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8:05 PM ET, September 11, 2018


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Scoop: Gary Cohn takes on Bob Woodward  —  Gary Cohn, former White House economic adviser to President Trump, is taking on Bob Woodward's “Fear” with a statement calling it inaccurate — but is declining to say what specifically Woodward has gotten wrong.  —  What he's saying …
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.
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Trump only trusts ‘much smaller’ group of aides in White House after op-ed, Donald Trump Jr. says  —  Amid explosive allegations that some White House officials are actively working against President Donald Trump's agenda, Donald Trump Jr. told ABC News the number of people in the White House …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Another big Woodward reveal: Trump's bottomless bad faith and nonstop lying
John W. Schoen / CNBC:
Trump told Gary Cohn to ‘print money’ to lower the national debt, according to Bob Woodward's book
Discussion: Raw Story
Nidhi Prakash / BuzzFeed News:
More Than 2,000 Puerto Ricans Applied For Funeral Assistance After Hurricane Maria.  FEMA Approved Just 75.  —  FEMA approved just 3% of applications for funeral assistance from more than two thousand Puerto Rican families who lost loved ones after Hurricane Maria, according to a letter the agency head wrote to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
NHC Webmaster / NHC Atlantic Wallet 1:   Summary for Hurricane Florence (AT1/AL062018)
Hurricane Risks Include Toxic Sludge and Lagoons of Pig Manure
Tana Ganeva / Rolling Stone:
This Is the Story of How a Campaign Goes Off the Rails  —  What Julia Salazar's topsy-turvy summer may mean for future insurgent candidates on the far left  —  Exactly one week before the New York state primary, 27-year-old Julia Salazar faced a political candidate's worst nightmare.
Jillian Jorgensen / New York Daily News:
Citizens Union drops endorsement of Julia Salazar, citing ‘not correct’ information about her academic credentials
Discussion: Hot Air and
Garance Franke Ruta / New York Magazine:
This Week in Julia Salazar She had a trust fund, her ancestors were Catholic elites …
Discussion: Spectator USA
Matt Karp:   On Julia Salazar and Politics as Usual
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Kiki Intarasuwan / NBC Bay Area:
East Bay GOP Rep. Candidate Attacked in Attempted Stabbing at Castro Valley Fall Festival
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
The Frothy Right Is Furious that Peter Strzok Pursued the Guy Leaking about Carter Page  —  Close to midnight on June 3, 2017, Lisa Page texted Peter Strzok to let him know that Reality Winner was in custody.  Page used the same shorthand she and Strzok (and presumably, those around them) …
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 Fox News
Washington Post:
The GOP finds yet another way to suppress the vote  —  IT WAS 5 p.m. on a Friday, just as Labor Day weekend was starting, when, without warning, faxes arrived at North Carolina's state board of elections and 44 county election boards.  The faxes contained a demand so outlandish …
Discussion: WRAL-TV
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump is harming the dream of America more than any foreign adversary ever could  —  Cataclysmic events often bring with them violent and abrupt endings to settled ages and long-established norms.  Those absorbing the impact of these historical aftershocks rarely grasp the epochal changes in real time.
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 …
Joe Quinn / New York Times:
The Real Lesson of Sept. 11  —  I went to war to avenge my brother's death.  But the only person I truly wanted to kill died 17 years ago.  —  Mr. Quinn is a United States Army veteran.  —  It has taken me a while to realize something.  —  Seventeen years ago, I saw a picture of Mohamed Atta …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump's long history of lying about 9/11 and exploiting it for personal gain  —  On Tuesday, President Trump traveled to Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 was brought down on Sept. 11, 2001, by a group of passengers who gave their lives to save others.  Given how he has acted at other events …
Erin Durkin / The Guardian:
September 11: nearly 10,000 people affected by ‘cesspool of cancer’
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Catholic Thing
Exclusive: Trump to target foreign meddling in U.S. elections with sanctions order - sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order as soon as Wednesday that will slap sanctions on any foreign companies or people who interfere in U.S. elections …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Axios
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 …
Sessions Open to Probe of Social Media Giants, Sources Say  — GOP state AGs already examining firms will brief Sessions  — Trump has said Facebook, Google stifle conservative voices  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exploring a potential investigation of social media companies …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Suffolk/RGJ poll: Nevadans split on Senate, governor races — not ready to impeach Trump  —  Latest poll results show Trump has lost a few popularity points, but not Nevadans' faith  —  Nevadans seem to agree that now is not the time to impeach President Donald Trump.
David French / National Review:
The Worst Police Shooting Yet  —  Amber Guyger's killing of Botham Shem Jean is an unspeakable tragedy.  It also highlights the need for officers like Guyger to face impartial justice.  —  It is hard to think of a more tragic, more senseless shooting in America than the killing last week …
Discussion: Bustle, Hit & Run and CTVNews
Washington Post:
Bezos, Amazon board visiting Washington, but no headquarters announcement planned  —  Billionaire to make high-profile appearances as HQ2 search continues.  — founder Jeffrey P. Bezos and the company's board of directors are arriving in Washington in advance of a series …
Discussion: BGR
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Merkley backs early-state candidates ahead of possible 2020 bid
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
George W. Bush to fundraise for GOP candidates
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Leans Toward Emmet Flood as Next White House Counsel
Discussion: Political Wire
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Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
A CUNY Student Was Investigated for Criticizing Israel
Discussion: Hit & Run