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McMaster: Trump Will Take A More 'Holistic' Approach To Iran

Source: Talking Points Memo




By NICOLE LAFOND Published SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 12:01 PM

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday he knows what the President’s decision will be on the Iran nuclear deal, but only revealed that the President plans to take a broader approach to Iran’s “destabilizing behavior.”

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday, McMaster stopped short of saying whether Trump plans to pull out of the 2015 multi-nation deal that limits Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear arsenal in exchange for lifting sanctions against the country, but called the agreement “fundamentally flawed.”

President Donald Trump said this week he has made a decision about the deal, but hasn’t said whether he will pull out.

“The deal is fundamentally flawed. As the President said, he called it the ‘worst deal of all-time.’ It gave the Iranian regime all the benefits up front and then the incompleteness of the deal, the flaws of the deal, the sunset clause that could really give this regime who is not trustworthy, obviously, cover to advance a nuclear program and have a threshold capability,” he said.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mcmaster-trump-take-more-holistic-approach-iran

Spicer's Notebooks Could Be a 'Honey Pot' for Mueller


September 21, 2017 at 6:47 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

Mike Allen: “Now we can tell you about another potential honey pot for Mueller. Former colleagues of Sean Spicer tell Axios that he filled ‘notebook after notebook’ during meetings at the Republican National Committee, later at the Trump campaign, and then at the White House.”

“When Spicer worked at the RNC, he was said to have filled black books emblazoned with the party’s seal. Spicer was so well-known for his copious notes that underlings joked about him writing a tell-all.”

Said one source: “Sean documented everything.”

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https://politicalwire.com/2017/09/21/spicers-notebooks-goldmine-mueller/

GOP Bill Has No Support from the Health Care Industry

September 21, 2017 at 8:45 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

First Read: “Backers of the GOP Graham-Cassidy health-care bill – Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) plus President Trump via Twitter – maintain it doesn’t touch protections for those with pre-existing conditions. And Cassidy also says the legislation will cover more people than current law does.”

https://twitter.com/mmurraypolitics/status/910487605900439552

“They all have one problem: No one from the health industry is backing them up. The health insurers are against Graham-Cassidy, with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association saying that the legislation ‘contains provisions that would allow states to waive key consumer protections, as well as undermine safeguards for those with pre-existing medical condition.’ The American Medical Association is also against the bill. Ditto the American Hospital Association.”

“So if Graham/Cassidy/Trump claim that the legislation protects those with pre-existing conditions and expands coverage, the question follows: Which study or industry expert backs that up?”

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https://politicalwire.com/2017/09/21/gop-bill-no-support-health-care-industry/

Does Body Language Tell Us If GOP Has the Votes?


September 21, 2017 at 6:39 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

As Republicans scramble to find the 50 votes they need to pass the latest Senate health care bill, CNN did some body-language analysis using video of the Senate floor last night.



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https://politicalwire.com/2017/09/21/body-language-tell-us-gop-votes/

Gay Republican who attacked Obamacare nonstop turns to crowdfunding for medical bills

By Jeff Taylor · Thursday, September 21, 2017


The Sassy Gay Republican was in a serious car accident, and is now soliciting funds. Twitter

A gay Republican with a sizable social media following, who has criticized Obamacare for “forcing” him to purchase insurance he was sure he’d never need, is turning to crowdfunding after a car accident has left him with medical bills he can’t pay.

The “Sassy Gay Republican,” as he calls himself, posted to GoFundMe, asking for $15,000, since the hospital he was taken to didn’t accept his insurance.

https://twitter.com/sassygayrepub/status/908360475405987841

From his plea for funds:

For those of you who follow my story on Twitter, you know how open I am about my life, & whenever I need help, I always ask. There’s always some guilt for me asking, but right now, I really don’t have a choice. I just got a place to stay & I really need to keep up with the bills so I can better my life as I’m trying so very hard to do. The paramedics & police officer said I was very lucky. People in these types of accidents don’t typically survive, especially at a whopping highway speed of 65MPH. I’m still in shock as I write this, but I know I can get past it. God was with me in that car, I really believe it you guys. It wasn’t my time & I survived, just like I have been this entire time.


He explains that he earns his living as a pizza delivery driver, obviously now on hold.

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https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/09/gay-republican-attacked-obamacare-nonstop-turns-crowdfunding-medical-bills/


Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico, in pictures

Puerto Rico is in ruins after being slammed by the devastation of Hurricane Maria during the week

MATTHEW ROZSA
09.21.2017•4:07 PM EDT

Hurricane Maria has devastated the American commonwealth of Puerto Rico, leaving the Caribbean island without power and compelling Governor Ricardo Rossello to declare a Wednesday-to-Saturday curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to The Guardian.

After passing over Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria was downgraded from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2 storm, although the National Hurricane Service warns that it could strengthen again.

