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8:05 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.
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.
Jessica Kwong / Newsweek:   Donald Trump Ordered Illegal Removal of Braille Because ‘No Blind People are Going to Live in Trump Tower’: Report
Erin Kelly / USA Today:   Donald Trump Jr. says he's not afraid of going to jail in Russia investigation
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Another Washington Post book to attack Trump, ‘crime of the century’
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Pruitt faced mounting financial pressures as EPA chief, new documents show
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Trump administration diverted nearly $10 million from FEMA to ICE detention program, according to DHS document
Trump tries to rewrite history on Maria as Hurricane Florence approaches
Discussion: Washington Post, ABC News and AOL
CBS News:
Fired “60 Minutes” boss warned CBS News reporter: “There are people who've lost their jobs trying to harm me”  —  NEW YORK — Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes” who was fired on Wednesday, sent a text message to CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan with a warning …
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever  —  Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of migrant children under detention has exploded to the highest ever recorded …
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
2018 Senate Forecast  —  FiveThirtyEight's predictions for the 2018 Senate elections
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
After Thorough Review, King Announces Opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to Supreme Court
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Alex Swoyer / Washington Times:
Dems send 1,278 additional questions to Kavanaugh, more than all other SCOTUS nominees combined
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Republican challenger ahead in North Dakota Senate race  —  Republican Kevin Cramer tops incumbent Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp among North Dakota likely voters by 48-44 percent, in a Fox News poll released Wednesday.  Cramer's edge in the Senate race is within the poll's margin of sampling error.
Discussion: Politico
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Republicans Are Favorites In The Senate, But Democrats Have Two Paths To An Upset  —  Many of the individual race forecasts in the FiveThirtyEight Senate model, which launched on Wednesday, look pretty optimistic for Democrats.  The model shows Sen. Joe Manchin in a strong position to retain his seat in West Virginia, for instance.
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.
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Jersey Rep. Chris Smith comes under fire for remarks on gay adoption
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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?’
New York Post:
Mailer linking Nixon to anti-Semitism was approved by top Cuomo aides … The slimy mailer that sought to link Cynthia Nixon to anti-Semitism was drafted and approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's closest advisors, including former top aide Larry Schwartz, sources told The Post Wednesday.
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 …
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.
David Badash / Raw Story:
Eric Trump's ugly ‘three extra shekels’ attack on Bob Woodward draws accusations of anti-Semitism  —  ‘Damn, That Is Some Top Shelf Antisemitism’  —  Eric Trump is lashing out at veteran Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, and his remarks are drawing accusations of anti-Semitism.
‘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.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
McCain family ‘disappointed’ with GOP attack ads using his words  —  Rick Davis, a family friend and former top adviser to the late Sen. John McCain, said McCain's family was disappointed that his past comments are being “weaponized” in a new flight of battleground political ads airing just weeks after his death.
Discussion: Washington Post
Andrea Drusch / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Meet the ‘new’ Texas Democrats fueling Beto O'Rourke's race  —  FORT WORTH  —  Beto O'Rourke is awakening a grassroots movement in Texas — one that's led by gray-haired, once-loyal Democrats who are aggressively working to end decades of their own political dormancy in Texas.
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.
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.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Names Leana Wen, a Doctor, 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: Daily Wire, Axios, Bustle, IJR and YouTube
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.
Rachel Feintzeig / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Change Helps Executives Afford Pricier Planes  —  Jet sales soar as business owners take advantage of new tax write-off  —  The recent changes to the tax code are giving business executives a new perk: the opportunity to deduct the entirety of a corporate-jet purchase.
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 …
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 …
Jillian Jorgensen / New York Daily News:
X marks the gender under birth certificate bill passed by the City Council, Mayor expected to sign into law  —  New Yorkers who do not identify as male or female will be able to change their birth certificates and select a third option — X — under a bill passed by the City Council Wednesday …
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 …
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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Mother of slain journalist James Foley says filmmaker took their story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian National Who Operated Kelihos Botnet Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Conspiracy, Computer Crime …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Kerry Meeting With Iran to Salvage Nuke Deal With Rogue Diplomacy
Discussion: Townhall and Sean Hannity
Associated Press:
Deviating from McCain, Sen. Graham goes all in on Team Trump
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: Sean Hannity and The Daily Caller
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
New lawsuit alleges Larry Nassar drugged, raped and impregnated teen at Michigan State
Discussion: Detroit News and Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Trevithick / TheDrive:
U.S. Refuses To Allow New Russian Planes To Fly Open Skies Flights Over Its Territory
Discussion: TASS
Caitlin Andrews / Concord Monitor:
27-year-old former refugee defeats life-long Concord resident in Democratic primary for state rep
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
New Strzok-Page texts reveal others were ‘leaking like mad’ in lead up to Trump-Russia probe
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Ken Starr: Giuliani's Wrong, The President Can Be Indicted
Discussion: Raw Story
Hollywood Reporter:
Henry Cavill Out as Superman Amid Warner Bros.' DC Universe Shake-Up (Exclusive)
Washington Post:
With all the world's crises, this is John Bolton's top concern?
Discussion: Power Line