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1:50 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.
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 …
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 …
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Trump irritated he wasn't interviewed by Woodward for upcoming book  —  Woodward to release Trump book before midterms  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has become increasingly exasperated in recent weeks that he wasn't interviewed by Bob Woodward ahead of the publication of his upcoming book …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Jon Kyl, Former Senator, Is Said to Be Choice to Replace McCain  —  WASHINGTON — Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona on Tuesday will appoint Former Senator Jon Kyl to the seat left open by John McCain's death, according to multiple Arizona Republican officials, elevating a well-liked former Republican lawmaker …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Congressional Republicans Don't Even Pretend to Stand up to Trump Anymore
Washington Post:
Hours before Kavanaugh nomination hearings, Bush lawyer releases 42,000 pages of documents to Judiciary Committee  —  Hours before the start of hearings on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the lawyer for former president George W. Bush turned over 42,000 pages of documents …
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
There Is No Grassroots Energy Rallying for Brett Kavanaugh.  None.  —  Last Sunday, several hundred protestors rallied in Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado, against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.  Local reporters were on hand, and the protest earned …
Discussion: Vox and Law & Crime
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Kavanaugh's daughters rushed out of chaotic, ‘hot’ hearing
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
POLITICO Playbook: A very newsy first day back
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Blogging the Brett Kavanaugh hearing
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Second Redemption Court
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Slate
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 …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Democrats open up biggest lead in midterms since 2006
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
USA Today:
Trouble for Trump? Poll shows midterm election edge for Democrats and female candidates
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
Mark Murray / NBC News:   Poll: High-profile Missouri Senate race locked in a dead heat
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 and Political Wire
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 …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Rahm Emanuel won't seek third term as Chicago mayor
Discussion: Washington Post and ABC News
NBC Chicago:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election
Discussion: Townhall and Axios
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 …
Sopan Deb / New York Times:
New Yorker Festival Pulls Steve Bannon as Headliner Following High-Profile Dropouts  —  Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump's former chief strategist, will no longer appear as a headliner at this year's New Yorker Festival, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, announced in an email to the magazine's staff on Monday evening.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Mueller's Office Will Grill Him About Roger Stone.  He Will Respond With Comedy.  —  Randy Credico, a comedian and left-wing political activist, has an appointment on Sept. 7.  With Robert S. Mueller III.  Before a grand jury.  Under oath.  —  And he is planning to do impressions, because that's what he does.
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: CNN, NBC News and Vox
Daniel Noah Halpern / GQ:
Sperm Count Zero  —  A strange thing has happened to men over the past few decades: We've become increasingly infertile, so much so that within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely.  What's causing this mysterious drop in sperm counts—and is there any way to reverse it before it's too late?
David Bauder / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Franklin's family says eulogy was offensive  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin's family said Monday that it found an Atlanta pastor's eulogy delivered at the Queen of Soul's funeral last week to be offensive and distasteful.  —  The eulogist, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. …
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
EPA watchdog accuses agency of failing to justify Scott Pruitt's security spending  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not justify increased spending on former Administrator Scott Pruitt's 24-hour security detail, which grew by almost $2 million in less than a year, the EPA's watchdog said.
Discussion: Politico, US EPA and New York Times
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Spain cancels bombs sale to Saudi Arabia amid Yemen concerns
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How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
‘I begged him not to’: He loved the CIA. And that's what led to his death.
 Earlier Items: 
Louisa Loveluck / Washington Post:
Airstrikes hit last bastion of Syrian rebels as final showdown looms
Discussion: Reuters and Just Security
Isaac Stone Fish / New Republic:
The Other Political Correctness
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
McCain's Friends and Family Did Him No Honor
Gillum raises profile — and cash — in Florida as DeSantis gets quiet
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump has made 4,713 false or misleading claims in 592 days
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Why Trump is so frantic right now
Discussion: Daily Kos
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
San Francisco, rich and poor, turns to simple street solutions that underscore the city's complexities
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Every ad makes me like Beto more’: Ted Cruz's latest attack on Beto O'Rourke for swearing massively backfires
Discussion: HuffPost and The Week