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10:30 AM ET, September 12, 2018


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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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
New York Times:
In Texas, Ted Cruz Has ‘A Dogfight on His Hands,’ Some Republicans Admit  —  HOUSTON — Days after a top adviser to President Trump questioned Senator Ted Cruz's chances of winning re-election, the Texas lawmaker casually stepped into the pinnacle of his hometown's energy industry on Tuesday …
Discussion: Politico, Vox, HuffPost and CNBC
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: BuzzFeed News and The Hill
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
BuzzFeed News:
A Series Of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed The Trump Tower Meeting  —  The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has become one of the most famous gatherings in American political history: a flashpoint for allegations of collusion, the subject of shifting explanations by the president and his son …
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Trump administration took nearly $10 million from FEMA's budget to support ICE, documents show  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took nearly $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's budget this summer to help boost U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to budget documents shared with USA TODAY.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Trump administration diverted nearly $10 million from FEMA to ICE detention program, according to DHS document
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 …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham's Brother Goes to War Against Her  —  Curtis Ingraham wants people to know that his sister, the right-wing Fox News host Laura Ingraham, is the ultimate ‘hypocrite.’  —  Curtis Ingraham uses Twitter to vent his political frustrations—like many left-leaning users in the Trump era.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
George W. Bush Raising Money to Maintain Trump Cover-up  —  George W. Bush, who declined to endorse Donald Trump (or anybody) in 2016, and made muttered elliptical criticisms of the 45th president, has thrown himself into the task of covering up Trump's many crimes.
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Vanity Fair
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
George W. Bush to fundraise for GOP candidates
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Exclusive: Three-quarters of the secret money in recent elections came from 15 groups  —  WASHINGTON - Just 15 groups account for three-quarters of the anonymous cash flowing into federal elections since the Supreme Court paved the way for corporate and union money in candidate races eight years ago …
Washington Post:
Another hurricane is about to batter our coast.  Trump is complicit.  —  YET AGAIN, a massive hurricane feeding off unusually warm ocean water has the potential to stall over heavily populated areas, menacing millions of people.  Last year Hurricane Harvey battered Houston.
Trump eyes life under subpoena  —  President Trump, who rarely focuses beyond the moment before him, is starting to acknowledge the growing chance Democrats could very well win in November — and very well try to impeach him.  —  The big picture: A few months ago, he was scoffing at midterm consequences for him.
Discussion: Raw Story
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Surprisingly, the Senate Is Now in Play  —  ANALYSIS — I have argued repeatedly that while the House is up for grabs — and indeed likely to flip to the Democrats in November — the Senate is not in play.  I now believe that it is, so I must revise and extend my remarks.
Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
Congress forces a reckoning on U.S. role in Yemen  —  The Trump administration faces a stark choice this week over the war in Yemen in what could be a defining moment for the president's foreign policy and U.S. ties with Middle Eastern allies.  —  Under a new law linking the actions …
Michael R. Pompeo / US Department of State:
Washington, DC  —  Pursuant to Section 1290 of the John S …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Government borrowing soars despite robust economy  —  The U.S. budget deficit is reaching levels that are abnormally high for a robust economy, and lawmakers from both parties are proposing ideas that would make the deficit swell even further.  —  The government spent $895 billion …
There's Never Been a President This Unpopular With an Economy This Good  — Trump's unpopularity poses problems for Republican candidates  —  President Donald Trump's unpopularity is unprecedented given the strength of the economy.  —  That's according to a Bloomberg analysis of polling data.
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Houston Chronicle:
Taco Bell named best Mexican restaurant  —  Grab your Nacho Fries and Mexican Crispy Chicken Pizza.  Taco Bell has claimed the top spot among Mexican-style restaurants, according to one survey.  —  The popular fast food joint was named America's best Mexican restaurant by Harris Poll, besting Moe's, which held the title last year.
