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7:30 PM ET, September 14, 2018

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Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Michael Cohen Is the Latest Former Trump Ally to Talk to Mueller  —  In the wake of Manafort's plea deal, sources confirm that it is now common knowledge among Cohen's inner circle that Trump's former lawyer has been in contact with the special counsel's office.  —  BY - EMILY JANE FOXSeptember 14, 2018,
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CNN:
Federal prosecutors weigh charges against Democratic powerbroker in Manafort-linked probe  —  (CNN)Federal prosecutors in New York are weighing criminal charges against former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig as part of an investigation into whether he failed to register as a foreign agent …
emptywheel:
Checkmate: The Manafort Cooperation Is Pardon Proof  —  I was virtually certain that the plea deal Manafort is pleading to today would include cooperation — and I was correct.  Andrew Weissmann told Amy Berman Jackson that the deal does require Manafort cooperation.
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Paul Manafort has agreed to cooperate with Robert Mueller  —  The former Trump campaign chair appeared in court and pleaded guilty Friday.  —  It finally happened — Paul Manafort flipped.  —  The former Trump campaign chair appeared in court in Washington on Friday and pleaded guilty to a reduced set of charges.
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
What Paul Manafort Knows  —  What kind of threat does Paul Manafort now pose to Donald Trump?  Robert Mueller's indictment of the fallen lobbyist is a masterful portrait of a craven man and his methods.  But the chronology contained in the document filed this morning takes us right up to the eve …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller may have just eliminated one of Trump's biggest complaints  —  Trump likes to complain about the cost of the Mueller probe.  It might just have paid for itself.  —  It's not just that the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is, in President Trump's estimation, a biased partisan “witch hunt.”
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Manafort to cooperate with Mueller as part of plea deal  —  President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller under a plea agreement revealed Friday.  —  Manafort appeared in a Washington, D.C., courtroom Friday morning …
Washington Post:
Trump cannot use a pardon to stop Manafort's cooperation  —  Paul Rosenzweig is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, a policy research organization and a former Whitewater prosecutor under Kenneth W. Starr.  Justin Florence is the legal director of Protect Democracy …
New York Times:
Manafort Folds. Now What?
Discussion: Raw Story
USA Today:
‘I plead guilty’: Paul Manafort enters cooperation deal with Mueller team
Discussion: Raw Story
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Is Expected To Plead Guilty And Avoid A Second Trial
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Paul Manafort plea deal includes ‘broad’ cooperation with special counsel
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Go deeper: Read the charges against Paul Manafort
Discussion: Politico
The Guardian:
Manafort to cooperate with Mueller's inquiry in latest blow to Trump - as it happened
Discussion: Shakesville
Matt Kwong / Associated Press:
Paul Manafort pleads guilty to 2 counts, to co-operate ‘fully’ with Mueller investigation
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.
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BuzzFeed News:
Here's How That Letter From 65 Women Supporting Brett Kavanaugh Came Together So Quickly  —  A group of women who have known Brett Kavanaugh since his high school days decided on Thursday to put together the letter of support for him — a day after rumors of allegations against him first became public …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Kavanaugh Classmate Named in Letter Strongly Denies Allegations of Misconduct  —  Mark Judge says he learned he was named in the letter during an interview with the New Yorker.  —  On Friday morning, The New Yorker's Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow reported on a letter alleging possible sexual misconduct …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Dianne Feinstein, What in the Hell Were You Thinking?  —  Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexually assaulting a high school classmate.  And Feinstein seems to have concluded that the public didn't need to know this.  —  First of all, what in blazes was Dianne Feinstein thinking?
Discussion: Vox, Politico and National Review
New York Times:
Letter Claims Attempted Assault by a Teenage Brett Kavanaugh
Elana Schor / Politico:
Anita Hill: Kavanaugh accuser deserves ‘fair and neutral’ process
Discussion: Vox, ABC News and The Daily Caller
Virginia Hume / Weekly Standard:
About That Letter From Women in Support of Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: Power Line
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:   ‘There never is a strategy’: Trump confronts twin Manafort and Kavanaugh crises
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh denies decades-old allegation of potential sexual misconduct
Discussion: Power Line
Lawfare:
The Watergate ‘Road Map’ and the Coming Mueller Report  —  According to countless media accounts and President Trump's own lawyers, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is writing some kind of report on allegations of presidential obstruction of justice.  Exactly what sort of report this may be is unclear.
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:   Legal Experts Urge Release of Watergate Report to Offer Mueller a Road Map
New York Times:
The Insurgency Roared.  But Cuomo Prevailed.  —  Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was the epitome of the very establishment the Democratic left has been frothing against: He raised big checks from big corporate powers.  He was a dynastic candidate seeking a third term.  He talked about capping taxes and constraining spending.
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Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Why even moderate Democrats are moving left and changing what it means to be centrist
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Democratic Insurgents Topple 6 New York Senate Incumbents
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Why Did the New York Review of Books Publish That Jian Ghomeshi Essay?  —  Well before the world associated the phrase #MeToo with sexual assault, Jian Ghomeshi was a popular Canadian radio host and musician.  In 2014 and 2015, however, he became the subject of numerous allegations of sexual assault …
Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Texas board votes to eliminate Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history curriculum  —  Updated at 11:30 a.m. to include the board's vote, at 1:20 p.m. with comment from board member Barbara Cargill and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner and at 4:10 p.m. with comment from a Christian advocacy organization.
Washington Post:
A solar observatory in New Mexico is evacuated for a week and the FBI is investigating.  No one will say why.  —  SUNSPOT, N.M. — At a small solar observatory tucked away in the woods of a national forest here, scientists and other personnel were commanded last week to leave at once.
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CNN:
Hurricane Florence is trudging across the Carolinas, submerging homes, with days of rain in store
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
A private letter from Ronald Reagan to his dying father-in-law shows the president's faith  —  Something tugged at Ronald Reagan on that otherwise slow August weekend in 1982.  —  “Again at the W.H.,” the president noted in his diary.  “More of Saturdays work plus a long letter I have to write to Loyal.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Shame of the MeToo Men  —  I feel bad for them.  Do they feel bad for women?  —  Here's a confession: I feel bad for a lot of the men caught out by the #MeToo movement.  —  Not all of them — not Harvey Weinstein or former CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves — but the slightly less powerful …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Harper's
 
 
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Heidi Bond / Slate:
I Received Some of Kozinski's Infamous Gag List Emails.  I'm Baffled by Kavanaugh's Responses to Questions About Them.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Veteran GOP operative Bill Kristol is building a political war machine and seeking a Republican …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Raw Story