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8:20 PM ET, September 19, 2018


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NBC News:
Accuser's schoolmate says she recalls hearing of alleged Kavanaugh incident  —  Cristina King Miranda says she recalls it being discussed at their school, but has no first-hand knowledge of the alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh.  —  WASHINGTON — A former schoolmate of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser wrote …
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
McCaskill plans to vote against embattled Kavanaugh for Supreme Court seat  —  WASHINGTON  —  U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill officially announced Wednesday evening that she will oppose federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.  —  The Missouri Democrat made her announcement …
Maria Caspani / Reuters:
Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - A growing number of Americans said they opposed President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as the candidate's confirmation hearings took place and as he fended off a sexual assault claim, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans have no good options on Brett Kavanaugh  —  Led by President Trump, Republicans are increasingly suggesting that the timing of Christine Blasey Ford's accusation against Brett Kavanaugh is suspicious.  There are plenty of reasons to doubt that theory — most notably the fact …
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Brett Kavanaugh's Ruined Reputation  —  You can't associate with Donald Trump without some of his thuggishness rubbing off.  —  Appearances matter — especially to President Donald Trump.  On the first day of his presidency, Trump lauded the look of “my generals,” proudly describing them as products of “central casting.”
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
The FBI did investigate Anita Hill's accusation, and it took 3 days  —  Watch how senators grilled Anita Hill in 1991  —  (CNN)As Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers insist the FBI investigate her allegation of sexual and physical assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Media, ABC, PBS use Facebook to beg other Kavanaugh accusers to talk, ‘Truth will emerge’  —  Liberal media outlets are using Facebook and other social outlets as a dragnet for other women who might want to accuse embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, proclaiming that “the truth will emerge.”
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate Republican signal they will forge ahead on embattled nominee Kavanaugh
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Debunking 5 Viral Rumors About Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's Accuser
Discussion: Washington Post, HuffPost and Bustle
Wall Street Journal:   Portrait of Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford: Thorough, Guarded, Accomplished Academic
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Republicans push to confirm Kavanaugh amid fears it will come at a political cost
Will Schmitt / Springfield News-Leader:
Claire McCaskill says she's voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: Political Wire
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Brett Kavanaugh Is Accused Of Sexual Assault. That Hasn't Changed Public Opinion At All.
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Former classmate of Kavanaugh's denies being at party in sexual assault allegation
Nancy Cook / Politico:
'We're very confident:' Trump, GOP growing more bullish about Kavanaugh's survival
Discussion: Power Line
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans seem to have the votes to move forward with Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: National Review, ABC News and CNN
The Hill:
Hill.TV INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Trump eviscerates Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'  —  in an Oval Office interview with Hill.TV launched one of his most ferocious broadsides to date against Jeff Sessions  —  , suggesting the attorney general was essentially AWOL and performing badly on a variety of issues.
Washington Post:
Trump feels angry, unprotected amid mounting crises  —  President Trump's declaration that “I don't have an attorney general” was not merely the cry of an executive feeling betrayed by a subordinate.  —  It was also a raw expression of vulnerability and anger from a president who associates …
Discussion: Raw Story, CNBC, CNN and The Week
Media Matters for America:
After demanding release of DOJ documents, Trump admits he's just doing what his sycophants tell him to do  —  Law enforcement and national security experts are warning that President Donald Trump's decision to selectively declassify and release portions of sensitive Justice Department documents related …
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
What do we owe her now?  —  About that night  —  Aug. 11, 2006, was a sweltering Friday night in the midst of a long, fatally hot summer.  A 16-year-old girl reported that she was raped that night, in a storage shed off a dirt road in my hometown of Arlington, Tex. Nobody was ever prosecuted for it …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
‘The Apprentice’ book excerpt: At CIA's ‘Russia House,’ growing alarm about 2016 election interference  —  The warren of cubicles was secured behind a metal door.  The name on the hallway placard had changed often over the years, most recently designating the space as part of the Mission Center for Europe and Eurasia.
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay  —  Ian Buruma, the editor of The New York Review of Books, left his position on Wednesday amid an uproar over the magazine's publication of an essay by a disgraced Canadian radio broadcaster who had been accused of sexually assaulting and battering women.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Tightening Texas race boosts Democrats' hopes of taking Senate: Reuters poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Democratic congressman aiming to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in Texas has pulled even in the race, a Reuters poll found, a spark of hope for a party seeking a Senate majority to curb President Donald Trump's agenda.
The Hill:
Trump slams Bush for ‘worst single mistake’ in U.S. history  —  took a little time during a policy-rich interview in the Oval Office to give his take on the biggest mistake in American history.  —  Was it the Civil War?  Nah.  The failure to stop Sept. 11?  Nope.  How about Pearl Harbor?
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Hobbes / Highline:
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong  —  From the 16th century to the 19th, scurvy killed around 2 million sailors, more than warfare, shipwrecks and syphilis combined.  It was an ugly, smelly death, too, beginning with rattling teeth and ending with a body so rotted out from the inside …
Discussion: Unfogged
Project Veritas:
Deep State Unmasked: Leaks at HHS; DOJ Official Resists “From Inside,” DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning...referred to Inspector General.”  —  [This post contains video, click to play]  —  DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning...referred to Inspector General.”
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:   DOJ investigating after staffer brags about using job for resistance in Project Veritas sting
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Lawmaker: US Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers  —  A U.S. lawmaker says foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and that the Senate's security office won't help defend them.  —  Senator Ron Wyden says in a letter …
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Pompeo cracks down, on improper use, of commas at State Department  —  Washington (CNN)Iran, North Korea, Syria and ... commas.  While Mike Pompeo is focused on a number of key geopolitical concerns, an email obtained by CNN suggests that the secretary of state also appears to have had it …
The Sun:
SANDS CRAZY Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the SAHARA to solve Europe's migrant crisis, Spanish minster claims  —  Respected Foreign minister Josep Borrell claims the US President suggested building an insanely immense barrier across North Africa to curb the numbers of African migrants surging into Europe
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Woman fatally stabbed in D.C.'s popular Logan Circle neighborhood  —  A woman jogging in the Logan Circle neighborhood in Northwest Washington was fatally stabbed Tuesday evening in what police said was probably a random attack.  —  Wendy K. Martinez, 35, was attacked just before 8 p.m …
John Harwood / CNBC:
Former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel warns Trump may order military action in Venezuela for political gain  — Former Obama and Clinton aide Rahm Emanuel is warning that Trump could order military action in the increasingly unstable Venezuela for political gain.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The Five Battlefields for Control of the House  —  The sizzling-hot day in the Santa Clarita Valley seemed far away inside the air-conditioned food court where Victoria Rust, 57, waited for a cheese pizza.  Seeking refuge from the scorching heat is a familiar exercise for voters …
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
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Wall Street Journal:
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Scott Hechinger / New York Times:
The Truth in Trump's Law-Enforcement Hypocrisy
Tom McTague / Politico:
May to EU: No second vote and no Brexit extension
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Ex-Harper's Editor Says Staff Was ‘Sidelined’ During Hockenberry, Roiphe Pieces
U.S. Department of Justice:
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