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5:20 PM ET, September 11, 2018

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Axios:
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 …
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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Another big Woodward reveal: Trump's bottomless bad faith and nonstop lying  —  Today Bob Woodward's book gets released, and much coverage of it is framed around revelations of President Trump's raging, volatile temperament, his erratic mind-changing, and his startling lack of knowledge …
John W. Schoen / CNBC:
Trump told Gary Cohn to ‘print money’ to lower the national debt, according to Bob Woodward's book  — “Just run the presses — print money,” Trump said, according to Woodward, during a discussion on the national debt with Gary Cohn, former director of the White House National Economic Council.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Rob Porter claims Woodward book is “misleading”  —  Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter is joining Gary Cohn in releasing a statement against Bob Woodward's new Trump book, “Fear.”  —  What they're saying: Porter alleges Woodward's book is “selective and often misleading” …
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Independent poll asks Americans whether Trump is ‘mentally stable’
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost and POLITICUSUSA
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Trump wins dismissal of ‘inciting to riot’ claim over 2016 rally
Washington Post:
The GOP finds yet another way to suppress the vote  —  IT WAS 5 p.m. on a Friday, just as Labor Day weekend was starting, when, without warning, faxes arrived at North Carolina's state board of elections and 44 county election boards.  The faxes contained a demand so outlandish …
Discussion: WRAL-TV
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Bloomberg:
Hurricane Risks Include Toxic Sludge and Lagoons of Pig Manure
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 …
Kevin Doyle / Independent.ie:
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, Independent.ie understands.  —  Sources say the controversial trip, planned for November 12, will not now go ahead.
Discussion: The Irish Times, Politico and IJR
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CNBC:   Trump cancels planned trip to Ireland
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Trump cancels visit to Ireland
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Judicial Watch sues Justice Dept. for records from Anthony Weiner laptop  —  Judicial Watch: Classified emails found on Anthony Weiner's laptop  —  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department Tuesday for all emails found on the laptop of disgraced …
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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 …
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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.
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
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Trump's long history of lying about 9/11 and exploiting it for personal gain
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 …
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.
Erica Orden / CNN:
New York tax investigators to meet with Cohen's attorney, at odds with federal prosecutors' request  —  Cohen seeks to tear up Stormy Daniels deal  —  (CNN)New York state tax department investigators are scheduled to meet Tuesday with an attorney for President Donald Trump's former personal …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Niv Elis / The Hill:
Federal deficit soars 32 percent to $895B  —  The federal deficit hit $895 billion in the first 11 months of fiscal 2018, an increase of $222 billion, or 32 percent, over the same period the previous year, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  —  The nonpartisan CBO reported …
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
U.S. expects to hit $1 trillion deficit earlier than planned
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tana Ganeva / Rolling Stone:
This Is the Story of How a Campaign Goes Off the Rails  —  What Julia Salazar's topsy-turvy summer may mean for future insurgent candidates on the far left  —  Exactly one week before the New York state primary, 27-year-old Julia Salazar faced a political candidate's worst nightmare.
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Jillian Jorgensen / New York Daily News:
Citizens Union drops endorsement of Julia Salazar, citing ‘not correct’ information about her academic credentials
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
Andrew Cuomo Keeps Hiring Republicans  —  Pressure from Cynthia Nixon's primary challenge has pushed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the left on a number of issues ahead of this Thursday's Democratic gubernatorial primary.  Cuomo, though, has struggled to escape criticism for enabling …
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.
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.
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
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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Illegal immigrants cited in theft of 39 million Social Security numbers  —  Nearly 40 million Social Security numbers have been stolen and used by illegal immigrants and others to get work, according to agency records obtained by an immigration reform group.
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery drivers may reveal the true human cost of ‘free’ shipping  — Business Insider spoke with 31 current or recently employed drivers about what it's like to deliver packages for Amazon.
Politico:
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 …
 
 
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Warren L. Wise / Post and Courier:
Walmart shuts Charleston-area stores after SC governor issues evacuation order
Discussion: TalkLeft
Associated Press:
Pope Francis Is Finally Ready to Address Claims He Covered Up Sexual Misconduct, Vatican Says
The State:
Potential 2020 White House hopeful Cory Booker to help SC governor candidate
Discussion: Political Wire
HuffPost:
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Removes 9 Books By Notorious Rape Apologist ‘Roosh’
Steven A. Miller / Slate:
Colleges Don't Need 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS Los Angeles:
OC Principals Duel Over Alleged Racist Signs At High School Football Game
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Alec MacGillis / ProPublica:
How Struggling Dayton, Ohio, Reveals the Chasm Among American Cities
Roisin O'Connor / The Independent:
9/11 anniversary: On September 11, New Yorkers remember their favourite story about Steve Buscemi
Discussion: Conservative Review
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
On the Supreme Court, Democrats finally get their just deserts 31 years later
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Poll: Whitmer leads Schuette by comfortable edge in Michigan governor's race