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5:35 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 …
Dianne Feinstein Acknowledges Having A Secret Brett Kavanaugh Document  —  The California senator has been extraordinarily tight-lipped about a document her fellow Democrats want to see made public.  —  WASHINGTON Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) acknowledged Thursday that she has a document …
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, Bustle and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:   Feinstein says she referred letter concerning Kavanaugh to federal investigators
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate committee delays vote on Kavanaugh nomination until next week
Discussion: Common Dreams and IJR
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh — and Susan Collins — better watch these seeds of a grass-roots revolt
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 …
New York Times:
Rejecting Puerto Rican Death Toll, Trump Falsely Accuses Democrats of Inflating It  —  President Trump on Thursday falsely accused Democrats of inflating the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, rejecting that government's assessment that the storm had claimed nearly 3,000 lives.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Mr. President. SHUT UP’: Florida Republicans pan Trump's Puerto Rico conspiracy
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Axios
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  —  WASHINGTON - Controversial right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter thinks she knows who was behind the anonymous op-ed from a purported senior White House official that landed in The New York Times last week …
Discussion: Crooked Media, CNN and
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 …
David French / National Review:   End Qualified Immunity
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.
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
How Trump and Manafort Are Helping Each Other in the Russia Investigation  —  President Donald Trump has tried to distance himself from his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, insisting that Manafort only worked for him for a very short time and that his recent convictions on tax …
Giuliani: Trump sees no danger in Manafort plea
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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: Instapundit
Eric Mack / CNET:
Mysterious observatory evacuation stirs alien conspiracy theories
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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 …
Discussion: It's Going Down
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Under Fire, Robert Mueller Has a Novel P.R. Strategy: Silence  —  Since his appointment 16 months ago as special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III has granted no interviews and held no news conferences.  The spokesman for his office is known around Washington as “Mr. No-Comment.”
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Congress planning to avert government shutdown  —  Congressional leaders from both parties have finalized a plan to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month over President Trump's demands to fund a border wall, and postpone that fight until after the November midterm elections.
Discussion: Political Wire
Associated Press:
The Latest: Congress to extend gov't funding through Dec. 7
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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. …
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.
Micah Maidenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to Start Fact-Checking Photos, Videos  —  The social-media company will use technology and human reviewers to help flag false content  —  Facebook Inc. FB -.40% will begin fact-checking photographs and videos posted on the social media platform, seeking to close a gap …
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 …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
It happened there: how democracy died in Hungary  —  A new kind of authoritarianism is taking root in Europe — and there are warning signs for America.  —  The Hungary-Serbia border runs through a wilderness, tall grass flatlands ringed by imposing clusters of trees and thickets.
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 …
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
GQ editor Jim Nelson is out after 15 years at the top … Jim Nelson, the editor-in-chief of GQ, is leaving the magazine he helmed since 2003, The Post has learned.  —  Nelson's exit, confirmed in a memo obtained by The Post, marks yet another big name editorial departure at Condé Nast …
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
Bernie Sanders / The Guardian:
A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front  —  There is a global struggle taking place of enormous consequence.  Nothing less than the future of the planet - economically, socially and environmentally - is at stake.  —  At a time of massive wealth and income inequality …
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