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10:05 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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Bloomberg:
Transcript of President Trump's Interview With Bloomberg News  —  President Donald Trump was interviewed in the Oval Office on Thursday by Bloomberg News Editor In Chief John Micklethwait and reporters Jennifer Jacobs and Margaret Talev.  Below is a transcript of their conversation.
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 …
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 …
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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.
Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
Don't be so sure Mueller will back off before midterms
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Breitbart
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
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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Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Kavanaugh won't commit to recusal from Trump, Mueller-related matters  —  At his Senate confirmation hearings next week, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is not expected to offer any commitment to recuse himself from cases involving investigations of President Trump …
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Laura Bassett / HuffPost:
Don't Count On Susan Collins To Save Roe v. Wade
Discussion: Daily Kos and Vox
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
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
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
Discussion: Boing Boing and Miami New Times
New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Dreams of One Texas.  Ted Cruz Sees Another Clearly.  —  LONGVIEW, Tex. — Beto O'Rourke was racing left again, insisting he knew what he was doing.  —  “Hydroplaning there a little bit,” he said softly, doing 75 in the passing lane through an East Texas downpour, double-fisting beef jerky in his silver pickup.
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Kevin Diaz / Houston Chronicle:
Police reports detail Beto O'Rourke's 1998 DWI arrest
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  —  Longtime Kentucky Democratic operatives Jerry Lundergan and Dale Emmons were indicted by a federal grand jury in Lexington Friday for allegedly making illegal contributions to the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign of Secretary …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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
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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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 …
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
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 …
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
CBS News:
John Kerry won't rule out 2020 White House run  —  Former Secretary of State John Kerry won't rule out a run for the White House in 2020, but talking about it now is just a distraction, he tells “Face the Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan.  The interview will be featured September 2 on CBS' “Sunday Morning” and on “Face the Nation.”
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.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
President Trump is considering Washington litigator Pat Cipollone to replace outgoing White House counsel Donald McGahn  —  President Trump is eying Washington litigator Pat Cipollone to replace outgoing White House counsel Donald McGahn, according to two people familiar with the president's thinking.
 
 
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Media's praise for McCain is warranted — but where was it in '08?
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