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5:25 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone event will be live streamed on Twitter for the first time
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
Discussion: Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
vaticannews.va:
Pope Francis at Mass: Bishops must pray to overcome ‘Great Accuser’
Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
U.S. Judge Says Initial Coin Offering Covered by Securities Law
Kristin Thorne / abc7ny.com:
Possible crack pipe vending machines found on Long Island
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
Jonathan Oosting / Detroit News:
Poll: Whitmer leads Schuette by comfortable edge in Michigan governor's race