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2:25 PM ET, September 11, 2018


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:   Another big Woodward reveal: Trump's bottomless bad faith and nonstop lying
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Rob Porter claims Woodward book is “misleading”
Discussion: Politico
Allan Smith / INSIDER:
Trump reportedly exploded at his ex-lawyer after he heard Mueller was looking into his relationship …
Discussion: Common Dreams
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 …
Abbie Bennett / The Charlotte Observer:
What happens to NC's wild horses when a major hurricane like Florence hits?  —  North Carolina coastal residents are evacuating or battening down ahead of Hurricane Florence — at least the human ones.  —  READ MORE  —  The wild horses that make their homes on the coast of the Tar Heel state …
Hurricane Risks Include Toxic Sludge and Lagoons of Pig Manure  — Flooding could unleash toxic waste left from power plants  — North Carolina is major producer of hogs, turkeys, chickens  —  Hurricane Florence's potential for destruction also includes increased risks for the environment …
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Washington Post:
The GOP finds yet another way to suppress the vote
Discussion: WRAL-TV
NBC News:
McConnell says close Senate midterm races like ‘a knife fight in an alley’  —  The Senate Majority Leader listed 9 contests that he described as “dead-even.”  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate races in this year's midterm elections are going to be …
Alan Fram / Associated Press:   Republicans lack votes _ and appetite _ to end ‘Obamacare’
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.
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.
Discussion: The Irish Times and Politico
Trump cancels planned trip to Ireland  — President Donald Trump has canceled a planned trip to Ireland in November, a spokeswoman for the Irish Prime Minister confirmed Tuesday to CNBC.  — “The proposed visit of the US President is postponed,” Information Services officer Laura Durkan told CNBC …
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 …
Stephen Marche / Foreign Policy:
Al Qaeda Won
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Gawker Set to Relaunch Under New Owner Bryan Goldberg (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Amanda Hale hired as publisher for new iteration of the media and gossip blog  —  Gawker will rise from the ashes in a new iteration of the website to be launched next year, Variety has learned.
Erin Durkin / The Guardian:
September 11: nearly 10,000 people affected by ‘cesspool of cancer’  —  Thousands who lived or worked in lower Manhattan on 9/11 were exposed to toxic fumes from destroyed towers  —  John Mormando was in the best shape of his life - a marathon runner and triathlete training for an Ironman competition …
Discussion: Shakesville
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
'And now it's the tallest': Trump, in otherwise somber interview on 9/11, couldn't help touting one of his buildings
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Facebook's idea of ‘fact-checking’: Censoring ThinkProgress because conservative site told them to  —  Last year, Facebook announced that it would partner with The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, to “fact check” news articles that are shared on Facebook.  At the time, ThinkProgress expressed alarm at this decision.
Discussion: and Weekly Standard
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
On Sept. 11 anniversary, Trump launches fresh attacks on FBI and Justice Department with dubious allegation  —  As politicians and others went on Twitter on Tuesday morning to mark the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, President Trump used the platform to launch …
Washington Post:
Trump pays tribute to the ‘immortal’ heroes of Flight 93  —  SHANKSVILLE, Pa. — A solemn President Trump paid tribute here Tuesday to the late passengers of Flight 93, who on Sept. 11, 2001, disrupted the plan of terrorists to crash one of their hijacked planes into the U.S. Capitol.
