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2:05 PM ET, September 19, 2018


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Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Former classmate of Kavanaugh's denies being at party in sexual assault allegation  —  (CNN)In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, another former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh's denies attending a party like the one described in the allegation made by Christine Blasey Ford …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying  —  (CNN)The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.  —  In a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Cut Bait”: As the Kavanaugh Nightmare Escalates, Trump Is Gripped with Uncertainty as Ivanka …
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
Men Are More Afraid Than Ever
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos and Vox
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Another Alleged Witness Denies Seeing or Hearing What Kavanaugh's Accuser Claimed
Discussion: NBC News, Townhall and The Federalist
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans have no good options on Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and HuffPost
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   In fast-moving events, Kavanaugh accuser refuses Monday hearing; nominee appears confident
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Anita Hill urges senators to ‘push the pause button’ on Kavanaugh hearing, says FBI should investigate
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Trump says hard for him to imagine Christine Blasey Ford's allegation against Brett Kavanaugh is true
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
The Hill:
Trump hints at new executive action on immigration, wants filibuster-proof Senate majority  —  hinted in an interview with Hill.TV that he will use his executive powers to do more on immigration before the midterm elections.  —  “I'll be doing things over the next two weeks having to do with immigration …
Discussion: Breitbart, ThinkProgress and The Week
The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency  —  in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV said Tuesday he ordered the release of classified documents in the Russia collusion case to show the public the FBI probe started as a “hoax,” …
John Wagner / Washington Post:   Trump says he found inspiration for border wall at memorial for Flight 93 victims
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Democrats fear Shalala campaign is in ‘sleep mode’ while challenger surges  —  The congressional seat was supposed to be the easiest of Democratic pickups.  Hillary Clinton carried the Miami-based 27th District by nearly 20 percentage points just two years ago.
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.
Kathryn Lundstrom / The Texas Tribune:
Beto O'Rourke leads Ted Cruz by 2 among likely voters in U.S. Senate race, new poll finds
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Daily Caller
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Republican Pete Flores upsets Democrat Pete Gallego in race for Uresti seat
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Bill Novak /
Active shooter reported at Middleton office building, multiple ambulances sent  —  Police and multiple ambulances were sent Wednesday morning to a Middleton office building on reports of an active shooter in the building, authorities reported.  —  The 911 Communications Center said at about 10:30 …
Police respond to reports of shooter at Middleton office building
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh, WTKR-TV and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Cody Wilson, 3-D Printed Gun Advocate, Charged With Child Sexual Abuse  —  The far-right figure allegedly met a teen on, where he told her he was a ‘big deal.’  —  The founder of a an alt-right crowdfunding site and a 3-D gun-printing company was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child.
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.”
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
Jessie Opoien /
Constituent called 911, suspecting drug deal, on Dane County Supervisor Shelia Stubbs while she canvassed for Assembly seat  —  It was a Tuesday evening in August when a Madison police officer responded to a call on the city's west side, where a silver sedan had been reported on suspicion of drug activity.
Discussion: Raw Story
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
FBI, DOJ Plan Redactions Despite Trump's Document Order  — The agencies can't offer a timeline to finish their review  — Holding back information could spark confrontation with Trump  —  President Donald Trump has demanded the “immediate declassification” of sensitive materials …
Discussion: The Week, Washington Times and Axios
Jonathan Van Meter / New York Magazine:
Can I Get a Hug?  Cory Booker's got a lot of love to give, and he's betting that's what it will take to win in 2020.  —  Anyone who thinks it's nothing but teeth-grinding paranoia and rank misery in Washington these days hasn't been to the office of New Jersey senator Cory Booker.  These people are happy.
Jon Caramanica / New York Times:
R.I.P., the Celebrity Profile  —  All glossy magazine superstar covers may look the same from a distance, but inside, you're never quite sure what you'll find.  —  Take the October issue of GQ, which features Paul McCartney.  For decades he has leaned on familiar Beatles anecdotes …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Max Adler / Golf Digest:
For Valentino Dixon, a wrong righted  —  With an investigation Golf Digest helped open, an Erie County court vacated Dixon's murder conviction after he had already served 27 years in jail  —  After 27 years in prison, a man who loves golf walked free today.  Not only that, he was given back his innocence.
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Chad Felix Greene / The Federalist:
My Rape Doesn't Justify Punishing People Without Due Process
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Larry Hogan has commanding lead over Ben Jealous, Goucher poll finds
Discussion: and Political Wire
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