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6:45 PM ET, September 25, 2017


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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump versus the NFL, explained  —  A master of race baiting overreaches.  —  Millions of Americans are facing desperate conditions in Puerto Rico, congressional Republicans are mounting a last-ditch effort to enact billions of dollars in health care cuts, and the president …
Rick Bonnell / The Charlotte Observer:
After Trump's tweet, here's what Hornets owner Michael Jordan says country needs  —  Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan added his voice Sunday night to those supporting professional athletes expressing themselves on social issues.  —  “I want to get one thing clear …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Atlantic
Eric Reid / New York Times:
Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee  —  In early 2016, I began paying attention to reports about the incredible number of unarmed black people being killed by the police.  The posts on social media deeply disturbed me, but one in particular brought me to tears …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jack Holmes / Esquire:
The NFL Won't Forget September 24, 2017 Anytime Soon
House Oversight Dems / Oversight Democrats:
Kushner's Use of Private Email  —  Cummings Launches Investigation  —  Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner in light of a Politico report …
IVANKA TRUMP USED A PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT FOR GOVERNMENT WORK: EXCLUSIVE  —  Ivanka Trump, the first daughter and adviser to the president, used a personal email address to communicate with a government official after her father took office, according to documents that the nonprofit American …
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Watchdog: Ivanka Trump used personal email account for government business
Mike Debonis / Washington Post:
Gowdy joins Democrats in probing Trump administration use of personal email
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and NPR
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats open investigation into Kushner emails
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Jezebel
Ryan Hannable / WEEI:
Tom Brady on K&C: ‘I certainly disagree with what [Donald Trump] said’  —  On Friday night, President Donald Trump had some pointed comments towards the NFL when it comes to players protesting during the national anthem.  —  “Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners …
John Kelly is not pleased with Trump's NFL culture war, but ‘appalled’ by players' lack of respect  —  #TakeAKnee heats up on and off the field  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)White House chief of staff John Kelly was not pleased with the fight that erupted over the weekend between …
Will Schmitt / Springfield News-Leader:
A local WWII vet took a knee to support black NFL players. He's going viral.
Washington Post:
Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit divisions over Black Lives Matter and Muslims  —  The batch of more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads that Facebook is preparing to turn over to Congress shows a deep understanding of social divides in American society, with some ads promoting African …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Health Bill Appears Dead as Pivotal G.O.P. Senator Declares Opposition  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Susan Collins of Maine said on Monday that she would oppose the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders clearly short of the votes they need for passage.
CBS News:
Poll: Most disapprove of Graham-Cassidy health care bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP facing likely failure on ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump blasts McCain over health bill vote
Discussion: baker
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Gohmert Calls for McCain's Recall  —  Texas Republican suggests way to support senator and get health care repeal  —  Pelosi Calls Out Trump for War on NFL, NBA Former Governor, Senate Candidate Announces Bid for Reichert's Seat State Medicaid Directors Say Graham-Cassidy ‘Fails to Deliver’
John Wagner / Washington Post:
In radio interview, Trump slams McCain, dings McConnell and botches a Senate candidate's name
Tara Golshan / Vox:
The Trump administration just made its travel ban permanent  —  President Donald Trump issued an executive order over the weekend that restricts travel to the US from more countries than any of the travel bans that have come before it, effectively banning almost all travel from eight countries …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   Can We Stop Calling It a ‘Muslim Ban’ Now?
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court cancels oral arguments on Trump travel ban
Discussion: Vox
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
NBC's Megyn Kelly experiment unveils its latest creation, a morning-show Bride of Frankenstein  —  “Megyn Kelly Today” is meant to be the final, dazzling piece of Kelly's multimillion-dollar transmogrification from steely Fox News host to a mushy, hugs-for-everybody, midmorning TV host.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Steve Bannon Sought To Infiltrate Facebook Hiring  —  According to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News, Bannon hoped to spy on Facebook's job application process.  —  Steve Bannon plotted to plant a mole inside Facebook, according to emails sent days before the Breitbart boss took …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Down Again On Day Of Player Protests  —  On a day full of criticism from Donald Trump, political protests, linked arms, players taking a knee or not coming on the field at all during the national anthem, and renewed pleas for unity from the league …
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
With Great Sadness, I Did Not Watch the National Football League on Sunday  —  RUSH: I want to share with you first the way all of this affected me, because in many ways I think that I am fairly typical.  I am smack-dab in the middle of the targeted marketing the NFL does to acquire and hold an audience …
New York Times:
Puerto Rico's Agriculture and Farmers Decimated by Maria  —  YABUCOA, P.R. — José A. Rivera, a farmer on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, stood in the middle of his flattened plantain farm on Sunday and tried to tally how much Hurricane Maria had cost him.  —  “How do you calculate everything?”
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
Iran's supposed missile launch was fake, US officials say  —  EXCLUSIVE: Iranian state television released video footage Friday claiming to show the launch of a new type of medium-range ballistic missile, a few hours after it was displayed during a military parade in Tehran.
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Cruz still a no on ObamaCare repeal bill  —  (R-Texas) is still opposed to the latest ObamaCare repeal legislation despite the changes that have been made to the bill, according to a Cruz aide.  —  Cruz's position further endangers the Republican ObamaCare repeal effort, which appears to be on the brink of failure.
Discussion: The Atlantic, CNN and New York Times
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Cruz still a “no” on Graham-Cassidy
Discussion: ABC News and Political Wire
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Trump has been great for the economy.  The anti-Trump economy, that is.  —  Noah Bookbinder may not be the first guy you'd draft to help unseat a president.  —  For months, panicky liberals have gazed hopefully at special counsel Robert Mueller, the square-jawed former FBI director whose legal dream team …
White House stonewalls Capitol Hill over records in Russia probe  —  White House legal team overshadows Trump  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — At least three congressional panels are investigating Russian interference into last year's election  —  (CNN)Tension is rising between congressional …
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
House intel sets hearing amid friction with DOJ on Russia
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Conservatives accuse the Pope of spreading heresy  —  Rome (CNN)Several dozen conservative Catholic scholars and clergy have charged Pope Francis with spreading heresy, a bold but perhaps futile salvo against Francis and his reform-minded papacy.  —  The widely publicized …
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Wall Street Journal:
Steven Mnuchin, a Newcomer, Tilts at Washington's Hardest Target: The Tax Code
Discussion: Mother Jones
Steph Machado / WPRI-TV:
Chafee will enter Democratic primary if he runs for governor in 2018
Kaya Yurieff / CNNMoney:
Joe Biden's latest gig: Curating the news
Discussion: IJR
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in federal prison
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How Did Marriage Become a Mark of Privilege?
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Associated Press:
McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lucia Graves / The Guardian:
Why Hillary Clinton was right about white women - and their husbands
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
‘Lonely Scholar With Unusual Ideas’ Defends Trump, Igniting Legal Storm