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2:15 PM ET, September 24, 2018


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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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and Raw Story
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Rod Rosenstein, who has been overseeing Russia probe, has offered to resign  —  Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has told White House officials he is willing to resign in the wake of revelations he once suggested secretly recording the president, but it's unclear if the resignation has been accepted …
New York Times:
Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, Is Expected to Leave Job  —  WASHINGTON — Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, was expected on Monday to leave his job at the Justice Department, days after private discussions were revealed in which he talked about invoking the 25th Amendment …
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:
Rosenstein has not resigned, still U.S. deputy attorney general: source  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rod Rosenstein has not resigned and is still serving as U.S. deputy attorney general, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.  —  Rosenstein had a previously scheduled meeting …
Rosenstein Resigns After Reports He Considered Taping Trump, Source Says  — A replacement could fire or rein in Special Counsel Mueller  — Move followed reports Rosenstein discussed 25th Amendment  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official in charge …
Streiff / RedState:
BREAKING. Rod Rosenstein Has Not Been Fired and Has Not Resigned
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Rosenstein Remains Deputy Attorney General Following White House Meeting — For Now
Discussion: LifeZette
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
What Rosenstein's Exit Would Mean for Mueller's Russia Investigation
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Expects to Be Fired, Clouding Mueller Investigation
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Rosenstein Resigns as Deputy Attorney General, Source Says
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Deputy AG Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller probe, to meet with Trump on Thursday
Discussion: Politico, HuffPost and AOL
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.
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Brian Karem / The Montgomery County Sentinel:
Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh faces more allegations  —  Montgomery County investigators confirmed Monday they're aware of a potential second sexual assault complaint in the county against former Georgetown Prep student and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
Maryland police aren't reviewing second Brett Kavanaugh high school allegation, chief says  —  The chief of police in Montgomery County, Md., says his officers are not looking into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, appearing to contradict a local news report that …
Montgomery County, MD Police:
Statement from the Montgomery County Police Department Regarding Victim Accusations of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh  —  Statement from the Montgomery County Police Department Regarding Victim Accusations of Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh:  —  At this time, the Montgomery …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
On The New Yorker's Grossly Irresponsible Story  —  Judge Kavanaugh labels The New Yorker's report a “smear, plain and simple.”  He should be applauded for his restraint.  I am struggling to remember reading a less responsible piece of “journalism” in a major outlet.
Andrew Cohen / New Republic:
Brett Kavanaugh Has Already Disqualified Himself
Discussion: The Federalist, Vox, ABC News and The Week
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Ronan Farrow: New Kavanaugh Accuser Came Forward Because Democrats ‘Came Looking’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Stands by ‘Fantastic’ Kavanaugh as He Seeks G.O.P. Votes
Judge Judy Says Don't Prejudge Sexual Assault Accusations Against Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AOL
Why Kavanaugh's 2nd accuser decided to come forward
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Kavanaugh tells Senate he won't withdraw
Discussion: ABC News and
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Trump On Kavanaugh After Second Allegation: ‘I Am With Him All The Way’
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Sam Thielman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Emptywheel's Marcy Wheeler knows more than she tells, but she tells a lot  —  Photo: Marcy Wheeler, author and editor of national security blog Emptywheel, courtesy of Wheeler.  —  In the sometimes murky world of national security reporters, few people are wrong less often than Marcy Wheeler.
The Onion:
BREAKING: Wait—Sorry, False Alarm  —  WASHINGTON—In a shocking development revealed just moments ago, sources confirmed that—oh, wait, sorry, false alarm.  Multiple reports confirmed that, despite late-breaking suggestions to the contrary, you can actually forget about this news item …
Adam Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Poll: Andrew Gillum leads DeSantis by 4, Rick Scott and Bill Nelson tied  —  The UNF poll finds more than seven in 10 likely voters support restoration of voting rights for many ex-felons  —  20 poll by the University of Florida shows Florida being Florida, with neck and neck races for governor and U.S. Senate.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Florida Politics
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
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Ben White / Politico:
Trump's trade wars start biting GOP ahead of midterms
Discussion: Hit & Run
Robert Kagan / New York Times:
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Dara Lind / Vox:
“Public charge,” Trump's new proposal to restrict legal immigration, explained
Discussion: Rewire.News
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
Inside Barstool Sports' Culture of Online Hate: ‘They Treat Sexual Harassment and Cyberbullying as a Game’
Moira Donegan / The Guardian:
The male cultural elite is staggeringly blind to #MeToo. Now it's paying for it
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Roger Stone sought contact with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, email suggests
Matthew Pritchard / Politico:
Will Democrats Regret Weaponizing the Judiciary?
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Washington Post:
Why Russia is wooing South Africa's white farmers
Discussion: Althouse