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6:05 PM ET, September 12, 2018


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Hugh Son / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon says he could beat Trump in an election: 'I'm smarter than he is'  —  J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon made some interesting comments on today's political affairs, even though he's said publicly he won't run for president and is committed to head the bank for the next five years.
Jamie Dimon Quickly Backtracks on Bragging He Could Beat Trump  — 'I'm as tough as he is, I'm smarter than he is,' Dimon said  — JPMorgan's CEO then backtracked: ‘I should not have said it’  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Jamie Dimon picked a fight with President Donald Trump — and immediately regretted it.
New York Times:
Scott Pruitt, Former E.P.A. Chief, Is in Talks for His Next Job: Coal Consultant  —  WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is in discussions to work as a consultant to the Kentucky coal mining tycoon Joseph W. Craft III, according to two industry executives familiar with the plans.
Discussion: CNN, Politico, ThinkProgress, Axios and Splinter
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Pruitt faced mounting financial pressures as EPA chief, new documents show  —  Scott Pruitt, the embattled former Environmental Protection Agency chief, faced mounting financial pressures as he sought to balance his personal obligations in Oklahoma with his new role as a member …
Discussion: Political Wire
John Santucci / ABC News:
Manafort seeking plea deal with special counsel that would avoid cooperation ahead of second trial: Sources  —  Sources familiar with negotiations tell ABC News former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been in ongoing negotiations with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office over a potential plea agreement.
CNN Poll: More approve of Mueller than of Trump
Discussion: NPR, Washington Post and Political Wire
Erin Kelly / USA Today:   Donald Trump Jr. says he's not afraid of going to jail in Russia investigation
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
2018 Senate Forecast  —  FiveThirtyEight's predictions for the 2018 Senate elections
Discussion: ABC News
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Trump administration diverted nearly $10 million from FEMA to ICE detention program, according to DHS document  —  The Trump administration appears to have diverted nearly $10 million in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
$10 Million From FEMA Diverted to Pay for Immigration Detention Centers, Document Shows
Discussion: Vox, CNN and ThinkProgress
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: West Wing intrigue distracts from what the Trump administration is, and isn't, doing
Washington Post:
Residents see a failure at all levels of government
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Another hurricane is about to batter our coast.  Trump is complicit.  —  YET AGAIN, a massive hurricane feeding off unusually warm ocean water has the potential to stall over heavily populated areas, menacing millions of people.  Last year Hurricane Harvey battered Houston.
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
Bob Woodward's ‘Fear’ is the fastest-selling adult title in three years  —  Sales of “Fear,” Bob Woodward's new book about the first year of the Trump administration, are off to a phenomenal start this week.  —  Barnes and Noble announced that “Fear” is the fastest-selling adult title since Harper Lee's …
Discussion: Axios
Barbara Res / New York Daily News:
Trump and his flunkies: Why aren't staffers standing up to him?  —  On this particular day, the architect had come to Donald Trump's office to show him what the interior of the residential elevator cabs would look like.  —  Trump looked at the panels where the buttons you push to reach a floor were located.
Discussion: Newsweek, POLITICUSUSA and Splinter
Washington Post:   Trump asked to have Braille removed from elevators in early 1980s, executive says
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Laura Ingraham's Brother Goes to War Against Her  —  Curtis Ingraham wants people to know that his sister, the right-wing Fox News host Laura Ingraham, is the ultimate ‘hypocrite.’  —  Curtis Ingraham uses Twitter to vent his political frustrations—like many left-leaning users in the Trump era.
Linda Bloodworth Thomason / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Designing Women’ Creator Goes Public With Les Moonves War: Not All Harassment Is Sexual (Guest Column)  —  Linda Bloodworth Thomason, one of CBS' biggest hitmakers, reveals the disgraced mogul kept her shows off the air for seven years: “People asked me for years, ‘What happened to you?’
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
GOP lawmaker caught on tape: Orphanages better than gay adoption  —  In an exchange with high school students that was caught on tape, a Republican congressman from New Jersey was tongue-tied over the prospect of same-sex couples adopting children and suggested kids would be better off in orphanages than with LGBT families.
