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8:30 AM ET, September 14, 2018


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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.
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.
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Cuomo Is America's Problem Now  —  Prepare for still another unpleasant son of Queens trying to claim the national stage.  —  In one of the most predictable outcomes yet this election cycle, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won his Thursday primary against actress and leftist Democrat Cynthia Nixon.
Discussion: Politico, New York Post and Chalkbeat
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo triumphs in closely watched primary against Cynthia Nixon
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Axios and
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Easily Defeats Cynthia Nixon in New York Primary
Patrick Leahy / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath.  I cannot support his nomination.  —  Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, represents Vermont in the U.S. Senate.  —  Last week, I uncovered new evidence that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh misled the Senate during his earlier hearings …
Discussion: USA Today and Politico
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 …
Washington Post:
Bitter Senate fight to confirm Kavanaugh plunges deeper into chaos over letter
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:   What's not normal is for the nominee to be asked 1,278 follow-up questions.
Weekly Standard:
Kavanaugh Needs No Defense
BuzzFeed News:
Senate Democrats Have Referred A Secret Letter About Brett Kavanaugh To The FBI
Alex DeMarban / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Federation of Natives, a key supporter of Murkowski, opposes Kavanaugh appointment
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: theGrio, Mediaite, The Root and RedState
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 …
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: The Daily Caller
Matt Ford / New Republic:
New York Elects Its Next Anti-Trump Warrior
Discussion: CNBC
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump creates political storm with false claim on Puerto Rico hurricane death toll  —  As Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas, President Trump on Thursday diverted attention from the government's preparations for the monster storm to his personal grievances over last year's Hurricane Maria …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Trump echoes far-right websites on Puerto Rico
Washington Post:
‘It totally belittled the moment’: Many look back in dismay at Trump's tossing of paper towels in Puerto Rico
Discussion: BloombergQuint and Political Wire
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Mr. President. SHUT UP’: Florida Republicans pan Trump's Puerto Rico conspiracy
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
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Nikki Haley's View of New York Is Priceless.  Her Curtains?  $52,701.  —  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 …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Bannon says right must support ‘RINOs’  —  's controversial former chief strategist Stephen Bannon is making an uneasy peace with the Republican establishment as he returns to the battlefield for the midterm elections.  —  Bannon, who made his name as a populist firebrand eager to attack GOP leaders …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
'Even the folks who won don't seem happy': Obama mocks Republicans at Ohio rally
Discussion: Politico
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Nervous Republicans Revive ‘Carnage’ as Turnout Strategy
Discussion: Raw Story
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Netanyahu Aide Steps Aside After Sexual Assault Allegations  —  JERUSALEM — A top aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel stepped aside Thursday after several women accused him of sexual assault, denouncing what they called his “predatory” behavior.
Deepti Hajela / Washington Times:
Democratic socialist Julia Salazar beats incumbent in N.Y. senate primary
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.
Peter Blackstock / Austin Music Source:
Willie for Beto: Nelson to headline rally for O'Rourke at Auditorium Shores
Elon Musk is building a medieval watchtower … Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is doing his darndest to ensure his tunneling venture The Boring Company is anything but.  —  After the companies' plans to deliver your car directly to your garage via subterranean tunnels were revealed early Wednesday …
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.
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
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 …
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Kushner Says Punishing Palestinians Won't Hurt Chance for Peace Deal
Elena Schneider / Politico:
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Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
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Tamsin Shaw / NYR Daily:
Edward Snowden Reconsidered
Cruz intern arrested on Capitol Hill for unregistered ammunition
Hope Hodge Seck /
11 Troops Kicked Out After Court-Martial in Wake of Marines United Scandal
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
McRaven, former SOCOM head, resigns from Pentagon board following Trump criticism
Discussion: ABC News, CNN and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump really hates apologizing for misogyny and racism. New reporting explains why.
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Michael Bloomberg set to run for Democrats against Trump for presidency in 2020
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David French / National Review:
End Qualified Immunity
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn to Appear at Far-Right Conference With Pizzagaters, Racist YouTube Stars
Michael Avenatti / New York Times:
The Case for Indicting the President