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1:20 AM ET, September 12, 2018


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Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Manafort in talks with prosecutors about possible plea, according to people familiar with the discussions  —  Days before in-person jury selection is set to begin in his second trial, President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is in talks with the special counsel's office …
Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
‘Shipwreck’: GOP grows fearful about losing Senate as candidates struggle, Trump support tumbles  —  Republicans have grown increasingly worried about losing control of the Senate, as President Trump's approval rating tumbles and Democrats gain steam in key battleground races.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell screws Dems ahead of election with October session  —  The majority leader wants to deprive Democrats up for reelection the chance to campaign.  —  Traditionally the Senate hits the road for October of an election year.  But the Senate is throwing tradition out the window this year.
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
What a baby  —  Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength would talk as much as Donald Trump does about the danger of appearing weak.  —  That's my biggest takeaway from reading “Fear,” Bob Woodward's new book about the Trump presidency.  The scoops were mostly revealed last week.
Scoop: Gary Cohn takes on Bob Woodward
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Trump wins dismissal of ‘inciting to riot’ claim over 2016 rally
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Another big Woodward reveal: Trump's bottomless bad faith and nonstop lying
NHC Webmaster / NHC Atlantic Wallet 1:   Summary for Hurricane Florence (AT1/AL062018)
Garance Franke Ruta / New York Magazine:
This Week in Julia Salazar She had a trust fund, her ancestors were Catholic elites, and she has a new version of her conversion story.  —  A state senate race that was once hailed as a test of the rising strength and power of insurgent socialists has devolved into a full-fledged New York City tabloid circus …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Tremendously big’: Trump reaches for superlatives in the face of calamity  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  Flanked in the Oval Office by charts showing the path of Hurricane Florence, President Trump on Tuesday issued a warning …
New York Post:
Email from Cuomo aide casts doubt on claims over anti-Semitic mailer  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was blindsided by an “inappropriate” political mailer tying Cynthia Nixon to anti-Semitism — but just a day before the inflammatory literature surfaced, one of his top campaign aides pitched …
Discussion: Gothamist and CNBC
CBS San Francisco:
Castro Valley Man Accused Of Switchblade Assault On GOP Congressional Candidate  —  CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) - A man was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and other charges after allegedly attempting to stab a Republican congressional candidate with a switchblade over the weekend at in Castro Valley …
Kiki Intarasuwan / NBC Bay Area:
East Bay GOP Rep. Candidate Attacked in Attempted Stabbing at Castro Valley Fall Festival
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Sheldon Whitehouse Asks Brett Kavanaugh If He Has A Gambling Problem  —  No senator has asked the Supreme Court nominee about his debts until now.  —  Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) wants to know if Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, has a gambling problem.
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Activists raised $1 million to defeat Susan Collins if she votes for Kavanaugh.  She says it's bribery.  —  In the closely divided senate, Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hinges in part on the votes of two moderate Republican senators: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.
Joe Lawlor / Press Herald:
Crowdfunding campaign tied to Collins' vote on Kavanaugh surpasses $1 million
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
U.S. expects to hit $1 trillion deficit earlier than planned  —  The U.S. deficit grew by $222 billion from this time last year — reaching a total of $895 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.  —  Why it matters: This increase was due mostly to the new Republican tax law …
Washington Post:   Government borrowing soars despite robust economy
Jai Bednall /
Newspaper doubles down with front page response to Serena Williams cartoon critics  —  THE paper behind the controversial Serena Williams cartoon has published an extraordinary front page response to its critics.  —  Serena Williams fined for US Open outburst1:28
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Cardinal Donald Wuerl says he will go to the pope soon to discuss his potential resignation  —  Washington's archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who has faced mounting calls for his resignation over his handling of sexual abuse cases, wrote on Tuesday that he will soon discuss with Pope Francis …
Associated Press:   Pope Francis Is Finally Ready to Address Claims He Covered Up Sexual Misconduct, Vatican Says
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Times:
A Trail of ‘Bread Crumbs,’ Leading Conspiracy Theorists Into the Wilderness  —  Go hungry for too long, and a lot of strange things will start to look like food.  The smallest morsels become precious, especially if you believe they form some kind of trail with a meal at the end.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Scarborough: Trump A ‘Far Graver Threat to the Idea of America’ Than 9/11 Attack  —  9/11 is always a somber day for reflection, especially for those in New York on that fateful day, and on this tough day Joe Scarborough penned a column for the Washington Post in which the former GOP congressman …
Kevin Doyle /
US President Donald Trump cancels controversial planned visit to Ireland  —  US President Donald Trump has cancelled his visit to Ireland planned for later this year, understands.  —  Sources say the controversial trip, planned for November 12, will not now go ahead.
Ed O'Loughlin / New York Times:   A Trump Visit to Ireland Is Now Up in the Air
Thomas Graham / Crosswind Media and Public Relations:
Texas poll shows Beto O'Rourke gaining ground as Ted Cruz hangs on to a slim 3% lead  —  Millennials and non-white women leading the surge against the U.S. Senate incumbent, according to Crosswind Texas Pulse Poll  —  Austin, TX - In a sign of just how crucial the millennial vote might …
Hunter Woodall / Kansas City Star:
Kansas GOP lawmakers' silence on whether they support Kobach angers some within party  —  TOPEKA  —  Kris Kobach may be the chosen standard-bearer for the Kansas Republican Party, but elected GOP officials are less than unified behind him in his run for governor.
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire Democratic primary  —  Chris Pappas, a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council, won the state's Democratic primary Tuesday night for the 1st Congressional District to replace retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D), reports the AP.
Tyler O'Neil / PJ Media Home:
‘Threats of Rape and Strangling’ Force D.C. McAllister Into Hiding After Anti-Abortion Tweet  —  Last week, PJ Media contributor and Fox News guest Denise McAllister sent out a powerful tweet denouncing the abortion movement.  Little did she know, days later she would be in hiding, scared for her life.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Scott jets around on secrecy-heavy ‘bus tour’  —  Gov. Rick Scott used his private jet Tuesday to commute to a Senate campaign stop for his “bus tour,” marking his second stumble since announcing he was traveling the Florida highways this week to “Make Washington Work.”
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
BREAKING: Page and Strzok Texts Reveal They Discussed Writing a “Folksy” Op-ed on Russia  —  Strzok and Page discussed writing an oped on Russia about two months before the 2016 presidential election  —  The pair also discuss how a September 2016 article on Russian election meddling was “100 percent authorized” and “well sourced”
Taco Bell voted best Mexican restaurant in the country  —  ST. LOUIS ( — The Harris Poll, a nationwide customer survey of their favorite brands, has released its 2018 results.  —  The poll surveyed more than 77,000 customers in the U.S. on more than 3,000 brands to find which companies are the favorites among consumers.
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery drivers may reveal the true human cost of ‘free’ shipping  — Business Insider spoke with 31 current or recently employed drivers about what it's like to deliver packages for Amazon.
Erica Orden / CNN:
New York tax investigators to meet with Cohen's attorney, at odds with federal prosecutors' request  —  Cohen seeks to tear up Stormy Daniels deal  —  (CNN)New York state tax department investigators are scheduled to meet Tuesday with an attorney for President Donald Trump's former personal …
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
Education Dept. Reopens Rutgers Case Charging Discrimination Against Jewish Students  —  The new head of civil rights at the Education Department has reopened a seven-year-old case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, saying the Obama administration, in closing the case …
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Assembly candidate says anonymous mailers are ‘dirty politics’
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The GOP finds yet another way to suppress the vote
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