CBS ousts ‘60 Minutes’ chief Jeff Fager amid harassment allegations  —  CBS announced on Wednesday that Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes,” would be leaving the company amid allegations that he inappropriately touched female employees and condoned a toxic culture …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:   “Shock and a Sadness”: Inside CBS News After the Ax Falls on Fager
Allum Bokhari / Breitbart:
LEAKED VIDEO: Google Leadership's Dismayed Reaction to Trump Election  —  A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant's leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda …
Discussion: BloombergQuint and The Verge
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
The Policymakers Saved the Financial System.  And America Never Forgave Them.  —  It's hard to overstate how deeply Americans despised their government's response to the global financial crisis.  It has helped shape the last decade of American politics, fueling distrust of powerful institutions …
Income and Poverty in the United States: 2017  —  Introduction  —  This report presents data on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the United States based on information collected in the 2018 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Rio Lacanlale / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Report: Las Vegas professor shot himself in arm to protest Trump  —  College of Southern Nevada (Las Vegas Review-Journal File)  —  A longtime College of Southern Nevada sociology professor is facing felony gun charges in connection with an on-campus shooting on the second day of classes.
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Not just Salazar: 12 women cite pattern of improper behavior by PM's aide Keyes  —  As well as NY State Senate hopeful, 2nd woman, insisting on anonymity, alleges physical aggression; others say Keyes was kept away from female interns; he denies claims  —  A total of 12 women have accused David Keyes …
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Novelist who wrote about ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ charged with murdering her husband  —  Nancy Crampton Brophy seemed to have a knack for writing about the murder of spouses.  —  The Portland, Ore.-based romance novelist wrote books about relationships that were “wrong” but …
Special Report: Slamming the door - How Trump transformed U.S. refugee program  —  WASHINGTON/KAKUMA, KENYA (Reuters) - On Jan. 19, 2017, Aden Hassan's long wait to start a new life ended when he stepped off a plane in Columbus, Ohio, half a world away from the Kenyan refugee camp where he had lived for a decade.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Dianne Feinstein Withholding Brett Kavanaugh Document From Fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats  —  Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have privately requested to view a Brett Kavanaugh-related document in possession of the panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein …
Washington Post:
Middle-class income hit an all-time high of $61,372 last year, U.S. Census Bureau says  —  Middle-class income rose to a record level in 2017 as the strong economy lifted the fortunes of more Americans, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday.  —  The median U.S. household earned $61,372 last year …
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
New lawsuit alleges Larry Nassar drugged, raped and impregnated teen at Michigan State  —  The suit claims that the teen's rape was videotaped and that a coach who reported it was told to resign.  —  A new lawsuit alleges that Michigan State University officials were made aware of a videotaped rape …
Discussion: Detroit News and Daily Wire
Joseph Trevithick / TheDrive:
U.S. Refuses To Allow New Russian Planes To Fly Open Skies Flights Over Its Territory  —  U.S. officials have made an apparent snap decision to not certify that Russia's Tu-214ON reconnaissance aircraft are in compliance with the Open Skies Treaty.  This comes as members of Congress have taken …
Discussion: TASS
‘First it was his vision, then his speech, and then his legs’ Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov is hospitalized in critical condition and friends fear he was poisoned  —  Pyotr Verzilov, a member of Pussy Riot and one of the publishers of the independent news website Mediazona, was hospitalized in critical condition late on September 11.
Noah Smith / Bloomberg:
Ben Carson and HUD Get Ready to Take On the Nimbys  —  A proposal to roll back exclusionary zoning would make housing more affordable.  —  According to official statistics, Americans have been getting slowly richer since 1980.  Real median personal income growth slowed in the 2000s and took …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Names Doctor, a Chinese Immigrant, as its New President  —  Planned Parenthood, under fire from conservatives in Washington and state capitols, chose Leana Wen, an emergency room doctor whose family fled China when she was a child, as its next president Wednesday …
Discussion: Axios, IJR, Bustle and YouTube
Hollywood Reporter:
Henry Cavill Out as Superman Amid Warner Bros.' DC Universe Shake-Up (Exclusive)  —  Talks broke down for a cameo in ‘Shazam!’ due to scheduling conflicts, and the door is now closing on other potential appearances for the actor.  —  The DC cinematic universe appears to be losing its Man of Steel.
