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10:40 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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Another big Woodward reveal: Trump's bottomless bad faith and nonstop lying
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Trump only trusts ‘much smaller’ group of aides in White House after op-ed, Donald Trump Jr. says
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Trump wins dismissal of ‘inciting to riot’ claim over 2016 rally
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
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
‘Tremendously big’: Trump reaches for superlatives in the face of calamity
Discussion: Grist, USA Today, Breitbart and Mother Jones
NHC Webmaster / NHC Atlantic Wallet 1:   Summary for Hurricane Florence (AT1/AL062018)
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: 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
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, CNBC and Fox News
Lisa Lerer / New York Times:
On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Cynthia Nixon Talks Bagels, Polls and Cuomo
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 …
Discussion: Spectator USA
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
Matt Karp:   On Julia Salazar and Politics as Usual
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.
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and RedState
Joe Lawlor / Press Herald:
Crowdfunding campaign tied to Collins' vote on Kavanaugh surpasses $1 million
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.
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
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”
NBC News:
U.S. officials suspect Russia in mystery ‘attacks’ on diplomats in Cuba, China  —  The strong suspicion that Russia was behind the alleged attacks is backed by signals intelligence, meaning intercepted communications, say U.S. officials.  —  WASHINGTON — Intelligence agencies investigating mysterious …
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 …
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: Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
The Limits of Obama's Legacy
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Obama was harsh against leakers
Christopher Carbone / Fox News:
Leaked Google employee's email reveals effort to boost Latino vote, surprise that some voted for Trump
Discussion: Power Line, IJR and The Daily Caller
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Merkley backs early-state candidates ahead of possible 2020 bid
Discussion: Political Wire
Keith Griffith / Daily Mail:
DC police respond to mass shooting threat at event in Trump Hotel
 Earlier Items: 
Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Cardinal Donald Wuerl says he will go to the pope soon to discuss his potential resignation
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
George W. Bush to fundraise for GOP candidates
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
David French / National Review:
The Worst Police Shooting Yet
Discussion: Hot Air, Bustle, Hit & Run and CTVNews
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery …
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Norm Macdonald Won't Go Pundit on His Netflix Talk Show
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Suffolk/RGJ poll: Nevadans split on Senate, governor races — not ready to impeach Trump
Joe Quinn / New York Times:
The Real Lesson of Sept. 11