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10:40 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 …
Washington Post:
Bitter Senate fight to confirm Kavanaugh plunges deeper into chaos over letter  —  The bitter Senate fight to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court plunged into deeper chaos Thursday as a top Democrat disclosed she had referred “information” about President Trump's nominee to the FBI.
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 …
Alex DeMarban / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Federation of Natives, a key supporter of Murkowski, opposes Kavanaugh appointment
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Guardian:
Dianne Feinstein alerts authorities to secret Brett Kavanaugh letter
Discussion: Chicks On The Right
Dianne Feinstein Acknowledges Having A Secret Brett Kavanaugh Document
Lawyers “disgusted” by release of search warrant showing marijuana found in Botham Jean's apartment  —  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: RedState, Mediaite and The Root
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.
Paul Manafort and special counsel close to deal for guilty plea  —  Washington (CNN)Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and special counsel Robert Mueller are close to a deal for a guilty plea ahead of his upcoming trial, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Discussion: emptywheel and ABC News
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:   Under Fire, Robert Mueller Has a Novel P.R. Strategy: Silence
The Daily Beast:
Trump Obsessed With Avoiding His Own ‘Katrina Moment’  —  From planning for Florence to post-spinning Maria, the president deeply fears looking like Bush.  —  As he prepares for one natural disaster and tries to spin his way out of another, President Donald Trump, aides and friends say …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's FEMA chief under investigation over use of official cars
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As a New Hurricane Roars In, Trump Quarrels Over the Last One
New York Times:
New York Primary Election Results  —  What to watch: New York, the only state in the nation that is holding separate state and federal primary elections in this tumultuous political year, has voters casting statewide ballots on Thursday.  Races for governor, lieutenant governor …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Andrew Cuomo has won himself another term, but his presidential aspirations are dead  —  He zigged right when the party was zagging left.  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sealed a large primary victory over progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon Thursday night.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and HuffPost
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Cuomo Is America's Problem Now
Discussion: Politico, New York Post and Gothamist
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo triumphs in closely watched primary against Cynthia Nixon
Discussion: Axios, and The Atlantic
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
Tyler McCarthy / Fox News:
Willie Nelson fans furious over announcement that he'll headline a rally for a Dem candidate  —  Willie Nelson fans are upset with the singer over the news that he's not only supporting a Democratic Senate contender, but is headlining a rally in Texas for him.
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo:
Kavanaugh contradicts White House account of credit-card debt, leaving more questions  —  On Wednesday night, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh offered  —  answers for the first time to longstanding questions about his personal finances that had been prompted by significant credit card …
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
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
Matthew Reisen / Albuquerque Journal:
Closure of NM solar observatory a mystery  —  The truth is out there - but nobody will go on the record about it.  —  Rumors are swirling and authorities are tight-lipped following the evacuation of an observatory in southwest New Mexico last week.  —  The National Solar Observatory in Sunspot …
Matthew Chapman / Alternet:
Two Congressmen Who Say They Inadvertently Hung Out With Holocaust Denier Get Caught With Him Again  —  Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Matt Gaetz have faced scrutiny for meeting with Holocaust denying Internet troll Chuck C. Johnson.  They met with him again.  —  Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Two Republican Congressmen Hobnob With an Alleged Holocaust Denier. Again.
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.
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
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
Hope Hodge Seck /
11 Troops Kicked Out After Court-Martial in Wake of Marines United Scandal  —  The Marine Corps continues to wade through prosecutions of active-duty troops found to have been involved in the swapping of nude photos of troops through the “Marines United” Facebook page last year, or other social media misconduct in a similar vein.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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Joe Concha / The Hill:
Woodward book breaks 93-year publishing record
Discussion: Observer, The Slot and CNNMoney
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Nikki Haley's View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
ICE says it needs a $1 billion funding boost to meet Trump's aggressive deportation goals
Luiza Ch. Savage / Politico:
U.S. official: Canadian marijuana users, workers and investors risk lifetime border ban
Discussion: Toronto Star and Splinter
David Wade / Politico:
Why Is Trump's State Department Stealing Ideas from Old Spice Commercials?
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
 Earlier Items: 
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Michael Bloomberg set to run for Democrats against Trump for presidency in 2020
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn to Appear at Far-Right Conference With Pizzagaters, Racist YouTube Stars
Jessica Valenti / Medium:
Kids Don't Damage Women's Careers — Men Do
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
New estimate: GOP's second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit
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
Discussion: Shakesville
Stefan Heck / Deadspin:
I Did Not Buy 6,500 Pairs Of Nikes To Send To The Dump, But Thousands Of Idiots Think I Did
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans to Rebrand Nafta