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Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Brett Kavanaugh Liked Female Clerks Who Looked A ‘Certain Way,’ Yale Student Was Told  —  Yale professor and “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, who's a Kavanaugh cheerleader, told the young woman to look “outgoing.”  —  A few years ago, as she was prepping to interview for a judicial clerkship …
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Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Kavanaugh Accuser Classmate: ‘That It Happened Or Not, I Have No Idea’  —  A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford tells NPR that she does not know if an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took place as she first suggested on social media.
Axios:
Dems plot massive campaign if Kavanaugh falls  —  If Brett Kavanaugh's nomination sinks, Democrats would turn the midterms into a referendum not just on President Trump but also women's rights, abortion and the future of the Supreme Court, sources tell Axios.
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 …
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
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
What Kavanaugh deserves — and what we deserve from him  —  “We want to make sure everything is perfect,” President Trump said the other day about the delay in confirming Brett Kavanaugh, as if he were throwing the judge a surprise birthday party or sending him off on a Carnival cruise.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Crooks and Liars
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear
Discussion: Tennessean.com and Instapundit
NBC News:
Accuser's schoolmate says she recalls hearing of alleged Kavanaugh incident
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Whatever Happens To Kavanaugh, Feinstein Got Exactly What She Wanted
Discussion: twitchy.com
Politico:
Grassley in firing line on Kavanaugh assault allegation
Discussion: Washington Post
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
Kavanaugh hearing: When you're a well-connected judge, can you do anything?
Discussion: American Greatness, CNSNews and CNN
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:   Napolitano: If GOP Rushes Vote, There Will Be ‘Taint’ on Kavanaugh ‘That Will Never Go Away’
Carol Kuruvilla / HuffPost:
Preacher Franklin Graham Claims Brett Kavanaugh Abuse Allegation Is Irrelevant
Will Schmitt / Springfield News-Leader:   Claire McCaskill says she's voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh
New York Times:
Unraveling the Russia Story So Far … On an October afternoon before the 2016 election, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City: Vladimir V. Putin against a Russian-flag background, and the unlikely word “Peacemaker” below.  It was a daredevil happy birthday to the Russian president, who was turning 64.
Discussion: emptywheel and Raw Story
Marc Caputo / Politico:
New racial controversy batters DeSantis  —  This is the fifth race-related issue concerning the Florida candidate, his gubernatorial campaign or one of its supporters.  —  MIAMI — A Republican activist who donated more than $20,000 to Ron DeSantis and lined up a speech for him at President Trump's Mar …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats fear Trump ‘October Surprise’ document dump  —  Democrats worry that Trump and his allies are teeing up a series of document releases meant to gin up GOP voters before the midterms.  —  Democratic operatives are growing anxious that Republicans working to undermine the FBI's Russia probe …
Discussion: The Atlantic and Hullabaloo
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Geoff Edgers / San Francisco Chronicle:   Chevy Chase can't change
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Despite Trump's ‘Great’ Cleanup, Puerto Rico Is Still Reeling  —  The president boasts of his response to Hurricane Maria, but people continue to struggle.  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A year ago, shortly after Hurricane Maria tore its way across Puerto Rico and upended Ana Rodriguez's small mountain town …
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
How a racist robocall and an FBI inquiry shook up the Florida governor's race
Discussion: Washington Post
Alexandra Deabler / Fox News:
McDonald's customers who hung fake poster in restaurant for 51 days get $25G checks from fast-food chain  —  Two McDonald's customers who went viral for hanging a poster in a Pearland, Texas, restaurant have been awarded for their prank with a big payout from the fast-food chain.
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 …
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Washington Post:   Trump's declassification order is an obvious abuse of presidential power
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
Top U.S. Diplomat Backed Continuing Support for Saudi War in Yemen Over Objections of Staff  —  Mike Pompeo made decision after being warned that a cutoff could jeopardize $2 billion in weapons sales to America's Gulf allies  —  WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed continued U …
Project Veritas:
BREAKING: Deep State Unmasked, U.S. GAO Auditor Admits “I Break Rules Every Day”  —  [This post contains video, click to play]  —  United States GAO (Government Accountability Office) Auditor Pushes Socialist Agenda During Work Hours: “No one knows I spent six hours yesterday doing social media for DSA.”
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Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:   Project Veritas Targets Government Staffers To Prove A ‘Deep State’ Exists
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
New data: Democrats crushing Republicans in 2018 elections  —  Note: The 2018 data is preliminary through Sept. 12 and excludes runoffs, special elections and candidates who ran unopposed.  Prior data includes unopposed candidates if they were on the ballot.
Discussion: Political Wire, CNBC and VICE News
Abacus Data:
Election 2015 started as a three party race.  Countdown to 2019 begins with the NDP well back.  —  A year from now, we will likely be in the middle of the 2019 federal election.  Over the past 5 days, we polled 2,000 Canadian adults how they are seeing their political choices and how they feel about their political leaders.
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  —  Co-Founder of March For Our Lives Cameron Kasky joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to talk about his decision to step away from March For Our Lives.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Katie Weston / Daily Express:
Huge 1000ft spider web appears overnight on a beach in Greece  —  AN ENORMOUS and terrifying spider web has sprung up in Greece overnight, covering everything from trees to shrubs near a lagoon.  —  A tranquil beachfront has been transformed by the starving spiders.
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Alibaba's Jack Ma backs down from promise to Trump to bring 1 million jobs to the US  — Jack Ma, founder of Chinese retail giant Alibaba, has recanted his promise to Donald Trump to create 1 million U.S. jobs.  — Experts have said that Ma's vow to create 1 million jobs linked …
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
FEMA chief considered quitting as feud with Homeland Security secretary boiled over  —  MORRISVILLE, N.C. — With his home state flooded and the death toll rising, FEMA Administrator William “Brock” Long was on the verge of quitting this week.  —  On Sunday, his bitter feud …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and HuffPost
 
 
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Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
BostonGlobe.com:
Elizabeth Warren for president? New survey shows Mass. voters don't love that idea
John Binder / Breitbart:
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Florida Today:
Scott calls Nelson a ‘socialist,’ then Nelson aide says Scott ‘just makes stuff up’
Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh's unlikely story about Democrats' stolen documents
San Francisco Chronicle:
Cupertino approves Vallco development south of Apple Park
David Edwards / Raw Story:
WATCH: Reporter gasps after Trump tells storm victim to ‘have a good time’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Sam Jones / The Guardian:
Donald Trump urged Spain to ‘build the wall’ - across the Sahara
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Once ‘99 Percent Against Trump,’ Dean Heller Calls Him ‘Great Leader’
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Nearly half of cellphone calls will be scams by 2019, report says
Discussion: BGR and Boing Boing
New York Post:
De Blasio has secret meeting with Red Sox management
Aaron Bracamontes / KTSM-TV:
Child pornography reason behind Sunspot Observatory closure, according to court documents
CNN:
Pompeo cracks down, on improper use, of commas at State Department
Discussion: Talking Points Memo