Price's travel on private charter planes
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed:
Sebastian Gorka Gave A Classified “Tirade” About Radical Islam  —  The former Trump aide delivered a two-and-a-half-hour speech to students at a US Army elite special operations center, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show.  People who were there said it was a fiery speech …
Discussion: Newsweek, New York Magazine and Axios
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump aides begin looking for the exits  —  A fast-growing number of White House staffers are starting to look for the exits, even though the one-year mark of President Donald Trump's first term is still months away.  —  Many who joined the administration in January did so with the explicit idea …
Discussion: The Week, theGrio and Raw Story
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Finalizes New Restrictions to Replace Travel Ban  —  Targeted rules would affect about eight or nine countries, vary based on factors including cooperation with U.S. mandates  —  The Trump administration is preparing to replace its controversial travel ban …
Bob Grip / WALA-TV:
Roy Moore leads Luther Strange in FOX10 News poll  —  If the Alabama GOP Senate runoff election were held today, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore would defeat incumbent Senator Luther Strange, according to an exclusive, FOX10 News/Strategy Research statewide poll, conducted Wednesday.
Discussion: The Hill and RedState
James Hibberd /
Bill Clinton's first novel to become a Showtime TV series in major deal  —  Clinton and James Patterson's upcoming thriller, The President Is Missing, getting series treatment  —  Bill Clinton has landed a major TV series deal.  —  The former president and bestselling author James Patterson …
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Kim Jong Un Calls President Trump ‘Dotard’ and ‘Frightened Dog’  —  North Korea's leader called President Donald Trump “a frightened dog” and a “gangster fond of playing with fire” in an official statement released Thursday.  —  Kim Jong Un responded to Trump's United Nations speech in a dispatch written in the first person.
Matt Vespa /
Collapse: Time Magazine's Brutal Deep Dive Into The Ever Shrinking And Regional Democratic Party  —  The Democratic Party is in shambles.  Say what you will about the Republicans—they have problems too—but at least they're a national party.  For all his faults, Trump was able to virtually …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Unlearned Lessons of 2016  —  The media, Democrats …
Discussion: Instapundit and TIME
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Obama-era school sexual assault policy rescinded
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