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10:40 PM ET, August 31, 2018

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Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Bombshell leak to Toronto Star upends NAFTA talks: In secret ‘so insulting’ remarks, Trump says he isn't compromising at all with Canada  —  WASHINGTON—High-stakes trade negotiations between Canada and the U.S. were dramatically upended on Friday morning by inflammatory secret remarks …
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Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
Don't be so sure Mueller will back off before midterms  —  It's just over 60 days until the midterm elections.  As we approach that mark, there's increasing chatter about their potential effect on the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  Some claim Justice Department …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
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Washington Post:
Poll: 60 percent disapprove of Trump, while clear majorities back Mueller and Sessions  —  President Trump's disapproval rating has hit a high point of 60 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that also finds that clear majorities of Americans support the special counsel's …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Trouble for Trump: Disapproval at a high, 63% back Mueller, half favor impeachment  —  Disapproval of Donald Trump is at a new high, support for the Mueller investigation is broad and half of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll favor Congress initiating impeachment proceedings against the president.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest rally rant is much more alarming and dangerous than usual
Discussion: CNN, Axios and Political Wire
CNN:
Giuliani preps report to rebut potential Mueller findings
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
AP sources: Lawyer was told Russia had ‘Trump over a barrel’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.
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Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Justice Department Discloses No FISA Court Hearings Held on Carter Page Warrants  —  ‘[N]o such hearings were held with respect to the acknowledged FISA applications.  Accordingly, no responsive hearing transcripts exist.’  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch today announced …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Washington consultant for Ukraine party set to plead guilty to violating lobbyist disclosure law, court filings show  —  A Washington consultant who advised a Ukrainian political party and worked with a co-defendant of Paul Manafort has been charged with violating federal lobbying disclosure requirements …
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New York Times:
Lobbyist Sam Patten Pleads Guilty to Steering Foreign Funds to Trump Inaugural
Discussion: Law & Crime and TalkLeft
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Manafort associate paid Trump inauguration $50,000 in Ukrainian cash
Discussion: Mother Jones and AOL
Kevin Diaz / Houston Chronicle:
Police reports detail Beto O'Rourke's 1998 DWI arrest  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke has long owned up to his drunken driving arrest 20 years ago, describing it in a Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News op-ed piece earlier this week as a “serious mistake for which there is no excuse.”
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Jeff Burlew / Tallahassee Democrat:
Racist robocalls tied to neo-Nazi group target Andrew Gillum  —  Robocalls against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum that say they were paid for by a neo-Nazi group in Idaho are going out to voters in Tallahassee.  —  The automated calls are narrated by someone pretending …
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Racist robocalls mar Florida's race for governor
Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
The Village Voice Is Officially Dead  —  Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the paper shut down its print edition, owner Peter Barbey told the remaining staff today that the publication will no longer be posting any new stories.  —  “Today is kind of a sucky day …
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New York Times:   The Village Voice, a New York Icon, Closes
U.S. Department of Justice:
Two Indicted for Making Corporate Contributions to U.S. Senate Campaign  —  The former president of a Kentucky-based corporation and a political consultant were both indicted today for using corporate funds to make contributions to the campaign of a candidate for U.S. Senate and for causing …
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Lexington Herald-Leader:
Father of Alison Lundergan Grimes indicted in campaign finance conspiracy
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:
‘Cosby Show’ actor Geoffrey Owens spotted bagging groceries at NJ Trader Joe's  —  “Cosby Show” alum Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux, the young doctor who married into the Cosby family on the famous sitcom, was photographed working at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey.
Discussion: Daily Mail
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Trump administration withholds 100K Kavanaugh pages  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than 100,000 pages of Brett Kavanaugh's records from the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege ahead of the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation hearing.
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Alexander Mallin / ABC News:   Kavanaugh won't commit to recusal from Trump, Mueller-related matters
Laura Bassett / HuffPost:
Don't Count On Susan Collins To Save Roe v. Wade  —  The Maine senator greenlighted Brett Kavanaugh before Trump nominated him, a source close to her staff said.  —  What could Sen. Susan Collins be thinking?  A vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is around the corner …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Vox
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Lauren Duca / Teen Vogue:
The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable.  But We Can Actually Stop Him.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:   ‘Liberal Feminist Lawyer’ Stands To Gain From Her Public Advocacy For Brett Kavanaugh
Detroit Free Press:
Live stream: Stevie Wonder about to perform to honor Aretha Franklin  —  A weeklong celebration of the life of the Queen of Soul ends today as Detroit and the world say a final goodbye to Aretha Franklin.  Freep.com will carry a live stream here from before the service through the procession.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rest in peace, Lindsey Graham  —  We lost two mavericks within a week.  —  On Saturday, we lost the legendary John McCain.  —  On Tuesday, we lost his loyal sidekick, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham.  —  Graham remains alive and well, but after serving for two decades as Robin to McCain's Batman …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Why on Earth Is Trump Making Infomercials From the Rose Garden?  —  You may be wondering why, throughout the second half of August, the president of the United States has been standing in the Rose Garden and yelling.  —  On August 17, he yelled about manufacturing.
Discussion: Raw Story and Observer
CSNY:
Family members question Julia Salazar's claims  —  The state Senate candidate says she grew up in a ‘working-class immigrant family.’  —  State Senate candidate Julia Salazar has attracted significant, often fawning, media coverage, an army of enthusiastic volunteers, endorsements …
Richard C. Paddock / New York Times:
She Gambled on Her Claim to Link Russians and Trump.  She Is Losing.  —  PATTAYA, Thailand — Caught in a Thai police raid on her group's seduction seminar, a Belarusian escort grabbed the world's attention in February when she claimed to have audio recordings that might show …
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
National Republicans abandon Tarkanian, go all in for Hardy  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), trying to hold onto control of the House and spend resources wisely, is abandoning Danny Tarkanian to focus all its Nevada spending on electing Cresent Hardy …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Plaintiffs in N.C. gerrymandering case say new maps not an option for November  —  The plaintiffs who persuaded federal judges to declare unconstitutional North Carolina's Republican-drawn congressional maps have “reluctantly concluded” that there is not enough time to draw new maps in time for the November elections.
Discussion: ABC News
John Harwood / CNBC:
Democratic House candidate Abigail Spanberger suffers the kind of election year smear John McCain would recognize  — Democratic House candidate Abigail Spanberger faces her own smear campaign that ties her to terrorism when actually she spent eight years as a CIA counter-terrorism agent.
Discussion: New York Times
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump and Arizona governor spoke following McCain's death  —  President Donald Trump and Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey spoke by phone this week — a conversation where the subject of the state's vacant Senate seat arose, according to four people familiar with the discussion.
 
 
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Discussion: Breitbart
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