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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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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.
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, Deadline and Politico
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
Discussion: CNN and Shareblue Media
CNN:   Mueller responds to Trump team; discussions focus more on written questions
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:   Mueller tells Trump's legal team that he will accept written answers on campaign questions
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: CBS News, CNN 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.
David French / National Review:
Ben Sasse Conducts a Two-Minute Master Class in American Civics
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
The story behind the withheld documents of the Kavanaugh hearing
Discussion: Politico, The Atlantic, Vox and SCOTUSblog
Elizabeth Price Foley / The Hill:
Dems can't ‘Bork’ Kavanaugh, and have only themselves to blame
Discussion: Hot Air
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:   Trump Says Anti-Kavanaugh Protestors Are ‘An Embarrassment To The Country’
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
Discussion: Politico and HuffPost
Stephanie Akin / Roll Call:
Ayanna Pressley Upsets Rep. Capuano in Massachusetts Democratic Primary
Discussion: CQ.com
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: Yahoo Sports and AOL
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:   On Trump-Russia, too much secrecy keeps public in dark
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.
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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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 …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Heavily spliced Ted Cruz video falsely depicts Beto O'Rourke saying he's ‘grateful’ for flag burning  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz's latest effort to inflame conservatives — a video in which Rep. Beto O'Rourke appears to express enthusiasm for flag burning — hinges on heavy splicing …
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
Jennifer Calfas / TIME:
‘Every Job is Worthwhile.’ Former Cosby Show Actor Speaks Out After Job-Shaming Photo Goes Viral  —  A former Cosby Show actor is speaking out after a photograph surfaced showing him working at a grocery store in what many perceived as an attempt to shame him for his job.
Discussion: NorthJersey.com, USA Today and Mashable
 
 
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Gregory S. Schneider / Washington Post:
A Republican congressman helped a rival collect signatures to get on the ballot.  Some of those signatures were fake.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Illegal immigrants who exploited Motor Voter to register in North Carolina still on rolls
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 and Breitbart
Anchorage Daily News:
Under pressure to withdraw, Begich reaffirms plan to stay in Alaska governor's race
Tom Nichols / Washington Post:
Want to save the GOP, Republicans? Vote for every Democrat on this year's ballot.
Kathleen Gray / Detroit Free Press:
Republican group shifting advertising money away from Michigan race
James LaPorta / Newsweek:
U.S. Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Was Highest Enlisted Soldier Supporting Trump Administration's New Adviser Brigade
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Trump to chair U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
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