The sheer magnitude of Hurricane Maria's impact on Puerto Rico can be difficult to comprehend, although these video clips (including San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz choking back tears as she contemplated how her city will never be the same) and pictures taken from Twitter do give an idea.

https://twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews/status/910585444286509062
https://twitter.com/ananavarro/status/910865098591391744
https://twitter.com/AstroKomrade/status/910866872056164352
https://twitter.com/latimes/status/910873298224939013
https://twitter.com/latimes/status/910854983926599683
https://twitter.com/CNNweather/status/910849038580355074
https://twitter.com/emmie_madam/status/910886562577158145
https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/910801333388812288
https://twitter.com/Jc_Correa1/status/910792605415477248


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http://www.salon.com/2017/09/21/hurricane-marias-devastation-of-puerto-rico-in-pictures/

Roy Moore disrupts Alabama Senate race -- and prepares for new level of defiance in Washington

By Michael Scherer September 21 at 8:47 AM

DECATUR, Ala. — With the thunder and fire of an old-time revivalist, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore rose before the assembled souls at the Redemption Baptist Church, a front-runner in the polls days out from an election that could rattle the rickety structures of the Republican Party.

“You think that God’s not angry that this land is a moral slum?” asked Moore, 70, reciting a rhyming poem he had written years earlier during a 50-minute address before several dozen believers. “How much longer will it be before his judgment comes?”

Republican primary voters across the country have been trying since 2010 to elect angry, outsider candidates who promise to disrupt the ways of Washington. But no one in recent history has promised to be quite as disruptive as Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who has twice been removed from the bench for defying judicial orders. And few have divided the GOP as Moore’s candidacy has, producing a momentous power struggle over an election that is likely to turn out less than 20 percent of Alabama’s Republican voters but could nonetheless set the tone for the coming 2018 election battles.

In August, Moore won the first round of primary voting with 39 percent of the vote, and then won the endorsement of the third-place finisher weeks later. Now, with the election just five days away, Moore leads public polling averages with a nine-point edge over Sen. Luther Strange, the man appointed to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/roy-moore-disrupts-alabama-senate-race--and-prepares-for-new-level-of-defiance-in-washington/2017/09/21/2a88a4a2-9e38-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_roymoore-1120a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.0f88ea06f93f

Moderate Blue Dogs see new influence over Dem recruitment

BY BEN KAMISAR - 09/21/17 12:00 PM EDT

Moderate Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition are endorsing a slate of candidates Thursday in Republican-leaning districts, as they look to put their mark on the party’s 2018 midterm push.

The group has been working hand-in-glove with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on recruiting candidates, a departure from previous years when moderates found themselves kicked to the curb by the House Democratic campaign arm.

As Democrats look at an expanded battlefield that includes 24 GOP-held House districts won by Hillary Clinton in November, Blue Dogs believe their expanded seat at the Democratic campaigning table will help to broaden the party's appeal to include more moderate voters.

The Blue Dogs’ first wave of endorsements includes eight candidates, all but one of them in districts President Trump won in 2016. The group is expected to announce dozens more endorsements throughout the upcoming cycle. “These candidates are outstanding candidates...their opponents are flawed or have extreme vulnerabilities because of extremist stances we don’t think match up with that particular district,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), a Blue Dog member who has helped to spearhead candidate recruitment.

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http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/351738-moderate-blue-dogs-see-new-influence-over-dem-recruitment

Manafort spokesman says investigations 'entirely politically motivated'

Source: Politico




By NOLAN D. MCCASKILL 09/21/2017 11:28 AM EDT

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman believes the investigations into his actions are “entirely politically motivated,” Paul Manafort's spokesman Jason Maloni said Thursday. Maloni referred to a CNN report this week, alleging that U.S. investigators conducted surveillance of Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 presidential election.

The CNN report “is all you need to know about this case. When CNN’s story broke about the revelations of not one but two FISA warrants, that made this crystal clear a political story,” Maloni told NPR’s “1A” on Thursday morning. “Paul’s feeling is this is entirely politically motivated.”

Manafort, through a statement released by Maloni on Wednesday, called for the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into the FISA warrant leaks and find the motivations behind surveillance of his communications. He also urged DOJ to release any transcripts it had of his communications with non-Americans.

“Why it’s coming to light now is for someone to investigate,” Maloni said Thursday. “Paul Manafort earlier in the week begged, said, ‘Please, somebody conduct an investigation.’ First of all, who revealed the fact that one of the most classified and valuable tools at our intelligence community’s disposal, the FISA court, why was this violated, and who’s behind it and why? Those are questions that need to be answered.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/21/paul-manafort-fbi-investigations-spokesman-242974

Trump to visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Source: The Hill




BY JONATHAN EASLEY - 09/21/17 11:22 AM EDT

President Trump said Thursday he’d visit the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, which has been devastated by Hurricane Maria.

Seated next to Ukranian President Poroshenko on his final day of meetings at the United Nations, Trump did not say when he might go to Puerto Rico, but spoke solemnly about the destruction to an island he said had been “absolutely obliterated.”

“Got hit with winds they say, they’ve never seen winds like this anywhere,” Trump said. “Got hit as a 5, category 5 storm, which literally never happens.”

Maria actually hit the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm and then reduced to a Category 4 storm when it hit Puerto Rico, knocking out the entire island's power grid and causing extensive damage to property and infrastructure. The president said that Puerto Rico’s electrical grid had been “totally destroyed” and “wasn’t in good shape to start off with.”



Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/351730-trump-to-visit-hurricane-ravaged-puerto-rico
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