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9:50 AM ET, September 11, 2018


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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Price / The Charlotte Observer:
‘Life-threatening’ Florence spawns first hurricane watches, could bring 30" of rain  —  The National Hurricane Center has issued its first Hurricane Watches for the east coast as Hurricane Florence continues its trek toward North Carolina.  —  The “extremely dangerous major hurricane” …
Hurricane Florence undercuts Miami Beach convention bid
USA Today:
More than 1 million to flee as Hurricane Florence rips toward East Coast
Harry Enten / CNN:
It's not just CNN's poll.  All polling shows Trump's approval rating dropping.  —  Poll: Trump approval drops amid op-ed, ‘Fear’  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's approval rating in the latest CNN poll stands at just 36%.  That's a 6-point drop from 42% last month.
Discussion: Daily Kos
CNN Poll: Trump approval down 6 points in a month, hits low among independents  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)President Donald Trump's approval rating has fallen 6 points in the last month and stands at a new low among political independents, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
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 …
Allan Smith / INSIDER:
Trump reportedly exploded at his ex-lawyer after he heard Mueller was looking into his relationship with Deutsche Bank: ‘This is bulls—!’  — President Donald Trump exploded at his former lawyer, John Dowd, after reading news reports that said special counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank.
The Hill:
Eight weeks out: Dems see narrow path to Senate majority  —  Eight weeks out from the midterm elections, both Republicans and Democrats find themselves with a path to a Senate majority.  —  For Democrats, it is a surprising development given this year's difficult political map …
Alex Whiting / Just Security:
Why John Bolton vs. Int'l Criminal Court 2.0 is Different from Version 1.0  —  It is tempting to read or listen to John Bolton's speech on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and think, we've seen this movie before and know its ending.  And in many ways, that's true.
Discussion: The White House
President Donald J. Trump / The White House:
Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from the International Criminal Court
Discussion: Breitbart
Matthew Lee / ABC News:
Bolton: International Criminal Court ‘is already dead to us’
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FBI Officials Discussed ‘Media Leak Strategy’ Ahead Of Major Trump-Russia Revelation  — Peter Strzok sent Lisa Page a text message about “media leak strategy” during a key point in the Trump-Russia probe.  — Strzok sent the message just before The Washington Post published a bombshell story …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   The FBI's anti-Trump “leak strategy”
Manuela Tobias / Truth-O-Meter rulings …:
Did Brett Kavanaugh call birth control abortion-inducing drugs?  No  —  Democrats rallied around Judge Brett Kavanaugh's reference to popular contraceptive methods as “abortion-inducing” during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.  —  Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tweeted an 11-second clip …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did Brett Kavanaugh signal he supports ‘going after birth control’?
Discussion: Althouse, National Review and Townhall
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, taking its third major step this year to roll back federal efforts to fight climate change, is preparing to make it significantly easier for energy companies to release methane into the atmosphere.
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.
Robert Reich / American Prospect:   Kavanaugh Will Further Divide Us
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.
David M. Drucker / Vanity Fair:
“The House Is Already Lost”: As the Midterms Approach, G.O.P. Insiders Prepare for an Electoral D-Day  —  Inside the swamp, Republican operatives have already made their peace with losing the House.  But the coming Democratic wave won't affect all Republicans equally, purging moderates and leaving only Trump loyalists behind.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Bob Woodward Has A Trail Of Accuracy Issues That Nobody Is Talking About  — Bob Woodward's new book “Fear” presents a scathing depiction of President Donald Trump's administration.  — Woodward has a muddy history with a trail of allegations that he embellished the truth or otherwise misled his readers.
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
Tim Sullivan / Fox News:   New York City firefighter: How September 11, a day of tragedy, can be a day of inspiration 17 years later
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Voter backlash to Trump, bathroom law has put conservative N.C. legislature in play.  —  APEX, N.C. — The owner of a small vodka distillery near this traditionally Republican enclave in suburban Raleigh says he is so fed up with GOP leadership in the state capital that he took leave from his job to try to defeat a state senator.
Discussion: Spectator USA
Vera Bergengruen / BuzzFeed News:
The Maria Butina Case Was Never About The Sex Life Of A Russian Spy  —  A tantalizing sentence inserted into the case against Maria Butina proved irresistible for journalists and lawyers alike.  —  Although it was just an aside in a sweeping case alleging that the 29-year-old Russian worked …
Discussion: Boing Boing and ABC News
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Documents Reveal Maria Butina Has Offered to Betray Her Lover (a GOP Operative)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nancy Barnes / Houston Chronicle:
A note from the editor of the Houston Chronicle  —  In these challenging times for our country, with journalism and journalists often under attack, trust between a newspaper and its readers is absolutely essential.  —  We spend our days trying to ferret out the truth on school quality …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump's assault on Woodward riddled with contradictions  —  The president has slammed Woodward's book as ‘fiction’ — even as he rails against former aides for leaking.  —  President Donald Trump has called journalist Bob Woodward's book on his administration a work of “fiction” and a “scam …
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Poll: Whitmer leads Schuette by comfortable edge in Michigan governor's race  —  Lansing — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer holds a comfortable lead over Republican Bill Schuette in the Michigan governor's race and is doing a better job attracting critical independent voters, according to a new statewide poll conducted last week.
Elena Schneider / Politico:
‘Something has actually changed’: Women, minorities, first-time candidates drive Democratic House hopes  —  A flood of women, minorities and first-time candidates is poised to radically alter the composition of Congress next year after winning Democratic primaries in record numbers in 2018.
Discussion: Washington Post
Lili Bayer / Politico:
Viktor Orbán says European Parliament ‘verdict already written’  —  Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is preparing his supporters for a potential loss in a key vote among MEPs Wednesday regarding the rule of law in his country.  —  “Pro-migration representatives have a majority …
Andrew Gumbel / The Guardian:
'You didn't get our message': key Trump aide Stephen Miller condemned by childhood rabbi  —  Neil Comess-Daniels denounces Miller as a purveyor of ‘violence, malice and brutality’ for zero-tolerance immigration policies  —  The childhood rabbi to Stephen Miller, special adviser to Donald Trump …
Daniel Benjamin / Politico:
17 Years After 9/11, Nobody Cares About Terrorism Anymore  —  Good.  —  Consider this sign of the times: In late August, U.S. officials expressed confidence they had finally killed Ibrahim al-Asiri, the most fabled al Qaeda bombmaker of the post-9/11 period.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Protest is as American as football.  Why doesn't Trump get it?  —  The tang of fall is nearly in the air.  The summer is all but over.  Football season is here.  Are you ready for some . . . culture war?  —  This war may feel unending, but it began only a little more than two years ago.
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Small business optimism surges to highest level ever, topping previous record under Reagan
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Rick Scott plays ‘keep away from Trump’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
‘Silent Donation’: Corporate Emails Reveal Google Executives' Efforts to Turn Out Latino Voters …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Real Estate Tycoon Funds Last-Minute $100,000 Attack on Zephyr Teachout in New York AG Race
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