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1:55 PM ET, September 22, 2018


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Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Spokesman for GOP on Kavanaugh nomination resigns; has been accused of harassment in the past  —  An adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee has resigned amid questions from NBC News about a previous sexual harassment complaint.  —  WASHINGTON — A press adviser helping lead …
Jessica Contrera / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford moved 3,000 miles to reinvent her life.  It wasn't far enough.  —  When Donald Trump won his upset presidential victory in 2016, Christine Blasey Ford's thoughts quickly turned to a name most Americans had never heard of but one that had unsettled her for years: Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
This I Believe About Blasey v. Kavanaugh  —  I believe Blasey deserves to be fairly heard, not automatically believed.  —  I have absolutely no idea what, if anything, happened between Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford at a party in Maryland in the early 1980s.
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Can't Even Fake Respect for Christine Blasey Ford  —  They are struggling to pretend they will fairly weigh her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
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: The Other McCain
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Grassley adviser resigns after sexual harassment accusation  —  A communications adviser to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) during the Supreme Court confirmation fight has abruptly resigned after an accusation of sexual harassment — an allegation he denies.
Discussion: HuffPost
Michael Dresser / Baltimore Sun:
Gov. Hogan rules out state police investigation of Kavanaugh allegations  —  Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday ruled out involving the Maryland State Police in any investigation of allegations that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl more than 30 years ago in Montgomery County.
John Culhane / Politico:
Ed Whelan's Troubles Might Be Just Beginning
Discussion: Raw Story
GOP Senate nominee: Kavanaugh accusation ‘absurd’ because they were drunk and assault attempt ‘never went anywhere’
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
PR firm helped Whelan stoke half-baked Kavanaugh alibi
Washington Post:
Former top White House official revises statement to special counsel about Flynn's calls with Russian ambassador  —  A former top White House official has revised her statement to investigators about a key event in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, after her initial claim …
Discussion: Mediaite
Alexandra Hutzler / Newsweek:
Former Trump Aide Jason Miller Accused of Secretly Administering Abortion Pill  —  Former Donald Trump aide Jason Miller has been accused of secretly administering an “abortion pill” to a woman he got pregnant during an affair, new court documents show.  —  The court filing …
Ben Brody / BloombergQuint:
White House Drafts Order to Look Into Google, Facebook  —  (Bloomberg) — The White House has drafted an executive order for President Donald Trump's signature that would instruct federal antitrust and law enforcement agencies to open probes into the practices of Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Facebook Inc., and other social media companies.
Discussion: Washington Post and LifeZette
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
The White House is considering an antitrust investigation into ‘online platform bias’ at Google and Facebook — read the leaked document here  — Business Insider has obtained a copy of a proposed executive order for President Trump that would ask federal law enforcement to …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNBC, The Gateway Pundit and AOL
Smears of Robert Mueller are baseless  —  Dershowitz and Toobin discuss Mueller investigation  —  Norman Eisen is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and was President Barack Obama's “ethics czar” from 2009 to 2011.  He is the author of “The Last Palace.”
NBC News:
Rosenstein joked about secretly recording Trump, Justice Department officials say
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
These six — yes, six — siblings of a Republican congressman just endorsed his opponent  —  Families are complicated, their private tensions and political disagreements often kept under wraps.  —  That's not the case with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), whose opponent in the midterm election just got a boost from Gosar's siblings.
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
China cancels trade talks with U.S. as new Trump tariffs loom  —  China has scrapped trade talks with the United States days before President Trump is set to escalate the commercial battle with a new round of tariffs, according to a person familiar with the discussion.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Clinton would beat Trump in landslide in 2016 re-run, says Hill.TV poll  —  would lose the popular vote again if the 2016 presidential election were held again today, according to a new Hill.TV poll.  —  The survey conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company found that 36 percent …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA 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 …
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Keith Ellison says his accuser fabricated domestic violence abuse story, can't be sure others won't ‘cook up’ allegations  —  U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison pushed back Friday against allegations of domestic abuse, saying his accuser fabricated the story about him.
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Jeff Burlew / USA Today:
8 prisoners released, 263 cases under review after Florida deputy accused of planting drugs
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Erin Allday / San Francisco Chronicle:
SF's new HIV cases hit record low, but disparities widening among groups
Christina Schaefer / WKEF:
Sharky's loses liquor license after agents buy drugs, lap dances with food stamps
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Collins ad attacks - and distorts - McMurray's Korean ties
Matt Katz / WNYC News:
Bergen Sheriff Resigns After Racist Remarks Caught on Tape
Discussion: New York Times, VICE News and TheBlaze
Maggie Serota / SPIN:
How So I Married an Axe Murderer Wrecked One Writer's Vision, Lost Several Stars, Bombed …
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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
FEMA administrator will reimburse government, won't face charges from internal probe
John McLaughlin / Washington Post:
Why Trump must not declassify the Carter Page warrant
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Accused Sexual Harassers Thrived Under NBC News Chief Andy Lack
Alexandra Valencia / Reuters:
Exclusive: Ecuador attempted to give Assange diplomat post in Russia: document
Discussion: RT
Washington Post:
‘100 Kegs or Bust’: Kavanaugh friend has spent years writing about high school debauchery
Discussion: Althouse