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9:30 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.
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
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Surprisingly, the Senate Is Now in Play
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Man With Switchblade Ranting About Trump Attempts to Stab GOP Candidate Running Against Rep. Swalwell  —  Over the weekend a man, ranting about President Donald Trump and Republicans at Castro Valley Fall Festival in Alameda County, California, pulled out a switchblade and tried …
Jared Gilmour / Sacramento Bee:
GOP House candidate used campaign sign to fend off a knife attacker, Calif. cops say
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
George Kelly / Mercury News:   Man arrested after attempted switchblade attack on East Bay political candidate
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 …
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and HuffPost
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.
Discussion: Townhall, Mother Jones and CBS News
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
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, CNBC and Daily Kos
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
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: Political Wire
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.
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
NBC News:
Despite Trump's promise to protect them, Christian refugees struggle to enter U.S.  —  Trump vowed to aid Mideast Christians.  But under his administration the number of Christian refugees admitted to the U.S. has fallen more than 40 percent.  —  WASHINGTON — Despite vowing …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
The Afghanistan war has gone on so long that people born after 9/11 can now enlist  —  A day after hijacked planes destroyed the World Trade Center towers, tore into the Pentagon and cratered a Pennsylvania field, thousands of babies were born in the United States.
Discussion: Task & Purpose and The Atlantic
Emily Bohatch / The State:
SC officials won't evacuate prison despite mandatory order ahead of hurricane  —  As nearly a million people hit the road before Hurricane Florence nears the coast, 934 inmates and as many as 119 prison staff will be staying behind despite a mandatory evacuation.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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 …
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”
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
In an Increasingly Diverse House, Aides Remain Remarkably White  —  WASHINGTON — House aides write federal policy and multitrillion-dollar budgets, oversee the administration of government and shape the public's view of Congress, but the top staff members of the House of Representatives …
Discussion: Political Wire, HuffPost and Roll Call
New York Times:
Stay Out of Venezuela, Mr. Trump  —  President Maduro needs to go, but an American-backed coup is not the answer.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.  —  America shouldn't be in the coup business.
Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Trump doesn't drink booze.  D.C. weighs whether to let him serve it.  —  A group of residents complained that the owner of the Trump International Hotel fails the “good character” test required of anyone who wants to sell wine, beer or spirits in the city.  —  Donald Trump is president, but is he fit to run a bar?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Wire
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Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
Here's A Statistic You Won't Hear From Trump: Over 90% Of Families Seeking Asylum Show Up For Their Court Hearings
Discussion: The Nation
Frank Sharry:
As the GOP Revs Up its “Divide and Distract” Strategy, How Should Democrats and Progressives Respond?
Putin Says U.K. Hit Suspects Aren't Agents, Should Go Public
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Kavitha Surana / ProPublica:
Authorities Can Now Deny Visa and Green Card Applications Without Giving Applicants a Chance to Fix Errors
What is Article 7, the EU's ‘nuclear option’?
Joshua Rhett Miller / New York Post:
Nassar raped, impregnated athlete and Michigan State covered it up: lawsuit
Discussion: Lansing State Journal, Bustle and AOL
Tyler O'Neil / PJ Media Home:
‘Threats of Rape and Strangling’ Force D.C. McAllister Into Hiding After Anti-Abortion Tweet
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Times:
A Trail of ‘Bread Crumbs,’ Leading Conspiracy Theorists Into the Wilderness
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump administration to triple size of Texas tent camp for migrant children
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Chris Pappas wins New Hampshire Democratic primary
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Politico and Bustle
Taco Bell voted best Mexican restaurant in the country
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Obama was harsh against leakers
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
What a baby  —  Only a man who is deeply worried about his own strength …
Hunter Woodall / Kansas City Star:
Kansas GOP lawmakers' silence on whether they support Kobach angers some within party
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery …