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8:55 AM ET, September 18, 2018


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Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
MeToo spurred Christine Blasey Ford to open up about alleged attack year before Kavanaugh nomination, friends say  —  'I've been trying to forget this all my life,' she told friend, 'and now I'm supposed to remember every little detail'  —  PALO ALTO — The fog was just lifting at Capitola beach …
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
I Believe Her  —  “Dear Caitlin,” an inscription in my 12th-grade yearbook begins.  “I'm really very sorry that our friendship plummeted straight downhill after the first few months of school.  Really, the blame rests totally on my shoulders.  To tell you the truth, I've wanted to say this all year.
Lance Morrow / Wall Street Journal:
A Spectral Witness Materializes  —  The passage of time sometimes causes people to forget, sometimes to invent or embellish.  —  The Salem witch trials turned on what was called “spectral evidence.”  That was testimony from witnesses—either malicious or hysterical—who claimed the accused …
Discussion: Raw Story
Russ Feingold / HuffPost:
We Know Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Already  —  This nation is suffering a significant breakdown of civility, bipartisanship and ethical behavior.  For the Trump administration and the Republican leaders who enable it, truth is no longer a cherished value.  To them, lying seems to be part of the strategy …
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
No, Brett Kavanaugh's mother didn't foreclose on his accuser's parents' house  —  Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.  Kavanaugh has now twice denied the allegations …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Republicans fear reversals in November due to accusation against Supreme Court nominee  —  Republicans are bracing for political aftershocks from the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, with some expressing fear that the coming investigation will refocus …
McConnell works feverishly behind the scenes to save Kavanaugh  —  The Senate leader's legacy on the judiciary is on the line.  —  Mitch McConnell, preeminent cut-throat political tactician, is going with a softer touch to salvage Brett Kavanaugh's suddenly endangered Supreme Court confirmation.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Attorney Sent Letter to Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein Claiming Federal Court Employees Willing to Speak About Brett Kavanaugh  —  The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee were both approached in July by an attorney claiming to have information relevant …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Kavanaugh accuser, a Palo Alto professor, is respected among academic colleagues
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Washington Post and CNN
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
With Trump muted, White House leans on Kavanaugh to defend himself
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Breitbart and Fox News
Monday's hearing of a lifetime
New York Times:
Echoes of Anita Hill, but in a Different Era for Women
Discussion: Bustle, CNBC and CNN
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump sticks with Kavanaugh as scandal escalates
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Refinery29
New York Times:
Trump's Growing Legal Team Has a Problem: It's Operating Partly in the Dark  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen lawyers now assist President Trump in contending with two federal investigations, one in Washington and one in New York, that could pose serious threats to his presidency and his businesses.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Legal team still confident that Manafort will not implicate Trump, Giuliani says
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Feeds
Deepti Hajela / Associated Press:
Man caught shaving on train in viral video says don't judge  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was mocked online after he was recorded shaving at his seat on a commuter train headed out of New York City said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter.
Discussion: CBS New York
Jordan Uhl /
Anthony Torres Assistance Fund
Discussion: Gizmodo and WPIX 11 New York
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Probe of FEMA Chief Brock Long Referred to Prosecutors  —  Investigators asked U.S. attorney's office to look into whether criminal statutes were violated by Long and two aides  —  WASHINGTON—An investigation targeting President Trump's top emergency-management official has been referred …
Washington Post:   Embattled FEMA chief Brock Long facing possible criminal investigation
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Stormy Daniels' tell-all book on Trump: salacious detail and claims of cheating  —  Exclusive: pornographic actor says Trump 'didn't want to be president' in her book Full Disclosure  —  In a tell-all memoir, the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels details salacious descriptions of her time with Donald Trump …
Russia says a military aircraft vanishes near Syria during Israeli, French strikes  —  MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia's defense ministry said on Tuesday that one if its military aircraft with 14 people on board disappeared from radar screens over Syria at the same time that Israeli …
Associated Press:
Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile
Associated Press:   The Latest: Germany welcomes deal on Syria's Idlib
Russia detects missile launches from French frigate off Syria's coast in Mediterranean
Discussion: RedState
Trump orders declassification of surveillance application, release of Comey texts  —  President Donald Trump has moved to immediately declassify 20 pages of the surveillance application that authorized the FBI to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Internal RNC Poll: Complacent Trump Voters May Cost GOP Control of Congress  —  A private survey shows many Republican voters “don't believe there is anything at stake” in the midterm elections.  —  A private survey conducted for the Republican National Committee and obtained …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
GOP Edge in CD39  —  Kim seen as more in touch, better liked than Cisneros  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Republican Young Kim holds a slight edge over Democrat Gil Cisneros in the open seat contest for California's 39th Congressional District, according to the Monmouth University Poll.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Anderson Cooper Lights Up Don Jr. For ‘Idiotic’ Misleading Photo of CNN Host: He's ‘Tweeting Lies’  —  On Monday night, Anderson Cooper ripped into Donald Trump Jr. for spreading a misleading photo of the CNN host in order to falsely claim that Cooper was trying to make a political statement against his father — President Donald Trump.
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Ronan Farrow has the long-rumored Donald Trump tapes from The Apprentice: report  —  Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow reportedly has possession of Donald Trump tapes from when he started on NBC's “The Apprentice,” Page Six reported Monday.  —  The tapes reportedly document Trump using …
Discussion: Page Six
Robbie Gramer / Foreign Policy:
White and Male: Trump's Ambassadors Don't Look Like the Rest of America  —  The diversity problem predates this administration, but some State Department officials fear it's getting worse.  —  President Donald Trump is pushing through scores of ambassador appointments to fill the depleted ranks …
Discussion: Diplopundit and Politico
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Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Rick Scott campaign stop besieged by red tide protesters
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
Matt Viser joins The Washington Post as a national political reporter
Eric Cortellessa / The Times of Israel:
Citing BDS, professor refuses to write reference for student to study in Israel
Discussion: Daily Wire
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
International Businesses, Banks Flee Iran As Trump Admin Readies Harsh Sanctions
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Sought Access to Financial Firms' Customer Data
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Exclusive: Iowa TVs already tuned to 2020 as early presidential ads sweep into the state
Discussion: Political Wire
Saim Saeed / Politico:
EU probes BMW, Daimler and VW over possible cartel activities
 Earlier Items: 
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Alan Abel, Hoaxer Extraordinaire, Is (on Good Authority) Dead at 94
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Jian Ghomeshi, John Hockenberry, and the Laws of Patriarchal Physics
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and The Daily Beast
Jonathan Tilove / mystatesman:
Searching for new wedge issue, Cruz says O'Rourke will ban barbecue
Discussion: The Week
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Mueller asks court to schedule Flynn sentencing