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7:15 PM ET, September 13, 2018


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BuzzFeed News:
Senate Democrats Have Referred A Secret Letter About Brett Kavanaugh To The FBI  —  Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have referred a letter concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI.  —  The contents of the letter have been closely guarded by Sen. Dianne Feinstein …
New York Times:
Dianne Feinstein Refers a Kavanaugh Matter to Federal Investigators  —  WASHINGTON — The senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee referred information involving Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, to federal investigators on Thursday …
Michael Avenatti / New York Times:
The Case for Indicting the President  —  Justice Department lawyers have said a sitting president cannot be indicted.  It's time to test that proposition by bringing an indictment that can be reviewed by the Supreme Court.  —  Mr. Avenatti is the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford in her lawsuits …
Ronn Blitzer / Law & Crime:
This Could be Why Dems Went to FBI Over Mysterious Kavanaugh Letter  —  Thursday afternoon, the political world was abuzz over a mysterious letter that Democrats in Congress had from an unidentified woman regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The only things that Sen. Dianne Feinstein …
Discussion: CNN, Lawyers, Guns & Money and Bustle
Dianne Feinstein Acknowledges Having A Secret Brett Kavanaugh Document  —  The California senator has been extraordinarily tight-lipped about a document her fellow Democrats want to see made public.  —  WASHINGTON Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) acknowledged Thursday that she has a document …
Washington Post:
Feinstein says she referred letter concerning Kavanaugh to federal investigators
Discussion: Daily Wire and Hot Air
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate committee delays vote on Kavanaugh nomination until next week
Discussion: Common Dreams and IJR
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Tentative deal reached between Manafort and special counsel: Sources  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
How Trump and Manafort Are Helping Each Other in the Russia Investigation  —  President Donald Trump has tried to distance himself from his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, insisting that Manafort only worked for him for a very short time and that his recent convictions on tax …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:   Under Fire, Robert Mueller Has a Novel P.R. Strategy: Silence
CNN:   Paul Manafort and special counsel close to deal for guilty plea
Giuliani: Trump sees no danger in Manafort plea
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's FEMA chief under investigation over use of official cars  —  Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long is the target of an ongoing Department of Homeland Security inspector general investigation into whether he misused government vehicles during his commutes …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Mr. President.  SHUT UP’: Florida Republicans pan Trump's Puerto Rico conspiracy  —  MIAMI — Florida Republicans are angered by President Donald Trump advancing a conspiracy theory casting doubt on Hurricane Maria's estimated death toll in Puerto Rico.  Even Trump's two top Florida allies …
New York Times:
Rejecting Puerto Rican Death Toll, Trump Falsely Accuses Democrats of Inflating It
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Trump falsely claims nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico ‘did not die’
Hurricane Florence is slashing the Carolinas in the opening act of a 3-day, coastal disaster
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Believes There's a Coup”: Freaked by the Times Op-Ed, the President Is Seeing Enemies Everywhere  —  With Anonymous still on the loose and the “administrative state” unchecked, the last person Trump trusts is Stephen Miller.  —  BY - GABRIEL SHERMANSeptember 13, 2018,
William Cummings / USA Today:
Was Jared Kushner behind the anonymous New York Times op-ed? Ann Coulter thinks so
Search warrant: Marijuana found in Botham Jean's apartment after deadly shooting  —  Image Gallery  —  DALLAS - Following the shooting death of Botham Jean by the hands of Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, multiple search warrants were executed at Jean's apartment as part of the investigation.
New York Times:
U.S. Spies Rush to Protect Defectors After Skripal Poisoning  —  WASHINGTON — When a suspected hit man for Russian intelligence arrived in Florida about four years ago, F.B.I. surveillance teams were alarmed.  —  The man approached the home of one of the C.I.A.'s most important informants …
Discussion: The Guardian
David French / National Review:
End Qualified Immunity  —  Congress passed a law to restrain government actors.  The courts should enforce it as written.  —  I'm going to start with a story that will break your heart.  In the early morning hours of July 15, 2012, a young man named Andrew Scott was up late, home with his girlfriend.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Rick Scott Is Preparing to Pack the State Supreme Court After His Term Ends  —  On Jan. 8, 2019, a new governor of Florida will be sworn in.  On that same day, three of the Florida Supreme Court's seven justices will complete their final terms.  Based on those facts alone …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Audio Reveals Potentially Illegal Coordination Between NRA and Montana Senate Hopeful Matt Rosendale  —  The gun-rights group gave Jon Tester's challenger a heads-up that it'd be spending money trying defeat the senator.  That's a no-no, watchdogs say.
Stefan Heck / Deadspin:
I Did Not Buy 6,500 Pairs Of Nikes To Send To The Dump, But Thousands Of Idiots Think I Did  —  First off, let's get something out of the way: I did not purchase $1.3 million dollars' worth of Nike Air VaporMaxes (White/Varsity Purple/Metallic Silver/Aqua, size 9.5) with the intent of shipping them to the Glendale city dump.