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Voters Divided in CD19  —  Dem challenger seen more positively than GOP incumbent  —  West Long Branch, NJ - First-term Congressman John Faso is in a tight race with attorney and former hip-hop performer Antonio Delgado in New York's 19th Congressional District, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll.
Paul Blest / Splinter:
What's Dana Rohrabacher's Deal With the Racist Trope of Chinese People Eating Dogs?  —  In newly surfaced footage from a February 2018 interview on Voice of America (VOA) China, the U.S. government-funded broadcasting service, Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was asked if he wanted …
Washington Post:
With all the world's crises, this is John Bolton's top concern?  —  IN A normal U.S. administration, the president's national security adviser would be preoccupied by the daunting array of current global crises, including: the incipient Russia-backed offensive in Syria that could kill …
Discussion: Power Line
David French / National Review:
Why I Changed the Way I Write about Police Shootings  —  Here's the truth: Most cops are good, and too many bad cops go free.  —  Yesterday I wrote a piece that's gone viral — an extended denunciation of a terrible police shooting in Texas.  A white officer went to black man's apartment, apparently thinking it was her own.
The Hill:
Trump authorizes sanctions against foreign governments that interfere in US elections  —  signed an executive order on Wednesday allowing sanctions on foreign companies, organizations or individuals the government determines to have interfered in U.S. elections.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Caitlin Andrews / Concord Monitor:
27-year-old former refugee defeats life-long Concord resident in Democratic primary for state rep … (EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to clarify that Safiya Wazir is a former refugee from Afghanistan.  She is an American citizen.)  —  At first, Safiya Wazir couldn't believe what she was hearing.
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Surprisingly, the Senate Is Now in Play  —  ANALYSIS — I have argued repeatedly that while the House is up for grabs — and indeed likely to flip to the Democrats in November — the Senate is not in play.  I now believe that it is, so I must revise and extend my remarks.
Hannah Thomas-Peter / Sky News:
World exclusive: Video shows Harvey Weinstein behaving inappropriately with businesswoman  —  Sky News has obtained a video that shows Harvey Weinstein behaving inappropriately with a young woman at a business meeting.  —  The footage, which has never been broadcast before, shows him hugging …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Jezebel and Mediaite
Rebecca Johnson / Vogue:
Senator Tammy Duckworth on the Attack that Took Her Legs—and Having a Baby at 50  —  Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, October 2018  —  ILLINOIS SENATOR Ladda Tammy Duckworth owns a great pair of legs.  They're painstakingly painted by an artist to match the skin tone of her arm …
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Wall Street Journal:
Admission to President's Fundraiser Tonight at Trump International Hotel Won't Come Cheap
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Teens Are Protesting In-Class Presentations
USA Today:
Andrew Gillum leads Ron DeSantis for Florida governor, says Chamber of Commerce poll
Discussion: Breitbart
Mike Rogoway / Oregonian:
Nike, Columbia Sportswear CEOs make personal statements opposing sanctuary law repeal
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Sean Hannity
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
New Strzok-Page texts reveal others were ‘leaking like mad’ in lead up to Trump-Russia probe
 Earlier Items: 
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Ken Starr: Giuliani's Wrong, The President Can Be Indicted
Discussion: Raw Story
Kimberly Dozier / The Daily Beast:
Ex-NSA Boss Mike Rogers: I Wish Trump Had Pressed Putin on Election Meddling in Helsinki
Discussion: USA Today and Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
GOP Chief Shocked to Discover His Candidate Jim Hagedorn's Crazy Remarks
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo:
Brett Kavanaugh wants to do away with legal abortion. He told us so.
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come
Lee Smith / RealClearInvestigations:
How Anti-Trump Leakers Moved From Offense to Defense
There's Never Been a President This Unpopular With an Economy This Good
Discussion: Althouse and BloombergQuint
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Exclusive: Three-quarters of the secret money in recent elections came from 15 groups
Discussion: ProPublica