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8:50 AM ET, September 24, 2018


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New Yorker:
Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh's College Years  —  As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Kavanaugh to Give Senate Calendars From 1982 to Back Up Denial  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh has calendars from the summer of 1982 that he plans to hand over to the Senate Judiciary Committee that do not show a party consistent with the description of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford …
Kavanaugh confirmation in renewed peril after second assault claim  —  In a statement the nominee made to The New Yorker and released by the White House, he called the allegation a ‘smear’ that ‘did not happen.’  —  Brett Kavanaugh's prospects of being confirmed Supreme Court suffered another major setback …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Stands by ‘Fantastic’ Kavanaugh as He Seeks G.O.P. Votes  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump called Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh a “fantastic, fantastic man” as he cast doubt on sexual misconduct allegations that have jeopardized the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
I Told You So  —  I've been saying all week that you could expect another late hit on Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend, and right on schedule, we have the New Yorker story, which, as Paul and Scott have already noted, is pretty thin gruel.  But it was absolutely necessary for the left to come …
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Grassley: Dems ‘withheld information’ on new Kavanaugh allegation  —  A spokesperson for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Sunday night said the panel will “attempt to evaluate” new allegations of sexual assault regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Discussion: Townhall
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Drudge Says Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer Set to Break Report on Kavanaugh: ‘Another Woman?’  —  On Sunday, the Drudge Report ran this blaring headline at the top of their page: “Another Woman?”  —  The “another woman” appears to refer to a potential — yet still unconfirmed — second Kavanaugh accuser.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, Deadline and Axios
Kate Feldman / New York Daily News:
Brett Kavanaugh and pals accused of gang rapes in high school, says lawyer Michael Avenatti  —  Lawyer Michael Avenatti told the Senate Judiciary Committee late Sunday that he has multiple witnesses who can say Brett Kavanaugh participated in gang rapes of drunken women during high school.
The GOP plan to fight “foggy memories” around Kavanaugh  —  Brett Kavanaugh's allies plan to aggressively contest what they call the “foggy memories” of his accusers — an approach that's likely to lead to nasty confrontations at Thursday's showdown hearing on his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Kavanaugh denies 2nd accuser's sexual misconduct allegation as Avenatti claims ‘evidence’ of ‘targeting’ women for gang rape  —  Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced a storm of new sexual misconduct allegations Sunday after attorney Michael Avenatti said he had knowledge that Kavanaugh …
POLITICO Playbook: Big open questions to start this crazy week
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Christine Blasey Ford Reaches Deal to Testify at Kavanaugh Hearing
National Review:   Fight for Kavanaugh  —  The cynics — or, perhaps more precisely …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:   Lindsey Graham Says Ford Testimony Won't Change His Vote
Washington Post:
Senate Judiciary panel's top Democrat calls for delay in Kavanaugh hearing after new allegation
NBC News:
Rob Goldstone wishes he'd never set up that Trump Tower meeting with the Russians  —  Goldstone, who arranged the Trump Tower meeting at the request of a pop star, says Mueller's team wanted to know about links between Trump and Russia.  —  The British-born music publicist who helped arrange …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump  —  A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive.  —  Donald Trump has adopted many contradictory positions since taking office …
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Washington lawyer, a former White House counsel, under scrutiny by prosecutors in offshoot of Mueller probe  —  Federal prosecutors have stepped up their investigation of prominent Washington attorney Gregory Craig for work he conducted at his former law firm on behalf of the Ukrainian government in 2012 …
Discussion: Splinter
New York Times:
Trump at the U.N.: Undiplomatic?  This Time, Aides Fear the Opposite  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump made his first visit to the United Nations last year, he ridiculed North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, as a suicidal “rocket man” and threatened to “totally destroy” his country.
Discussion: Bloomberg, UN Dispatch, ABC News and Vox
Associated Press:
At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike
Luz Moreno-Lozano / mystatesman:
3D gun advocate Cody Wilson posts $150,000 bail, released in Houston  —  6:30 p.m. update: The Austin man at the center of the national debate around 3D-printed guns has been released from the Harris County jail on bail, jail records show.  —  Cody Wilson was brought back to the country …
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder  —  The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists.  Craig Newmark gave $20 million to help fund the operation.  —  When the investigative journalist …
Eppc / Ethics & Public Policy Center:
Statement from EPPC's Board of Directors  —  The board of the Ethics and Public Policy Center convened a special telephonic meeting on Friday, September 21, 2018.  After the meeting, Edward Whelan, who has led EPPC with integrity and excellence for many years, offered his resignation in light …
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Washington Post:
Why Russia is wooing South Africa's white farmers  —  KOSYAKOVO, Russia — Leon du Toit slowly inhales the late summer breeze off fields belonging to a dairy farm not far from Moscow.  “Smells just like home,” the 72-year-old South African said.  —  That's just what one Russian political figure hopes to hear.
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Amid furor, Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein's fate  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions.  —  The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News …
Discussion: AOL, Political Wire and Mediaite
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Trump points finger at Sessions for Rosenstein controversy
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
The Trump administration's secret anti-China plans  —  The Trump administration is planning to launch a major, “administration-wide,” broadside against China, according to two sources briefed on the sensitive internal discussions.  These sources, who weren't authorized to discuss the plans with the media …
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Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Roger Stone sought contact with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, email suggests
Discussion: Political Wire
Matthew Pritchard / Politico:
Will Democrats Regret Weaponizing the Judiciary?
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Putin's war is transforming Ukraine
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GOP's midterm health care strategy: Rally the base
Dan Walters / Mercury News:
California an economic model of green prosperity? Not quite
Discussion: Instapundit
Marc Caputo / Politico:
UNF poll: Gillum edging DeSantis, Nelson and Scott tied
Bruce Riedel / Al-Monitor:
Saudi Arabia is at its least stable in 50 years
 Earlier Items:
Woman arrested for taking in animals abandoned during Hurricane Florence without permit
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Sam J. /
Is THIS why Dems won't hand the letter over?!  Even the WAY Ford ‘submitted’ her letter to Feinstein is shady AF
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Kushner's mission improbable: Winning over wealthy Trump skeptics
Owen Gleiberman / Variety:
How Michael Moore Lost His Audience
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Hollywood Reporter:
James Woods' Twitter Account Locked
Shelby Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Left Is Consumed With Hate
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Those Who Can't Forget  —  The rows of white marble headstones …

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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
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Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

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