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7:45 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
Washington Post:
Feinstein says she referred letter concerning Kavanaugh to federal investigators
Discussion: Daily Wire and Hot Air
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.
CNN:   Paul Manafort and special counsel close to deal for guilty plea
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:   Under Fire, Robert Mueller Has a Novel P.R. Strategy: Silence
Giuliani: Trump sees no danger in Manafort plea
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.
Discussion: The Root
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
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
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.
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.
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
McRaven, former SOCOM head, resigns from Pentagon board following Trump criticism  —  WASHINGTON — William McRaven, the retired four-star admiral who led U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, has resigned from the Pentagon's technology advisory board following a public critique …
Discussion: CNN and Axios
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump really hates apologizing for misogyny and racism.  New reporting explains why.  —  President Trump does not believe that people — that white men like himself — should have to apologize for their public displays of misogyny or racism.  But this isn't simply because he doesn't want to give ground …
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 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.”
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 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.
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
Luiza Ch. Savage / Politico:
U.S. official: Canadian marijuana users, workers and investors risk lifetime border ban  —  Canadians who work in the marijuana industry — and those who invest in the booming pot sector — risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S., according to a senior official overseeing U.S border operations.
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. …
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.”
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Abusive media moguls harmed more than just individual women.  They shaped a misogynistic culture.  —  Two moments on Wednesday.  Both startling, both telling.  —  Jericka Duncan, live on the CBS Evening News, looked unflinchingly into the camera as she explained how the story she had been covering …
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Voting Problems in Thursday's Primaries Expose New York's Broken Election System
Discussion: New Republic, Gothamist and Vox
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Can Democrats take the Senate? A top operative talks about the brutally tough path.
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
Aung San Suu Kyi defends verdict against Reuters journalists
Discussion: New Republic
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:
Here's A Totally Incredible Story About Pro-Russian Mercenaries And A Close Aide To Italy's De Facto Leader
Bernie Sanders / The Guardian:
A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
It happened there: how democracy died in Hungary
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