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11:30 PM ET, September 24, 2018


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Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
Kavanaugh denies sexual misconduct in Fox News exclusive: 'I know I'm telling the truth'  —  Exclusive: Judge Kavanaugh talks to Martha MacCallum about the sexual misconduct allegations.  —  EXCLUSIVE - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied accusations of sexual misconduct …
Akhil Amar / Yale Daily News:
Second thoughts on Kavanaugh  —  Minutes after President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh '87 LAW '90 to the Supreme Court, I published a controversial op-ed in The New York Times endorsing the nomination.  I later testified in support of Kavanaugh on the final day of his confirmation hearings.
USA Today:
Third Kavanaugh accuser, a former US Mint employee, ‘100 percent credible,’ Avenatti says  —  LOS ANGELES - A third woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct will come forward in the next 48 hours, according to Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star …
Discussion: Raw Story, Splinter and Boing Boing
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Avenatti calls Kavanaugh a H.S. rapist; Kavanaugh says he was a virgin; Media pounces  —  Members of the news media once again thought they found a solid “gotcha” against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  —  Once again they were wrong.  They took his comments out of context in order to misrepresent his defense of himself.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
'I've never sexually assaulted anyone': Brett Kavanaugh offers deeply personal defense in Fox News interview
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
James Woods refuses to delete meme that he says got him locked out of Twitter
David French / National Review:
On Fox, Brett Kavanaugh Mounts an Aggressive, Specific Defense
Discussion: Above the Law and The Intercept
David French / National Review:
When Evidence No Longer Matters
Discussion: The Resurgent
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“The Strategy Was to Try and Do Something Really Big”: Trump Wanted to Nuke Rosenstein to Save Kavanaugh's Bacon  —  But Trump allies are privately imploring him to cut Kavanaugh loose to save Republicans' electoral chances in the midterms.  —  BY - GABRIEL SHERMANSeptember 24, 2018,
The Daily Beast:
Trump Lawyers Demand Mueller Probe ‘Time Out’ if Rosenstein Is Ousted  —  Graham and other Republicans who sit on the judiciary committee have said Ford should be respected and heard, but they have publicly pushed back on her decades-old allegations, pointing to alleged witnesses …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Rod Rosenstein offered to resign  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has verbally “offered to resign” in discussions with White House Chief of Staff Kelly, according to a source close to Rosenstein, but as of now, it's unclear whether his resignation has been accepted.
New York Times:
Rod Rosenstein's Job Is Safe, for Now: Inside His Dramatic Day  —  WASHINGTON — When Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, headed to the White House on Monday morning, he was ready to resign and convinced — wrongly, it turned out — that President Trump was about to fire him.
Kavanaugh drama rattles GOP support  —  Republicans signal they will wait to pass judgment on the Supreme Court nominee until hearing from him and an accuser later this week.  —  Senate Republicans have gone from confidently predicting the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court …
USA Today:   Robert Mueller is playing a long game on the Russia investigation, and it's paying off
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
With Rod Rosenstein Possibly on His Way Out at the Justice Department, Who Will Protect Robert Mueller's Investigation?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and emptywheel
Gabriel Pogrund / Washington Post:
'How'd you find me?':  Mark Judge has been holed up in a beach house in Delaware amid a media firestorm  —  Bethany Beach, Del. — Mark Judge has been conspicuously absent for more than a week: Named as the only witness to an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh …
The Daily Beast:
Democrats to Michael Avenatti: You're Not Helping in the Kavanaugh Fight  —  Avenatti to Democrats: Don't act so weak.  —  On Sunday evening, just as The New Yorker revealed the identity of a second woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct …
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
When the Muzzle Comes Off  —  I write this not knowing if by the time it is published, Brett Kavanaugh will still be the Supreme Court nominee, or whether more people will have come forward with more stories of assault or degradation, or whether Chuck Grassley or Donald Trump will have doubled …
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Kavanaugh Just Played ‘Checkers’ on Fox  —  By going on TV, he turned to a tactic that politicians have used since Nixon—and made the Supreme Court appear more political than ever.  —  Three weeks ago, Judge Kavanaugh offered the Senate Judiciary Committee the homilies every nominee is bound to recite …
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Yale roommate says he believes second accuser  —  Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's roommate from Yale says he believes the second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  —  James Roche says he was Kavanaugh's roommate in the Fall of 1983.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Brian Karem / The Montgomery County Sentinel:
Updated: Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh defends himself against accusers
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   A chaotic opening to what could be a fateful week
Yale cancels some classes as law students protest Brett Kavanaugh nomination
Discussion: Daily Wire
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   The Supreme Court Is Coming Apart
Sean Davis / The Federalist:   Republicans Have A Simple Choice: Vote To Confirm Kavanaugh Or Get Slaughtered In November
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Maryland police aren't reviewing second Brett Kavanaugh high school allegation, chief says
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Brett Kavanaugh, Facing New Allegations, Vows He Will Not Withdraw
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Instagram's Co-Founders Said to Step Down From Company  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram, have resigned and plan to leave the company in coming weeks, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.
Jim Norman / Gallup:
Republican Party Favorability Highest in Seven Years  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Forty-five percent of Americans now have a favorable view of the Republican Party, a nine-point gain from last September's 36%.  It is the party's most positive image since it registered 47% in January 2011 …
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / Jezebel:
The Next Step for #MeToo Is Into the Gray Areas  —  As we near the one-year mark of the public accusations against Harvey Weinstein—that he serially assaulted women; that he used his power to avoid any consequences for doing so—and the subsequent spread of the nationwide #MeToo movement, we are also facing its backlash.
Amnesty International USA:
Amnesty International USA Issues Rare Call for a Halt on Kavanaugh Nomination  —  Amnesty International USA today called on a halt to a vote on President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States unless and until any information relevant …
Discussion: TheBlaze
US diplomat found dead at his house in Madagascar: police  —  An American diplomat has been found dead after an apparent attack at his residence in Madagascar's capital, police said on Monday, adding that a suspect had been arrested.  —  In the early hours of Sunday morning …
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Asked About Trump's Link to Billionaire Russian-Azerbaijani Family  —  Publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with Donald Trump Jr., met with special counsel team in March  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller asked questions about the relationship between President Trump …
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 …
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Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
Ted Cruz Chased Out Of DC Restaurant By Anti-Kavanaugh Protesters
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TheBlaze
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Nikki Haley is a GOP rising star. But some don't like her stealing Trump's spotlight
Maeve Reston / CNN:
Judge appears ready to toss Stormy Daniels defamation lawsuit against Trump
Elizabeth Gurdus / CNBC:
Jamie Dimon on 2020 rumors: 'I don't think I would be good at' being president
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
The Evolution of Kyrsten Sinema, from Homeless Child to Senate Candidate
Man hangs Trump re-election banner at Magic Kingdom
Discussion: Breitbart and IJR
Richard Morgan / New York Post:
Colbert dominates Fallon in late night for second year in a row
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Now #MeToo is coming for your thought crimes
Ginger Gibson / Reuters:
Florida Democratic congressional candidate dies at 54
Discussion: Political Wire
Abigail Geiger / Pew Research Center:
Views of Mueller's investigation - and Trump's handling of the probe - turn more partisan
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Discussion: The Week
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Citing U.S. sanctions, Iranian president says he has no plans to meet Trump
The Onion:
BREAKING: Wait—Sorry, False Alarm