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5:40 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.
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 …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Rudy Giuliani to Trump advisors ripping the president in Bob Woodward's new book: Find another job  — “If they said it, they should be questioning why they are there.  Why don't they go get another job?  That's the kind of disloyalty that leads to you leaving, not staying and undermining the president …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN, CNBC and Raw Story
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
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
The Most Shocking Excerpts From Woodward's White House Memoir
Discussion: CNN and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Exclusive: Phone call between President Trump and Bob Woodward
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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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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 …
Politico:
Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain
Discussion: Hit & Run and Fox News
The Daily Beast:
John McCain's Replacement Jon Kyl Goes From Lobbying the Senate to Being a Senator
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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Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Here's why more brands, like Nike with Colin Kaepernick, are openly liberal
Discussion: AOL
Daily Mail:
Piers Morgan: Kaepernick won't stand for flag but bows to Nike dollar?
Discussion: BloombergQuint and Instapundit
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 …
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 …
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Blogging the Brett Kavanaugh hearing
Discussion: Reason and Instapundit
CNN:
The Kavanaugh hearing … GO DEEPER  —  The Trump administration …
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 …
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Public split on Kavanaugh, views on abortion access shift
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Democrats open up biggest lead in midterms since 2006
Discussion: USA Today, Washington Post and Axios
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: RedState and ABC News
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
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.
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 …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Winning The Race For Congress?  —  An updating estimate of the generic ballot, based on polls that ask people which party they would support in a congressional election.
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
Twitter says Trump not immune from getting kicked off  —  Twitter said Tuesday that not even President Donald Trump is immune from being kicked off the platform if his tweets cross a line with abusive behavior.  —  The social media company's rules against vitriolic tweets offer leeway …
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.
Economist:
The Open Future Festival and Steve Bannon  —  Why our invitation to Steve Bannon will stand  —  IN LIGHT of the criticism of my decision to interview Steve Bannon on stage as part of The Economist's Open Future festival on September 15th, I would like to explain why we invited him.
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: Washington Post, NBC News and CNN
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Trump to chair U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran  —  UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will chair a United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran this month during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, diplomats and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.
 
 
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Tom McTague / Politico:
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Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
Papadopoulos Court Docs Provide More Evidence Russiagate Was A Setup To Get Trump
Discussion: Conservative Review
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Alex Jones Said Bans Would Strengthen Him. He Was Wrong.
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Trump's trade war could affect 11 million jobs
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New York Times:
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump has made 4,713 false or misleading claims in 592 days
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
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