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7:40 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, CNBC, Mediaite and Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
They Oversaw Sex Crime Cases, Now They'll Grill Kavanaugh  —  Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar have a unique skill set to apply for this delicate setting: They've prosecuted, or overseen the prosecution of, sex crimes.  —  On Thursday afternoon, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford …
Discussion: Breitbart, Bustle, Fox News and ABC News
Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr / New York Times:
The Case for Impeaching Kavanaugh  —  If the Democrats win the House this fall, they can investigate the charges against him, should he be confirmed.  —  Mr. Krotoszynski is a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law.  —  Charles Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall
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Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
SC congressman jokes about Supreme Court sexual assault amid Kavanaugh drama  —  A South Carolina GOP congressman opened an election debate Thursday by joking that he almost had to miss it and fly back to Washington to address the latest drama involving the Supreme Court.
Kate Irby / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Feinstein's office receiving ‘threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff’  —  WASHINGTON  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein's office has received threats of bodily and sexual harm against staff — some naming specific employees — following Feinstein's involvement in allegations of sexual assault …
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Bill Clinton's Former ‘War Room’ Director Quietly Advising Kavanaugh Accuser
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Senate has become a factory of suspicion and contempt
Discussion: CNN, The Week and American Greatness
Washington Post:
Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but open to doing so later next week
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Booker's push for Kavanaugh vote delay called out over his 1992 column detailing teenage groping
Alyssa Milano / Harper's BAZAAR:   Republicans Are Waging War on Women—and Two Women Can Stop Them
Sandra Newman / Washington Post:
Want to help prevent rape? Withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination.
Discussion: Fast Company, Balloon Juice and Medium
Wall Street Journal:
Senators in Standoff Over Handling of Kavanaugh Sexual-Assault Allegations
Cokie Roberts / ABC News:
Christine Blasey Ford made her choice. Now she needs to tell her story to the Senate: COLUMN
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 …
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Michael Cohen tweets, then deletes, praise of himself for talking to Mueller
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
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: CNBC, The Week, POLITICUSUSA and Axios
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 …
Hailey Fuchs / Yale Daily News:
A flag of underwear: Photo from Kavanaugh's time shows DKE hijinks  —  In an Aug. 30 letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, female college classmates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh '87 LAW '90 testified to the judge's respect for women, praising his character and his support for female athletics at Yale.
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.
Tal Kopan / CNN:
ICE arrested immigrants who came forward to take in undocumented children  —  Boy traumatized after separation: I can't forget  —  Washington (CNN)Federal officers have arrested dozens of immigrants who came forward to take care of immigrant children in government custody, and the Trump administration is pledging to go after more.
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
John Solomon / The Hill:   FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment
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 …
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 …
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.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Mistaken Identity?  —  Paul (and Senator Orrin Hatch) has already mentioned the possibility that Dr. Ford's allegation of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh may be a case of mistaken identity, based in part on Ed Whelan's cryptic tweets that Kavanaugh is going to be fully exonerated.
Simon Shuster / TIME:
How Putin's Oligarchs Got Inside the Trump Team  —  The message from Moscow reached Paul Manafort at a crucial moment in the U.S. presidential race, just as he was about to secure the official Republican nomination for his client, Donald Trump.  Manafort's overture had been received, the July 2016 message informed him.
Greg B. Smith / New York Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Mayor de Blasio compiled secret dossier on city watchdog who's slapped City Hall with multiple damning reports  —  Enraged by the actions of the city's chief watchdog, Mayor de Blasio built a confidential file of allegations against him stretching back two years to justify formally removing …
Polly Sigh:
In June 2014, the Mercers and Bannon formed Cambridge Analytica and launched a ‘research project’ in Russia—the same month that Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency launched their campaign to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.  —  In May 2014, Kremlin-backed troll farm …
Facebook to Give Less Direct Support to Trump in 2020 Campaign  — Social network has been questioned about its help in 2016  — Company wants candidate organizations to use ad website  —  Facebook Inc. said that for future presidential campaigns, it will pull back from the kind …
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Rick Montgomery / Kansas City Star:
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
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