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7:50 PM ET, September 4, 2018

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Washington Post:
Bob Woodward's new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump's presidency  —  John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  So, on Jan. 27, the president's then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Transcript: Phone call between President Trump and journalist Bob Woodward  —  Bob Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post, sought an interview with President Trump as he was writing “Fear,” a book about Trump's presidency.  Trump called Woodward in early August …
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says Bob Woodward Has ‘A Lot Of Credibility Problems’  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump addressed newly released excerpts from Bob Woodward's book on his administration, denying some specific allegations and accusing the author of credibility issues, in an exclusive Oval Office interview with The Daily Caller.
CNN:
Bob Woodward: Trump's aides stole his papers ‘to protect the country’  —  (CNN)WARNING: This story contains graphic language.  —  President Donald Trump's closest aides have taken extraordinary measures in the White House to try to stop what they saw as his most dangerous impulses …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Report: Everybody in the White House Considers Trump an Idiot  —  It is relatively easy to get White House staffers to leak mind-blowing anecdotes about President Trump's various derangements, and for that very reason, it is hard to find new anecdotes that register on the crazy-Trump scale.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Rudy Giuliani to Trump advisors ripping the president in Bob Woodward's new book: Find another job  — “If they said it, they should be questioning why they are there.  Why don't they go get another job?  That's the kind of disloyalty that leads to you leaving, not staying and undermining the president …
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
The Most Shocking Excerpts From Woodward's White House Memoir
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:   Trump irritated he wasn't interviewed by Woodward for upcoming book
Bob Woodward / New Book Releases, Bestsellers …:
Fear  —  Trump in the White House  —  THE INSIDE STORY …
Discussion: New Republic
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
New Bob Woodward book paints portrait of chaotic and paranoid White House
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Atlantic
New York Times:
Mueller Will Accept Some Written Answers From Trump  —  The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will accept written answers from President Trump on questions about whether his campaign conspired with Russia's election interference, Mr. Mueller's office told Mr. Trump's lawyers in a letter, two people briefed on it said on Tuesday.
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Critical, But Says Nike's Kaepernick Deal ‘Is What This Country Is All About’  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Nike sent a “terrible message” this week by making former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick one of the faces representing the 30th anniversary of the company's “Just Do It” campaign.
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Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Here's why more brands, like Nike with Colin Kaepernick, are openly liberal  — Nike will gain a lot more than it will lose from making Colin Kaepernick the face of an ad campaign.  — Wading into politics can still alienate customers.  What's new is it can do a lot to attract them, too.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and AOL
Daily Mail:
Piers Morgan: Kaepernick won't stand for flag but bows to Nike dollar?
Arizona Republic:
Ducey: ‘No one in Arizona more prepared’ than Kyl  —  “There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl,” Ducey said in a statement.  “He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans.
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Jon Kyl, Former Senator, Is Said to Be Choice to Replace McCain
The Daily Beast:
John McCain's Replacement Jon Kyl Goes From Lobbying the Senate to Being a Senator
Discussion: MSNBC and Weekly Standard
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Kyl tapped to succeed McCain in Senate
Discussion: Hit & Run and Fox News
NBC News:
FBI Director Christopher Wray becomes the latest target for Trump's ire  —  Wray is the latest in a growing list of Justice Department officials who have angered the president, NBC News has learned.  —  WASHINGTON — In recent conversations with confidants, President Donald Trump …
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Washington Post:
Hours before Kavanaugh nomination hearings, Bush lawyer releases 42,000 pages of documents to Judiciary Committee
CNN:
READ: Brett Kavanaugh's opening statement to Senate Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Prepped Lawsuit Against NBC Over ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump attacked NBC's journalistic credibility and called into question the authenticity and legality of the “Access Hollywood” tape leaked during the 2016 election …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Now Twitter Edits The New Yorker  —  The venerable magazine hands the reins to the digital mob.  —  A common complaint of liberal journalists about conservative politicians is that the latter lack for courage.  As in: Paul Ryan knows that Donald Trump is a bigot and a danger …
Bill Ruthhart / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won't run for re-election next year  —  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sept. 4, 2018, that he will not seek a third term in office.  —  Privacy Policy  —  In a stunning decision, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday morning that he will no longer seek …
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Rahm Emanuel won't seek third term as Chicago mayor
Discussion: RedState
BuzzFeed News:
In A New Email, Elon Musk Accused A Cave Rescuer Of Being A “Child Rapist” And Said He “Hopes” There's A Lawsuit  —  In an email to BuzzFeed News, Tesla CEO Elon Musk accused a Thai cave rescuer of moving to Thailand to take a child bride.  The rescuer denied all the claims.
