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3:55 PM ET, September 21, 2018


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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.
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein once suggested recording Trump, removing him via 25th Amendment: Sources  —  Sources familiar with the memos of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tell ABC News that, according to those memos, during a conversation in May 2017 between McCabe …
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.
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 …
Senate GOP makes counteroffer to Kavanaugh accuser with Friday deadline  —  Republicans are giving her until the end of the day to work out testimony details.  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee is giving Christine Blasey Ford attorney's until the end of the day Friday to work out terms …
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
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.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
What makes Cory Booker's groping incident different than the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh  —  (CNN)As Washington continues to play a game of wait and see on whether Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, will testify in Washington next week …
Associated Press:
Collins: Delay vote to let Kavanaugh accuser testify  —  PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she's “appalled” by President Donald Trump's tweet criticizing his Supreme Court nominee's accuser.  —  Collins also said Friday in Portland that it's reasonable …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
McConnell voices confidence on Kavanaugh confirmation: 'We're going to plow right through it'  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced confidence Friday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite the sexual assault allegation against him, promising supporters: “We're going to plow right through it.”
Discussion: Townhall, Daily Kos and LifeZette
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Kavanaugh Backer Presents Bonkers Theory: Christine Ford Was Assaulted by Judge's Doppelgänger
Associated Press:   McConnell says Senate will ‘plow right through’ to confirm Kavanaugh
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:   It's Time for Some Brett Kavanaugh Game Theory
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The case for Trump to shut down the government
Streiff / RedState:
BREAKING. Senate Republicans Don't Completely Cave to the Demands of Kavanaugh's Accuser
Discussion: and Breitbart
Grabien News:
Democrats: We Already Know Know Kavanaugh Is Guilty [Montage]
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Biden: Senate must treat Kavanaugh accuser Ford better than Anita Hill
Discussion: Politico, IJR and Splinter
Where negotiations stand between Kavanaugh's accuser and Republicans
Discussion: Power Line and The New Neo
Caprice Roberts / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh's Senate hearing isn't a trial. The standard isn't ‘reasonable doubt.’
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Conservatives divided over Kavanaugh allegations, mostly along gender lines
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
After the Kavanaugh Allegations, Republicans Offer a Shocking Defense: Sexual Assault Isn't a Big Deal
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, emptywheel and Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
Tim Mak / NPR:
Russia's Divisive Twitter Campaign Took A Rare Consistent Stance: Pro-Gun
Discussion: Boing Boing
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
America, Land of Brutal Binaries  —  It was entirely a coincidence that I found myself reading Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind in the same week that Brett Kavanaugh was credibly accused of sexual assault in his teens, and Ian Buruma lost his job as editor …
Discussion: The Guardian
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Google staffers wanted to manipulate search results to combat Trump's travel ban, emails show  —  Google is in the spotlight after internal emails show conversations between employees highlighting a desire to manipulate search results on the heels of President Trump's controversial travel ban …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Workers Discussed Tweaking Search Function to Counter Travel Ban
Jessica Willey /
Ted Cruz confronted by Santa Fe High School victim's mother at town hall  —  There was an explosive moment at a Ted Cruz rally Thursday night in Webster when the mother of a Santa Fe High School shooting victim confronted the senator in front of his supporters.
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
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Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times:
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Reihan Salam / Wall Street Journal:
A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
The Hill:
GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Suddenly, Vulnerable House Republicans No Longer Bash Obamacare on Their Websites
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Is Winning Women Enough for Democrats to Win the House?
Discussion: CNBC
The GOP's growing identity crisis
Discussion: Raw Story and CNBC
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
September Senate Overview: Three Ratings Changes
New York Post:
Woman on vacation reportedly finds dead tortoise in her vagina
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Europe's papers in a froth over Theresa May's ‘Salzburg disaster’