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12:50 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  —  Top Washington lawyer Abbe Lowell engaged in an email exchange with a prankster posing as client Jared Kushner on Monday, at one point telling the prankster that he needed “to see all emails” …
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 …
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Hillary Clinton Calls Kushner Email Revelations ‘The Height Of Hypocrisy’  —  Her comments came just hours before reports that at least six Trump officials had used private emails.  —  Hillary Clinton slammed the administration of President Donald Trump for its “rank hypocrisy” …
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Hillary Clinton: I'm Not Sure Trump Knows Puerto Ricans Are Americans  —  “He doesn't think that has any political relevance and it's certainly not personally important,” she added.  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday launched a blistering attack against President Donald Trump …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The White House Is Not Ignoring Puerto Rico  —  We are seeing the beginning of a concerted attempt to turn the crisis in Puerto Rico into “Trump's Katrina.”  And, as T. Becket Adams points out, those responsible aren't even being subtle about it.  All of a sudden, we hav new talking points: Trump is ignoring Puerto Rico!
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Jeff Cirillo /
Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Speak Today at Georgetown Law  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to give a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center to condemn rising opposition to unrestricted free speech on college campuses this afternoon.  —  Sessions' address is set to focus …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, IJR and Daily Kos
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Georgetown Law Professors Tell Jeff Sessions He's The Wrong Man To Talk About Free Speech
Discussion: The Root and Daily Wire
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Some Georgetown Law students and faculty plan to protest speech by Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Discussion: Slate and Daily Kos
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Sessions to declare free speech ‘under attack’ on campus, in broadside at political correctness
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Pennsylvania fire chief calls Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a ‘no-good n*gger’ over NFL protests  —  A fire chief from Pennsylvania has apologized for calling Steelers coach Mike Tomlin a “no-good n*gger” after his team did not come out onto the field for the national anthem during this Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
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.
Discussion: Deadspin
Greg Norman / Fox News:
NFL national anthem flap sees Steelers coach Mike Tomlin rap Alejandro Villanueva, while his jersey sales soar
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bannon to Alabama: 'They think you're a pack of morons'  —  FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Steve Bannon barreled onstage at a raucous rally inside a barn here to deliver a warning to the national Republican establishment ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election: I'm just getting started.
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.
New York Times:   In Alabama Senate Runoff, Pence and Bannon Take Opposing Sides
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The GOP can't quit Obamacare repeal because of their donors  —  Graham-Cassidy has gained steam because many Republican senators care primarily about pleasing their donors.  —  Senate Republicans are trying yet again to repeal Obamacare, despite seemingly having all the political and substantive reasons in the world not to.
CBO's Publications:
Preliminary Analysis of Legislation That Would Replace Subsidies for Health Care With Block Grants
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:   ‘Reasonable’ Republicans are betraying us, too
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: Politicus USA
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 …
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: RedState
Donald Trump Jr.'s Secret Service detail restored, sources say
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Dean Skelos's 2015 Corruption Conviction Is Overturned  —  A federal appeals panel on Tuesday overturned the 2015 corruption convictions of Dean G. Skelos, once the powerful majority leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, citing a decision last year …
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Pat Tillman widow: Don't ‘politicize’ husband's service in way ‘that divides us’  —  (CNN)President Trump's tweets have consequences.  Look no further than Marie Tillman, the widow of Pat Tillman, who was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in 2004.
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed:
People Are Worried About DHS Plans To Gather Social Media Info  —  “There's a growing trend at the Department of Homeland Security to be snooping on the social media of immigrants.”  —  Reporting From Washington, DC  —  WASHINGTON - Federal officials are planning to collect social media information …
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:   US Homeland Security Will Start Collecting Social Media Info on All Immigrants October 18th
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Tyranny of the Minority  —  This is Michelle Goldberg's debut column.  —  Since Donald Trump's cataclysmic election, the unthinkable has become ordinary.  We've grown used to naked profiteering off the presidency, an administration that calls for the firing of private citizens for political dissent …
Scholars Strategy Network:
KEY  —  WHAT ELECTION CAMPAIGNS NEED TO LEARN TO PERSUADE VOTERS ABOUT CANDIDATES AND BALLOT MEASURES  —  David Broockman, Stanford University, Joshua Kalla, University of California, Berkeley  —  The 2016 presidential campaigns supporting Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton …
Abstract  —  Significant theories of democratic accountability hinge …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Rachel M. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Michael David Smith / ProFootballTalk:
Monday Night Football ratings up for the season, way up for Week 3
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Kate Kelly / New York Times:
A Piece of Obama's Post-Presidential Life: Sandwiches and Speeches
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
More bad news for Guadagno (and Christie) in new governor's race poll
Discussion: Political Wire
Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago police officers to be reprimanded after kneeling in Instagram post
Discussion: The Daily Caller, TheBlaze and The Root
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
So, Was the Old Megyn Kelly a Fraud, or is this New Version the Phony?
Salena Zito / New York Post:
NFL anthem protests leave Pittsburgh fans conflicted about game they love
Brett Forrest / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Curb Russian Military Flights Over American Territory
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Chatting With a Very Relaxed Roger Stone, on the Eve of His House Russia-Probe Testimony
Discussion: ABC News
John Kelly is not pleased with Trump's NFL culture war, but ‘appalled’ by players' lack of respect