Discussion: Mediaite
Hunter Woodall / Kansas City Star:
Former GOP governor of Kansas endorses Democrat Laura Kelly over Kris Kobach  —  Republicans in Kansas further splintered Tuesday as the last moderate member of the party to hold the governor's office in Kansas endorsed a Democrat for governor over Kris Kobach, the GOP nominee.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Poll: Democrats regain clear advantage in midterms shaping up as referendum on President Trump  —  Two months ahead of the midterm elections, Democrats hold a clear advantage over Republicans in congressional vote support, with antipathy toward President Trump fueling Democratic enthusiasm …
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Public split on Kavanaugh, views on abortion access shift
CBS Miami:
‘There Are No Tints On The Window’: Miami Beach Police After Two Priests Caught Performing Sex Act In Car  —  MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) — Two Chicago-area priests were charged Monday with Lewd and Lascivious behavior and Indecent Exposure after being caught performing a sexual act inside a car parked on a Miami Beach street.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Winning The Race For Congress?  —  An updating estimate of the generic ballot, based on polls that ask people which party they would support in a congressional election.
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
Trump Says Anti-Kavanaugh Protestors Are ‘An Embarrassment To The Country’  —  President Donald Trump criticized protestors who interrupted his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing Tuesday in an exclusive Oval Office interview with The Daily Caller.
Politico:
Twitter says Trump not immune from getting kicked off  —  Twitter said Tuesday that not even President Donald Trump is immune from being kicked off the platform if his tweets cross a line with abusive behavior.  —  The social media company's rules against vitriolic tweets offer leeway …
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Republican group shifting advertising money away from Michigan race  —  As the Michigan race for governor heats up in the final nine weeks of the campaign season, the Republican Governor's Association is shifting $1.5 million in advertising money away from the race.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Alex Jones Said Bans Would Strengthen Him.  He Was Wrong.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After Silicon Valley internet giants mostly barred Alex Jones from their services last month, traffic to his Infowars website and app soared on the blaze of publicity — and the notorious conspiracy theorist declared victory.
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Fox & Friends hosts visibly deflated after legal analyst says Trump's latest tweet gives ‘fodder’ for Mueller's probe  —  The hosts of “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday appeared visibly deflated after legal analyst Andrew Napolitano told them that President Donald Trump's latest tweets attacking …
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and CNN
Chuck Todd / The Atlantic:
It's Time for the Press to Stop Complaining—And to Start Fighting Back  —  I've devoted much of my professional life to the study of political campaigns, not as a historian or an academic but as a reporter and an analyst.  I thought I'd seen it all, from the bizarre upset that handed …
Discussion: Instapundit and National Review
 
 
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Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
Socialist State Senate Candidate Partied With Russia-Funded Journalist
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
NBC Orders ‘Law & Order: Hate Crimes’ Series From Dick Wolf & Warren Leight
Discussion: The Week
Jenna McLaughlin / CNN:
Trump to name climate change skeptic as adviser on emerging technologies
Discussion: The Daily Caller
James LaPorta / Newsweek:
U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Was Highest Enlisted Soldier Supporting Trump Administration's New Adviser Brigade
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
L.A. District Attorney Declines Sex Crime Cases Against Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson and Steven Seagal
Discussion: Breitbart and Consequence of Sound
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Democrats' 2018 Primary Turnout Mirrors Previous Wave Elections
Discussion: Raw Story
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
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Andrew Cuomo Is the Democrats' Best Choice for Governor
NBC News:
How Europe plans to skirt Trump's sanctions and keep doing business with Iran