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5:05 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
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Michael Cohen Is the Latest Former Trump Ally to Talk to Mueller  —  In the wake of Manafort's plea deal, sources confirm that it is now common knowledge among Cohen's inner circle that Trump's former lawyer has been in contact with the special counsel's office.  —  BY - EMILY JANE FOXSeptember 14, 2018,
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
What Paul Manafort Knows  —  What kind of threat does Paul Manafort now pose to Donald Trump?  Robert Mueller's indictment of the fallen lobbyist is a masterful portrait of a craven man and his methods.  But the chronology contained in the document filed this morning takes us right up to the eve …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller may have just eliminated one of Trump's biggest complaints  —  Trump likes to complain about the cost of the Mueller probe.  It might just have paid for itself.  —  It's not just that the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is, in President Trump's estimation, a biased partisan “witch hunt.”
Discussion: USA Today, Raw Story and emptywheel
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
Former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Is Expected To Plead Guilty And Avoid A Second Trial
Washington Post:
Trump cannot use a pardon to stop Manafort's cooperation
Discussion: CNN, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Paul Manafort plea deal includes ‘broad’ cooperation with special counsel
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Go deeper: Read the charges against Paul Manafort
Discussion: Politico
Matt Kwong / Associated Press:
Paul Manafort pleads guilty to 2 counts, to co-operate ‘fully’ with Mueller investigation
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Guardian:
Manafort to cooperate with Mueller's inquiry in latest blow to Trump - as it happened
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Raw Story
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The Shame of the MeToo Men  —  I feel bad for them.  Do they feel bad for women?  —  Here's a confession: I feel bad for a lot of the men caught out by the #MeToo movement.  —  Not all of them — not Harvey Weinstein or former CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves — but the slightly less powerful …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Harper's
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.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers  —  Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users' searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people's queries, The Intercept can reveal.
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: and The Guardian
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 …
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
Milan Schreuer / New York Times:
Russians Planned Attack on Lab Testing Salisbury Nerve Agent, Swiss Say  —  BRUSSELS — Two Russian spies caught in the Netherlands and expelled had been plotting cyber sabotage of a Swiss defense laboratory analyzing the nerve agent used to poison a former Russian agent in Britain, Swiss officials said Friday.
Discussion: NPR
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