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9:30 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.
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
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.
Fox News:
Paul Manafort to plead guilty as part of plea deal with special counsel  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty in federal court Friday as part of a plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Fox News has learned.  —  The details of the plea agreement …
CNN:   Paul Manafort and special counsel close to deal for guilty plea
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: Bustle and The Daily Caller
Matt Ford / New Republic:   New York Elects Its Next Anti-Trump Warrior
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Easily Defeats Cynthia Nixon in New York Primary
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.
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Cuomo Is America's Problem Now
Discussion: Politico and Chalkbeat
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo triumphs in closely watched primary against Cynthia Nixon
Discussion: Axios and
Weekly Standard:
Kavanaugh Needs No Defense  —  Senate Democrats disgrace themselves again.  —  Every time a conservative jurist is nominated to the Supreme Court, he's accused of perpetrating some heinous deed or harboring some reprehensible opinion.  Neil Gorsuch was a plagiarist.  Sam Alito was a racist and a sexist.
Washington Post:
Bitter Senate fight to confirm Kavanaugh plunges deeper into chaos over letter
New York Times:
Dianne Feinstein Refers a Kavanaugh Matter to Federal Investigators
Patrick Leahy / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath. I cannot support his nomination.
Discussion: USA Today and Politico
Alex DeMarban / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Federation of Natives, a key supporter of Murkowski, opposes Kavanaugh appointment
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Nervous Republicans Revive ‘Carnage’ as Turnout Strategy  —  Steve Bannon is back with a new fearmongering movie that's firing up conservative media about left-wing violence.  —  Donald Trump declared in his inaugural address that the days of “American carnage” are over.
Discussion: Raw Story
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:   Steve Bannon Developing an Alt-Right Catholic Compound Near Rome
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Trump echoes far-right websites on Puerto Rico  —  For almost a year, conservative voices and publications on the internet have been casting doubt on the severity of Hurricane Maria's impact on Puerto Rico.  —  Trump falsely blames Democrats for inflating Hurricane Maria death toll
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump creates political storm with false claim on Puerto Rico hurricane death toll
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
Elena Schneider / Politico:
The biggest threat to the GOP majority no one's talking about  —  Forty-four House Republicans are heading for the exits, and almost half of their seats have become top Democratic targets.  —  ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A glut of GOP retirements has House Republicans defending a record number …
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:   Takeaways from the 2018 primary season
Bill Scher / Politico:
Michael Avenatti Is Winning the 2020 Democratic Primary  —  He won't be the nominee.  But he's setting the terms of the debate—and that could damage the rest of the field, and the country.  —  One month ago, Michael Avenatti—the Stormy Daniels lawyer, Donald Trump antagonist, and yes …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and
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
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
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
Grace Gottschling / Campus Reform:
University announces “White Awake” safe space for white students  —  The University of Maryland at College Park announced Friday a new diversity support group to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings about “interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”
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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Josh Meyer / Politico:
Alleged Russian spy Butina tried to score Trump meeting a year before government claimed
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Orbán says Hungary considering legal actions against EU
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
House passes bill aiming to ban people from eating cats and dogs
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Kushner Says Punishing Palestinians Won't Hurt Chance for Peace Deal
Elon Musk is building a medieval watchtower
Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
In the Red  —  Americans' Economic Woes are Hurting Trump  —  Authors:
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
'Even the folks who won don't seem happy': Obama mocks Republicans at Ohio rally
Discussion: Politico
Cruz intern arrested on Capitol Hill for unregistered ammunition
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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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump really hates apologizing for misogyny and racism. New reporting explains why.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn to Appear at Far-Right Conference With Pizzagaters, Racist YouTube Stars