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11:40 AM ET, September 1, 2018


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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.
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Papadopoulos says Sessions supported Putin campaign meeting, asks for most lenient sentence  —  (CNN)Convicted former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has publicly contradicted Attorney General Jeff Sessions' sworn testimony to Congress, saying both Sessions and Donald Trump apparently supported …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Splinter
“Young George” Papadopoulos Wants “Mercy and Compassion” (from Trump) for Something He Believes Is Treason  —  George Papadopoulos submitted his sentencing memo last night.  Rather than writing an honest sentencing memo, he's still working with co-conspirators, in this case, in hopes of getting a pardon from Trump.
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 …
Associated Press:
Rep. Maxine Waters gives Wakanda salute at Franklin funeral
Discussion: NBC News
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
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Straining to Keep Faith With America
Discussion: Fox News and Washington Post
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.
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: Daily Kos and The Moderate Voice
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.
Discussion: BBC and Politico
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
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
Poll by sinking poll, Trump inches toward impeachment  —  By any metric, Trump is in trouble.  —  A poll out from The Post and ABC on Friday shows that 60 percent of voters disapprove of the job he's doing as president, a new low.  But that's just one poll; the polling average …
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 …
New York Times:
The Village Voice, a New York Icon, Closes
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Neo-Nazis send racist robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum — the first black man ever nominated for Florida governor
Discussion: Boing Boing
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.
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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Gwenda Blair / Politico:
Donald Trump's Funeral Problem
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
For Families Split at Border, an Anguished Wait for Children's Return
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Boom Times: 83% execs say business is better, 76% see more growth
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Ohr says Steele told him Russian intel believed they had Trump ‘over a barrel’
Discussion: NPR, Daily Kos and Axios
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jo Craven McGinty / Wall Street Journal:
Tattoo Industry Wins Over Millennials
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Plaintiffs in N.C. gerrymandering case say new maps not an option for November
Discussion: Hullabaloo and ABC News
Talia Lavin / Village Voice:
Prisonstrike: A Rebellion Inside America's Profitable Gulag Archipelago
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