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5:15 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.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump walks back his plan to declassify Russia probe documents
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 …
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof  —  The manner in which Senate Republicans and Brett Kavanaugh's supposed allies are championing the judge's innocence should sting as the ultimate humiliation.  They apparently don't have sufficient confidence in the nominee to let a routine investigation take place before holding a hearing.
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: Law & Crime and 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.
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
America, Land of Brutal Binaries
Discussion: The Guardian
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine:
Kavanaugh Backer Presents Bonkers Theory: Christine Ford Was Assaulted by Judge's Doppelgänger
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Is Ed Whelan's Conspiracy the Best the GOP Has?
Associated Press:   Collins: Delay vote to let Kavanaugh accuser testify
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
McConnell voices confidence on Kavanaugh confirmation: 'We're going to plow right through it'
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Townhall and Daily Kos
Streiff / RedState:
BREAKING. Senate Republicans Don't Completely Cave to the Demands of Kavanaugh's Accuser
Discussion: Breitbart and
Associated Press:
McConnell says Senate will ‘plow right through’ to confirm Kavanaugh
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:   It's Time for Some Brett Kavanaugh Game Theory
Peter Kiefer / Hollywood Reporter:
Joe Biden Set to Hold Beverly Hills Fundraiser Hosted By Jeffrey Katzenberg (Exclusive)
Discussion: Breitbart, Bustle and The Federalist
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Biden: Senate must treat Kavanaugh accuser Ford better than Anita Hill
Discussion: Politico, New York Post, IJR and Splinter
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:   Yes, Rejecting Kavanaugh Now Would Disgrace Him
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: Law & Crime and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
“He's Committed to Working with Mueller on Everything”: Michael Cohen Is Ready to Divulge “His Deep Concerns About Trump's Suitability as President”  —  Cohen, as people close to him have told me, knows he is going to prison, and has been taking necessary steps to prepare for that eventuality.
Yale Insights:
Yale Study Finds Twice as Many Undocumented Immigrants as Previous Estimates  —  Generally accepted estimates put the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States at approximately 11.3 million.  A new study, using mathematical modeling on a range of demographic and immigration operations data …
Discussion: and Breitbart
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 …
Patti Davis / Washington Post:
I was sexually assaulted.  Here's why I don't remember many of the details.  —  Patti Davis is the author, most recently, of the novel “The Earth Breaks in Colors” and the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.  —  Roughly 40 years ago, I showed up at a prominent music executive's office …
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The 35 most mind-blowing lines from Donald Trump's Las Vegas speech
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
McConnell suggests he could hold Senate in session through October
Discussion: Political Wire
Scott Bland / Politico:
O'Rourke raised over $9M online in August
Discussion: Political Wire
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Ted Cruz confronted by Santa Fe High School victim's mother at town hall
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Reihan Salam / Wall Street Journal:
A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis
Discussion: 24Ahead and ImmigrationProf Blog
The Hill:
GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Suddenly, Vulnerable House Republicans No Longer Bash Obamacare on Their Websites
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