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10:20 AM ET, September 14, 2018


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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 …
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 …
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.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Is Expected To Plead Guilty And Avoid A Second Trial  —  Manafort's second trial was scheduled to start Sept. 17.  Last month, a federal jury in Virginia found him guilty of eight criminal counts and hung on the rest of the charges.  —  Reporting From
NBC News:
Paul Manafort expected to plead guilty in Mueller probe  —  Trump's former campaign chairman is set to appear at an arraignment and plea agreement hearing Friday at 11 a.m.  —  Paul Manafort, formerly President Donald Trump's campaign chairman, is expected to plead guilty to two counts …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort reportedly reaches tentative plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller
Discussion: Reuters, The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Paul Manafort and special counsel close to deal for guilty plea
Discussion: Above the Law
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.
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
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Cuomo Is America's Problem Now
Discussion: Politico and Chalkbeat
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Andrew Cuomo has won himself another term, but his presidential aspirations are dead
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
'Even the folks who won don't seem happy': Obama mocks Republicans at Ohio rally
Discussion: Politico
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson Railroads ‘Creepy Porn Lawyer’ Michael Avenatti in Trainwreck Fox News Interview  —  The nearly 13-minute shoutfest represented everything that is wrong with America today.  —  Michael Avenatti has to be regretting going on Tucker Carlson's show right now.
Bill Scher / Politico:   Michael Avenatti Is Winning the 2020 Democratic Primary
Patrick Leahy / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath.  I cannot support his nomination.  —  Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, represents Vermont in the U.S. Senate.  —  Last week, I uncovered new evidence that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh misled the Senate during his earlier hearings …
Discussion: Althouse, USA Today and Politico
Washington Post:
Bitter Senate fight to confirm Kavanaugh plunges deeper into chaos over letter
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.”
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.
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
September Governors Overview  —  Thanks to August primaries in a handful of key races, all the pieces of this year's gubernatorial puzzle are finally in place, and Republicans' exposure to losses in November has increased.  —  Republicans were already battling the trends that batter the party …
Congress passes bill to change Senate filing  —  Congress has passed and sent to the President the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, which includes a provision that makes the Federal Election Commission (FEC) the official point of entry for all Senate filings.
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
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
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Suspect Indeed: Odd Moments From RT's Interview With The Novichok ‘Lads’  —  In going public as the Russian men accused by London of carrying out deadly poisonings on English soil, Ruslan Boshirov and Aleksandr Petrov both expressed and generated disbelief at the same time.
Deepti Hajela / Washington Times:
Democratic socialist Julia Salazar beats incumbent in N.Y. senate primary
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Sanders allies expect him to make second White House bid  —  say the Vermont Independent senator is increasingly likely to make a second bid for the White House in 2020 — once again as a Democrat.  —  “I expect him to run,” said Larry Cohen, the chairman of Our Revolution …
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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Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Hot new Republican attack on ‘Medicare for all’ will make socialism more likely
Steven Overly / Politico:
Bezos to Trump: It's ‘dangerous to demonize the media’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and AOL
Victor Skinner /
NJ middle school teacher's 9/11 lesson urges sympathy for ‘Osama’
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Willie Nelson is playing his first-ever political concert, for Beto O'Rourke.  Some fans are abandoning him.
Discussion: Fox News, Austin Music Source and IJR
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Dark money website revives allegations from Sherrod Brown's 1980s-era divorce
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Alleged Russian spy Butina tried to score Trump meeting a year before government claimed
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon Developing an Alt-Right Catholic Compound Near Rome
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Orbán says Hungary considering legal actions against EU
 Earlier Items: 
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
Cruz intern arrested on Capitol Hill for unregistered ammunition
Hope Hodge Seck /
11 Troops Kicked Out After Court-Martial in Wake of Marines United Scandal
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo:
Kavanaugh contradicts White House account of credit-card debt, leaving more questions