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8:45 AM ET, September 25, 2017


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CBS News:
Poll: Most disapprove of Graham-Cassidy health care bill  —  Most Americans — 52 percent — disapprove of the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, according to a CBS News Poll conducted between Sept. 21 and 24.  —  Only 20 percent of those polled said they approved of the Republican legislation aimed …
Discussion: Political Wire and Politico
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Here's the new Graham-Cassidy bill  —  Here's a copy of the revised health care bill Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy are set to introduce tomorrow.  A senior GOP aide confirmed its authenticity.  More analysis to come.
Allison De Jong / ABC News:
Americans back DACA by a huge margin (POLL)  —  A vast 86 percent of Americans support a right to residency for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, with support crossing the political spectrum.  Two-thirds back a deal to enact such legislation in tandem with higher funding for border control.
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators  —  The floundering Republican attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act met hardening resistance from key GOP senators Sunday that left it on the verge of collapse even as advocates vowed to keep pushing for a vote this week.
Scott Clement / Washington Post:   Survey finds strong support for ‘dreamers’
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   Strange in trouble in Alabama, White House and GOP fear
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
First look: Alabama poll
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
The Politicization of Everything  —  Everybody loses in the Trump-NFL brawl over the national anthem.
Discussion: Instapundit
Dean Obeidallah / CNN:
Trump's NFL comments prove he doesn't get American values
Associated Press:
The Latest: More reaction from Trump on NFL players
Scott Greer / The Daily Caller:
Trump Wins When The NFL Takes A Knee
Alexander Burns / New York Times:   Defying Trump, Athletes Intensify Debate on Race and Protest
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and Raw Story
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Chiefs QB: Why is Trump condemning football players more harshly than white supremacists?  —  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith questioned why President Trump was condemning NFL players more strongly than he did white supremacists last month.  —  Smith called Trump's criticism …
Discussion: Kansas City Star and Raw Story
Peter King /
Monday Morning QB: Response to President Trump Made Roger Goodell ‘Proud of Our League’  —  NFL, Players React to Trump's Comments on National Anthem Protests  — The NFL commissioner reacts to anthem protests and celebrations across the league on Sunday, and a look at the conflicting feelings …
Discussion: Axios, ProFootballTalk and IJR
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Kushner used private email to conduct White House business  —  Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December …
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Attorney: Kushner used private email account to talk to WH officials
Discussion: ABC News and RedState
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
GOP leaders circulating plan that could end up as massive tax cut for the wealthy
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook  —  Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company's social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Mark Zuckerberg Can't Stop You From Reading This Because The Algorithms Have Already Won
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?”
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Clinton: Trump should send Navy to help Puerto Rico
Discussion: CNN, Axios, and Politico
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:   Puerto Rico governor: ‘We still need some more help’ from Washington
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:   Puerto Rico governor: ‘We still need some more help’ from Washington
Peter Baker / New York Times:
A Divider, Not a Uniter, Trump Widens the Breach  —  WASHINGTON — Over the course of just 17 hours this weekend, President Trump assailed John McCain, Chuck Schumer, Stephen Curry, the National Football League, Roger Goodell, Iran and Kim Jong-un — the “Little Rocket Man.”  And that was on his day off.
Washington Post:
This is what the flag stands for, Mr. President  —  IN 1943, with the nation mobilized for war against fascism, schoolchildren in West Virginia were required each morning to salute the American flag.  The purpose, seemingly unexceptionable — and in fact not objected to by many — was …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CNN and Fox News
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Forced to Defend His ‘Nutty’ NFL Tweets... Again
Discussion: Raw Story
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Is Trump All Talk on North Korea? The Uncertainty Sends a Shiver
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
New Order Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday issued a new order banning almost all travel to the United States from seven countries, including most of the nations covered by his original travel ban, citing threats to national security posed by letting their citizens into the country.
Fox News:
Deadly Tennessee church shooting: Sudanese immigrant arrested, FBI launches civil rights investigation  —  One woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a suspect identified as a Sudanese immigrant opened fire at a Tennessee church Sunday, police said, as the FBI confirmed it's launched …
Associated Press:
Tennessee Church Shooting Suspect Charged With Murder
Discussion: The Root
Kurt Schlichter /
Conservative, Inc., Is Being Replaced By Us Militant Normals  —  I guess now we're not supposed to be fighting culture wars anymore - man, it's so hard to keep up with these ever-changing new rules!  I'm old enough to remember way back to 2016, before Trump got nominated …
John Legend / Slate:
The NFL Protests Are Patriotic  —  The kneeling players are asking America to do better on criminal justice.  If I could, I'd take a knee and join them.  —  The president of the United States loves to drape himself in the symbols of patriotism, but fails to respect the ideals at the core of our Constitution and national identity.
Discussion: The Root, Common Dreams and NewsBusters
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Wall Street Journal:
Why the GOP's Tax Plan Could Leave High-Wage Earners With Little to Gain
Discussion: Washington Post
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Why the divider in chief embraces culture wars
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing
American Prospect:
Slaying the Partisan Gerrymander
Far-right party AfD in disarray a day after historic German election result
Discussion: Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas J. Donohue / Wall Street Journal:
A Nafta Exit Would Be a Rotten Deal
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
John McCain fights back
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson went off …
Discussion: IJR