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3:25 PM ET, September 24, 2018


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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,
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 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Brett Kavanaugh, Facing New Allegations, Vows He Will Not Withdraw  —  WASHINGTON — Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, facing mounting allegations of sexual impropriety and growing doubts over his confirmation to the Supreme Court, vowed on Monday to fight the “smears,” saying he will not withdraw his nomination.
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 …
Discussion: Law & Crime and
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.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Kavanaugh: ‘I will not be intimidated into withdrawing’  —  Brett Kavanaugh on Monday said he will “not be intimidated into withdrawing” from his Supreme Court nomination after a second woman came forward with a sexual misconduct allegation against him.  —  Kavanaugh sent a letter on Monday …
Discussion: Political Wire
Streiff / RedState:
BREAKING. Rod Rosenstein Has Not Been Fired and Has Not Resigned
NBC News:
Rosenstein decision postponed for now as he and Trump set Thursday meeting
Discussion: National Review, CNN and Breitbart
Sarah N. Lynch / Reuters:   Rosenstein has not resigned, still U.S. deputy attorney general: source
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Ronan Farrow: New Kavanaugh Accuser Came Forward Because Democrats ‘Came Looking’
Discussion: Daily Wire
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Rosenstein Remains Deputy Attorney General Following White House Meeting — For Now
Sean Davis / The Federalist:   Republicans Have A Simple Choice: Vote To Confirm Kavanaugh Or Get Slaughtered In November
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Stands by ‘Fantastic’ Kavanaugh as He Seeks G.O.P. Votes
Rosenstein Resigns as Deputy Attorney General, Source Says
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dana Branham / Dallas Morning News:
Dallas officer Amber Guyger fired after manslaughter charge for killing Botham Jean  —  Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, who fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in his Cedars apartment Sept. 6, was fired Monday.  —  Guyger is facing a manslaughter charge and was arrested more than two weeks ago.
Jack Crowe / National Review:   Dallas PD Fires Cop Who Killed Man after Entering Wrong Apartment
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.
Judge Judy Says Don't Prejudge Sexual Assault Accusations Against Brett Kavanaugh  —  Judge Judy has handled thousands of cases, both as a family law judge and a TV jurist, so she knows a thing or 2 when she says people need to slow down and hear the evidence in the Kavanaugh/Ford showdown.
Discussion: IJR, Daily Wire, AOL and The Daily Caller
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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Joe Cunningham / RedState:
The Crucible, Featuring Brett Kavanaugh
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Trump: No statehood for Puerto Rico with critics in office
Discussion: Washington Post
Melanie Mason / Los Angeles Times:
We are very dependent on millionaires. If the millionaires get a cold, we all die of the flu.
George Prayias / The Rush Limbaugh Show:
GOP Must Confirm Kavanaugh or Kiss Midterms Goodbye
Discussion: Breitbart
Eric Felten / Weekly Standard:
Why Is the NYT Suddenly Opposed to Declassifying the FISA Docs?
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The rise of YouTube's reactionary right
Discussion: Mother Jones
WNYC News:
NY Pension Chief Cashes in on Natural Gas
Todd Stacy / Alabama Daily News:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions stops by the tailgate
 Earlier Items: 
Kate Lamb / The Guardian:
Indonesian teenager survives 49 days adrift at sea in fishing hut
Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ben White / Politico:
Trump's trade wars start biting GOP ahead of midterms
Discussion: Hit & Run
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
Discussion: Washington Times and POLITICUSUSA
Matthew Pritchard / Politico:
Will Democrats Regret Weaponizing the Judiciary?
Amie Ferris-Rotman / Washington Post:
Why Russia is wooing South Africa's white farmers