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9:50 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Monday's hearing of a lifetime  —  Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was asked privately yesterday about what past girlfriends would say about his conduct, as frenzied Republican officials prepared him for an epic hearing on Monday when he will rebut charges of a drunken sexual assault during high school.
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: Washington Post and Raw Story
Anita Hill / New York Times:
How to Get the Kavanaugh Hearings Right  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee has a chance to do better by the country than it did nearly three decades ago.  —  Ms. Hill is a professor at Brandeis University.  —  There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better.
Wendy R. Sherman / USA Today:
Don't repeat Anita Hill nightmare with Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford
Discussion: Fox News Insider, CNBC and DCist
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump: If We Ditch Kavanaugh, We're Signing Our Own ‘Death Warrant’
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump sticks with Kavanaugh as scandal escalates
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Republicans fear reversals in November due to accusation against Supreme Court nominee
New York Times:
Echoes of Anita Hill, but in a Different Era for Women
Discussion: Bustle, CNBC and CNN
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Penis Looks Like Toad From Mario Kart, Says Stormy Daniels
Discussion: The Guardian and Joe.My.God.
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: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Legal team still confident that Manafort will not implicate Trump, Giuliani says
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and Feeds
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 …
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Democratic poll: Public doubts GOP can combat corruption, but not convinced Dems can either
Sam Baker / Axios:   Democrats press their advantage with health care
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.
NBC News:
In stunning move, Trump declassifies documents related to Russia probe
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Jordan says FBI used ‘crushing power of the state’ to probe Trump campaign based on dossier
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Associated Press:
Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile  —  MOSCOW — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.  It blamed Israel for the crash …
Associated Press:   The Latest: Germany welcomes deal on Syria's Idlib
Reuters:   Russia says a military aircraft vanishes near Syria during Israeli, French strikes
Russia detects missile launches from French frigate off Syria's coast in Mediterranean
Discussion: RedState
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
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.
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: POLITICUSUSA and Page Six
Zac Anderson / Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
Rick Scott campaign stop besieged by red tide protesters  —  A Venice crowd, incensed about the toxic algae, jams sidewalks as governor visits Sarasota County.  —  VENICE — With the noxious odor of red tide hanging in the air and a fresh wave of dead fish washing up on nearby Gulf beaches …
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Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
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John Fonte / American Greatness:
Trump and Bolton Take On the International Criminal Court
Discussion: Just Security
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
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
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Alan Abel, Hoaxer Extraordinaire, Is (on Good Authority) Dead at 94
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
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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