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12:40 AM ET, September 26, 2018


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Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Lisa Murkowski Delivers Message: Take Kavanaugh Accusations Seriously  —  WASHINGTON — Republican Party leaders may be insisting that they will install Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, but Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is offering a blunt warning of her own …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Avenatti: I wasn't scammed  —  Michael Avenatti on Tuesday lashed out at reports that a client who was preparing to level allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was a fake and part of a ruse by an outside group targeting Avenatti.  —  “I made the determination …
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 …
William Saletan / Slate:
Kavanaugh's Drinking Should Be Investigated  —  It's possible the Supreme Court nominee was so intoxicated that he doesn't remember assaulting his accusers.  We must find out.  —  On Tuesday, President Trump dismissed the latest sexual misconduct accusation against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
John Harwood / CNBC:
Brett Kavanaugh is hard to believe
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Hot Air
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate panel schedules Kavanaugh vote for Friday
Arizona Republic:
Maricopa County prosecutor tapped to lead hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, accuser
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Megan McArdle / Washington Post:
MeToo depends on the credibility of the journalists who report on it
Discussion:, HuffPost and Denver Post
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Senate Judiciary Committee sets Kavanaugh vote for Friday
Discussion: Daily Wire, Townhall and Political Wire
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: Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:   Trump Considers Keeping Rosenstein On, Advisers Say
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.
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Trump says he has ‘no plans’ to meet with Iranian leader at the U.N.  —  NEW YORK — President Trump said Tuesday that he has “no plans” to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while both leaders are attending the annual U.N. General Assembly this week.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Deputy press secretary Raj Shah plans to leave White House after Kavanaugh confirmation hearings  —  WASHINGTON — One of the White House's most visible staffers has his eye on the exit door.  Raj Shah, a deputy press secretary who has stepped behind the podium for numerous daily briefings …
Discussion: Splinter and Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
Discussion: KTLA, and Q13 FOX News
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 …
Will Leitch / New York Magazine:
What Fresh Hell Is Barstool Sports?  —  Will Leitch's Games column runs weekly.  Email him at  —  I never saw Barstool Sports coming.  I probably should have.  I am the guy who founded Deadspin, after all, and during the years I actively ran the site …
Discussion: The Blast and Awful Announcing
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Tennessee debate highlights uphill battle as Democrats eye Senate majority  —  Party pins hopes on ex-governor Phil Bredesen, who has narrow lead in recent poll but faces tough odds in Trump-friendly state  —  The slim Democratic hopes for winning a majority in the US Senate may rest …
Discussion: CNN
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Discussion: Raw Story
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