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12:20 AM ET, September 20, 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
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
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.
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 …
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
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Debunking 5 Viral Rumors About Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's Accuser  —  Dr. Blasey has been the target of widespread social media disinformation since she came forward with accusations of sexual assault against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee.
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
NBC News:
Can the FBI investigate the allegation against Brett Kavanaugh?  —  Analysis: President Donald Trump said investigating Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh “is not really their thing.”  —  How the FBI could investigate the Brett Kavanaugh allegation
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 …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Napolitano: If GOP Rushes Vote, There Will Be ‘Taint’ on Kavanaugh ‘That Will Never Go Away’  —  On Fox Business Network, Judge Andrew Napolitano was on with Neil Cavuto this afternoon discussing the nomination vote for Brett Kavanaugh in light of Christine Blasey Ford's accusation.
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 …
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear
Discussion: Instapundit
Maria Caspani / Reuters:
Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:   McCaskill plans to vote against embattled Kavanaugh for Supreme Court seat
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:   Brett Kavanaugh's Ruined Reputation
The Hill:
Hill.TV INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Trump eviscerates Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Once ‘99 Percent Against Trump,’ Dean Heller Calls Him ‘Great Leader’
Discussion: Political Wire
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger?
Washington Post:   Trump's declassification order is an obvious abuse of presidential power
Will Schmitt / Springfield News-Leader:   Claire McCaskill says she's voting ‘no’ on Brett Kavanaugh
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:   Media, ABC, PBS use Facebook to beg other Kavanaugh accusers to talk, ‘Truth will emerge’
Justin Wise / The Hill:
Poll: Opposition to Kavanaugh rises
Discussion: Shareblue Media, IJR and ABC News
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Ross Barkan / Gothamist:
I Ran For State Senate In Brooklyn And Lost.  Here's What I Learned  —  They don't prepare you to give a concession speech.  Outside of politics, what is the equivalent?  You can't find it in writing, journalism, or teaching—the fields I worked in before embarking on the wonderful …
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
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