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11:55 PM ET, September 20, 2018


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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Kavanaugh Accuser Opens Negotiations on Testimony Next Week  —  WASHINGTON — The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Opposition to Kavanaugh's confirmation grows  —  Brett Kavanaugh is first Supreme Court nominee below water in the history of the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  More American voters now oppose Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination than support it after he was accused …
Discussion: Hot Air, CNBC, Mediaite and Political Wire
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
SC congressman jokes about Supreme Court sexual assault amid Kavanaugh drama  —  A South Carolina GOP congressman opened an election debate Thursday by joking that he almost had to miss it and fly back to Washington to address the latest drama involving the Supreme Court.
The Guardian:
‘No accident’ Brett Kavanaugh's female law clerks ‘looked like models’, Yale professor told students  —  Guardian learns Amy Chua said she would advise students on their physical look to help win post in Kavanaugh's chambers  —  A top professor at Yale Law School who strongly endorsed supreme …
The Daily Beast:
They Oversaw Sex Crime Cases, Now They'll Grill Kavanaugh  —  Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar have a unique skill set to apply for this delicate setting: They've prosecuted, or overseen the prosecution of, sex crimes.  —  On Thursday afternoon, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford …
NBC News:
Yale Law dean: Reports that professor groomed female clerks for Kavanaugh ‘of enormous concern’  —  Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken wrote that she wanted to “address the press reports today regarding allegations of faculty misconduct.”  —  The dean of Yale Law School on Thursday responded …
Hailey Fuchs / Yale Daily News:
A flag of underwear: Photo from Kavanaugh's time shows DKE hijinks  —  In an Aug. 30 letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, female college classmates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh '87 LAW '90 testified to the judge's respect for women, praising his character and his support for female athletics at Yale.
Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr / New York Times:
The Case for Impeaching Kavanaugh  —  If the Democrats win the House this fall, they can investigate the charges against him, should he be confirmed.  —  Mr. Krotoszynski is a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law.  —  Charles Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
Annie Karni / Politico:
Kavanaugh accuser leans on Democratic operative for advice  —  Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers, is being advised by Democratic operative Ricki Seidman.
Kate Irby / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feinstein's office receiving ‘threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff’  —  WASHINGTON  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office has received threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff — some naming specific employees — following Feinstein's involvement in allegations of sexual assault …
Discussion: Bustle and Splinter
Washington Post:
Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but open to doing so later next week  —  BREAKING: An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who is accusing Supreme Court Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, said Thursday that her appearing at a hearing on Monday …
President Trump holds Las Vegas rally … We Tried HelloFresh: Here's What Happened  —  Before You Join A Meal Kit Delivery Service, Read This  —  I Gave HelloFresh A Taste: Here's Why I'm Never Going Back  —  Final Decision: Will I Order HelloFresh Again?  —  A Chef's Honest Review Of HelloFresh
Discussion: Raw Story, Washington Post and KTLA
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Republicans, be forewarned: Kavanaugh's accuser has options
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Bill Clinton's Former ‘War Room’ Director Quietly Advising Kavanaugh Accuser
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sandra Newman / Washington Post:
Want to help prevent rape? Withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination.
Discussion: Medium, Fast Company and Balloon Juice
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Kavanaugh Accuser's Classmate: ‘That It Happened Or Not, I Have No Idea’
Alyssa Milano / Harper's BAZAAR:   Republicans Are Waging War on Women—and Two Women Can Stop Them
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Collins: My office has gotten ‘pretty ugly voicemails, threats’ over Kavanaugh
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Opposition to Kavanaugh Nomination Grows Among Voters, New Poll Shows
Discussion: Axios and
Wall Street Journal:
Senators in Standoff Over Handling of Kavanaugh Sexual-Assault Allegations
The Leadership Conference:
Judicial Nominee Background Investigations—Fact vs. Fiction
Discussion: Common Dreams
George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Michael Cohen spoke to Mueller team for hours; asked about Russia, possible collusion, pardon: Sources  —  President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has participated over the last month in multiple interview sessions lasting for hours with investigators from the office …
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Michael Cohen tweets, then deletes, praise of himself for talking to Mueller  —  His lawyer Lanny Davis soon resent the tweet from his own account.  —  Hours after an ABC News report on Thursday that Michael Cohen had spent hours talking to special counsel Robert Mueller's team about Trump's Russia ties …
New York Times:
Unraveling the Russia Story So Far
Internal GOP Poll: 'We've Lost the Messaging Battle' on Tax Cuts  — Voters say 2-to-1 the tax law benefits rich over middle class  — Tax law looms large ahead of November congressional elections  —  A survey commissioned by the Republican National Committee has led the party …
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
Wall Street Journal:
Google Workers Discussed Tweaking Search Function to Counter Travel Ban  —  Company says none of proposed changes to search results were ever implemented  —  WASHINGTON—Days after the Trump administration instituted a controversial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Reuters and Breitbart
Tal Kopan / CNN:
ICE arrested immigrants who came forward to take in undocumented children  —  Boy traumatized after separation: I can't forget  —  Washington (CNN)Federal officers have arrested dozens of immigrants who came forward to take care of immigrant children in government custody, and the Trump administration is pledging to go after more.
John Solomon / The Hill:
FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment  —  For most of the past two years, the U.S. intelligence community has presented a united front on all the key conclusions in the January 2017 report that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
FBI Memos Raise Deep Questions About Russia/Trump Intel Assessment
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Irin Carmon / The Cut:
Exclusive: Jordan Peterson Threatened to Sue a Critic for Calling Him a Misogynist  —  Best-selling author Jordan Peterson first shot to fame by styling himself as a free-speech warrior at the University of Toronto, where he teaches psychology.  Objecting to trans people's requests that he use …
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Ben Carson's HUD: Political loyalty required, no experience necessary  —  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded promotions and pay increases to five political operatives with no housing policy experience within their first months on the job, demonstrating what government watchdogs …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and New Republic
New York Times:
Trump Sees a ‘Red Wave’ Where His Party Sees a Red Alert  —  WASHINGTON — During a discussion about his party's legislative high points this year with a small group at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, expressed a new concern about an old habit of President Trump's.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Mistaken Identity?  —  Paul (and Senator Orrin Hatch) has already mentioned the possibility that Dr. Ford's allegation of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh may be a case of mistaken identity, based in part on Ed Whelan's cryptic tweets that Kavanaugh is going to be fully exonerated.
Greg B. Smith / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Mayor de Blasio compiled secret dossier on city watchdog who's slapped City Hall with multiple damning reports  —  Enraged by the actions of the city's chief watchdog, Mayor de Blasio built a confidential file of allegations against him stretching back two years to justify formally removing …
Simon Shuster / TIME:
How Putin's Oligarchs Got Inside the Trump Team  —  The message from Moscow reached Paul Manafort at a crucial moment in the U.S. presidential race, just as he was about to secure the official Republican nomination for his client, Donald Trump.  Manafort's overture had been received, the July 2016 message informed him.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.”  —  “We will not walk in fear, one of another.  We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine and remember …
Polly Sigh:
In June 2014, the Mercers and Bannon formed Cambridge Analytica and launched a ‘research project’ in Russia—the same month that Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency launched their campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.  —  In May 2014, Kremlin-backed troll farm …
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New York Times:
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