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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
In Trump's right-wing media universe, it was a day like any other  —  It's Tuesday afternoon.  Imagine, for a moment, that President Trump logs on to Twitter.  News is breaking that could prove existential for his presidency.  But his social media feed hardly records the magnitude of the developments.
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Lanny Davis / gofundme.com:
Michael Cohen Truth Fund  —  $17,822 of $500,000 goal Raised by 377 people in 9 hours  —  On July 2, 2018, Michael Cohen declared his independence from Donald Trump and his commitment to tell the truth.  —  On August 21, Michael Cohen made the decision to take legal responsibility and to continue his commitment to tell the truth.
Mark Penn / The Hill:
Cohen's plea deal is prosecutor's attempt to set up Trump  —  Here we go, from Russia with love to campaign finance with love.  —  Why was Michael Cohen investigated?  Because the “Steele dossier” had him making secret trips to meet with Russians that never happened, so his business dealings got …
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Colin Dwyer / NPR:
Michael Cohen's Lawyer Says His Client Would Never Accept Pardon From ‘Corrupt’ Trump  —  Less than a day after Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts in a federal court — ranging from tax evasion to campaign finance violations — Trump's longtime attorney and fixer is downplaying the possibility of a pardon.
Axios:
GOP fears Cohen set road to impeachment  —  Impeachment proceedings against President Trump went from a theoretical danger to a vivid reality with yesterday's guilty plea by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, sources close to the White House tell Axios.  —  The big picture: Cohen's guilty plea …
New York Times:
A One-Two Punch Puts Trump Back on His Heels  —  WASHINGTON — In two courtrooms 200 miles apart on Tuesday, President Trump's almost daily attempts to dismiss the criminal investigations that have engulfed his White House all but collapsed.  —  Mr. Trump has long mocked the investigations as …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Trump's company approved $420,000 in payments to Cohen, relying on ‘sham’ invoices, prosecutors say  —  President Trump's real estate company authorized paying $420,000 to lawyer Michael Cohen in his effort to silence women during the presidential campaign and then relied on “sham” …
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Cohen willing to tell Mueller about ‘conspiracy to collude’: lawyer  —  Michael Cohen is willing to speak with Special Counsel Robert Mueller about a “conspiracy to collude” with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, his lawyer said on Tuesday night.
David Crook / DCReport.org:
New York Prosecutors Can Go After Trump Now, Even If Mueller Won't  —  Michael Cohen's Guilty Plea Opens the Door to State Criminal Charges for Trump, His Company and His Kids  —  By David Cay Johnston, DCReport Editor-in-Chief  —  Michael Cohen's admission today in federal court …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Daily Kos and CNN
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump advises against Michael Cohen's legal services
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Trump takes shot after guilty plea: 'Don't retain the services of Michael Cohen!'
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Vox, Mother Jones and MSNBC
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Michael Cohen's tweet about Hillary Clinton and prison came back to haunt him. Now it's gone.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Axios and Politico
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   Analysis: With Cohen plea, GOP faces familiar Trump quandary
New York Times:   What the Manafort Verdict Means
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How the campaign finance charges against Michael Cohen implicate Trump
Politico:
'It's the only excuse they'll need': Legal blows fuel impeachment fears
CNN:
Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife indicted in use of campaign funds for personal expenses  —  (CNN)Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were indicted Tuesday on charges related to the misuse of $250,000 worth of campaign funds for personal expenses and the filing of false campaign finance records.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: GOP frets as Trump world implodes
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump adviser Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Georgia County Can't Support Claim It Must Close Polling Places Over Access Issues  —  Officials in majority-black Randolph County lack the data to back a proposal to shutter most voting spots.  —  Officials in a majority-black Georgia county accused of trying to close almost all polling places …
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Benny Arthur Johnson:
I promised myself I would stay off of politics while on vacation.  I'll break that promise just once.  —  Mollie Tibbetts was an Iowan.  She was raised not far from me.  She went to the University of Iowa, just like me.  Rooted for the Hawkeyes.  She had hopes, dreams, a good upbringing & a loving family cheering for her future.
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Axios:
Republicans want to make Mollie Tibbetts a household name
Discussion: Mediaite and Law & Crime
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP's midterm nightmare: Party “looks like a criminal enterprise”  —  Corruption instantly becomes a centerpiece issue in the midterm campaigns — a huge new weight for Republicans in marginal races.  —  What we're hearing: With a corruption indictment of Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
When the Supreme Court Lurches Right  —  What happens when the Supreme Court becomes significantly more conservative than the public?  —  In 1957, Robert A. Dahl, a father of modern political science, published a canonical article about the Supreme Court's “most peculiar position” in American democracy.
Discussion: Althouse
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New York Times:
Cohen Implicates President Trump. What Do Prosecutors Do Now?
Discussion: Vox
Christopher Hooks / GQ:
Beto O'Rourke vs. Ted Cruz and the Fight for America  —  Down in deep-red Texas, a fresh-faced liberal named Beto O'Rourke has a shot at beating Ted Cruz.  But huge as that would be, the race has grander implications: It helps explain all the giddy hopes and secret fears of Democrats everywhere.
NBC News:
In case of Mueller firing, break glass: Democrats prep an emergency plan  —  Congressional action and protest rallies are among the contingencies being planned if Trump tries to shut down the Russia probe.  —  WASHINGTON — It would start within minutes of special counsel Robert Mueller being fired …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Jimmy Kimmel Doesn't Want to ‘Appeal’ to Trump Fans: 'I Don't Think That World Exists Anymore' … HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When I walk into Jimmy Kimmel's large corner office above the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, he offers me the customary bottle of water.
Discussion: Althouse
Seung Lee / Mercury News:
Verizon throttled Santa Clara County firefighters' data as they fought Mendocino fire, chief says  —  Verizon throttled one Bay Area fire department's data plans as its firefighters helped battle the largest wildfire in state history and even demanded the department to pay nearly three times …
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Seeks the Death Penalty for Female Activist  —  Saudi Arabia, which has one of the highest execution rates in the world, is taking the rare step of seeking the death penalty for a 29-year-old female activist accused of encouraging demonstrations for greater rights for the Shiite Muslim minority …
 
 
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Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
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Esther King / Politico:
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Mead Gruver / Associated Press:
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