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5:40 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,
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
Discussion: USA Today, Raw Story and emptywheel
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump cannot use a pardon to stop Manafort's cooperation
Discussion: Mediaite, Bloomberg and BloombergQuint
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
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Trump's lawyer gives up the game by revising statement about Manafort's Mueller deal
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Vox and CNN
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Paul Manafort Agrees to Cooperate With Special Counsel; Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges
Stef W. Kight / Axios:   Go deeper: Read the charges against Paul Manafort
The Guardian:   Manafort to cooperate with Mueller's inquiry in latest blow to Trump - as it happened
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   Paul Manafort becomes the fifth Trump campaign team member to plead guilty to criminal charges
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.
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?
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 …
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Woman Alleges Brett Kavanaugh Attempted To Rape Her In High School
Patrick Leahy / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath. I cannot support his nomination.
Discussion: Althouse, SCOTUSblog and USA Today
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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:   Legal Experts Urge Release of Watergate Report to Offer Mueller a Road Map
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.
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Why even moderate Democrats are moving left and changing what it means to be centrist
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 …
Hurricane Florence is trudging across the Carolinas, submerging homes, with days of rain in store  —  Are you affected by Hurricane Florence?  When it's safe, text, iMessage or WhatsApp your videos, photos and stories to CNN: 347-322-0415  —  (CNN)Hurricane Florence is inching along …
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
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 …
Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
The threat to democracy — from the left  —  For several years now, scholars have argued that the world is experiencing a “democratic recession.”  They have noted that the movement of countries toward democracy has slowed or stopped and even, in some places, reversed.
Discussion: Mediaite
Skripal Poisoning Suspect's Passport Data Shows Link to Security Services  —  Read The Insider Russian report on this same topic here.  —  An ongoing Bellingcat investigation conducted jointly with The Insider Russia has confirmed through uncovered passport data that the two Russian nationals identified …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The opposite of Trump isn't Bernie Sanders.  It's this guy.  —  His presidency is defined by self-absorption, fondness for authoritarians, contempt for democracy and an erratic personality.  To the extent that President Trump has any animating ideology, he seems enamored of a mishmash …
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers  —  Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users' searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people's queries, The Intercept can reveal.
Discussion: The Verge and BGR, more at Techmeme »
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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
Lauren McGaughy / Dallas Morning News:
Texas board votes to eliminate Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history curriculum
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Pompeo accuses Kerry of ‘unprecedented’ meddling in U.S. foreign policy
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Bill Ruthhart / Chicago Tribune:
Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley to run for Chicago mayor
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republican Extremism Is Turning Democrats Left on Health Care
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Steven Overly / Politico:
Bezos to Trump: It's ‘dangerous to demonize the media’