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9:00 PM ET, September 5, 2018


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New York Times:
I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration  —  We work for the president but we have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. … President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.  —  It's not just that the special counsel looms large.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The story behind the New York Times' anonymous op-ed blasting Trump  —  Several days ago a senior official in the Trump administration used an intermediary to contact New York Times op-ed page editor Jim Dao.  —  Through the go-between, the senior official expressed interest in writing …
Jeff Zeleny / CNN:
Woodward book prompts West Wing witch hunt, sources say  —  Sanders discredits Woodward book on Trump  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump, showing his outrage over Bob Woodward's explosive new book, is ordering a real witch hunt in the West Wing and throughout his administration …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The White House is discussing potential replacements for Jim Mattis  —  Well before this week's revelations about President Trump's interactions with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Bob Woodward's new book, officials inside the White House have been actively discussing who will replace Mattis …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
This Is a Constitutional Crisis  —  Impeachment is a constitutional mechanism.  The Twenty-Fifth Amendment is a constitutional mechanism.  Mass resignations followed by voluntary testimony to congressional committees are a constitutional mechanism.  Overt defiance of presidential authority …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
We're Watching an Antidemocratic Coup Unfold  —  The title of Bob Woodward's new book, Fear, contains a multitude of meanings.  For one thing, it describes the attitude of many of President Trump's own aides toward his judgment.  —  It's not just that many sources were willing …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘The sleeper cells have awoken’: Trump and aides shaken by ‘resistance’ op-ed  —  President Trump and his aides reacted with indignation Wednesday to an unsigned opinion column from a senior official blasting the president's “amorality” and launched a frantic hunt for the author …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Everybody on the Inside Knows It's True”: Woodward's Reality Bomb Is Blowing Up the West Wing  —  “Pandemonium” reigns as Trump cancels meetings, a top aide bemoans “Judas” colleagues, Jared and Ivanka try to talk sense into the president, and Gary Cohn wonders how he came off.
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
White House Searches For Anonymous Inside Critic  —  Aides chase rumors of who could have written opinion piece on alleged effort within administration to thwart Trump's impulses  —  WASHINGTON—White House aides launched a search for the anonymous author of an opinion column who claimed Wednesday …
Discussion: Politico, The Atlantic and POLITICUSUSA
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Attack on Woodward's Book Hits a Bump: He Actually Did Call Jeff Sessions a ‘Retard’  —  It's shocking, we know, that this president would say such a thing.  —  Donald Trump has forcefully insisted that the latest book detailing the chaos, tensions, and name-calling at the heart …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The 2 most overlooked, inexplicable stories from Bob Woodward's Trump book
Discussion: Axios, POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Associated Press:   Trump rips searing Times op-ed from unnamed senior official
Furious Trump trapped by hundreds of Woodward tapes
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Woodward's Account of Trump's Mock Interview With Prosecutors Isn't Pretty
Discussion: Vox and CNN
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Jerome Corsi, Conspiracy Theorist, Is Subpoenaed in Mueller Investigation  —  Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist and political commentator with connections to the former Trump adviser Roger J. Stone Jr., has been subpoenaed to testify on Friday before the grand jury in the special counsel investigation …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh stumbled over two critical tripwires  —  More than abortion or gun control or health care, what is at stake in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh is the security of our constitutional system and the rule of law.  We've not had such a Supreme Court battle …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How bad will Trump's abuses get? Today's Kavanaugh hearing could provide a clue.
Discussion: Brookings
David French / National Review:
The Democrats' No Good, Frivolous, Ridiculous Day
Discussion: TIME, IJR and RedState
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Progressives Turn Their Anger On Chuck Schumer Over Brett Kavanaugh Hearing
Discussion: Daily Wire
Irin Carmon / The Cut:
What Did Brett Kavanaugh Know About His Former Boss's Sexual Misconduct?
