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12:50 PM ET, September 23, 2018


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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Record number of voters oppose Kavanaugh nomination  —  Voter support for Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court is down in the wake of Christine Ford's assault allegations, as more believe her than him.  —  Currently, 40 percent of voters would confirm Kavanaugh …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC News/WSJ poll: Democrats hold the advantage in November's elections  —  But the same poll shows that Republican enthusiasm about the upcoming election has increased, drawing nearly even with Democrats.  —  Poll: Democrats open largest margin-ever over GOP in Congressional preference
Discussion: Political Wire
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
Senate Judiciary Committee contacts Ford's friend about party  —  Kavanaugh accuser accepts request to testify  —  Washington (CNN)As the Senate Judiciary Committee staff negotiates with attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh …
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
Graham: Ford's testimony won't change my vote  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday the testimony of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser won't change his mind, no matter what she says.  —  “You can't bring it in a criminal court, you would never sue civilly, you couldn't even get a warrant,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Health care boosts Democrats in upcoming midterm elections  —  There is a deluge of bad news for Republicans in the latest Fox News poll.  —  Most voters are unhappy with the direction the country is taking.  Majorities disagree with President Trump on the border wall, and extra tax-cut cash is nowhere to be seen.
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Kavanaugh Was Supposed to Be a Midterm Boon for G.O.P. Not Anymore.  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — No Republican Senate candidate has been as aggressive in using the Supreme Court nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh as a political weapon as Josh Hawley, the Missouri attorney general who is in an intensely tight race …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sick to Your Stomach?  #MeToo  —  WASHINGTON — The Capitol is covered in mud.  —  Again.  —  Somewhere in the dim recesses of my mind, I can recall a time when the sight of that white dome thrilled me.  As a teenager, working for a New York congressman, I felt privileged to walk …
Discussion: Althouse, CNN and Politico
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The party of men: Kavanaugh fight risks worsening the Trump GOP's gender problem  —  The Republican Party's fight to save President Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee amid allegations of sexual assault has surfaced deep anxieties over the hypermasculine mind-set that has come to define the GOP in the nation's roiling gender debate.
Kavanaugh's accuser accepts request to speak to Judiciary Committee next week, lawyers say  —  Kavanaugh accuser will testify before Congress  —  Washington (CNN)Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault …
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
How Feinstein is conspiring to destroy Kavanaugh  —  Democrat leaders and their liberal aides, along with professional agitators, are all intermingled and conspiring together to achieve the same objective — in this case, to spike the confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Washington Post:
‘Incredibly frustrated’: Inside the GOP effort to save Kavanaugh amid assault allegation  —  Just as he did several weeks ago to prepare for his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, Brett M. Kavanaugh was back inside a room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building …
McConnell called Trump to say Kavanaugh tweets weren't helpful
Discussion: Political Wire, Raw Story and Mashable
Gun reform groups ramp up midterm efforts
Politico:   Republicans boot their headaches until after midterms
Erick Erickson /
BREAKING: Christine Blasey Ford's Female Witness Doesn't Remember Anything
Discussion: The Resurgent, Townhall and
John Harwood / CNBC:
GOP heading for midterm wipeout as ‘blue wave’ scenario gives Democrats a 12-point generic ballot lead: NBC-WSJ poll  — The new NBC News-Wall Street Journal survey, taken six weeks before Americans head to the polls, shows Democrats leading Republicans by 52 percent to 40 percent for control of Congress.
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:   More Voters Want Democrats to Control Congress, New Poll Shows
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
The ‘deep state’ leaves Trump with no good options  —  President Trump is not generally given to understatement, but he soft-pedaled problems at the Department of Justice.  There is, he said Friday, a “lingering stench” there.  —  A “stench” doesn't describe the situation.  A snake pit is more like it.
Discussion: Politico
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
The New York Times Stands By Its Rod Rosenstein Scoop
Mark Penn / The Hill:   Donald Trump's Rosenstein dilemma
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump holds his fire as advisers urge him not to dismiss Rosenstein
Discussion: The Guardian
J. Patrick Coolican Star / Star Tribune:
Tough news for GOP in Minnesota Poll  —  Because politics has become so nationalized, an unpopular president portends bad things for his party.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  After the Star Tribune's first round of election-year polls in January, we used this space for some key takeaways.
James Randerson / Politico:
Jeremy Corbyn: I will listen to members on second Brexit vote  —  U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged to back a second Brexit referendum if members vote for one at his party conference which begins Sunday — although he said his preferred option is still to hold a general election.
Grant Woods / Arizona Republic:
Why John McCain's death may convince me to run for Senate (just not as a Republican)  —  Opinion: Is a U.S. Senate run the best way to honor John McCain's legacy?  Grant Woods explains why his answer isn't as easy as you'd think.  —  CONNECT  —  It was only three weeks ago that we walked behind …
New York Times:
Trump Administration Aims to Sharply Restrict New Green Cards for Those on Public Aid  —  WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials announced Saturday that immigrants who legally use public benefits like food assistance and Section 8 housing vouchers could be denied green cards under …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Trump administration seeks to limit access to U.S. for immigrants who use or are likely to use public assistance
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CBS News:
House control edges toward Democrats - CBS News poll
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Man accused of kidnapping woman and masturbating on her is given ‘one pass,’ won't go to prison
Discussion: The Root
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
The Crisis of the American Elites
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Is This Man the Antidote to Donald Trump?
Discussion: CNN
Reis Thebault / Washington Post:
Minnesota legislator quits race after daughter says he molested her
Discussion: Common Dreams
Washington Post:
For Nikki Haley, a lower profile as Trump heads back to the U.N.
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
Why women's rage is healthy, rational and necessary for America
Voters approve ‘burka ban’ in St Gallen
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sheldon Adelson Sees a Lot to Like in Trump's Washington
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
America's Jews are watching Israel in horror
Paul A. Eisenstein / NBC News:
Tariffs could mean a 2M drop in car sales and cost 715,000 jobs, warns auto industry group
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Just Don't Call It Privacy  —  Amazon, Google and Twitter executives …
David Boddiger / Splinter:
Beto O'Rourke May Become the 1st U.S. Senator to Reference The Clash in a Debate
Discussion: The Federalist and Raw Story
Brianne Pfannenstiel / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Democrat Fred Hubbell narrowly leads Republican Kim Reynolds in governor's race