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11:05 PM ET, September 21, 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, Bustle and Political Wire
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Kavanaugh accuser says GOP trying to ‘bully’ her
Brett Kavanaugh Controversy Rocks Yale Law School
John Culhane / Politico:
Ed Whelan's Troubles Might Be Just Beginning
Discussion: Vox and The Gateway Pundit
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Senate panel chairman threatens Kavanaugh vote on Monday if accuser does not respond by 10 p.m.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Kavanaugh Accuser's Lawyer Caught On Camera: ‘We Are Going To Resist’
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:   Will Dark Money Rescue Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation?
Jamie Dupree / AJC:
At impasse over testimony by accuser, GOP sets Monday panel vote on Kavanaugh
Discussion:, Hot Air, Althouse and HuffPost
Washington Post:
Kavanaugh ally says he did not communicate with White House or Supreme Court nominee about theory of another attacker
Yale Law School:
Open Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee from Yale Law Faculty
Discussion: Law & Crime and BuzzFeed News
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:   Yes, Rejecting Kavanaugh Now Would Disgrace Him
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 …
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.
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: Bloomberg, The Last Refuge and Mediaite
The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Ready for Justice Department ‘Jihad’ After Rod Rosenstein Report  —  “Most people here are talking about the very real possibility that Rod is on his way out,” said one senior Justice official.  —  Friday afternoon's Rod Rosenstein bombshell brought with it a familiar anxiety inside …
Discussion: CNN, The Week, Raw Story and Mediaite
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Trump backs down on order to declassify Russia documents
Discussion: Raw Story
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump walks back his plan to declassify Russia probe documents
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, The Daily Beast 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’  —  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
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.”
Discussion: emptywheel, Law & Crime and 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 …
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
Alexandra Valencia / Reuters:
Exclusive: Ecuador attempted to give Assange diplomat post in Russia: document  —  QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador in 2017 gave Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a diplomatic post in Russia but rescinded it after Britain refused to give him diplomatic immunity, according to an Ecuadorean government document seen by Reuters.
The Guardian:
Revealed: Russia's secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK
Discussion: RT and emptywheel
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke spar in first debate of key Texas race  —  The first debate in the Texas Senate race between GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke was marked by tense exchanges between the two high-profile Texas politicians that are now front and center in one of the country's most-watch matchups this fall.
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill  —  Duke Energy said Friday that a dam containing a large lake at a Wilmington power plant has been breached by floodwaters from Florence, and it's possible coal ash from an adjacent dump is flowing into the Cape Fear River.
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