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8:30 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 …
Washington Post:
Feinstein says she referred letter concerning Kavanaugh to federal investigators
Discussion: Daily Wire and Hot Air
Dianne Feinstein Acknowledges Having A Secret Brett Kavanaugh Document
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.
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
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
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
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
As a New Hurricane Roars In, Trump Quarrels Over the Last One
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Republicans dodge, weave around Trump's hurricane tweets
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
ICE says it needs a $1 billion funding boost to meet Trump's aggressive deportation goals  —  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is aggressively lobbying for an additional $1 billion to boost deportations to their highest levels yet under President Trump, according to a budget document obtained by The Washington Post.
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
Peter Blackstock / Austin Music Source:
Willie for Beto: Nelson to headline rally for O'Rourke at Auditorium Shores  —  After bringing Beto O'Rourke onstage during his Fourth of July Picnic this summer, Willie Nelson is doubling down on his support of the U.S. Senate candidate, headlining a rally and concert set for Sept. 29 at Auditorium Shores.
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.
Discussion: Toronto Star
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
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Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Voting Problems in Thursday's Primaries Expose New York's Broken Election System
Discussion: Gothamist, New Republic 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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
A Supreme Court Transformed
Discussion: Althouse and SCOTUSblog
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
New estimate: GOP's second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Two Republican Congressmen Hobnob With an Alleged Holocaust Denier. Again.
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans to Rebrand Nafta
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Abusive media moguls harmed more than just individual women. They shaped a misogynistic culture.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
It happened there: how democracy died in Hungary