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11:30 AM ET, September 18, 2018


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Anita Hill / New York Times:
How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee has a chance to do better by the country than it did nearly three decades ago.  —  Ms. Hill is a professor at Brandeis University.  —  There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better.
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
MeToo spurred Christine Blasey Ford to open up about alleged attack year before Kavanaugh nomination, friends say  —  'I've been trying to forget this all my life,' she told friend, 'and now I'm supposed to remember every little detail'  —  PALO ALTO — The fog was just lifting at Capitola beach …
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: If We Ditch Kavanaugh, We're Signing Our Own ‘Death Warrant’  —  It's Judge Kavanaugh or bust.  —  For Donald Trump's White House, Brett Kavanaugh is increasingly irrelevant to the politics of his own Supreme Court nomination.  Instead, those close to the president view …
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
I Believe Her  —  “Dear Caitlin,” an inscription in my 12th-grade yearbook begins.  “I'm really very sorry that our friendship plummeted straight downhill after the first few months of school.  Really, the blame rests totally on my shoulders.  To tell you the truth, I've wanted to say this all year.
Deanna Paul / Washington Post:
A former sex-crimes prosecutor analyzed Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh.  Here's her take.  —  Soon after Christine Blasey Ford was revealed as the author of a letter alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her decades ago, the responses ran along predictable lines.
McConnell works feverishly behind the scenes to save Kavanaugh  —  The Senate leader's legacy on the judiciary is on the line.  —  Mitch McConnell, preeminent cut-throat political tactician, is going with a softer touch to salvage Brett Kavanaugh's suddenly endangered Supreme Court confirmation.
Talia Lavin / HuffPost:
Brett Kavanaugh Defenders Are Sending A Message: Women Aren't People  —  Sometimes it feels as if the last two years have been an unending litany of stories about the trauma of sexual assault and its aftereffects.  The litany didn't start with the emergence of the #MeToo hashtag; it began earlier …
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Week
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
No, Brett Kavanaugh's mother didn't foreclose on his accuser's parents' house  —  Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.  Kavanaugh has now twice denied the allegations …
Wendy R. Sherman / USA Today:
Don't repeat Anita Hill nightmare with Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford  —  Don't make Kavanaugh and Ford a reprise of Thomas and Hill.  What will it say to our daughters and sons if we once again only believe him and not her?  —  CONNECT  —  I spent a very long weekend …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News Insider and CNBC
Lance Morrow / Wall Street Journal:
A Spectral Witness Materializes  —  The passage of time sometimes causes people to forget, sometimes to invent or embellish.  —  The Salem witch trials turned on what was called “spectral evidence.”  That was testimony from witnesses—either malicious or hysterical—who claimed the accused …
Discussion: Washington Post, Splinter and Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Grassley says Monday's hearing will be limited to two witnesses: Kavanaugh and his accuser
Discussion: Political Wire, Breitbart and Politico
Russ Feingold / HuffPost:   We Know Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Already
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Republicans fear reversals in November due to accusation against Supreme Court nominee
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump sticks with Kavanaugh as scandal escalates
Emily Tillett / CBS News:
Sen. Kamala Harris says she believes Brett Kavanaugh accuser, says she has “nothing to gain”
Discussion: Political Wire and
San Francisco Chronicle:
Kavanaugh accuser, a Palo Alto professor, is respected among academic colleagues
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
With Trump muted, White House leans on Kavanaugh to defend himself
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Stormy Daniels' tell-all book on Trump: salacious detail and claims of cheating  —  Exclusive: pornographic actor says Trump 'didn't want to be president' in her book Full Disclosure  —  In a tell-all memoir, the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels details salacious descriptions of her time with Donald Trump …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Penis Looks Like Toad From Mario Kart, Says Stormy Daniels  —  Ever since Stormy Daniels said she was writing a tell-all book, there has been feverish anticipation about what dirt she'd reveal about Donald Trump—but it's safe to say no one predicted this.
Discussion: The Guardian and Joe.My.God.
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
China raises tariffs on $60B of US goods in technology fight  —  BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday announced a tariff hike on $60 billion of U.S. products in response to President Donald Trump's latest duty increase in a dispute over Beijing's technology policy.
