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3:15 AM ET, September 22, 2018


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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump HUD Secretary Ben Carson claims Kavanaugh allegations are part of a centuries old socialist plot  — Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson said that a long-running plot by Socialists to take over America was fueling recent allegations of sexual assault …
Discussion: CNN and Bustle
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
PR firm helped Whelan stoke half-baked Kavanaugh alibi  —  CRC Public Relations, a powerhouse conservative firm, guided Ed Whelan on a bad Twitter adventure.  —  It turns out that the Keystone Cops detective work by conservative legal activist Ed Whelan — which set Washington abuzz …
GOP Senate nominee: Kavanaugh accusation ‘absurd’ because they were drunk and assault attempt ‘never went anywhere’  —  (CNN)North Dakota GOP Senate nominee Kevin Cramer said on Friday that the accusation against Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh was “even more absurd” than Anita Hill's accusation …
Eric Russell / Press Herald:
Collins ‘appalled’ by Trump's tweet criticizing Kavanaugh accuser  —  The Maine senator said the president was ‘completely inappropriate’ in his tweets about Christine Blasey Ford this morning.  —  Maine Sen. Susan Collins said she was “appalled” by President Trump's tweets Friday morning …
John Culhane / Politico:
Ed Whelan's Troubles Might Be Just Beginning  —  He's playing a dangerous game with the law.  —  Ed Whelan may have just crossed a line he can't jump back over.  —  Yesterday, Whelan, the president of the Ethics and & Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank, and an assertive supporter …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Vox
Jamie Dupree / AJC:
At impasse over testimony by accuser, GOP sets Monday panel vote on Kavanaugh  —  Ending several days of increasingly political battles over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee declared Friday night …
Patti Davis / Washington Post:
I was sexually assaulted. Here's why I don't remember many of the details.
Discussion: New York Times, CNN, Hot Air and HuffPost
Brett Kavanaugh Controversy Rocks Yale Law School
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:   Will Dark Money Rescue Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation?
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Grassley extends deadline on Kavanaugh accuser's decision to testify
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Senate panel chairman threatens Kavanaugh vote on Monday if accuser does not respond by 10 p.m.
Yale Law School:
Open Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee from Yale Law Faculty
Discussion: Law & Crime and BuzzFeed News
New York Times:
Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment  —  WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed …
Washington Post:
McCabe memos say Rosenstein considered secretly recording Trump  —  Memos written by Andrew McCabe, then the acting FBI director, say deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein suggested he secretly record his talks with President Trump, and that Rosenstein discussed possibly trying to remove him from office …
NBC News:
Rosenstein joked about secretly recording Trump, Justice Department officials say  —  “Well, what do you want me to do, Andy, wear a wire?” the deputy attorney general asked FBI official Andrew McCabe at a meeting last year.  —  WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was joking …
Discussion: Mediaite, Bloomberg and The Last Refuge
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump ditches plans to quickly release Russia probe documents  —  President Donald Trump on Friday abandoned plans to quickly 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.
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Trump backs down on order to declassify Russia documents
Discussion: Raw Story
The Texas Tribune:
Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke clash over immigration, Trump, guns during intense debate  —  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke held a feisty debate Friday evening at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. … DALLAS — U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso …
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke spar in first debate of key Texas race
Discussion: Breitbart
Joseph Flaherty / Phoenix New Times:
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar's Siblings Endorse Rival in New Campaign Ads … A Democrat running against Arizona Representative Paul Gosar unveiled a powerful series of ads on Thursday that feature six people who denounce Gosar and endorse his rival.  —  They're Gosar's siblings.
Discussion: CNN, and Mediaite
Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach drops re-election bid, citing MPR News investigation  —  Republican state Rep. Jim Knoblach of St. Cloud abruptly ended his re-election campaign Friday as MPR News prepared to publish detailed accusations from his adult daughter of what she described …
Jessica Sidman / Washingtonian:
Hoagie Chain Taylor Gourmet Will Close All of Its Stores  —  Taylor Gourmet will close all 17 of its DC-area stores after Sunday, September 23.  Friday is the last day for the hoagie chain's two Chicago stores.  The closures come as Connecticut-based private equity firm KarpReilly …
Discussion: Raw Story, DCist and The Daily Caller
Katherine Krueger / Splinter:
Court Docs Allege Ex-Trump Staffer Drugged Woman He Got Pregnant With ‘Abortion Pill’ [UPDATED]  —  The ongoing custody battle between former Trump campaign operatives Jason Miller and A.J. Delgado has taken another nasty turn: In an explosive new court filing, Delgado's legal team alleges that Miller …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
FEMA administrator will reimburse government, won't face charges from internal probe  —  FEMA Administrator William “Brock” Long has been ordered to reimburse the government for his misuse of federal vehicles, but he will be allowed to remain in his job, according to statements from Long …
BuzzFeed News:
The Planners Of The Trump Tower Meeting Moved Millions, And Mueller Is 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.”
Discussion: emptywheel and Law & Crime
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 …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Accused Sexual Harassers Thrived Under NBC News Chief Andy Lack  —  A Sony executive who sent porn to women at work.  An alleged harasser who reviewed NBC's Weinstein story.  From one company to another, scandals emerge under Andy Lack's leadership.  —  Lachlan Cartwright
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Another Roger Stone associate meets with Mueller grand jury  —  Another associate of political operative Roger Stone met Friday with a federal grand jury convened to hear testimony in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling, appearing at the U.S. District Court House in Washington …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
‘100 Kegs or Bust’: Kavanaugh friend has spent years writing about high school debauchery  —  As Christine Blasey Ford tells it, only one person can offer eyewitness confirmation of her account of a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh: Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate at Georgetown Prep.
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John McLaughlin / Washington Post:
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Guy Benson / Townhall:
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Donald Trump Jr / Denver Post:
Democrats are now the party of lawlessness and anarchy, writes Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: The Colorado Sun
Alexandra Valencia / Reuters:
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Discussion: RT and The Guardian
Brett Kavanaugh Is A Man The Right Can Get Behind
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Associated Press:
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NBC News:
Stephen Miller wins again: Haley, other foes excluded from immigration meeting
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week