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12:25 PM ET, September 23, 2017


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Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
As Trump campaigns for Strange in Alabama, he expresses some doubts: ‘I might have made a mistake’  —  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — President Trump campaigned on Friday night for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange, in a race that has pitted him against his most loyal supporters and that holds …
Discussion: Slate and The Last Tradition
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
'I love Alabama - it's special': At rally for Sen. Luther Strange, Trump vents frustrations in rambling speech  —  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — President Trump spent the first 25 minutes of a Friday night campaign rally explaining and defending his decision to endorse the Republican establishment's pick for the Alabama Senate race.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Howard Koplowitz /
Trump claims he was first to call Strange ‘Big Luther’  —  President Donald Trump claimed his branding genius extended to Sen. Luther Strange's “Big Luther” nickname, telling the crowd at Huntsville's Von Braun Center that he was the first person to give the senator that moniker.
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Trump after ‘lock her up’ chant: Talk to Jeff Sessions
Discussion: The Week
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
45 After Dark: It's a Strange Night edition
Discussion: Axios
Atul Gawande / New Yorker:
If the U.S. Adopts the G.O.P.'s Health-Care Bill, It Would Be an Act of Mass Suicide  —  The fundamental thing to understand about Senate Republicans' latest attempt to repeal Obamacare is that the bill under consideration would not just undo the Affordable Care Act—it would also end Medicaid …
The Daily Beast:
Jimmy Kimmel Got a Hand From Chuck Schumer in His Fight Against Obamacare Repeal … Over the past week, opposition to the latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has been driven by a late-night talk show host who had expressed little interest in health care policy prior to this year.
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump says NBA player Stephen Curry no longer invited to White House  —  President Trump on Saturday said the “invitation is withdrawn” for Stephen Curry to visit the White House because the NBA All-Star “is hesitating.”  —  “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” he tweeted.
Steve Kerr: No decision on White House visit until we discuss as team  —  The Golden State Warriors plan to meet as a team this fall to discuss whether they'll celebrate their NBA championship at the White House, team and league officials told ESPN.  —  “We will meet as a team to discuss …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Clinton: Trump has ‘been even worse than I thought he would be’ … Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton  —  slammed President Trump on Saturday, saying his presidency is worse than she expected it would be.  —  “I really had such deep doubts about his preparation …
Associated Press:
Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking  — 72a3c037a567  —  Link copied!  —  The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.
Washington Post:
DHS tells states about Russian hacking during 2016 election
Lois Beckett / The Guardian:
‘Junk science’: experts cast doubt on widely cited college free speech survey  —  Survey saying 20% of US college students believe it's appropriate to use violence against offensive speech was administered to an opt-in online panel … Polling experts are raising concerns …
Discussion: National Review
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
NFL Stars Erupt In Anger Over Donald Trump's ‘Son Of A Bitch’ Speech  —  “I can't take anything our Celebrity in Chief says seriously.  He's a real life clown/troll.”  —  National Football League stars past and present are expressing outrage after President Donald Trump used an address in Huntsville …
Discussion: Raw Story, Politicus USA, CNN and The Week
Asha Rangappa / Just Security:
What the FISA Warrants Against Paul Manafort Tell Us About Mueller's Investigation  —  The Trump-Russia saga has more characters than War and Peace and plot twists harder to follow than Game of Thrones.  So making sense of the latest news - that the FBI had taken out not one …
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
Doomsday is not on Saturday after all, writer says after predicting end of the world  —  The end is still nigh — just not as nigh as it was earlier this week, a Doomsday writer says.  —  David Meade, who claimed the world is ending Saturday when a mysterious planet collides with Earth, is now backtracking on the calamitous claim.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Showdown looms over Trump dossier; FBI misses third deadline to turn over subpoenaed documents  —  A third deadline has now passed for the FBI and Justice Department to give the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed documents related to the Trump dossier.  And for a third time, the bureau has not produced the material.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   The FBI: Still Stonewalling
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Enforcer or ‘choke point’?  Kelly seeks to bring order to chaotic White House.  —  White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has a new evening routine: He periodically strolls the perimeter of the White House grounds late at night, inspecting the compound and chatting with Secret Service agents to see if they have what they need.
Discussion: Business Insider and theGrio
Russia turns on Morgan Freeman over election ‘war’ video  —  Russia has aimed its entire media arsenal at the veteran Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman over his appearance in a video accusing the Kremlin of waging “war” on America during last year's presidential election.
New York Times:
Betsy DeVos Reverses Obama-era Policy on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday scrapped a key part of government policy on campus sexual assault, saying she was giving colleges more freedom to balance the rights of accused students with the need to crack down on serious misconduct.
Lara Bazelon / New York Times:
California's Sexual Assault Law Will Hurt Black Kids
Discussion: Althouse
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
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Daniela Velázquez / ACLU-EM News:
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Trump is ‘prepping his base’ for a constitutional crisis to stop the Russia probe: Dem lawmaker
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN poll: 54% say Russia-backed content on social media moved 2016 election