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4:15 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 …
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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.
Washington Post:
Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say she has accepted Senate Judiciary Committee request to testify against Kavanaugh  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee and lawyers for Ford have been in negotiations for days about whether she would appear before the panel.
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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.”
Deirdre Shesgreen / USA Today:
Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford agrees to testify about sexual assault allegation  —  WASHINGTON - Dr. Christine Blasey Ford agreed Saturday to testify before Congress next week about her allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.
Discussion: RedState
Javier E. David / CNBC:
Christine Blasey Ford, accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, agrees to Senate testimony …
Trish Turner / ABC News:
Kavanaugh accuser accepts request to testify before Senate committee next week
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CNBC
Harry Enten / CNN:
Brett Kavanaugh is the least popular Supreme Court nominee in 30 years
Discussion: The Guardian and The Week
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: The Hill, Axios and 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 …
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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.
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Washington Post:
White House distances itself from reports that Trump could target Facebook, Google and Twitter with a new executive order  —  The White House sought to distance itself Saturday from reports that President Trump is considering an executive order that would subject tech giants like Facebook …
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Hannity's surprising advice to Trump on Rosenstein: “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody”  —  The Fox News host thinks the New York Times' story on Rod Rosenstein is part of a “deep state” maneuver to set up Trump.  —  Sean Hannity has a perhaps surprising take on a report …
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Politico:
Trumpworld divided on Rosenstein — not whether to fire him, but when  —  The disagreement between his advisers in the West Wing and those on Fox News aren't about whether he should, but about timing and stated justification.  —  Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham, once a top recruit to serve …
Discussion: FRONTLINE and WRAL-TV
CNN:
Smears of Robert Mueller are baseless
Discussion: NPR, Lawfare and Fox News Insider
Wall Street Journal:
No Sex Please, We're Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms  —  The tech giant wants to make scripted shows for streaming, only without violence, politics and risqué story lines  —  Tim Cook sat down more than a year ago to watch Apple Inc.'s AAPL -1.08% first scripted drama …
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.
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate's seniority rules raise questions when presidential succession is at stake  —  When the Judiciary Committee reconvenes to determine the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, four veterans will sit in the middle of the panel dais with a combined 150 years of Senate service.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
 
 
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