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7:35 PM ET, September 26, 2017


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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 …
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 …
Special counsel interviews with White House staff could start later this week
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Some Republicans want to merge tax reform, health care  —  Graham-Cassidy is almost certainly dead, but some Republicans want to press on with health care — along with tax reform — through the 2018 budget, and momentum for the idea seems to be building.  That way, Sept. 30 wouldn't be their final deadline after all.
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Trump rips ‘so-called Republicans’ over ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: Political Wire
Los Angeles Times:
GOP gives up on voting on Obamacare repeal, but bipartisan approaches remain in doubt
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” …
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.
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 …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Corker to retire after 2018  —  Senate Foreign Relations …
Discussion: ABC News and The Federalist
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
Head of Drug Enforcement Administration to Leave, Alluding to Dismay Over Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration will resign at the end of the week, according to law enforcement officials, who said he had become convinced that President Trump had little respect for the law.
Washington Post:
DEA administrator plans to step down
Discussion: Axios
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, Daily Kos and Politicus USA
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump already distancing himself from Strange in Alabama race  —  President Donald Trump began distancing himself from a Luther Strange loss before ballots were even cast, telling conservative activists Monday night the candidate he's backing in Alabama's GOP Senate primary was likely to lose …
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Alabama Senate GOP frontrunner: Constitution was written to “foster Christianity”
Discussion: The Atlantic
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Roy Moore pulls out gun while speaking at rally
Discussion:, Business Insider and CNN
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.
Alex Pareene / Splinter:
You Are Jonathan Chait's Enemy  —  New York's Jonathan Chait writes today about the “dangerous consequences” of the left's use of the label “white supremacist” to describe Donald Trump, the alt-right, and American conservatism in general.  —  In the course of defending his piece on Twitter …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Raw Story, AOL, Shakesville and The Week
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.
Giving you more characters to express yourself  —  Trying to cram your thoughts into a Tweet - we've all been there, and it's a pain.  —  Interestingly, this isn't a problem everywhere people Tweet.  For example, when I (Aliza) Tweet in English, I quickly run into the 140 character limit and have to edit my Tweet down so it fits.
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Price's private-jet travels included visits with colleagues, lunch with son  —  The HHS secretary sometimes combined official travel and meetings with friends and family.  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price took a government-funded private jet in August to get to St. Simons Island …
Discussion: CNBC
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Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Document lists immigration proposals White House wants in exchange for Dreamer fix
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump hosts first fundraiser since RNC began paying his legal bills
ABC News:
Special counsel probing flow of Russian-American money to Trump political funds
Discussion: Politicus USA and Raw Story
Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Clinton Compares Trump to Putin: 'Hopefully He Hasn't Ordered the Killing of People and Journalists'
Discussion: IJR
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker threatens to force Trump impeachment vote next week
James Robbins / USA Today:
NFL commits suicide by Trump with politically correct protests
Discussion: The Week and ThinkProgress
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Steve Bannon basically just admitted Trump is easily duped
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
White House Plans to Set Refugee Cap at 45,000 for Next Fiscal Year
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
RSC chief calls women in group ‘eye candy’
Discussion: RedState and Talking Points Memo
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Abbie Hoffman of the Right: Donald Trump