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC/Marist poll: Democrat Joe Donnelly has slight edge in Indiana Senate race  —  Donnelly leads 49 percent to Mike Braun's 43 percent support among likely voters in a two-way race.  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly has a slight advantage over Republican challenger Mike Braun …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Hunter indictment sheds light on ‘personal relationships’ for congressman  —  Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret Hunter were arraigned on charges related to a 60-count indictment filed this week in San Diego.  —  The criminal indictment issued against Rep. Duncan Hunter …
Discussion: HuffPost, Raw Story and Political Wire
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rubio to Alex Jones: 'Don't touch me, man'  —  (R-Fla.) and InfoWars host Alex Jones clashed Wednesday outside a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, with Rubio threatening to take care of Jones after the Infowars host touched his shoulder.  —  For nearly five minutes as Rubio answered questions …
Discussion: Mashable and Florida Politics
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Justice to convene meeting on whether social media companies are ‘intentionally stifling’ free speech
Discussion: Politico
The Daily Caller:
Full Transcript Of Trump's Oval Office Interview With The Daily Caller  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sat for an exclusive Oval Office interview Tuesday with The Daily Caller's Saagar Enjeti and Vince Coglianese for approximately 38 minutes.  —  The transcript is as follows:
Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
Judge orders independent candidate off the ballot in Va. congressional race, citing ‘out and out fraud’  —  RICHMOND — A Richmond Circuit Court judge on Wednesday ordered independent candidate Shaun Brown removed from the ballot in Virginia's 2nd District congressional race …
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Richmond judge finds ‘out and out fraud,’ …
Man arrested after crashing truck into FOX4 building in downtown Dallas  —  Image Gallery  —  A man was arrested Wednesday morning after crashing a truck into the side of the FOX4 building in downtown Dallas.  —  The man, after repeatedly crashing his vehicle into a side of the building …
Travis Fedschun / Fox News:
Man intentionally crashes truck into FOX 4 studios in Dallas, starts ‘ranting’ before arrest, officials say
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Witnesses in Paul Manafort's D.C. trial may include consultant who admits foreign money was funneled to Trump inauguration  —  An American political consultant who is cooperating with federal prosecutors and has admitted in court that he steered $50,000 from a Ukrainian politician …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:   Judge denies Manafort's request to move next trial from DC to Virginia
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
The mystery of Tucker Carlson  —  Tucker Carlson is shouting when he tells me he isn't shouting.  The barrage of his voice has been relentless throughout the interview.  —  “I don't want to be John McLaughlin yelling at people.  Why would I want to do that?  I don't need to do that,” he insists.
NBC News:
Trump admin rejected report showing refugees did not pose major security threat  —  Hardliners issued their own report that several ex-officials say misstates evidence and inflates the threat posed by people born outside the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has consistently sought …
Discussion: Splinter
Trump DOJ Official Overseeing Voter Fraud Hunt Subpoenas Millions Of Voting Records  —  A new broad request for voter information in North Carolina is raising alarm bells.  —  The office of a federal prosecutor appointed by President Donald Trump issued a broad subpoena for North Carolina voter information …
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Election Officials Are Alarmed as Trump Administration Subpoenas Voter Data From 44 North Carolina Counties
Salisbury Novichok poisoning: Two Russian nationals named as suspects  —  Two Russian nationals have been named as suspects in the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.  —  The men, using the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov …
PM statement on the Salisbury investigation: 5 September 2018
Discussion: BloombergQuint
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Scott Martelle / Los Angeles Times:
Now Trump is targeting Vietnamese refugees
Discussion: Washington Post, Techdirt and Breitbart
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Alleged Russian Operatives Spreading Fake News Sneak Back Onto Facebook
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Cordoned-off Warren meets the (D.C.) press
Discussion: Daily Wire and Breitbart
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
McCain's former chief of staff says he's considering Senate bid as a Democrat
Discussion: Political Wire
Sarah Posner / The Nation:
The ‘Anti-Catholic’ Playbook  —  Does Brett Kavanaugh think abortion should be illegal?
 Earlier Items: 
Rich Calder / New York Post:
More than 10K city employees stopped paying union dues
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Crazy Poor Middle Easterners