Jennings Brown / Gizmodo:
This Is How It Starts: FBI Suspiciously Locks Down, Evacuates Solar Observatory in New Mexico  —  This is how it happens when extraterrestrials make contact with Earth.  —  It starts with a newspaper report about suspicious activity at a space research facility—government agents and military vehicles.
Discussion: CNET, Daily Kos and Instapundit
Matthew Reisen / Albuquerque Journal:   Closure of NM solar observatory a mystery
Tanya Basu / The Daily Beast:
Trump Adviser Gina Loudon's Book Claims She Has a Ph.D. in Psychology.  She Doesn't.  —  Gina Loudon's book jacket proclaims she's 'America's favorite psychological expert.' The problem?  She doesn't have the credentials to be one.  —  Gina Loudon, the Republican commentator and author …
Discussion: Mediaite
James Hibberd /
Tim Allen gets candid about politics and Trump: 'I'm kind of an anarchist'  —  Tim Allen has a message for anybody on the fence about watching the revival of the conservative comedian's sitcom Last Man Standing this fall: “Who cares what I think?!” the actor-comedian declares.
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Michael Bloomberg set to run for Democrats against Trump for presidency in 2020  —  Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of a business news empire, is preparing to run for president as a Democrat, The Times understands.  —  Mr Bloomberg, 76, a former mayor of New York with a personal fortune …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Wade / Politico:
Why Is Trump's State Department Stealing Ideas from Old Spice Commercials?  —  Mike Pompeo's #Swagger hashtag diplomacy is an international embarrassment.  —  On Monday, coupled with the launch of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Instagram account, the State Department launched a campaign rebranding itself the “Department of Swagger.”
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn to Appear at Far-Right Conference With Pizzagaters, Racist YouTube Stars  —  President Trump's disgraced former national security adviser will be picking up an award from conspiracy-mongering outlet The Gateway Pundit.  —  While he awaits sentencing for lying to the FBI …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Two Republican Congressmen Hobnob With an Alleged Holocaust Denier.  Again.  —  A Republican congressman who earlier this year got into trouble for hobnobbing with an accused Holocaust denier held a small fundraiser this summer, and the attendees included, yes, the very same alleged Holocaust denier.
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans to Rebrand Nafta  —  President wants to call it the ‘USMC’ pact, telling donors he will drop the ‘C’ if Canada doesn't agree to changes  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump revealed plans to rebrand the North American Free Trade Agreement as the “USMC” pact—for the U.S. …
State police: Columbia Gas customers in Lawrence, Andover, North Andover should evacuate  —  LAWRENCE, Mass. —  Authorities were responding to dozens of fires and explosions that are being blamed on a gas issue across the Merrimack Valley Thursday afternoon.
Katie Reilly / TIME:
‘I Work 3 Jobs And Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It's Like to Be a Teacher in America  —  Hope Brown can make $60 donating plasma from her blood cells twice in one week, and a little more if she sells some of her clothes at a consignment store.
Discussion: Shakesville
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Voting Problems in Thursday's Primaries Expose New York's Broken Election System  —  Voters are being told they're not registered as they go to the polls. … A number of New Yorkers, including the son of the New York City mayor, showed up to vote in today's statewide primaries and were told they were not registered to vote.
Discussion: New Republic, Gothamist and Vox
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page ‘interned’ ‘under Clinton,’ texts reveal  —  EXCLUSIVE - Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whose Trump-bashing texts made it clear who she backed in the 2016 presidential election, refers in a newly revealed message to serving as an intern “under Clinton.”
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Can Democrats take the Senate?  A top operative talks about the brutally tough path.  —  If Democrats are going to have any hope of winning control of the Senate, they have to overcome a very tough math problem.  —  Right now, while it looks as if Democratic incumbents in places such as Ohio …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
It happened there: how democracy died in Hungary  —  A new kind of authoritarianism is taking root in Europe — and there are warning signs for America.  —  The Hungary-Serbia border runs through a wilderness, tall grass flatlands ringed by imposing clusters of trees and thickets.
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Luiza Ch. Savage / Politico:
U.S. official: Canadian marijuana users, workers and investors risk lifetime border ban
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
McRaven, former SOCOM head, resigns from Pentagon board following Trump criticism
Discussion: CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump really hates apologizing for misogyny and racism. New reporting explains why.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Senior Google Scientist Resigns Over “Forfeiture of Our Values” in China
Jessica Valenti / Medium:
Kids Don't Damage Women's Careers — Men Do
Micah Maidenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Start Fact-Checking Photos, Videos
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
GQ editor Jim Nelson is out after 15 years at the top
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Supreme Court Transformed
Discussion: Althouse and SCOTUSblog
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
New estimate: GOP's second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit
BuzzFeed News:
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Bernie Sanders / The Guardian:
A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Abusive media moguls harmed more than just individual women. They shaped a misogynistic culture.
Ben Sasse / USA Today:
My new reform plan will drain Democratic and Republican ethics swamp: Sen. Ben Sasse
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
Jennifer Selva / CNN:
6 people are dead after shooting spree in California