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3:20 PM ET, September 25, 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 …
New York Times:
Kavanaugh's Yearbook Page Is ‘Horrible, Hurtful’ to a Woman It Named  —  Brett Kavanaugh's page in his high school yearbook offers a glimpse of the teenage years of the man who is now President Trump's Supreme Court nominee: lots of football, plenty of drinking, parties at the beach.
GOP hires female attorney to question Kavanaugh accuser  —  Republicans, however, won't name the questioner.  —  Senate Republicans have hired an attorney to use as a questioner of Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday's high-stakes hearing on sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
New York Times Hid Multiple Key Facts In Kavanaugh Yearbook Hit  —  A New York Times article scrutinizing inside jokes in the 1983 yearbook of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Georgetown Preparatory School hid multiple problems with its claims.  —  A New York Times article scrutinizing …
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Supreme Court Fight Goes Prime Time With Kavanaugh's Fox News Interview  —  Even the toughest Supreme Court confirmation battles never quite came to this: a grim-faced nominee, stoic wife at his side, going on national television and describing when, approximately, he lost his virginity.
Congressman Cramer on Kavanaugh and more  —  Congressman Kevin Cramer made some national headlines for comments made about one of Kavanaugh's accusers - Dr Ford.  Tonight Congressman Cramer addresses his comments, his Point of View on Judge Kavanaugh, the #TradeWar and the future of the Farm Bill.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Yale roommate says he believes second accuser
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
What Brett Kavanaugh should have said
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Townhall
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Republican Senators Hire A Woman To Question Christine Blasey Ford
Discussion: New York Times, Daily Kos and AOL
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Kavanaugh's fate rests with Sen. Collins
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump attacks second Kavanaugh accuser, saying she ‘has nothing’ and was ‘totally inebriated’
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.
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump bragged about his presidency and world leaders laughed  —  World leaders laughed Tuesday after President Donald Trump said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly that his administration had accomplished more than any other in American history.
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC News
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Trump 'didn't expect' to get laughed at while speaking at the UN  — President Donald Trump appeared to go off-script after boasting about his administration's accomplishments.  — He went on to defend his June meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and some of the controversial moves he's made at the United Nations.
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
At United Nations, Trump rejects constraints imposed by other nations, says U.S. will act to counter ‘global control’
Discussion: USA Today
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
UN audience literally bursts out laughing at Trump's speech
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump 'didn't expect' UN speech reaction he got
Discussion: New Republic, FOX40 and KTVQ-TV
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
UN audience laughs when Trump boasts of achievements
Poolreports / Public Pool:
Subject: WH print pool report #8 — quotes on Iran and Kavanaugh from pool spray with Columbian leader
Alex Ward / Vox:
Read Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly
Chris Francescani / ABC News:
Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison with no bail during appeals  —  Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in state prison by a Pennsylvania judge who had designated the comedian a “sexually violent predator.”  —  Judge Steven O'Neill sentenced Cosby in a Norristown …
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:   Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era
Tyler McCarthy / Fox News:   Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years for drugging, sexually assaulting Andrea Constand
Nicole Weisensee Egan / The Daily Beast:
Bill Cosby Victim Andrea Constand Gives Impact Statement: He ‘Took My Beautiful Spirit and Crushed It’
Discussion: Press Association
New York Times:
Supreme Confusion  —  Revelations about Brett Kavanaugh and Rod Rosenstein got the week started on a tumultuous note.  Where are we headed now?  —  Bret Stephens: Good morning, Gail.  I know we'll have plenty to say about Blasey v. Kavanaugh today, but, first, Rod Rosenstein!
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: The DOJ's full Rod Rosenstein exit statement  —  The full text of the Rod Rosenstein exit statement, drafted by Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores and sent to the White House Monday morning, has been reviewed by Axios.  —  Its veracity has been confirmed by three sources close …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Tight Race in CD07  —  Dem running strong against Tea Party incumbent  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Democrat Abigail Spanberger holds a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Dave Brat in the race for Virginia's 7th Congressional District, according to the Monmouth University Poll.
Jessie Van Berkel / Star Tribune:
Star Tribune sues to unseal Ellison's divorce records  —  Ellison, Democratic candidate for attorney general accused by ex-girlfriend of abuse, was divorced in 2012.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  The Star Tribune has joined a legal effort to unseal the divorce records of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the Democratic candidate for attorney general.
Padma Lakshmi / New York Times:
I Was Raped at 16 and I Kept Silent  —  I understand why a woman would wait years to disclose a sexual assault.  —  Ms. Lakshmi is an A.C.L.U. ambassador for immigration and women's rights.  —  When I was 16 years old, I started dating a guy I met at the Puente Hills Mall in a Los Angeles suburb.
Discussion: Observer, AOL and Full Feed
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
NBC News poll: It's neck-and-neck in the Arizona Senate race  —  Among likely voters, Kyrsten Sinema has 48 percent support compared with 45 percent for Martha McSally, within the poll's margin of error.  —  WASHINGTON — Arizona's closely watched Senate race is a statistical tie …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Has Removed More Than A Dozen Big Conservative And Liberal Political Pages  —  Facebook has removed over a dozen American hyperpartisan liberal and conservative pages with more than 30 million combined fans after discovering they were administered by the same fake account …
Ben Steverman / BloombergQuint:
Millennials Are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet  —  (Bloomberg) — Americans under the age of 45 have found a novel way to rebel against their elders: They're staying married.  —  New data show younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
Rand Paul Wants to Scrap Some U.S. Sanctions on Russia
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
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Andrew Rettman / EUobserver:
Cyprus: Russia's EU weak link?
Juan Escalante / HuffPost:
If You Care About Immigrants, Prove It In The Midterm Elections
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Mic Fires Reporter After ‘Multiple, Disturbing Allegations’ of Misconduct
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Europe Plans ‘Special Vehicle’ to Maintain Companies' Ties to Iran, Avoid U.S. Sanctions
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Axios
Goldstone: I thought only Don Jr. would read email
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Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed News:
A Colorado Republican Has Defied Political Gravity For Years. Trump Could Send Him Crashing Down.
Project Veritas:
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Discussion: Breitbart, The Gateway Pundit and IJR
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Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
The Abandoned World of 1982  —  We are invited now to consider …
Laura Kipnis / New York Times:
What Ian Buruma's Departure Will Cost Us
Discussion: Spectator USA and The Guardian
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
There's a suburban tsunami driving 2018
Discussion: New York Times