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12:30 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.
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: Conservative Review and Mediaite
Patrick Leahy / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh misled the Senate under oath. I cannot support his nomination.
Discussion: TalkLeft, SCOTUSblog, USA Today and Althouse
New York Times:
Letter Claims Attempted Assault by a Teenage Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Chicks On The Right
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.
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 …
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
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:   Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort reportedly cuts tentative plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Paul Manafort has agreed to cooperate with Robert Mueller
Discussion: Common Dreams
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Ex-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Reaches Deal to Plead Guilty
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 CNN
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.
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.
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: News One, Bustle and The Daily Caller
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Cuomo Is America's Problem Now
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Andrew Cuomo has won himself another term, but his presidential aspirations are dead
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 …
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: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:   Trump and Breitbart Fall in Love Again
Niall Stanage / The Hill:   Bannon says right must support ‘RINOs’
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:   Steve Bannon Developing an Alt-Right Catholic Compound Near Rome
Camila Molina / Raleigh News & Observer:
ICE won't arrest or detain evacuees in the Carolinas escaping from Hurricane Florence  —  Immigrants in North Carolina and South Carolina shouldn't worry about being arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as they evacuate their homes or at the emergency shelters, an ICE spokesperson said Wednesday.
The Weather Channel:
Hurricane Florence Has Made Landfall Near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina; Catastrophic Flash …
Discussion: Washington Post and Althouse
New York Times:
Florence's Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards
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
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
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
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.
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 …
Steven Overly / Politico:
Bezos to Trump: It's ‘dangerous to demonize the media’  —  Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos took aim at President Donald Trump over his criticism of journalists Thursday night, saying his rhetoric calling the media the “enemy of the people” erodes the freedom of the press the nation cherishes.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
We're Measuring the Economy All Wrong
Discussion: Mother Jones
Griffin Connolly / Roll Call:
Rep. Clay Higgins Wants to Drug Test Congress
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Sanders allies expect him to make second White House bid
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Luppe B. Luppen / Yahoo:
Kavanaugh contradicts White House account of credit-card debt, leaving more questions
New York Times:
U.S. Spies Rush to Protect Defectors After Skripal Poisoning
Discussion: Defense One and The Guardian