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5:45 PM ET, September 26, 2017


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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Jared Kushner's lawyer, fooled by ‘email prankster,’ offers window into private email controversy  —  Abbe Lowell, a top Washington lawyer, exchanged emails on Monday with a prankster posing as his client Jared Kushner, at one point telling the prankster he needed to see “all emails” …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Republicans agree to raise bottom tax rate, double standard deduction  —  Top White House and GOP leaders have agreed to raise the lowest individual tax rate from 10 to 12 percent, paired with doubling the standard deduction, 5 senior Republicans tell us.  —  Why this matters …
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Trump's State-Tax Plan Could Cause Headaches for 52 Republican Lawmakers
Discussion: Axios and Politicus USA
Death and Taxes:
Trump defaulted on payments for his Puerto Rico golf course, leaving the territory with a $33 million tax debt  —  On Monday night, Donald Trump finally broke his near-deafening silence on the devastating situation in Puerto Rico with a series of tweets that tried to switch the narrative away …
Alexia Fernández Campbell / Vox:
Here's what Trump could actually do to help Puerto Rico
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate won't vote on last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill  —  The Senate will not vote on Republicans' latest bill to repeal Obamacare this week, putting an end, for now, to the GOP's seven-year campaign promise to dismantle the health care law.  —  The decision was reached at a party lunch Tuesday …
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Senate Republicans Pull Their Last Obamacare Repeal Bill Before The Vote … Senate Republican leaders decided on Tuesday to not hold a vote on a last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare before a critical, end-of-the-month deadline.  —  Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
McConnell Says Republicans Are Giving Up on Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday officially pulled the plug on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, scrapping a planned vote on the measure and effectively admitting defeat in the last-gasp drive …
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Trump rips ‘so-called Republicans’ over ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: Political Wire
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Some Republicans want to merge tax reform, health care
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Senate won't vote on Graham-Cassidy
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Blumenthal: ‘99 percent sure’ of Russia indictments  —  Criminal charges against two former top advisers to President Donald Trump are virtually certain, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday.  —  Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort are almost sure to be indicted as a result …
Exclusive: IRS shares information with special counsel in Russia probe  —  Washington (CNN)The IRS is now sharing information with special counsel Robert Mueller about key Trump campaign officials, after the two entities clashed this summer over both the scope of the investigation …
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Special counsel interviews with White House staff could start later this week
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Sen. Bob Corker will not seek re-election next year  —  Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year.  —  “After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Corker to retire after 2018  —  Senate Foreign Relations …
Discussion: ABC News
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
North Korea seeks help from Republican analysts: 'What's up with Trump?'  —  BERN, Switzerland — North Korean government officials have been quietly trying to arrange talks with Republican-linked analysts in Washington, in an apparent attempt to make sense of President Trump and his confusing messages to Kim Jong Un's regime.
Discussion: AOL, Shakesville, Raw Story and The Week
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Dunford: North Korea has not mobilized military for U.S. attack
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Washington Post
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Agrees to Let Women Drive  —  Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive, ending a longstanding policy that has become a global symbol of the repression of women in the ultraconservative kingdom.  —  The change, which will take effect in June of next year …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Law Professors Plan To Take A Knee To Protest Jeff Sessions' Speech On Campus Free Speech  —  Faculty members at Georgetown University Law Center have signed a letter condemning what they say is the “hypocrisy” of Sessions speaking about free speech.  The speech is only open to a select group of law students.
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Again Criticizes Jeff Sessions Over Russia Probe  —  At White House dinner Trump knocks attorney general and said his NFL feud ‘has really taken off,’ guests say  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump on Monday again indicated he was dissatisfied with his attorney general …
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Alabama Senate GOP frontrunner: Constitution was written to “foster Christianity”  —  HOMEWOOD, Alabama — Judge Roy Moore, the leading candidate in an Alabama Senate Republican primary held on Tuesday, pulled a laminated copy of Joseph Story's 1833 Commentaries on the Constitution out of his dusty maroon briefcase.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bannon to Alabama: 'They think you're a pack of morons'
CBS Pittsburgh:
Fire Chief ‘Embarrassed,’ ‘Regrets’ Using Racial Slur Against Mike Tomlin  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The fallout continues after the Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday and the team's decision to stay in the tunnel at Chicago's Soldier Field during the national anthem.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Pennsylvania fire chief calls Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a ‘no-good n*gger’ over NFL protests
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
EPA spending almost $25,000 to install a secure phone booth for Scott Pruitt  —  The Environmental Protection Agency is spending nearly $25,000 to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt, according to government contracting records.
James Robbins / USA Today:
NFL commits suicide by Trump with politically correct protests  —  Sports used to be fun, but these protests are divisive and pointless.  Can't we just play ball?  —  Remember when you could enjoy pro football without getting lectured on politics?  Not any more.
Discussion: The Week and ThinkProgress
Gen. Michael Hayden / The Hill:
Michael Hayden: In Trump versus NFL, standing up for free speech
Discussion: Shareblue
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Sean Spicer Lawyers Up As Russia Probe Heats Up … Sean Spicer has lawyered up.  —  The president's former press secretary has tapped Chris Mead, a high-powered criminal defense attorney based, to handle issues related to the special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, The Daily Beast has learned.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker threatens to force Trump impeachment vote next week  —  (D-Texas) said Tuesday that he will move to force a House floor vote to impeach President Trump next week as he denounced Trump's attacks on NFL players protesting police brutality.  —  Green, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
House to vote on 20-week abortion ban
Discussion: Daily Kos and Right Wing Watch
Christianna Silva / Newsweek:
Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr. tried to ‘bump’ Tiffany out of her inheritance, according to newly released recordings  —  Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were embroiled in a battle to take away inheritance money from their sister, Tiffany Trump, according to a new archive of the conversations Donald Trump …
Discussion: Splinter, RedState and AOL
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Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Clinton Compares Trump to Putin: 'Hopefully He Hasn't Ordered the Killing of People and Journalists'
Discussion: IJR
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Head of Drug Enforcement Administration to Leave, Alluding to Dismay Over Trump
Alex Pareene / Splinter:
You Are Jonathan Chait's Enemy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Steve Bannon basically just admitted Trump is easily duped
White House Plans to Set Refugee Cap at 45,000 for Next Fiscal Year
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
RSC chief calls women in group ‘eye candy’
Discussion: RedState and Talking Points Memo
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Tyranny of the Minority  —  This is Michelle Goldberg's debut column.
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Rebecca Sun / Hollywood Reporter:
Top Hollywood Execs Unveil Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Chaired by Anita Hill

Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Des Moines Register from reporting on legally-obtained court records that were inadvertently filed publicly

Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google Changes Rules to Purge News That Masks Country of Origin

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