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9:40 AM ET, September 21, 2018


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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Kavanaugh Accuser Opens Negotiations on Testimony Next Week  —  WASHINGTON — The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” …
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 …
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Kavanaugh Backer Presents Bonkers Theory: Christine Ford Was Assaulted by Judge's Doppelgänger  —  The sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh has put Republicans in quite the jam.  On the one hand, they think failing to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court in the next few weeks …
NBC News:
Yale Law dean: Reports that professor groomed female clerks for Kavanaugh ‘of enormous concern’  —  Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken wrote that she wanted to “address the press reports today regarding allegations of faculty misconduct.”  —  The dean of Yale Law School on Thursday responded …
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.
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.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Opposition to Kavanaugh's confirmation grows  —  Brett Kavanaugh is first Supreme Court nominee below water in the history of the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  More American voters now oppose Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination than support it after he was accused …
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Mediaite, Daily Kos and Bustle
Washington Post:
Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but open to doing so later next week  —  BREAKING: An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who is accusing Supreme Court Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, said Thursday that her appearing at a hearing on Monday …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Biden: Senate must treat Kavanaugh accuser Ford better than Anita Hill  —  “Anita Hill was vilified,” the former vice president told NBC's “Today.”  “I hope my colleagues learned from that.”  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday cautioned senators to treat the woman …
Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr / New York Times:
The Case for Impeaching Kavanaugh
Discussion: Townhall and Raw Story
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Senate has become a factory of suspicion and contempt
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:   Partisan Politics Are Trampling American Ideals in Kavanaugh Saga
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:   Trump Tries Something Surprising: Self-Control
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Bill Clinton's Former ‘War Room’ Director Quietly Advising Kavanaugh Accuser
Annie Karni / Politico:
Kavanaugh accuser leans on Democratic operative for advice
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
SC congressman jokes about Supreme Court sexual assault amid Kavanaugh drama
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Sen. Whitehouse Tells Tapper Democrats Will Investigate Kavanaugh and FBI If They Win Majority
Discussion: Law & Crime
Alyssa Milano / Harper's BAZAAR:   Republicans Are Waging War on Women—and Two Women Can Stop Them
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: Talking Points Memo
Internal GOP Poll: 'We've Lost the Messaging Battle' on Tax Cuts  — Voters say 2-to-1 the tax law benefits rich over middle class  — Tax law looms large ahead of November congressional elections  —  A survey commissioned by the Republican National Committee has led the party …
Discussion: Raw Story, CNBC, The Week, POLITICUSUSA and Axios
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
George Stephanopoulos / ABC News:
Michael Cohen spoke to Mueller team for hours; asked about Russia, possible collusion, pardon: Sources  —  President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has participated over the last month in multiple interview sessions lasting for hours with investigators from the office …
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.
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 …
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Europe's papers in a froth over Theresa May's ‘Salzburg disaster’  —  Europe's newspapers were all about the acrimonious EU summit held in Salzburg, Austria on Wednesday and Thursday, at which U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May warned she is prepared to walk away from negotiations with the bloc after EU leaders rejected her Brexit plan.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Marijuana use is now as common among baby boomers as it is among teens, federal data shows  —  Talk to your grandparents about marijuana — before somebody else does.  —  The latest release of a massive federal drug use survey shows monthly marijuana use has skyrocketed among older Americans.
Vera Bergengruen / BuzzFeed News:
New Emails Show Confusion At The Pentagon After Trump's Transgender Ban Tweets  —  At 8:55 am on a Wednesday morning last summer, a tweet from the White House residence stopped much of Washington in its tracks.  —  “After consultation with my Generals and military experts …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Political Wire
Irin Carmon / The Cut:
Exclusive: Jordan Peterson Threatened to Sue a Critic for Calling Him a Misogynist  —  Best-selling author Jordan Peterson first shot to fame by styling himself as a free-speech warrior at the University of Toronto, where he teaches psychology.  Objecting to trans people's requests that he use …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
FBI Memos Raise Deep Questions About Russia/Trump Intel Assessment  —  In newly obtained emails, bureau officials noted there was not enough intelligence to support the January 2017 findings by the CIA  —  New Strzok Texts: “I hope this upcoming presidency doesn't fill my years with regret wondering …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Rick Montgomery / Kansas City Star:
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
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Simon Shuster / TIME:
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