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9:00 AM ET, September 22, 2018


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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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Presumption of Guilt  —  The new liberal standard turns American due process upside down.  —  The Editorial Board  —  “As Judge Kavanaugh stands to gain the lifetime privilege of serving on the country's highest court, he has the burden of persuasion.  And that is only fair.”
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
John Culhane / Politico:
Ed Whelan's Troubles Might Be Just Beginning  —  He's playing a dangerous game with the law.  —  Ed Whelan may have just crossed a line he can't jump back over.  —  Yesterday, Whelan, the president of the Ethics and & Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank, and an assertive supporter …
Jamie Dupree / AJC:
At impasse over testimony by accuser, GOP sets Monday panel vote on Kavanaugh  —  Ending several days of increasingly political battles over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee declared Friday night …
Eric Russell / Press Herald:
Collins ‘appalled’ by Trump's tweet criticizing Kavanaugh accuser
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Kavanaugh Accuser's Lawyer Caught On Camera: ‘We Are Going To Resist’
Gina Martinez / TIME:   Ronald Reagan's Daughter Comes Out As Sexual Assault Survivor in Op-Ed Defending Kavanaugh Accuser
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:   Will Dark Money Rescue Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation?
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 …
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Is Ready for Justice Department ‘Jihad’ After Rod Rosenstein Report
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Mediaite
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Trump backs down on order to declassify Russia documents
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
The Texas Tribune:
Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke clash over immigration, Trump, guns during intense debate  —  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Democratic opponent Beto O'Rourke held a feisty debate Friday evening at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. … DALLAS — U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso …
John Verhovek / ABC News:
Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke spar in first debate of key Texas race
Discussion: Breitbart and Vox
Joseph Flaherty / Phoenix New Times:
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar's Siblings Endorse Rival in New Campaign Ads … A Democrat running against Arizona Representative Paul Gosar unveiled a powerful series of ads on Thursday that feature six people who denounce Gosar and endorse his rival.  —  They're Gosar's siblings.
Discussion: CNN, and 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 …
Lingling Wei / Wall Street Journal:
China Cancels Trade Talks With U.S. Amid Escalation in Tariff Threats  —  China scotched trade talks with the U.S. that were planned for the coming days, according to people briefed on the matter, further dimming prospects for resolving a trade battle between the world's two largest economies.
Discussion: BloombergQuint and CNBC
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
China cancels trade talks with U.S. as new Trump tariffs loom
Discussion: BloombergQuint
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
Katherine Krueger / Splinter:
Court Docs Allege Ex-Trump Staffer Drugged Woman He Got Pregnant With ‘Abortion Pill’ [UPDATED]  —  The ongoing custody battle between former Trump campaign operatives Jason Miller and A.J. Delgado has taken another nasty turn: In an explosive new court filing, Delgado's legal team alleges that Miller …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
FEMA administrator will reimburse government, won't face charges from internal probe  —  FEMA Administrator William “Brock” Long has been ordered to reimburse the government for his misuse of federal vehicles, but he will be allowed to remain in his job, according to statements from Long …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Accused Sexual Harassers Thrived Under NBC News Chief Andy Lack  —  A Sony executive who sent porn to women at work.  An alleged harasser who reviewed NBC's Weinstein story.  From one company to another, scandals emerge under Andy Lack's leadership.  —  Lachlan Cartwright
Washington Post:
‘100 Kegs or Bust’: Kavanaugh friend has spent years writing about high school debauchery  —  As Christine Blasey Ford tells it, only one person can offer eyewitness confirmation of her account of a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh: Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate at Georgetown Prep.
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Discussion: The Colorado Sun
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