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10:30 AM ET, September 1, 2018


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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, Mediaite and New Republic
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
McCain and a Requiem for the American Century  —  Torture imbued him with a humanity that transcended politics, and a belief in the centrality of American values in the battle for freedom.  —  DENVER — The services across the nation marking the passing of Senator John McCain are also a requiem for the American century.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Straining to Keep Faith With America
Discussion: Washington Post
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Papadopoulos: Trump ‘nodded’ at suggestion of Putin meeting  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump “nodded with approval” at the suggestion of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a court filing Friday night that seeks leniency for a former campaign aide who lied to the FBI.
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 …
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Ohr says Steele told him Russian intel believed they had Trump ‘over a barrel’
Discussion: NPR, Daily Kos and Axios
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.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:   Kavanaugh won't commit to recusal from Trump, Mueller-related matters
Lauren Duca / Teen Vogue:
The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable.  But We Can Actually Stop Him.
Associated Press:
Aretha Franklin funeral bishop apologizes to Ariana Grande … DETROIT — The bishop who officiated Aretha Franklin's funeral apologized Friday to Ariana Grande for how he touched her onstage and a joke he made about her name.  —  Bishop Charles H. Ellis III led Franklin's funeral …
Discussion: The Root and Althouse
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Trump's Approval Number Nose-Dives, Dems' Blue Wave Might Be Building: IBD/TIPP Poll  —  Just 36% say they approve of the job President Trump is doing, a 5-point drop from last month, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll.  Fifty six percent disapprove of Trump's job performance, up from 53% the month before.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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: Politico
Giuliani preps report to rebut potential Mueller findings
Discussion: Mediaite
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest rally rant is much more alarming and dangerous than usual
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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
Harry Siegel / The Daily Beast:
The Rube Who Came to New York and Killed the Village Voice Lied To My Face  —  The guy who bought a $26 million penthouse in the Village and offered me a job that maybe didn't exist, now says he can't afford to keep putting articles on a website.  —  I grew up reading the Village Voice …
Discussion: The Week
New York Times:   The Village Voice, a New York Icon, Closes
New York Times:
For Families Split at Border, an Anguished Wait for Children's Return  —  SAN PEDRO SOLOMA, Guatemala — Pablo Domingo isn't getting much sleep these days.  He barely eats and can't focus on work.  —  His thoughts turn day and night to his 8-year-old son, Byron, whom he hasn't seen since …
Nick Wooten /
Shreveport mayoral candidate denies calling woman n-word after forum  —  A Shreveport mayoral candidate referred to black people as “negroes” but denies she got into a heated verbal exchange in which she called a black woman the n-word following a mayoral forum Thursday night.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Manafort associate paid Trump inauguration $50,000 in Ukrainian cash  —  A Republican political consultant linked to Paul Manafort and Cambridge Analytica has admitted to funneling $50,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch to Donald Trump's presidential inauguration committee.  —  Read more
Discussion: Radio Free Europe, AOL and Mother Jones
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 …
Inside the cathedral at John McCain's memorial service  —  Senator John McCain's memorial service is at 10am EST today at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  —  Details: Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are slated to give eulogies.
David Siders / Politico:
‘Whoever wins South Carolina will be the Democratic nominee’  —  Presidential prospects rethink primary election strategy for 2020.  —  It's the early state that delivered a decisive victory to Barack Obama in 2008.  In 2016, it saved Hillary Clinton.  —  In the wake of South Carolina's pivotal role …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's tight, lonely corner  —  You're president of the United States, running the most powerful nation on earth — stock markets soaring, joblessness sinking, the world in a season of relative peace and prosperity.  —  The bottom line: But President Trump has never been more isolated from allies he needs most.
Discussion: Raw Story
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump says he will go to deeply Republican Texas to campaign for Sen. Ted Cruz, as Democrat Beto O'Rourke surges in the polls  — President Donald Trump will travel to Texas in October to campaign for Sen. Ted Cruz, an incumbent Republican in a deep red state who is facing an unexpectedly tough re-election fight.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
The List Of CNN's Bungled Reporting Is A Sight To Behold  —  Despite CNN's assertion this week that it “does not lie,” the network has an extensive history of bungled reporting — some of which has gone uncorrected.  —  President Donald Trump called out CNN for its questionable report …
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: Hullabaloo and ABC News
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 …
Discussion: and Roll Call
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Father of Alison Lundergan Grimes indicted in campaign finance conspiracy
Discussion: Political Wire
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Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Poll by sinking poll, Trump inches toward impeachment
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Boom Times: 83% execs say business is better, 76% see more growth
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
What Happens When Facebook Mistakenly Blocks Local News Stories
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
California lawmakers vote to pass toughest net neutrality law in the nation
Christen Smith /
Dick's Sporting Goods will pull hunting products from 10 stores later this year
Discussion: Breitbart
Jo Craven McGinty / Wall Street Journal:
Tattoo Industry Wins Over Millennials
Talia Lavin / Village Voice:
Prisonstrike: A Rebellion Inside America's Profitable Gulag Archipelago
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump and Arizona governor spoke following McCain's death
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
National Republicans abandon Tarkanian, go all in for Hardy
Richard C. Paddock / New York Times:
She Gambled on Her Claim to Link Russians and Trump. She Is Losing.
CBS News:
John Kerry won't rule out 2020 White House run
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Why on Earth Is Trump Making Infomercials From the Rose Garden?
Discussion: Observer and Raw Story