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9:25 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
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
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Trump wins dismissal of ‘inciting to riot’ claim over 2016 rally
NHC Webmaster / NHC Atlantic Wallet 1:   Summary for Hurricane Florence (AT1/AL062018)
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
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:   Cuomo Campaign Shifts Blame for Inflammatory Flier about Cynthia Nixon to ‘Constituency Representative’
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
Megan Cassidy / San Francisco Chronicle:
Cops: Castro Valley man tried to stab congressional candidate Rudy Peters with switchblade after ‘disparaging’ GOP
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
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 …
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.
Joe Lawlor / Press Herald:
Crowdfunding campaign tied to Collins' vote on Kavanaugh surpasses $1 million
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
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) …
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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
Discussion: and The Gateway Pundit
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
George W. Bush to fundraise for GOP candidates
Sessions Open to Probe of Social Media Giants, Sources Say
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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David French / National Review:
The Worst Police Shooting Yet
Discussion: Bustle, Hit & Run and CTVNews
Washington Post:
Bezos, Amazon board visiting Washington, but no headquarters announcement planned
Discussion: BGR
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery …
Reno Gazette-Journal:
Suffolk/RGJ poll: Nevadans split on Senate, governor races — not ready to impeach Trump
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
A CUNY Student Was Investigated for Criticizing Israel
Discussion: Hit & Run
Joe Quinn / New York Times:
The Real Lesson of Sept. 11