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10:55 AM ET, September 20, 2018


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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear
Discussion: and Instapundit
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Whatever Happens To Kavanaugh, Feinstein Got Exactly What She Wanted
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
What Kavanaugh deserves — and what we deserve from him
Discussion: CNN, Daily Wire and Crooks and Liars
Politico:   Grassley in firing line on Kavanaugh assault allegation
Press Herald:
Our View: Kavanaugh's credibility blown by earlier evasions
Discussion: Bustle
Riley Snyder / The Nevada Independent:
Heller predicts Kavanaugh confirmation to Supreme Court despite ‘hiccup’
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
Kavanaugh hearing: When you're a well-connected judge, can you do anything?
NBC News:
Accuser's schoolmate says she recalls hearing of alleged Kavanaugh incident
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The most infuriating aspect of the Kavanaugh conversation
Carol Kuruvilla / HuffPost:
Preacher Franklin Graham Claims Brett Kavanaugh Abuse Allegation Is Irrelevant
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
Geoff Edgers / San Francisco Chronicle:   Chevy Chase can't change
Dylan Scott / Vox:
How a racist robocall and an FBI inquiry shook up the Florida governor's race  —  Andrew Gillum versus Ron DeSantis is one of 2018's most important campaigns.  —  With a racist robocall and an FBI investigation into corruption already in the mix, the Florida governor's race to lead America's …
Discussion: Washington Post
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Despite Trump's ‘Great’ Cleanup, Puerto Rico Is Still Reeling
Discussion: VICE News
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.
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.
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 …
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 and CNBC
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
Elizabeth Warren for president?  New survey shows Mass. voters don't love that idea  —  She has the national profile.  She has the money.  What US Senator Elizabeth Warren may not have, should she decide to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is the endorsement of Massachusetts voters.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Donald Tusk: Theresa May's Brexit trade plan won't work  —  Theresa May's proposed new economic partnership with the EU “will not work”, the head of the European Council has said.  —  Donald Tusk said the plans risked undermining the EU's single market.  —  He was speaking at the end …
Discussion: Telegraph
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
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
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
RNC surpasses $250 million in fundraising for midterms  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) has raised more than $250 million this cycle, hitting another fundraising record with less than two months to go until the pivotal midterm elections.  —  An RNC official told The Hill …
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
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Washington Post:
North Korea's Kim wants new summit with Trump soon to continue denuclearization
James Comey talks Kavanaugh, Mueller investigation - and says he's not worried about his emails
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Political Wire
Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
1 death during Florence: A hunter keeping watch on his dogs
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Binder / Breitbart:
Watch—Beto O'Rourke to Black American: Illegal Immigrant Labor Needed for Cotton Gin
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
 Earlier Items: 
David Edwards / Raw Story:
WATCH: Reporter gasps after Trump tells storm victim to ‘have a good time’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Trump's declassification order is an obvious abuse of presidential power
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Once ‘99 Percent Against Trump,’ Dean Heller Calls Him ‘Great Leader’
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
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
What do we owe her now?