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10:35 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 …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Republicans push to confirm Kavanaugh amid fears it will come at a political cost  —  President Trump and Senate Republicans on Wednesday took a hard line: full-speed ahead on Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court despite an allegation of sexual assault decades ago.
Sohrab Ahmari / New York Post:
The drive to sink Kavanaugh is liberal totalitarianism … If Senate Democrats and their media allies manage to destroy Brett Kavanaugh, they will bring America one step closer to a new, liberal style of totalitarianism.  —  I don't use the “T"-word lightly.
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Associated Press:
How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours  —  NEW YORK (AP) — It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court.
Discussion: ABC News, Law & Crime and
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.
Carol Kuruvilla / HuffPost:
Preacher Franklin Graham Claims Brett Kavanaugh Abuse Allegation Is Irrelevant  —  The son of the late Billy Graham said that even if Christine Blasey Ford's allegation of sexual assault is true, it shouldn't matter.  —  Franklin Graham, a son of the famed late preacher Billy Graham …
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 …
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
‘These are the stories of our lives’: Prep school alumni hear echoes in assault claim  —  Bettina Lanyi remembers.  It was 1986, and she was in eighth grade.  She and a friend went to a house in Washington's Tenleytown neighborhood packed with high school kids, including a throng of boys …
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:   Brett Kavanaugh's Ruined Reputation
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
The FBI did investigate Anita Hill's accusation, and it took 3 days
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Heller predicts Kavanaugh confirmation to Supreme Court despite ‘hiccup’
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Poll: Opposition to Kavanaugh rises
Discussion: ABC News and IJR
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:   Media, ABC, PBS use Facebook to beg other Kavanaugh accusers to talk, ‘Truth will emerge’
Will Schmitt / Springfield News-Leader:
Claire McCaskill says she's voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:   Portrait of Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford: Thorough, Guarded, Accomplished Academic
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Senate Republican signal they will forge ahead on embattled nominee Kavanaugh
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Brett Kavanaugh Is Accused Of Sexual Assault. That Hasn't Changed Public Opinion At All.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans seem to have the votes to move forward with Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: National Review, ABC News and Bustle
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
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.
Geoff Edgers / Washington Post:
THE 74-YEAR-OLD COMEDY STAR IS SOBER AND READY TO WORK.  THE PROBLEM IS NOBODY WANTS TO WORK WITH HIM.  —  Chevy Chase is sitting on the porch, outside his home in wooded Westchester County.  He takes a drag off a Marlboro and casually mentions that he ran into Donald Glover backstage at “Saturday Night Live.”
Geoff Edgers / San Francisco Chronicle:   Chevy Chase can't change
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 …
The Hill:
READ: President Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV  —  covered a range of topics in an extensive Oval Office interview on Tuesday with Hill.TV's John Solomon and Buck Sexton.  —  Here is the extended conversation, which took place late Tuesday afternoon following the president's press conference …
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.
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
Aaron Bracamontes / KTSM-TV:
Child pornography reason behind Sunspot Observatory closure, according to court documents  —  A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.  —  The source of child pornography was traced …
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
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
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.
New York Post:
De Blasio has secret meeting with Red Sox management … Red Alert!  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio met secretly with Red Sox brass for a 90-minute lunch on Wednesday at the downtown offices of Goldman Sachs, The Post has learned.  —  Hizzoner, a lifelong Red Sox fan, met with the team's GM Dave Dombrowski …
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 …
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
An Interview With the Psychiatrist Who Says White House Officials Called Her With Concerns About Trump  —  Last April, Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale School of Medicine forensic psychiatrist, organized a conference called Duty to Warn about what she and some colleagues considered the necessity …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Once ‘99 Percent Against Trump,’ Dean Heller Calls Him ‘Great Leader’  —  Senator Dean Heller on Wednesday called President Trump “a great leader” who had revived Nevada's economy, a striking departure from the arm's-length approach Mr. Heller took with Mr. Trump in the 2016 campaign and in the first months of his presidency.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Cristina Johnson / FOX News Radio:
Co-Founder Of March For Our Lives Cameron Kasky Explains The Mistakes He's Made & Why He Left March For Our Lives
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Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Nearly half of cellphone calls will be scams by 2019, report says
Discussion: BGR and Boing Boing
David Chang / NBC 10 Philadelphia:
2 Dead in Shooting at Chester County Senior Home, Gunman on the Loose, Sources Say
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Trump taps Darrell Issa to lead trade agency
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A New Petition From House Democrats Could Complicate Nancy Pelosi's Future
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Scott Hechinger / New York Times:
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Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Lawmaker: US Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Ex-Harper's Editor Says Staff Was ‘Sidelined’ During Hockenberry, Roiphe Pieces
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNNMoney:
Walmart is where the trade war comes home
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The Sun:
SANDS CRAZY Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the SAHARA to solve Europe's migrant crisis …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed News Cuts Podcasting Team to Focus on Video
Max Adler / Golf Digest:
For Valentino Dixon, a wrong righted
Discussion: Deadspin, The Week and Boing Boing