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3:15 PM ET, September 14, 2018

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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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Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Woman Alleges Brett Kavanaugh Attempted To Rape Her In High School  —  The bombshell revelation comes a week before the Supreme Court nominee is set to receive a vote before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  —  A woman is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape …
Discussion: Vox, Daily Wire and IJR
New York Times:
Letter Claims Attempted Assault by a Teenage Brett Kavanaugh  —  WASHINGTON — A secretive letter shared with authorities by the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee charges that a teenage Brett M. Kavanaugh and a male friend trapped a teenage girl in a bedroom during a party …
Patrick Leahy / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath. I cannot support his nomination.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog, TalkLeft, USA Today and Althouse
Hot Air:
Ronan Farrow: Accuser Claims Kavanaugh Tried To Force Himself On Her In High School, Kavanaugh Denies
Discussion: Daily Wire
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 …
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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.
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.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Is Expected To Plead Guilty And Avoid A Second Trial
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Go deeper: Read the charges against Paul Manafort
Discussion: Politico
Fox News:
Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel
Discussion: Chicks On The Right
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort agrees to plead guilty in deal with special counsel Robert Mueller
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Root
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   Paul Manafort becomes the fifth Trump campaign team member to plead guilty to criminal charges
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.
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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.
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 …
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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  —  WASHINGTON — A question has loomed over Washington: What will the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, do when he wraps up his investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia and whether President Trump obstructed justice?
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 …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Papadopoulos Addresses Key Question Looming Over Collusion Conspiracy Theory  — In an exclusive interview, George Papadopoulos says nobody on the Trump campaign asked him to follow up on a professor's claims to know about Hillary Clinton emails.  — Papadopoulos says he cannot remember …
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.
bellingcat:
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:   Suspect Indeed: Odd Moments From RT's Interview With The Novichok ‘Lads’
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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
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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
 
 
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
We're Measuring the Economy All Wrong
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James Bovard / USA Today:
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Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Nervous Republicans Revive ‘Carnage’ as Turnout Strategy
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Elena Schneider / Politico:
The biggest threat to the GOP majority no one's talking about
KDFW:
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