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2:30 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.
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: The Daily Caller
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Cuomo Is America's Problem Now  —  Prepare for still another unpleasant son of Queens trying to claim the national stage.  —  In one of the most predictable outcomes yet this election cycle, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo won his Thursday primary against actress and leftist Democrat Cynthia Nixon.
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo triumphs in closely watched primary against Cynthia Nixon
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Axios and
New York Times:
Dianne Feinstein Refers a Kavanaugh Matter to Federal Investigators  —  WASHINGTON — The senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee referred information involving Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, to federal investigators on Thursday …
BuzzFeed News:
Senate Democrats Have Referred A Secret Letter About Brett Kavanaugh To The FBI  —  Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have referred a letter concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI.  —  The contents of the letter have been closely guarded by Sen. Dianne Feinstein …
Washington Post:
Bitter Senate fight to confirm Kavanaugh plunges deeper into chaos over letter  —  The bitter Senate fight to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court plunged into deeper chaos Thursday as a top Democrat disclosed she had referred “information” about President Trump's nominee to the FBI.
Patrick Leahy / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath. I cannot support his nomination.
Discussion: USA Today, Politico and SCOTUSblog
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:   What's not normal is for the nominee to be asked 1,278 follow-up questions.
Alex DeMarban / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Federation of Natives, a key supporter of Murkowski, opposes Kavanaugh appointment
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: The Root, Mediaite and RedState
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: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
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.
Paul Manafort and special counsel close to deal for guilty plea
Discussion: ABC News
The Daily Beast:
Trump Obsessed With Avoiding His Own ‘Katrina Moment’  —  From planning for Florence to post-spinning Maria, the president deeply fears looking like Bush.  —  As he prepares for one natural disaster and tries to spin his way out of another, President Donald Trump, aides and friends say …
Washington Post:
‘It totally belittled the moment’: Many look back in dismay at Trump's tossing of paper towels in Puerto Rico
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump creates political storm with false claim on Puerto Rico hurricane death toll
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Republicans dodge, weave around Trump's hurricane tweets
Discussion: Politico, Axios and The Daily Beast
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
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 …
Tyler McCarthy / Fox News:
Willie Nelson fans furious over announcement that he'll headline a rally for a Dem candidate  —  Willie Nelson fans are upset with the singer over the news that he's not only supporting a Democratic Senate contender, but is headlining a rally in Texas for him.
Elon Musk is building a medieval watchtower … Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is doing his darndest to ensure his tunneling venture The Boring Company is anything but.  —  After the companies' plans to deliver your car directly to your garage via subterranean tunnels were revealed early Wednesday …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Believes There's a Coup”: Freaked by the Times Op-Ed, the President Is Seeing Enemies Everywhere  —  With Anonymous still on the loose and the “administrative state” unchecked, the last person Trump trusts is Stephen Miller.  —  BY - GABRIEL SHERMANSeptember 13, 2018,
Michael Avenatti / New York Times:
The Case for Indicting the President  —  Justice Department lawyers have said a sitting president cannot be indicted.  It's time to test that proposition by bringing an indictment that can be reviewed by the Supreme Court.  —  Mr. Avenatti is the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford in her lawsuits …
Discussion: Washington Press and Law & Crime
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 …
Cruz intern arrested on Capitol Hill for unregistered ammunition  —  (CNN)An intern for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was arrested on Monday after US Capitol Police found shotgun shells in the back of his vehicle.  —  According to a statement from US Capitol Police provided to CNN, officers were called to a …
Aaron Mehta / Defense News:
McRaven, former SOCOM head, resigns from Pentagon board following Trump criticism  —  WASHINGTON — William McRaven, the retired four-star admiral who led U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, has resigned from the Pentagon's technology advisory board following a public critique …
Discussion: CNN and Axios
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Senior Google Scientist Resigns Over “Forfeiture of Our Values” in China  —  A senior Google research scientist has quit the company in protest over its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China.  —  Jack Poulson worked for Google's research and machine intelligence department …
Deepti Hajela / Washington Times:
Democratic socialist Julia Salazar beats incumbent in N.Y. senate primary  —  NEW YORK — Julia Salazar, a democratic socialist, overcame intense scrutiny of her personal life and questions about her truthfulness Thursday to win the Democratic primary for a state Senate seat in Brooklyn.
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Michael Bloomberg set to run for Democrats against Trump for presidency in 2020  —  Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of a business news empire, is preparing to run for president as a Democrat, The Times understands.  —  Mr Bloomberg, 76, a former mayor of New York with a personal fortune …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump really hates apologizing for misogyny and racism.  New reporting explains why.  —  President Trump does not believe that people — that white men like himself — should have to apologize for their public displays of misogyny or racism.  But this isn't simply because he doesn't want to give ground …
Discussion: Politico
Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
In the Red  —  Americans' Economic Woes are Hurting Trump  —  Authors:  —  TABLE OF CONTENTS:  — A More Detailed Measure of Economic Distress  —  Key Findings  — While the economic anxiety of “working-class” white people is often identified as a key driver in the ascent …
Tanya Basu / The Daily Beast:
Trump Adviser Gina Loudon's Book Claims She Has a Ph.D. in Psychology.  She Doesn't.  —  Gina Loudon's book jacket proclaims she's 'America's favorite psychological expert.' The problem?  She doesn't have the credentials to be one.  —  Gina Loudon, the Republican commentator and author …
Discussion: Mediaite
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Tamsin Shaw / NYR Daily:
Edward Snowden Reconsidered
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
'Even the folks who won don't seem happy': Obama mocks Republicans at Ohio rally
Discussion: Politico
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Woodward book breaks 93-year publishing record
Discussion: Observer, The Slot and CNNMoney
Hope Hodge Seck /
11 Troops Kicked Out After Court-Martial in Wake of Marines United Scandal
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Maria Sacchetti / Washington Post:
ICE says it needs a $1 billion funding boost to meet Trump's aggressive deportation goals
Matthew Reisen / Albuquerque Journal:
Closure of NM solar observatory a mystery
Discussion: TheDrive
Luiza Ch. Savage / Politico:
U.S. official: Canadian marijuana users, workers and investors risk lifetime border ban
Discussion: Toronto Star and Splinter
 Earlier Items: 
David Wade / Politico:
Why Is Trump's State Department Stealing Ideas from Old Spice Commercials?
David French / National Review:
End Qualified Immunity
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Michael Flynn to Appear at Far-Right Conference With Pizzagaters, Racist YouTube Stars
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
New estimate: GOP's second tax cuts would add $3.8 trillion to deficit
Katie Reilly / TIME:
‘I Work 3 Jobs And Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It's Like to Be a Teacher in America
Discussion: Shakesville
Stefan Heck / Deadspin:
I Did Not Buy 6,500 Pairs Of Nikes To Send To The Dump, But Thousands Of Idiots Think I Did
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Plans to Rebrand Nafta
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Audio Reveals Potentially Illegal Coordination Between NRA and Montana Senate Hopeful Matt Rosendale