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
A CUNY Student Was Investigated for Criticizing Israel  —  On June 1, an announcement was posted to the City University of New York's Earth and Environmental Sciences listserv advertising Fulbright grants to study in Israel.  The next day, Rafael Mutis, a sixth-year Ph.D. student in that department …
Discussion: Hit & Run
The Daily Beast:
Lindsey Graham's Under-the-Radar Push to Turn Trump Into a Defense Hawk  —  'It's good versus evil.  Good versus evil never ends.'  —  In September 2017, just days after President Donald Trump dubbed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “little rocket man,” the president assembled …
Discussion: New Republic, Mediaite and Raw Story
Roisin O'Connor / The Independent:
9/11 anniversary: On September 11, New Yorkers remember their favourite story about Steve Buscemi  —  Hollywood actor known for playing oddballs and gangsters originally trained as a firefighter  —  POPULAR VIDEOS  —  Seventeen years ago, on 11 September 2001, Hollywood actor Steve Buscemi …
Discussion: Conservative Review
POLITICO Playbook PM: When a Democratic lawmaker raises money for a Republican incumbent ...  THE LATEST ON HOUSE VOTES ... HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KEVIN MCCARTHY (R-CALIF.) advised this morning that “due to the important nature of votes expected on the Floor and in committee this week …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Trump wins dismissal of ‘inciting to riot’ claim over 2016 rally  —  (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday won the dismissal of an “inciting to riot” claim brought by three protesters who said they were roughed up at a March 2016 rally in Louisville, Kentucky, where Trump was campaigning for the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Ahead of the Primary, Cuomo Administration Offered Sweeteners to Get New Bridge Open  —  The administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo offered the contractor building the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge enticements to meet a late August deadline to open, including the possibility of absorbing extra costs …
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
U.S. Judge Says Initial Coin Offering Covered by Securities Law  —  Federal prosecutors won a key legal victory when a judge ruled that U.S. securities laws cover initial coin offerings.  —  In what is believed to be the first criminal case of its kind, a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York …
Cynthia For New York / YouTube:
Better Democrats: Cynthia Nixon for New York ad … I believe in New York.  It's why I've spent the last 17 years traveling across this state, fighting for better public schools, LGBT equality, and reproductive rights.  And it's why I'm running for governor.  —  Vote on Thursday, September 13!
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
On the Supreme Court, Democrats finally get their just deserts 31 years later  —  Are you happy now, Teddy Kennedy?  Are you happy, Joe Biden?  Are you happy now, Harry Reid?  It's due to the things that you did and said that Donald J. Trump is now naming his second Supreme Court justice in under two years in office.
Megh Wright / Vulture:
Norm Macdonald Defends Louis C.K., Chris Hardwick, and Roseanne Barr in New Interview  —  Ahead of the premiere of his Netflix series Norm Macdonald Has a Show, Macdonald recently sat down for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and it's jam-packed with the comedian's thoughts …
CBS Los Angeles:
OC Principals Duel Over Alleged Racist Signs At High School Football Game  —  SANTA ANA (CBSLA) - An Orange County high school football game was marred by allegations of racism Monday.  —  At issue were posters allegedly seen at the Friday night game at Aliso Niguel High School against Santa Ana High …
Discussion: Daily Wire
Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
How Struggling Dayton, Ohio, Reveals the Chasm Among American Cities  —  “Left Behind America,” a ProPublica/Frontline collaboration, premieres on PBS on Sept. 11 and can also be streamed.  —  The news this past year has been full of the tribulations facing the cities at the vanguard of the great urban rebirth.
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Natasha Khan / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
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Possible crack pipe vending machines found on Long Island
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Case for Michael Avenatti 2020
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Don Jr. Claims NY Times Op-Ed Writer Committed Crime By ‘Subverting the Will of the People’
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Jake Rudnitsky / Bloomberg:
Russian General Challenges Putin Critic to a Duel
John Melloy / CNBC:
Small business optimism surges to highest level ever, topping previous record under Reagan
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Poll: Whitmer leads Schuette by comfortable edge in Michigan governor's race
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Voter backlash to Trump, bathroom law has put conservative N.C. legislature in play.
Discussion: Spectator USA
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘Something has actually changed’: Women, minorities, first-time candidates drive Democratic House hopes
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Bob Woodward Has A Trail Of Accuracy Issues That Nobody Is Talking About
David M. Drucker / Vanity Fair:
“The House Is Already Lost”: As the Midterms Approach, G.O.P. Insiders Prepare for an Electoral D-Day
Discussion: Daily Kos