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Trump could play Scrooge this holiday season
Discussion: The Week and Wall Street Journal
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Once Looked Tough on Trade. Now Its Options Are Dwindling.20 minutes ago
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Cate Cadell / Reuters:   Alibaba's Jack Ma says U.S.-China trade friction could last 20 years
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Internal RNC Poll: Complacent Trump Voters May Cost GOP Control of Congress  —  A private survey shows many Republican voters “don't believe there is anything at stake” in the midterm elections.  —  A private survey conducted for the Republican National Committee and obtained …
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
RNC internal poll finds GOP in danger due to complacent Trump voters: report
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democratic poll: Public doubts GOP can combat corruption, but not convinced Dems can either
New York Times:
Trump's Growing Legal Team Has a Problem: It's Operating Partly in the Dark  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen lawyers now assist President Trump in contending with two federal investigations, one in Washington and one in New York, that could pose serious threats to his presidency and his businesses.
Deepti Hajela / Associated Press:
Man caught shaving on train in viral video says don't judge  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was mocked online after he was recorded shaving at his seat on a commuter train headed out of New York City said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter.
Discussion: CBS New York
Jordan Uhl /
Anthony Torres Assistance Fund
Discussion: Gizmodo and WPIX 11 New York
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
GOP Edge in CD39  —  Kim seen as more in touch, better liked than Cisneros  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Republican Young Kim holds a slight edge over Democrat Gil Cisneros in the open seat contest for California's 39th Congressional District, according to the Monmouth University Poll.
Trump orders declassification of surveillance application, release of Comey texts  —  President Donald Trump has moved to immediately declassify 20 pages of the surveillance application that authorized the FBI to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Project Veritas:
Deep State Unmasked: State Department on Hidden Cam, “Resist Everything,” “I Have Nothing to Lose”  —  [This post contains video, click to play]  —  Federal Employee for State Department: “Resist everything... Every level.  F**k sh*t up.”  —  Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) …
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Probe of FEMA Chief Brock Long Referred to Prosecutors  —  Investigators asked U.S. attorney's office to look into whether criminal statutes were violated by Long and two aides  —  WASHINGTON—An investigation targeting President Trump's top emergency-management official has been referred …
Washington Post:   Embattled FEMA chief Brock Long facing possible criminal investigation
Jesse Barron / GQ:
How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich  —  A year after the tragedy of Hurricane Maria, the 51st state has become the favorite playground for extremely wealthy Americans looking to keep their money from the taxman.  The only catch?  They have to cut all ties to the mainland (wink, wink).
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Ronan Farrow has the long-rumored Donald Trump tapes from The Apprentice: report  —  Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow reportedly has possession of Donald Trump tapes from when he started on NBC's “The Apprentice,” Page Six reported Monday.  —  The tapes reportedly document Trump using …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Page Six
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Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
The Emmys Telecast Was a Cringe-Worthy, Tone-Deaf Embarrassment   Find
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Once Looked Tough on Trade. Now Its Options Are Dwindling.   Find
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Eric Geller / Politico:
Court declines to end paperless voting in Georgia before midterms   Find
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Max Smith / WTOP:
Why college students don't vote absentee? They don't know where to buy a postage stamp15 minutes ago
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Trump-proof aspects of Manafort deal rankle lawyers15 minutes ago
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast:
The Emmys Telecast Was a Cringe-Worthy, Tone-Deaf Embarrassment20 minutes ago
Discussion: Daily Wire, Deadline and Vox
Eric Geller / Politico:
Court declines to end paperless voting in Georgia before midterms25 minutes ago
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
WATCH: Ex-GOP chair reports Republicans are discussing ‘how they withdraw this nomination’ after Kavanaugh allegations30 minutes ago
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Leaked NPR Emails: Don't Call Kermit Gosnell an ‘Abortion Doctor’
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Baker / Axios:
Democrats press their advantage with health care
Associated Press:
Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile
Eric Cortellessa / The Times of Israel:
Citing BDS, professor refuses to write reference for student to study in Israel
Discussion: Daily Wire
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Exclusive: Iowa TVs already tuned to 2020 as early presidential ads sweep into the state
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Tilove / mystatesman:
Searching for new wedge issue, Cruz says O'Rourke will ban barbecue
Discussion: The Week