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6:20 AM ET, September 20, 2018


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Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Brett Kavanaugh Liked Female Clerks Who Looked A ‘Certain Way,’ Yale Student Was Told  —  Yale professor and “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, who's a Kavanaugh cheerleader, told the young woman to look “outgoing.”  —  A few years ago, as she was prepping to interview for a judicial clerkship …
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
NBC News:
Accuser's schoolmate says she recalls hearing of alleged Kavanaugh incident  —  Cristina King Miranda says she recalls it being discussed at their school, but has no first-hand knowledge of the alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh.  —  WASHINGTON — A former schoolmate of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser wrote …
Washington Post:
Trump feels angry, unprotected amid mounting crises  —  President Trump's declaration that “I don't have an attorney general” was not merely the cry of an executive feeling betrayed by a subordinate.  —  It was also a raw expression of vulnerability and anger from a president who associates …
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
‘These are the stories of our lives’: Prep school alumni hear echoes in assault claim  —  Bettina Lanyi remembers.  It was 1986, and she was in eighth grade.  She and a friend went to a house in Washington's Tenleytown neighborhood packed with high school kids, including a throng of boys …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Republicans push to confirm Kavanaugh amid fears it will come at a political cost  —  President Trump and Senate Republicans on Wednesday took a hard line: full-speed ahead on Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court despite an allegation of sexual assault decades ago.
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
The drive to sink Kavanaugh is liberal totalitarianism … If Senate Democrats and their media allies manage to destroy Brett Kavanaugh, they will bring America one step closer to a new, liberal style of totalitarianism.  —  I don't use the “T"-word lightly.
Discussion: The Last Tradition
NBC News:
Can the FBI investigate the allegation against Brett Kavanaugh?  —  Analysis: President Donald Trump said investigating Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh “is not really their thing.”  —  How the FBI could investigate the Brett Kavanaugh allegation
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “has a very credible story.”  But he said the Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Instapundit
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Once ‘99 Percent Against Trump,’ Dean Heller Calls Him ‘Great Leader’  —  Senator Dean Heller on Wednesday called President Trump “a great leader” who had revived Nevada's economy, a striking departure from the arm's-length approach Mr. Heller took with Mr. Trump in the 2016 campaign and in the first months of his presidency.
Associated Press:
How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours  —  NEW YORK (AP) — It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Law & Crime, ABC News and
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Napolitano: If GOP Rushes Vote, There Will Be ‘Taint’ on Kavanaugh ‘That Will Never Go Away’  —  On Fox Business Network, Judge Andrew Napolitano was on with Neil Cavuto this afternoon discussing the nomination vote for Brett Kavanaugh in light of Christine Blasey Ford's accusation.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
The FBI did investigate Anita Hill's accusation, and it took 3 days
Carol Kuruvilla / HuffPost:
Preacher Franklin Graham Claims Brett Kavanaugh Abuse Allegation Is Irrelevant
Washington Post:   Trump's declassification order is an obvious abuse of presidential power
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:   Brett Kavanaugh's Ruined Reputation
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:   Media, ABC, PBS use Facebook to beg other Kavanaugh accusers to talk, ‘Truth will emerge’
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger?
Will Schmitt / Springfield News-Leader:   Claire McCaskill says she's voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh
Geoff Edgers / San Francisco Chronicle:
Chevy Chase can't change  —  BEDFORD, N.Y. - Chevy Chase is sitting on the porch, outside his home in wooded Westchester County.  He takes a drag off a Marlboro and casually mentions that he ran into Donald Glover backstage at “Saturday Night Live.”  —  This is striking on multiple levels.
The Sun:
SANDS CRAZY Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the SAHARA to solve Europe's migrant crisis, Spanish minster claims  —  Respected Foreign minister Josep Borrell claims the US President suggested building an insanely immense barrier across North Africa to curb the numbers of African migrants surging into Europe
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
What do we owe her now?  —  About that night  —  Aug. 11, 2006, was a sweltering Friday night in the midst of a long, fatally hot summer.  A 16-year-old girl reported that she was raped that night, in a storage shed off a dirt road in my hometown of Arlington, Tex. Nobody was ever prosecuted for it …
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Alibaba's Jack Ma backs down from promise to Trump to bring 1 million jobs to the US  — Jack Ma, founder of Chinese retail giant Alibaba, has recanted his promise to Donald Trump to create 1 million U.S. jobs.  — Experts have said that Ma's vow to create 1 million jobs linked …
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
FEMA chief considered quitting as feud with Homeland Security secretary boiled over  —  MORRISVILLE, N.C. — With his home state flooded and the death toll rising, FEMA Administrator William “Brock” Long was on the verge of quitting this week.  —  On Sunday, his bitter feud …
Discussion: HuffPost
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
McCaskill plans to vote against embattled Kavanaugh for Supreme Court seat  —  WASHINGTON  —  U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill officially announced Wednesday evening that she will oppose federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.  —  The Missouri Democrat made her announcement …
The Hill:
READ: President Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV  —  covered a range of topics in an extensive Oval Office interview on Tuesday with Hill.TV's John Solomon and Buck Sexton.  —  Here is the extended conversation, which took place late Tuesday afternoon following the president's press conference …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Nearly half in top 5 U.S. cities don't speak English at home, record 67 million  —  Nearly half of the residents in the nation's five biggest cities do not speak English at home, choosing instead their native language, according to the latest Census Bureau data that details the impact of a decade of soft immigration policies.
Discussion: The New Neo
Almost Half Speak a Foreign Language in America's Largest Cities
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Cristina Johnson / FOX News Radio:
Co-Founder Of March For Our Lives Cameron Kasky Explains The Mistakes He's Made & Why He Left March For Our Lives  —  Co-Founder of March For Our Lives Cameron Kasky joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to talk about his decision to step away from March For Our Lives.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Aaron Bracamontes / KTSM-TV:
Child pornography reason behind Sunspot Observatory closure, according to court documents  —  A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.  —  The source of child pornography was traced …
The Hill:
Trump slams Bush for ‘worst single mistake’ in U.S. history  —  took a little time during a policy-rich interview in the Oval Office to give his take on the biggest mistake in American history.  —  Was it the Civil War?  Nah.  The failure to stop Sept. 11?  Nope.  How about Pearl Harbor?
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Post:
De Blasio has secret meeting with Red Sox management … Red Alert!  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio met secretly with Red Sox brass for a 90-minute lunch on Wednesday at the downtown offices of Goldman Sachs, The Post has learned.  —  Hizzoner, a lifelong Red Sox fan, met with the team's GM Dave Dombrowski …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay  —  Ian Buruma, the editor of The New York Review of Books, left his position on Wednesday amid an uproar over the magazine's publication of an essay by a disgraced Canadian radio broadcaster who had been accused of sexually assaulting and battering women.
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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
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Discussion: BGR and Boing Boing
David Chang / NBC 10 Philadelphia:
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David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump taps Darrell Issa to lead trade agency
Discussion: Political Wire
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
A New Petition From House Democrats Could Complicate Nancy Pelosi's Future
Associated Press:
Former National Security Adviser Flynn gets sentencing date
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
An Interview With the Psychiatrist Who Says White House Officials Called Her With Concerns About Trump
Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Nominate Former Fed Economist Nellie Liang for Board Seat
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Lawmaker: US Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Pompeo cracks down, on improper use, of commas at State Department
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNNMoney:
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