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8:05 AM ET, September 5, 2018


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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Bob Woodward's new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump's presidency
In Woodward's book, Trump erupts over Mueller
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Transcript: Phone call between President Trump and journalist Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward: Trump's aides stole his papers ‘to protect the country’
Mueller responds to Trump team; discussions focus more on written questions
Discussion: Raw Story
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: CBS News, ABC News and Mother Jones
Paul Farrell /
Zina Bash Is the Woman Sitting Behind Brett Kavanaugh  —  The woman sitting behind Judge Brett Kavanaugh has emerged as a Twitter star as she has been accused of smirking when Democrats are speaking and looking “smug” during the hearing.  The woman has been identified as Zina Bash, 36.
Elizabeth Price Foley / The Hill:
Dems can't ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame
David French / National Review:
Ben Sasse Conducts a Two-Minute Master Class in American Civics
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
The story behind the withheld documents of the Kavanaugh hearing
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.
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Ayanna Pressley Ousts 20-Year Incumbent Michael Capuano in Massachusetts Primary Shocker  —  She is the second progressive woman of color to defeat a long-term male white incumbent this cycle.  —  Another major upset of a Democratic congressman took place in Massachusetts on Tuesday night.
Stephanie Akin / Roll Call:
Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Heavily spliced Ted Cruz video falsely depicts Beto O'Rourke saying he's ‘grateful’ for flag burning  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz's latest effort to inflame conservatives — a video in which Rep. Beto O'Rourke appears to express enthusiasm for flag burning — hinges on heavy splicing …
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 …
Stars & Stripes:
Soldier killed in Afghanistan insider attack was on seventh deployment  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. soldier killed Monday in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan was identified as Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard, according to a Department of Defense statement issued Tuesday.
James LaPorta / Newsweek:
U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Was Highest Enlisted Soldier Supporting Trump Administration's New Adviser Brigade
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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
Jennifer Calfas / TIME:
‘Every Job is Worthwhile.’ Former Cosby Show Actor Speaks Out After Job-Shaming Photo Goes Viral  —  A former Cosby Show actor is speaking out after a photograph surfaced showing him working at a grocery store in what many perceived as an attempt to shame him for his job.
Discussion: and USA Today
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
A Daily Caller Editor Wrote For an ‘Alt-Right’ Website Using a Pseudonym  —  Scott Greer, an editor and columnist at The Caller, also wrote as “Michael McGregor” for the Radix Journal, the publication associated with “alt-right” figure Richard Spencer  —  Former Daily Caller writer …
Discussion: American Greatness
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
A Republican congressman helped a rival collect signatures to get on the ballot.  Some of those signatures were fake.  —  VIRGINIA BEACH — Rep. Scott W. Taylor (R-Va.) sat in the backroom of his campaign office in a strip mall.  Mini-blinds closed, a modest “Scott Taylor U.S. Congress” …
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
Facebook, Twitter execs to face lawmakers over foreign influence operations  —  Top executives from social media behemoths Facebook and Twitter are set to testify Wednesday before lawmakers about the ongoing threat of foreign influence operations on their platforms, as the shadow …
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
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Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
NC congressional elections to proceed as scheduled with same maps, court rules
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
The Kremlin Wants Information. To Get It, Agents Show Up With Flowers.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Michael Cohen Prayed With Al Sharpton at Breakfast. But Other Democrats Stay Away.
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit Puts GOP on Defensive Before Elections
Discussion: Political Wire
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Vulnerable Rod Blum Under House Ethics Inquiry
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
France 24:
Amid ‘bloodbath’ fears, US warns Assad against using chemical weapons
John Gray / Page Array - UnHerd:
The rise of post-truth liberalism
Grant Stern / The Dworkin Report:
Investigating Donald Trump Jr. Part 2: The Hundred Million Dollar House and the Russian Oligarch
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Trump allies delight in video of Schumer appearing to endorse impeachment
Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Investigates FBI Response To Gymnasts' Sex-Abuse Claims
Discussion: Axios
Anchorage Daily News:
Under pressure to withdraw, Begich reaffirms plan to stay in Alaska governor's race
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Republican group shifting advertising money away from Michigan race
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
Trump Says Anti-Kavanaugh Protestors Are ‘An Embarrassment To The Country’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Arizona Republic:
Ducey: ‘No one in Arizona more prepared’ than Kyl