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9:15 PM ET, September 12, 2018


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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 …
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
Discussion: Law & Crime
BuzzFeed News:
A Series Of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed The Trump Tower Meeting  —  The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has become one of the most famous gatherings in American political history: a flashpoint for allegations of collusion, the subject of shifting explanations by the president and his son …
After Thorough Review, King Announces Opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination to Supreme Court  —  King: “There are no do-overs or second chances on this”  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his opposition to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Axios and Politico
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:   Dianne Feinstein Withholding Brett Kavanaugh Document From Fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats
Alex Swoyer / Washington Times:
Dems send 1,278 additional questions to Kavanaugh, more than all other SCOTUS nominees combined
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Pruitt faced mounting financial pressures as EPA chief, new documents show
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:   Republicans Are Favorites In The Senate, But Democrats Have Two Paths To An Upset
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Women, GOP crossovers help Democrat in Arizona Senate race
Discussion: Politico
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.
Ron Charles / Washington Post:
Bob Woodward's ‘Fear’ is the fastest-selling adult title in three years
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.
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
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
2018 Senate Forecast  —  FiveThirtyEight's predictions for the 2018 Senate elections
Discussion: ABC News and Florida Politics
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.
Joseph Hudak / Rolling Stone:   Willie Nelson Will Headline a Rally for Beto O'Rourke
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.
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.
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 …
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Mother of slain journalist James Foley says filmmaker took their story  —  As Diane Foley watched the new movie “Viper Club,” about an American freelance journalist taken hostage by terrorists in Syria and his mother's struggles to free him, her suspicions were confirmed — and her anger stoked.
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.
GOP senators: No Sessions replacement could get confirmed  —  The possible axing of Jeff Sessions is giving Republican senators a migraine.  —  Senate Republicans are in a jam when it comes to Jeff Sessions.  —  While resigned to President Donald Trump firing the attorney general …
Discussion: Raw Story
‘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.
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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.
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, Bustle, IJR, YouTube and Axios
Victor Skinner / The American Mirror:
Twitter blocks posts that use phrase ‘illegal alien’ as ‘hateful content’  —  The federal government, U.S. Supreme Court, and lawyers across the country use the word “illegal alien” to describe immigrants who illegally enter the country, because that's the definition in the law.
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.
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 …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Teens Are Protesting In-Class Presentations  —  For many middle- and high-school students, giving an in-class presentation was a rite of passage.  Teachers would call up students, one by one, to present their work in front of the class and, though it was often nerve-racking …
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.
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
Republicans Line Up Tax Cut Messaging Bill While Abandoning Tax Cut Message  —  Just 12 percent of GOP TV ads have mentioned the tax cut bill.  —  WASHINGTON While Republicans on the campaign trail have largely dropped the tax cut bill from their midterm messaging, GOP leadership is gearing …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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 …
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Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
School safety commission poised to oppose new age limits on gun buys
Discussion: Axios
The Daily Beast:
Democrats Won't Stop, Can't Stop, Spending Big Bucks on Television Ads
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian National Who Operated Kelihos Botnet Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Conspiracy, Computer Crime …
Associated Press:
Deviating from McCain, Sen. Graham goes all in on Team Trump
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
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U.S. Refuses To Allow New Russian Planes To Fly Open Skies Flights Over Its Territory
Discussion: TASS
New York Times:
How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data
Hollywood Reporter:
Henry Cavill Out as Superman Amid Warner Bros.' DC Universe Shake-Up (Exclusive)
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Novelist who wrote about ‘How to Murder Your Husband’ charged with murdering her husband
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Trump administration diverted nearly $10 million from FEMA to ICE detention program, according to DHS document