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8:50 AM ET, September 26, 2018


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Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Kavanaugh's ‘choir boy’ image on Fox interview rankles former Yale classmates  —  On Monday night, Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh said in a nationally televised interview that in his younger years, he was focused on sports, academics and “service projects.”
New York Times:
In Yale's Culture of Privilege and Alcohol, Her World Converged With Kavanaugh's  —  Last week, more than 30 years after they graduated from Yale, Deborah Ramirez contacted her old friend James Roche.  —  Something bad had happened to her during a night of drinking in the residence hall their freshmen year …
Discussion: CBS News, TheBlaze and Washington Post
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell is GOP choice to question Kavanaugh and accuser at hearing  —  Republican senators have selected Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting …
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Three Yale Law School classmates who endorsed Kavanaugh call for investigation into sexual misconduct claims  —  Three Yale Law School classmates who endorsed Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh called Tuesday for an investigation into allegations by two women that he engaged in sexual misconduct in the 1980s.
Washington Post:
Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona county sex crimes prosecutor, emerges as top GOP choice to question Kavanaugh accuser before committee  —  All 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are men.  That left the GOP with only men questioning Christine Blasey Ford about her allegation …
Arizona Republic:
Maricopa County prosecutor tapped to lead hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, accuser  —  Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this story had the incorrect last name of Rachel Mitchell.  —  Rachel Mitchell, a Maricopa County sex crimes prosecutor, will lead questioning …
Lili Loofbourow / Slate:
Brett Kavanaugh and the Cruelty of Male Bonding  —  For what it's worth, and absent evidence or allegations to the contrary, I believe Brett Kavanaugh's claim that he was a virgin through his teens.  I believe it in part because it squares with some of the oddities I've had a hard …
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Brett Kavanaugh's Yale Classmates Remember Him In A “Drinky Crowd”  —  In his college years, Brett Kavanaugh was ingrained in a social world that centered around alcohol, according to classmates who knew him at Yale, joining a notorious fraternity on a campus where few took part in Greek life …
Washington Times:
Kavanaugh accuser asks Senate to limit press access for hearing  —  Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers have asked senators to limit the press who will be allowed in the room to cover Thursday's hearing with her and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and sought to dictate at least some of the outlets.
Rosario Marin / BuzzFeed News:
I Was The US Treasurer.  I Didn't Tell The FBI Background Checkers About My Abuser.  —  I don't know Brett Kavanaugh personally, but all my friends who know him say he is a good man and he conducts himself honorably.  I don't know Professor Christine Blasey Ford, but from the people who do know her …
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
GOP lawmaker: Second Kavanaugh accuser refusing to talk to Congress  —  Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is refusing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her decades-old accusation against Kavanaugh, a GOP lawmaker said Tuesday.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Deputy press secretary Raj Shah plans to leave White House after Kavanaugh confirmation hearings
Discussion: Splinter and Talking Points Memo
Margot Cleveland / Washington Examiner:
Vulnerable Democrats face Kavanaugh crisis: Vote for decency or smears
Discussion: Power Line
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lisa Murkowski Delivers Message: Take Kavanaugh Accusations Seriously
David Barden / HuffPost:   Tucker Carlson Criticizes Rape Victims Who Don't Report: 'You're Part Of The Problem'
POLITICO Playbook: 3 things to watch today
Discussion: USA Today and Associated Press
John Harwood / CNBC:
Brett Kavanaugh is hard to believe
Discussion: HuffPost, Washington Post and Hot Air
Kavanaugh's second accuser willing to testify before Congress
Discussion: Political Wire
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Eight big problems for Christine Blasey Ford's story
Discussion: The Federalist, NPR and LewRockwell
Trump stays away from Senate Kavanaugh fight
Newt Gingrich / Fox News:
The REAL question for Thursday's Kavanaugh hearing — Who governs America?
Discussion: TheBlaze and HuffPost
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
MeToo depends on the credibility of the journalists who report on it
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Rod Rosenstein's departure was imminent.  Now he likely survives until after the midterms, officials say  —  Rod J. Rosenstein's departure seemed so certain earlier this week that his boss's chief of staff told colleagues he had been tapped by the White House to take over as second-in-command …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Week and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Resign, fire or stay? Rosenstein is the latest contestant in Trump's favorite game.
Discussion: ABC News
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Considers Keeping Rosenstein On, Advisers Say
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
House Republicans push for Rosenstein testimony, subpoena for McCabe memos
Will Oremus / Slate:
The Temptation of Apple News  —  The world's most valuable company is wooing the media with a human touch and a huge audience.  One thing it hasn't delivered: money.  —  In the years leading up to the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook became the world's de facto morning newspaper—and everyone wanted to land on A1.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Democrats have narrow lead in top Florida contests  —  In the Senate race, Bill Nelson gets support from 48 percent of likely voters, while Republican Rick Scott, the state's current governor, gets 45 percent.  —  Democrats are ahead in the competitive Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida …
Adam Smith / Tampa Bay Times:   Ron DeSantis' wobbly campaign is running out of time to show he's ready for big leagues
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
FEMA Chief Brock Long's Unauthorized Travel Cost Government $151,000, Inspector General Report Shows  —  Long misused government resources to commute home to North Carolina and on family trip to Hawaii, according to report  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump's top disaster official cost …
Discussion: Axios
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Republicans start to pull plug on members  —  Republicans are performing critical triage to their midterm spending strategy as they seek to hold on to their House majority in a difficult midterm year.  —  The House GOP's campaign arm pulled the plug on its remaining ad buys last week …
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Tennessee debate highlights uphill battle as Democrats eye Senate majority
Discussion: CNN
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
The Secretary Of Homeland Security Said There Was “No Policy Of Separating Families.”  A Memo Proves There Was.  —  A memo signed by Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen contradicts statements she made at the height of the family separation crisis last spring that the administration …
Paul A. Eisenstein / NBC News:
Trump's new limo cost $1.5M and comes with a fridge full of his blood type  —  Trump's new Cadillac limo cost $1.5M, weighs 20,000 lbs, and comes equipped with a fridge full of the president's own blood type.  —  When President Donald Trump rolls up to the United Nations to speak …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘F**k you all!’  Entourage actor Jeremy Piven stuns domestic violence and human trafficking survivors by going on foul-mouthed rant after his vulgar and sexual jokes fall flat while hosting charity event  — Jeremy Piven, 53, stunned guests with an expletive-filled rant …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
Trump's Triumph at the U.N.
Christian Whiton / Fox News:
Trump at UN: Elites may laugh but Americans can see through the globaloney
The Wrap:
‘NBC Nightly News’ Suffers Lowest-Rated Year Ever
Discussion: Breitbart
James Arkin / Politico:
GOP ground game focuses on abortion to turn out base
Discussion: Washington Post
Hot Air:
Kimmel's Compromise On Kavanaugh: He Gets Confirmed And We Cut His Dong Off
Discussion: Townhall and Grabien News
Lia Fernandez / WRDW-TV:
UPDATE | Neighborhood holds vigil for child shot
 Earlier Items: 
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A GOP spin on the Russia probe reads like a noir thriller — but doesn't add up
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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