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12:45 PM ET, September 21, 2018

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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Officials in overdrive to keep Trump from attacking Kavanaugh accuser  —  A source who has been talking to President Trump throughout the Kavanaugh crisis told Axios that “you have no idea” how hard it has been to keep him from attacking his Supreme Court nominee's accuser.
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USA Today:
Last Slide  —  WASHINGTON — More Americans oppose than support the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Public Affairs Poll finds, an unprecedented level of disapproval for a nominee to the nation's high court.  —  Amid allegations of sexual assault …
Yale Law School:
Open Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee from Yale Law Faculty  —  As the Senate Judiciary Committee debates Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, we write as faculty members of Yale Law School, from which Judge Kavanaugh graduated, to urge that the Senate conduct a fair and deliberate confirmation process.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
After the Kavanaugh Allegations, Republicans Offer a Shocking Defense: Sexual Assault Isn't a Big Deal  —  Ever since the professor Christine Blasey Ford revealed that she was the woman who had accused the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, in a previously confidential letter …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The case for Trump to shut down the government  —  THE POLITICAL CASE FOR PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT ... If you're Trump, is there any cogent case to NOT shut down the government one week from today?  Here is what a few of the president's allies are whispering to us.
Washington Post:
Kavanaugh ally says he did not communicate with White House or Supreme Court nominee about theory of another attacker
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
NBC News:
Yale Law dean: Reports that professor groomed female clerks for Kavanaugh ‘of enormous concern’
Associated Press:   Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase
CNN:
Where negotiations stand between Kavanaugh's accuser and Republicans
Discussion: Power Line
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Conservatives divided over Kavanaugh allegations, mostly along gender lines
Discussion: @politifact and Breitbart
Petula Dvorak / Washington Post:
Millions of women understand Christine Blasey Ford's decades of silence
Discussion: Bustle, LifeZette and New York Times
Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr / New York Times:
The Case for Impeaching Kavanaugh
Discussion: Townhall, Raw Story and Politico
Adam Edelman / NBC News:   Biden: Senate must treat Kavanaugh accuser Ford better than Anita Hill
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   Partisan Politics Are Trampling American Ideals in Kavanaugh Saga
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Trump on Kavanaugh accusations: 'Why didn't somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?'
Discussion: Splinter, Bustle, New York Times and CNN
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:   Sen. Whitehouse Tells Tapper Democrats Will Investigate Kavanaugh and FBI If They Win Majority
Washington Post:
Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but open to doing so later next week
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump slows release of Russia probe documents  —  President Donald Trump on Friday slowed down plans to declassify and release sensitive documents connected to the FBI's Russia investigation, citing a “perceived negative impact” on the probe and concerns raised by “key allies” about dumping the materials.
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump walks back his plan to declassify Russia probe documents  —  President Trump on Friday walked back his order earlier this week to declassify information in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying Justice Department officials and others had persuaded him not to do so for the time being.
BuzzFeed News:
Trump Tower Meeting Planners Moved Millions, Mueller Now Investigating  —  On June 3, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. received one of the most striking emails of the presidential campaign, offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government's “support for Mr. Trump.”
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Trump Lawyer Tried to Help Pay Legal Fees for Manafort, Gates  —  Advisers objected to John Dowd's efforts to divert funds and solicit donors for former Trump aides, citing impropriety  —  WASHINGTON—A top lawyer for President Trump this year sought to help pay legal fees for Paul Manafort …
The Guardian:
Revealed: Russia's secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK  —  Tentative plot to whisk fugitive from London embassy on Christmas Eve was considered too risky  —  Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess whether they could help …
Discussion: RT, Talking Points Memo and emptywheel
Joshua Green / Bloomberg:
Internal GOP Poll: Pelosi Beats Trump in a Head-to-Head Matchup  —  The Democratic leader is a frequent Republican target, but an RNC poll shows she's more popular than the president.  —  President Trump likes to mock Nancy Pelosi, but a private survey conducted for the Republican National Committee finds …
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Tim Mak / NPR:
Russia's Pro-Gun Influence Accounts Copied The NRA — And Sometimes, Vice Versa  —  Russian social media agitators who pushed pro-gun messages in the United States sometimes copied the language of the National Rifle Association.  And sometimes, the NRA copied them.
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Tim Mak / NPR:
Russia's Divisive Twitter Campaign Took A Rare Consistent Stance: Pro-Gun
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
September Senate Overview: Three Ratings Changes  —  As the political environment continues to favor Democrats and likely to rob Republicans of their majority in the U.S. House and a handful of gubernatorial seats, the conventional wisdom is that the fate of the GOP's Senate majority will rest …
NBC News:
Stephen Miller wins again: Haley, other foes excluded from immigration meeting  —  A planned cut in the number of refugees the U.S. admits is the latest win for hard-liner Stephen Miller, who keeps beating the Trump admin's pragmatists.  —  WASHINGTON — Days before the Trump administration announced plans …
Reihan Salam / Wall Street Journal:
A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis  —  The only answer to today's polarized debate is amnesty for those already here, new standards for those seeking entry and a return to the ideal of the melting pot  —  In 1979, shortly before I was born, my family visited Washington, D.C., in the middle of a snowstorm.
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 …
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.
Jacob Magid / The Times of Israel:
Witness says Ari Fuld's killer deliberately targeted an American  —  Falafel shop worker tells Times of Israel that terrorist twice asked her and others in restaurant if they spoke English and stood behind Fuld for a full minute before stabbing him  —  A falafel shop worker who was saved …
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
Axios:
The GOP's growing identity crisis  —  The Republican Party is suffering an identity crisis that poses acute short- and long-term risks: President Trump, with 38% approval in Gallup, is giving the party a constricted appeal, with the danger of continuing high-profile defections.
New York Post:
Woman on vacation reportedly finds dead tortoise in her vagina  —  A British woman has been questioned by police in Spain after doctors found a dead tortoise inside her vagina, according to reports in the Spanish media.  —  Staff at the emergency department of a medical center in the south …
 
 
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The Hill:
GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Daily Caller:
Women's March, Other Left-Wing Groups Likely Violated IRS Rules.  Their Nonprofit Status Could Be In Jeopardy
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Suddenly, Vulnerable House Republicans No Longer Bash Obamacare on Their Websites
Adina Bresge / CTVNews:
Michael Moore says he'll move to Canada if new film leads to trouble
Discussion: IJR and Daily Wire
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
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Politico:
Post-election House Dems could quiz Trump Jr., Hicks and others on Russia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Vera Bergengruen / BuzzFeed News:
New Emails Show Confusion At The Pentagon After Trump's Transgender Ban Tweets
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Marijuana use is now as common among baby boomers as it is among teens, federal data shows
Anne Applebaum / Spectator:
How Orbán duped the Brexiteers
Discussion: Coffee House
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Europe's papers in a froth over Theresa May's ‘Salzburg disaster’
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
FBI Memos Raise Deep Questions About Russia/Trump Intel Assessment