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1:20 PM 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 …
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: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Allan Smith / INSIDER:
Trump reportedly exploded at his ex-lawyer after he heard Mueller was looking into his relationship …
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Donald Trump Jr. says his father can't trust everyone around him after the anonymous op-ed
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Don Jr. Claims NY Times Op-Ed Writer Committed Crime By ‘Subverting the Will of the People’
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 …
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” …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump campaign cancels Missouri rally because of Hurricane Florence  —  President Donald Trump's campaign on Tuesday canceled a second rally ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall, citing safety concerns as the storm threatens to wreak havoc on the East Coast.
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
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
CNBC:   Trump cancels planned trip to Ireland
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 and Shakesville
Stephen Marche / Foreign Policy:
Al Qaeda Won
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 …
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.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The Case for Michael Avenatti 2020
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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.
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  —  “Donald Trump is on the line.”  —  It was the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, at WWOR's station in Secaucus, N.J., and Rolland Smith, the lead anchor for the news outlet's coverage …
Discussion: CNBC, HuffPost, Bustle and Deadspin
Erin Durkin / The Guardian:   September 11: nearly 10,000 people affected by ‘cesspool of cancer’
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 …
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
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: Politico and Raw Story
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.
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 …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
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.
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Bill Nelson not on board with Andrew Gillum's progressive proposals  —  The sitting Senator is happy to share the Democratic ticket with Gillum, but doesn't share his views on contentious issues.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is excited about the energy that Andrew Gillum brings …
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: Vox, Splinter and Eschaton
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 …
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
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.
Kristin Thorne /
Possible crack pipe vending machines found on Long Island  —  Town of Brookhaven officials and Suffolk County police are trying to figure out who placed three potential crack pipe vending machines, dubbed as pen vending machines, in Coram and Medford.  —  The town received complaints about the machines over the weekend.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jake Rudnitsky / Bloomberg:
Russian General Challenges Putin Critic to a Duel  — National Guard chief threatens to beat Navalny to a pulp  — Navalny accused Zolotov's force of corruption last month  —  The head of Russia's National Guard has thrown down the gauntlet to opposition leader Alexey Navalny by challenging him to a duel.
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Fox News and emptywheel
Natasha Khan / Wall Street Journal:
Robots Are Producing More of What You Eat  —  Vision-automation technology is taking over the factory floor, a testing ground for adoption in self-driving cars, drones  —  Robots that see underpin the future of self-driving cars, humanoid robots and autonomous drones.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Kenneth Rapoza / Forbes:
Trump's Energy Secretary Heading To Moscow To Discuss More Energy Sanctions  —  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.  — Share to facebook  — Share to twitter  — Share to linkedin  —  Energy Secretary Rick Perry is in Moscow this week and the topic at hand …
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
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Lili Bayer / Politico:
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John Melloy / CNBC:
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Daniel Benjamin / Politico:
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Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
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Andrew Gumbel / The Guardian:
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Discussion: The White House
Nancy Barnes / Houston Chronicle:
A note from the editor of the Houston Chronicle
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