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12:45 AM ET, September 26, 2017


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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 …
Greg Norman / Fox News:
NFL national anthem flap sees Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rap Alejandro Villanueva, while his jersey sales soar  —  Football fans across America were clamoring for the jersey of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva on Monday, a day after the former Army Ranger broke team orders …
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Cowboys, Jerry Jones kneel before national anthem in Arizona  —  The entire Dallas Cowboys team including owner Jerry Jones briefly knelt before the national anthem before their Monday night NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals in the final game of a football weekend dominated by attention paid to the protests.
Discussion: Axios and Washington Free Beacon
Julieta Chiquillo / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress says kneeling NFL players would be shot in the head in North Korea  —  Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, said Monday that NFL players kneeling to protest during the national anthem should thank God they don't have to worry about being shot in the head “like they would be in North Korea.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
The Truth About What Jerry Jones Said Regarding The NFL & National Anthem Protests
Discussion: IJR
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Donald Trump versus the NFL, explained
Fox Business:
NFL's Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones weighs in on anthem protests
Adam Stites /
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys took a knee before the national anthem
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
David French / National Review:
I Understand Why They Knelt  —  Kansas City Chiefs players …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva has highest-selling gear in past 24 hours
New York Times:
At Least 6 White House Advisers Used Private Email Accounts  —  WASHINGTON — At least six of President Trump's closest advisers occasionally used private email addresses to discuss White House matters, current and former officials said on Monday.  —  The disclosures came a day after news surfaced …
Mike Debonis / Washington Post:
Gowdy joins Democrats in probing Trump administration use of personal email  —  The Republican chairman and top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee asked the Trump administration Monday for more information about the use of personal email accounts by senior officials …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
House Republican demands details on Trump aides' use of private email
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and The Daily Caller
Josh Dawsey / Politico:   Use of personal devices widespread in Trump's West Wing
CBO's Publications:
Preliminary Analysis of Legislation That Would Replace Subsidies for Health Care With Block Grants  —  Over the 2017-2026 period, CBO and JCT estimate, the legislation would reduce the on-budget deficit by at least $133 billion and result in millions fewer people with comprehensive health insurance that covers high-cost medical events.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP already eyeing next chance to revive Obamacare repeal  —  The supposedly hard deadline at the end of the month to repeal Obamacare might not be so hard after all.  —  With their latest attempt to dismantle the health law on track to fail this week, GOP senators are already raising …
Discussion: Jezebel, Vox and Political Wire
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.
Senator Susan Collins:
Senator Collins Opposes Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bills
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Collins becomes third GOP ‘no’ vote, likely dooming ObamaCare repeal measure
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and RedState
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 …
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, NBC News and Mashable
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
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Romney: Put aside controversies, prioritize Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands  —  Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday joined the chorus of voices calling on lawmakers to prioritize hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands before a humanitarian crisis unfolds.
Washington Post:
Trump administration facing pressure to speed up recovery efforts in Puerto Rico
Chad Hadn't Been In The News Recently.  Then Trump Banned Its Citizens.  —  Chad, a staunch US ally that has sent troops to battle al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram, was a surprising addition to Trump's travel ban.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC
Tara Golshan / Vox:
The Trump administration just made its travel ban permanent
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:   Can We Stop Calling It a ‘Muslim Ban’ Now?
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump  — d45a2c55c359  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Trump Dinner at NYC's Le Cirque Seeks Up to $250,000 Per Couple  —  President to raise money for the Republican National Committee  —  ‘Business people and banks are no longer the enemies’  —  Some of the biggest names in U.S. finance and real estate are expected to gather …
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 …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in federal prison  —  Disgraced former U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner, whose exchange of illicit messages with a teenager wound up playing a role in the 2016 presidential election, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, authorities said.
Associated Press:
Pence, Bannon campaign for candidates in Alabama Senate race  —  Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Roy Moore made their final push Monday to sway voters ahead of Alabama's Republican runoff for U.S. Senate, a race that's pitted President Donald Trump against his former strategist, Steve Bannon.
Discussion: Politico
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Chicago Tribune:
Rauner to decide on abortion bill ‘in the near future’
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Trump ally Stone flatly rejects allegations of Russia collusion
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‘Declaration Of War’ Means North Korea Can Shoot Down U.S. Bombers, Minister Says
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Bitter Right-Wingers Don't Like Black Stars Making Millions
Discussion: Raw Story
Conservatives accuse the Pope of spreading heresy
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Chafee will enter Democratic primary if he runs for governor in 2018
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How Did Marriage Become a Mark of Privilege?
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This is the party boss driving Democrats to the left
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Gohmert Calls for McCain's Recall
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
NBC's Megyn Kelly experiment unveils its latest creation, a morning-show Bride of Frankenstein