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9:35 AM ET, September 5, 2018


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Furious Trump trapped by hundreds of Woodward tapes  —  President Trump is livid at the betrayal and stunning allegations in Bob Woodward's forthcoming “Fear,” but limited in his ability to fight back because most of the interviews were caught on hundreds of hours of tape, officials tell Axios.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Trump Unleashes on Woodward, Accuses Him of Making Up Quotes and Being a ‘Dem Operative’  —  President Donald Trump is accusing veteran journalist Bob Woodward of running a “con” and being a “Dem operative.”  —  Earlier tonight, Trump tweeted out the statements from the White House …
Discussion: Townhall, Politico, ABC News and CNN
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.
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
In ‘Fear,’ Bob Woodward Pulls Back the Curtain on President Trump's ‘Crazytown’  —  Nothing in Bob Woodward's sober and grainy new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” is especially surprising.  This is a White House that has leaked from Day 1.  We knew things were bad.
Gabriel Pogrund / Washington Post:
Southern Republican senators reject Trump's criticism of Sessions  —  Southern Republican senators defended Jeff Sessions after an explosive new book by Bob Woodward recounted how President Trump called his attorney general a “dumb Southerner” and mocked his accent.
In Woodward's book, Trump erupts over Mueller
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Kalhan Rosenblatt / NBC News:
Parkland victim's father and Kavanaugh: The handshake that wasn't  —  “I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence,” Fred Guttenberg, father of slain Parkland student Jaime Guttenberg, wrote on Twitter.  —  The father of a student killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas …
Discussion: New York Times, Breitbart and Althouse
Matthew Continetti / The Daily Beast:
The 40-Year Plan That Allowed Trump to Reshape the Courts
Discussion: Politico and Axios
David French / National Review:
Ben Sasse Conducts a Two-Minute Master Class in American Civics
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Associated Press:
The Latest: UK's May: poisoning suspects were Russian agents  —  LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain (all times local):  —  British Prime Minister Theresa May says the two prime suspects in the nerve-agent poisoning …
Vikram Dodd / The Guardian:   Salisbury poisonings: police name two Russian suspects
BBC:   Salisbury Novichok poisoning: Two Russian nationals named as suspects
New York Times:   U.K. Charges 2 Russians in Novichok Attack on Skripals
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Obama to Join Midterm Battle, Starting in California and Ohio  —  Former President Barack Obama is poised to plunge into the fray of the midterm campaign, returning to electoral politics with a frontal attack on Republican power in two states that are prime Democratic targets this fall: California and Ohio.
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Obama coming to Southern California to campaign for Democrats in key House races  —  In his first major foray on the campaign trail ahead of November's midterm election, former President Obama will drop into Southern California on Saturday, holding a rally to boost seven Democratic candidates running …
Discussion: Breitbart
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Puts GOP on Defensive Before Elections
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Ayanna Pressley Upsets Capuano in Massachusetts House Race  —  BOSTON — Ayanna Pressley upended the Massachusetts political order on Tuesday, scoring a stunning upset of 10-term Representative Michael Capuano and positioning herself to become the first African-American woman to represent the state in Congress.
Man arrested after crashing truck into FOX4 building in downtown Dallas  —  Image Gallery  —  A man was arrested Wednesday morning after crashing a truck into the side of the FOX4 building in downtown Dallas.  —  The man, after repeatedly crashing his vehicle into a side of the building …
BNO News:   Pickup truck crashes into Dallas TV studio in apparent attack
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.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Gives $10 Million to Super PAC in First Major Political Contribution  —  Bezos and wife are supporting With Honor, a super PAC aiming to elect military veterans from both parties to Congress  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife are making their first major foray …
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
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 …
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
A Daily Caller Editor Wrote for an ‘Alt-Right’ Website Using a Pseudonym  —  The former Daily Caller writer and editor Scott Greer has severed all ties with the conservative website after acknowledging that he had written under a pseudonym for the white-supremacist Radix Journal.
Discussion: American Greatness and Mediaite
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump suggests protesting should be illegal  —  President Trump has long derided the mainstream media as the “enemy of the people” and lashed out at NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.  On Tuesday, he took his attacks on free speech one step further, suggesting in an interview …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Prepped Lawsuit Against NBC Over ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape
Salena Zito / New York Post:
The Twitter trolls attacking my work are all wrong  —  “Dad, it's not true,” I said, fighting to keep my voice steady through tears.  —  My 81-year-old father had just seen a Huffington Post headline — “Take Salena Zito Neither Seriously Nor Literally On Trump Voters” — with a picture of me next to it.
Why Rahm bailed on reelection  —  The Chicago mayor might have won a third term, but only after a long, painful reelection slog.  —  CHICAGO — His polling numbers were sliding, and had even bottomed out in some city wards.  With Chicagoans weary of the violence playing out in their neighborhoods …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   On Trump-Russia, too much secrecy keeps public in dark
Tom Nichols / Washington Post:
Want to save the GOP, Republicans?  Vote for every Democrat on this year's ballot.  —  If the GOP is going to be a credible, center-right party, Republicans have to treat the 2018 election as a parliamentary-style housecleaning.  —  Naval War College and Harvard Extension School professor
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Kos
John Carreyrou / Wall Street Journal:
Blood-Testing Firm Theranos to Dissolve  —  Firm, tarred by scandal, will pay creditors its remaining cash  —  Theranos Inc., the blood-testing company accused of perpetrating Silicon Valley's biggest fraud, will soon cease to exist.  —  In the wake of a high-profile scandal …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
POLITICO race ratings: 60 GOP House seats in danger  —  The Senate is a tightrope walk for Democrats.  —  Roughly 100 of the 240 Republican-controlled House seats are currently within Democratic reach, posing the most serious threat to the GOP majority since the party won control in 2010.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ashley Kirzinger / The Henry J. Kaiser Family …:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - Late Summer 2018: The Election, Pre-Existing Conditions, and Surprises on Medical Bills  —  , Bryan Wu, Cailey Muñana, and Mollyann Brodie  —  Key Findings:  — The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds recent political events weighing heavy …
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and HuffPost
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Grace Sparks / CNN:
Trump re-elect starts with 36% firmly behind the President
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Over a dozen men who were near Ground Zero have breast cancer
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
This Group Posed As Russian Trolls And Bought Political Ads On Google. It Was Easy.
Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center:
Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post hires White House reporter Jacqueline Alemany to anchor new early-morning newsletter “Power Up”
Omar Haj Kadour / Agence France-Presse:
Erdogan warns of ‘massacre’ in Syria's Idlib
Discussion: Just Security
Adam Davidson / New Yorker:
Where Will the Trump Investigations Go Next?
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
NC congressional elections to proceed as scheduled with same maps, court rules
Discussion: Political Wire
Stars & Stripes:
Soldier killed in Afghanistan insider attack was on seventh deployment
Discussion: Newsweek and Task & Purpose
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Michael Cohen Prayed With Al Sharpton at Breakfast. But Other Democrats Stay Away.
John Gray / Page Array - UnHerd:
The rise of post-truth liberalism
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Heavily spliced Ted Cruz video falsely depicts Beto O'Rourke saying he's ‘grateful’ for flag burning
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
A Republican congressman helped a rival collect signatures to get on the ballot.  Some of those signatures were fake.
Discussion: Roll Call and Splinter
Anchorage Daily News:
Under pressure to withdraw, Begich reaffirms plan to stay in Alaska governor's race
Discussion: Associated Press