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2:25 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: TheBlaze and Political Wire
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Kavanaugh accuser will testify Thursday in front of Senate Judiciary Committee  —  Christine Blasey Ford's representatives and Senate negotiators spent the weekend trying to reach an agreement for the California professor to tell her story.  Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh …
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
The Crisis of the American Elites  —  Judith Butler and Ed Whelan have probably never met.  And if they did, we may be quite certain that they would have very little use for one another.  After all, what does the professor of comparative literature, author of (among other works) …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
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
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.
Paul Sperry / New York Post:   How Feinstein is conspiring to destroy Kavanaugh
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Democrats poised to grill Brett Kavanaugh on drinking, partying in high school
Emily Zanotti / Daily Wire:
WATCH: Sen. Mazie Hirono Says She Doubts Kavanaugh's Credibility Because He's A Conservative Judge
Washington Post:
Kavanaugh accuser will testify Thursday in front of Senate Judiciary Committee
Discussion: Political Wire, Politico and Raw Story
Politico:   Republicans boot their headaches until after midterms
Gun reform groups ramp up midterm efforts
Kavanaugh's accuser accepts request to speak to Judiciary Committee next week, lawyers say
Washington Post:
‘Incredibly frustrated’: Inside the GOP effort to save Kavanaugh amid assault allegation
Erick Erickson /
BREAKING: Christine Blasey Ford's Female Witness Doesn't Remember Anything
Discussion: The Resurgent, Townhall and
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.
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.
CBS News:   House control edges toward Democrats - CBS News poll
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
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Is This Man the Antidote to Donald Trump?  —  Maybe one superrich old white guy from New York can save us from another superrich old white guy from New York.  —  It takes a billionaire to know a billionaire.  —  What if it also takes a billionaire to take down a billionaire?
Discussion: CNN
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Man accused of kidnapping woman and masturbating on her is given ‘one pass,’ won't go to prison  —  A man in Alaska who was accused of kidnapping a woman from a gas station, choking her until she passed out, then masturbating over her has accepted a plea deal that will mean he does not spend any time in prison.
Discussion: The Root
New York Post:
College professors allegedly sold drugs, ‘pimped’ out students … Veteran professors at the Manhattan school renowned for training future crime-fighters ran a lawless den of depravity called “the swamp,” where they allegedly used and sold drugs, and “pimped” out and sexually preyed on students …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and New York Times
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
Mark Penn / The Hill:   Donald Trump's Rosenstein dilemma
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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:
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Discussion: The Federalist and Raw Story
New York Times:
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
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Hong Kong Free Press:
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Peter White / Deadline:
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