Discussion: KDFW
KASW-TV:   Taco Bell voted best Mexican restaurant in the country
CNN Poll: More approve of Mueller than of Trump  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's approval rating for handling the Russia investigation stands at 50% in a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.  That outpaces President Donald Trump's approval rating on the matter by 20 points.  —  CNN'S SEPTEMBER POLL
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Nearly 600 Russia-Linked Accounts Tweeted About the Health Law  —  The majority of the nearly 10,000 tweets on the Affordable Care Act seem intended to pit one side against the other  —  On the March 23 anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, Democrats attacked Republicans …
Discussion: Axios
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.
Laurie McGinley / Washington Post:
FDA chief calls youth use of Juul, other e-cigarettes an ‘epidemic’  —  Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb dramatically escalated his efforts to stop an “epidemic” of teenage vaping, announcing Wednesday a massive enforcement action against retailers for allegedly selling e-cigarettes …
Barbara Res / New York Daily News:
Trump and his flunkies: Why aren't staffers standing up to him?  —  On this particular day, the architect had come to Donald Trump's office to show him what the interior of the residential elevator cabs would look like.  —  Trump looked at the panels where the buttons you push to reach a floor were located.
Lee Smith / RealClearInvestigations:
How Anti-Trump Leakers Moved From Offense to Defense  —  A trail of evidence appearing in major news outlets suggests a campaign to undermine President Trump from within the government through illegal leaks of classified information, and then to thwart congressional investigators probing the disclosures.
Patrick Tucker / Defense One:
Japan's New Ship-Based Interceptor Shoots Down a Ballistic Missile in Test  —  It's the fifth successful test of Japan's ability to intercept ballistic missiles from warships.  —  As the State Department presses North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions, one neighbor isn't taking any chances.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Black-ish’ Creator Kenya Barris Breaks Silence on That Shelved Anti-Trump Episode, His ABC Exit and “Unapologetic” Netflix Plans  —  The Emmy-nominated showrunner details the battle all of Hollywood has buzzed about, including the Spike Lee-narrated episode that led to his departure …
Aaron David Miller / USA Today:
25 years ago this week, Mideast peace seemed inevitable.  Now it's further away than ever.  —  I thought the 1993 Oslo Accords would put the Middle East on an irreversible path to peace.  Not only was I wrong, Trump is making it harder than ever.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Samuel Bagenstos / YouTube:
Sam Bagenstos Justice for Flint  —  In February 2017 a federal trial judge, John Corbett O'Meara, ruled that the residents of Flint could not bring a lawsuit for relief from constitutional violations in the Flint Water Crisis.  After this outrageous ruling, Sam Bagenstos stepped in …
Matthew Desmond / New York Times:
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty.  They're Not.  —  U.S. unemployment is down and jobs are going unfilled.  But for people without much education, the real question is, Do those jobs pay enough to live on?  —  Vanessa Solivan and her three children fled …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Right mounts campaign to make Jim Jordan the GOP leader
Discussion: Splinter
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
New York Is One Of The Bluest States In The Country. Its Voting Laws Are Horrendous.
Discussion: The Nation
NBC News:
Despite Trump's promise to protect them, Christian refugees struggle to enter U.S.
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
The Afghanistan war has gone on so long that people born after 9/11 can now enlist
Discussion: Task & Purpose and The Atlantic
Frank Sharry:
As the GOP Revs Up its “Divide and Distract” Strategy, How Should Democrats and Progressives Respond?
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
In an Increasingly Diverse House, Aides Remain Remarkably White
Discussion: Political Wire, HuffPost and Roll Call
New York Times:
Stay Out of Venezuela, Mr. Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Putin Says U.K. Hit Suspects Aren't Agents, Should Go Public
Discussion: BloombergQuint
What is Article 7, the EU's ‘nuclear option’?
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire Democratic primary
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Politico and Bustle
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Scarborough: Trump A ‘Far Graver Threat to the Idea of America’ Than 9/11 Attack