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11:55 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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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: RedState, Politico and Deadline
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.
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 …
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.
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.
CNN:   Mueller responds to Trump team; discussions focus more on written questions
Bob Woodward / New Book Releases, Bestsellers …:
Fear  —  Trump in the White House  —  THE INSIDE STORY …
Discussion: New Republic
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: CNN, CBS News and The Hill
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Paul Farrell / Heavy.com:
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The Democrats Are Crazy  —  I was working today and couldn't watch …
Discussion: CNN, Althouse and Instapundit
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
The story behind the withheld documents of the Kavanaugh hearing
Elizabeth Price Foley / The Hill:
Dems can't ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame
Discussion: Hot Air
David French / National Review:
Ben Sasse Conducts a Two-Minute Master Class in American Civics
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
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.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:   Mueller tells Trump's legal team that he will accept written answers on campaign questions
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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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.
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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.
Discussion: Politico and HuffPost
Stephanie Akin / Roll Call:
Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary
Discussion: CQ.com
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   On Trump-Russia, too much secrecy keeps public in dark
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 …
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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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.
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 …
Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Chuck Schumer on Impeaching Trump: ‘The Sooner the Better’  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N. Y.) told a Brooklyn crowd Monday he wanted to impeach President Donald Trump, and “the sooner, the better.”  —  Flanked by security and staff holding signs saying “MEET SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER,” …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:   Trump allies delight in video of Schumer appearing to endorse impeachment
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 …
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
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” …
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.
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
 
 
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
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Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Axios
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Anchorage Daily News:
Under pressure to withdraw, Begich reaffirms plan to stay in Alaska governor's race
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
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Jenna McLaughlin / CNN:
Trump to name climate change skeptic as adviser on emerging technologies
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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James LaPorta / Newsweek:
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Discussion: Task & Purpose
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Alex Jones Said Bans Would Strengthen Him. He Was Wrong.
Bill Ruthhart / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he won't run for re-election next year
Hunter Woodall / Kansas City Star:
Former GOP governor of Kansas endorses Democrat Laura Kelly over Kris Kobach
Discussion: ThinkProgress