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8:50 AM ET, September 20, 2018


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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Roll Call
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Breitbart
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “has a very credible story.”  But he said the Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: and Instapundit
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
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.
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
What Kavanaugh deserves — and what we deserve from him
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Crooks and Liars
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:   Napolitano: If GOP Rushes Vote, There Will Be ‘Taint’ on Kavanaugh ‘That Will Never Go Away’
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Whatever Happens To Kavanaugh, Feinstein Got Exactly What She Wanted
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
The FBI did investigate Anita Hill's accusation, and it took 3 days
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Nancy Cook / Politico:
'We're very confident:' Trump, GOP growing more bullish about Kavanaugh's survival
Politico:   Grassley in firing line on Kavanaugh assault allegation
Carol Kuruvilla / HuffPost:
Preacher Franklin Graham Claims Brett Kavanaugh Abuse Allegation Is Irrelevant
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
Kavanaugh hearing: When you're a well-connected judge, can you do anything?
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:   McCaskill plans to vote against embattled Kavanaugh for Supreme Court seat
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:   Brett Kavanaugh's Ruined Reputation
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:   Media, ABC, PBS use Facebook to beg other Kavanaugh accusers to talk, ‘Truth will emerge’
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 …
Washington Post:   Trump's declassification order is an obvious abuse of presidential power
Geoff Edgers / San Francisco Chronicle:   Chevy Chase can't change
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: Hullabaloo and NBC News
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
A New Petition From House Democrats Could Complicate Nancy Pelosi's Future
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles
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.”
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:   Project Veritas Targets Government Staffers To Prove A ‘Deep State’ Exists
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: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Axios
Sam Jones / The Guardian:
Donald Trump urged Spain to ‘build the wall’ - across the Sahara  —  Spanish foreign minister says US president advised tactic to stem migration across the Med  —  Donald Trump suggested the Spanish government tackled the Mediterranean migration crisis by emulating one of his most famous policies …
The Sun:
SANDS CRAZY Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the SAHARA to solve Europe's migrant crisis …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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
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 …
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: HuffPost
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 …
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 …
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Salvador Rizzo / Washington Post:
Brett Kavanaugh's unlikely story about Democrats' stolen documents
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
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Discussion: Political Wire, CNBC and VICE News
San Francisco Chronicle:
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Ross Barkan / Gothamist:
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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
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
An Interview With the Psychiatrist Who Says White House Officials Called Her With Concerns About Trump
Pompeo cracks down, on improper use, of commas at State Department
The Hill:
Trump slams Bush for ‘worst single mistake’ in U.S. history
Discussion: Mediaite
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
What do we owe her now?