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12:00 PM ET, September 14, 2018


 Top Items: 
New Yorker:
A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress  —  On Thursday, Senate Democrats disclosed that they had referred a complaint regarding President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the F.B.I. for investigation.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Woman Alleges Brett Kavanaugh Attempted To Rape Her In High School
Discussion: Mediaite
Patrick Leahy / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath. I cannot support his nomination.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, USA Today and Althouse
Washington Post:
Manafort plans to plead guilty to second set of charges  —  President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has agreed to plead guilty to federal crimes at a hearing Friday morning, officials said.  —  The planned plea, if accepted by a judge, would short-circuit his second trial scheduled …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Manafort's plea deal includes cooperation agreement with Mueller  —  President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty in a foreign-lobbying and money laundering case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.  —  Manafort appeared in a Washington …
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.
Fox News:
Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty in federal court Friday as part of a plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News has learned.  —  The details of the plea agreement …
Discussion: Chicks On The Right
NBC News:
Paul Manafort expected to plead guilty in Mueller probe  —  Trump's former campaign chairman is set to appear at an arraignment and plea agreement hearing Friday at 11 a.m.  —  Paul Manafort, formerly President Donald Trump's campaign chairman, is expected to plead guilty to two counts …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort agrees to plead guilty in deal with special counsel Robert Mueller
Discussion: The Root
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Ex-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Reaches Deal to Plead Guilty
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Democratic Insurgents Topple 6 New York Senate Incumbents  —  Years of anger at a group of Democratic state senators who had collaborated with Republicans boiled over on Thursday, as primary voters ousted nearly all of them in favor of challengers who had called them traitors and sham progressives.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Cynthia Nixon camp partially blames high turnout for loss  —  Progressive activist Cynthia Nixon on Thursday night lamented high voter turnout as a result of spending from her opponent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who easily defeated her in the state's Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Letitia James Wins Attorney General Primary, Defeating 3 Rivals  —  Letitia James became the first black woman to win a major party statewide nomination on Thursday, defeating three rivals in New York's Democratic primary for attorney general.  —  With her win, Ms. James, 59 …
Discussion: News One, Bustle and The Daily Caller
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Cuomo Is America's Problem Now
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Andrew Cuomo has won himself another term, but his presidential aspirations are dead
Matt Ford / New Republic:   New York Elects Its Next Anti-Trump Warrior
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
State Department Spent $52,701 on Curtains for Nikki Haley's Residence  —  WASHINGTON — The State Department spent $52,701 last year buying customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in Nikki R. Haley's official residence as ambassador to the United Nations …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Nervous Republicans Revive ‘Carnage’ as Turnout Strategy  —  Steve Bannon is back with a new fearmongering movie that's firing up conservative media about left-wing violence.  —  Donald Trump declared in his inaugural address that the days of “American carnage” are over.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Niall Stanage / The Hill:   Bannon says right must support ‘RINOs’
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:   Trump and Breitbart Fall in Love Again
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:   Steve Bannon Developing an Alt-Right Catholic Compound Near Rome
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“None of Them Is Where the President Is”: It's Trump vs. Trumpworld Over North Korea  —  Is this what today's “resistance” looks like inside the Trump Administration?  —  In the past few days, as a “tremendously big” and “tremendously wet” hurricane barrelled toward the Carolinas …
Discussion: Raw Story and
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.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Railroads ‘Creepy Porn Lawyer’ Michael Avenatti in Trainwreck Fox News Interview  —  The nearly 13-minute shoutfest represented everything that is wrong with America today.  —  Michael Avenatti has to be regretting going on Tucker Carlson's show right now.
Bill Scher / Politico:   Michael Avenatti Is Winning the 2020 Democratic Primary
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republican Extremism Is Turning Democrats Left on Health Care  —  When President Obama urged Congress to pass the Affordable Care Act, a plan modeled after Mitt Romney's health-care plan, conservatives decried it as a government takeover of health care.  Obama explained that his plan did no such thing.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The Weather Channel:
Hurricane Florence Has Made Landfall Near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina; Catastrophic Flash Flooding to Hammer the Carolinas, Appalachia  — Florence is expected to crawl near or along the coast of the Carolinas through Friday.  — This will produce catastrophic flash flooding and major river flooding.
Discussion: Althouse
Elena Schneider / Politico:
The biggest threat to the GOP majority no one's talking about  —  Forty-four House Republicans are heading for the exits, and almost half of their seats have become top Democratic targets.  —  ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A glut of GOP retirements has House Republicans defending a record number …
Grace Gottschling / Campus Reform:
University announces “White Awake” safe space for white students  —  The University of Maryland at College Park announced Friday a new diversity support group to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings about “interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”
Discussion: Daily Wire and CBS Philly
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
We're Measuring the Economy All Wrong  —  The official statistics say that the financial crisis is behind us.  It's not.  —  Ten years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the official economic statistics — the ones that fill news stories, television shows and presidential tweets …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
September Governors Overview  —  Thanks to August primaries in a handful of key races, all the pieces of this year's gubernatorial puzzle are finally in place, and Republicans' exposure to losses in November has increased.  —  Republicans were already battling the trends that batter the party …
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Rep. Clay Higgins Wants to Drug Test Congress  —  Rep. Clay Higgins has an idea for how to get Congress to clean up its act: random drug screenings.  —  “I have observed some behavior that would cause one to wonder,” Higgins, a freshman GOP congressman from Louisiana, told the USA Today Network in an interview, apparently joking.
Congress passes bill to change Senate filing  —  Congress has passed and sent to the President the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, which includes a provision that makes the Federal Election Commission (FEC) the official point of entry for all Senate filings.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Suspect Indeed: Odd Moments From RT's Interview With The Novichok ‘Lads’  —  In going public as the Russian men accused by London of carrying out deadly poisonings on English soil, Ruslan Boshirov and Aleksandr Petrov both expressed and generated disbelief at the same time.
James Bovard / USA Today:
Barack Obama's return just reminds us how he fueled the distrust that led to Donald Trump  —  Who cares if Obama belatedly cheers for transparency and accountability?  He should admit that he made the government more dangerous at home and abroad.  —  Former president Barack Obama is back.
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The threat to democracy — from the left
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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Hot new Republican attack on ‘Medicare for all’ will make socialism more likely
Steven Overly / Politico:
Bezos to Trump: It's ‘dangerous to demonize the media’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and AOL
Victor Skinner /
NJ middle school teacher's 9/11 lesson urges sympathy for ‘Osama’
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Sanders allies expect him to make second White House bid
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
House passes bill aiming to ban people from eating cats and dogs
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Kushner Says Punishing Palestinians Won't Hurt Chance for Peace Deal
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Trump echoes far-right websites on Puerto Rico
Elon Musk is building a medieval watchtower
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
'Even the folks who won don't seem happy': Obama mocks Republicans at Ohio rally
Discussion: Politico
Cruz intern arrested on Capitol Hill for unregistered ammunition
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo:
Kavanaugh contradicts White House account of credit-card debt, leaving more questions
New York Times:
U.S. Spies Rush to Protect Defectors After Skripal Poisoning
Discussion: Defense One and The Guardian