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10:25 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.
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
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
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
The Most Shocking Excerpts From Woodward's White House Memoir
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
New Bob Woodward book paints portrait of chaotic and paranoid White House
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, AOL and Raw Story
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
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.
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Politico:
Schumer, Democrats wrestled over staging mass Kavanaugh walkout  —  The party decided that a made-for-TV moment could backfire, and instead opted for a strategy of maximum disruption.  —  Hours before Brett Kavanaugh arrived for his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday …
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
The story behind the withheld documents of the Kavanaugh hearing
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:   Trump Says Anti-Kavanaugh Protestors Are ‘An Embarrassment To The Country’
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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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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Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Ayanna Pressley Stuns Capuano in Massachusetts House Race in Upset for Insurgents  —  BOSTON — Ayanna Pressley upended the Massachusetts political order on Tuesday, scoring a stunning upset of 10-term Representative Michael Capuano, who conceded to her in a Democratic primary that few said she could win.
Discussion: New Republic
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Ayanna Pressley Ousts 20-Year Incumbent Michael Capuano In Massachusetts Primary Shocker
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Massachusetts primaries: Voters to settle Democratic Party brawls
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: Politico, RedState and Daily Kos
Anchorage Daily News:
Under pressure to withdraw, Begich reaffirms plan to stay in Alaska governor's race  —  Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to say that he isn't dropping out of the Alaska governor's race, after facing pressure from some in his party to do so.
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
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.
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.
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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Rebecca Davis O'Brien / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Investigates FBI Response To Gymnasts' Sex-Abuse Claims
Discussion: Axios
Hannah Fry / Los Angeles Times:
Vandals scrawl ‘serial rapist’ on Bill Cosby's star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Discussion: Fox News
Paul Crookston / Washington Free Beacon:
Chuck Schumer on Impeaching Trump: ‘The Sooner the Better’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Democrats' 2018 Primary Turnout Mirrors Previous Wave Elections
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Trump to chair U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran
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The Open Future Festival and Steve Bannon
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Alex Jones Said Bans Would Strengthen Him. He Was Wrong.
New York Times:
Andrew Cuomo Is the Democrats' Best Choice for Governor
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Winning The Race For Congress?
Discussion: Daily Kos