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7:35 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Political Wire
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 …
Brett Kavanaugh Controversy Rocks Yale Law School  —  The nomination battle sparked a reckoning at the judge's alma mater.  “Students feel pretty deeply betrayed,” one said.  —  The sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh is rocking the world of Ivy League law …
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.
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Top GOP Senate Nominee: Kavanaugh Accusations ‘Absurd’ Because ‘They Were Teenagers,’ Assault ‘Never Went Anywhere’  —  Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), the GOP Senate nominee, said Friday that giving credence to allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a young woman when they were teenagers is “absurd.”
Yale Law School:
Open Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee from Yale Law Faculty
Discussion: Law & Crime and BuzzFeed News
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Officials in overdrive to keep Trump from attacking Kavanaugh accuser
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Is Ed Whelan's Conspiracy the Best the GOP Has?
Michael Brendan Dougherty / National Review:   Yes, Rejecting Kavanaugh Now Would Disgrace Him
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Conservative Pundit Points Finger at Another Man to Deflect from Kavanaugh
Discussion: Hmm Daily, and Vox
Associated Press:
The Latest: GOP senator ‘appalled’ by Trump's tweet on Ford
Streiff / RedState:
BREAKING. Senate Republicans Don't Completely Cave to the Demands of Kavanaugh's Accuser
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:   Collins: Delay vote to let Kavanaugh accuser testify
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
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: DCist, Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Joseph Flaherty / Phoenix New Times:
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar's Siblings Endorse Rival in New Campaign Ads
Discussion: 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 …
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: emptywheel, RT and Talking Points Memo
Alexandra Valencia / Reuters:   Exclusive: Ecuador attempted to give Assange diplomat post in Russia: document
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.
NBC News:
Michael Cohen is talking to Mueller about Trump and Russia
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.
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: Breitbart, National Review and TheBlaze
The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States: Estimates based on demographic modeling …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Fareed Zakaria / Washington Post:
I wanted to understand Europe's populism. So I talked to Bono.
Discussion: Power Line and RT
Washington Post:
‘100 Kegs or Bust’: Kavanaugh friend has spent years writing about high school debauchery
New York Times:
The Brothel Empire and the Ex-Detective, Always One Step Ahead of the Law
Brett Kavanaugh Is A Man The Right Can Get Behind
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The 35 most mind-blowing lines from Donald Trump's Las Vegas speech
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Another Roger Stone associate meets with Mueller grand jury
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Patti Davis / Washington Post:
I was sexually assaulted. Here's why I don't remember many of the details.
 Earlier Items: 
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
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
America, Land of Brutal Binaries
Jessica Willey /
Ted Cruz confronted by Santa Fe High School victim's mother at town hall
Discussion: IJR and Raw Story
Tim Mak / NPR:
Russia's Pro-Gun Influence Accounts Copied The NRA — And Sometimes, Vice Versa