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9:15 AM ET, October 3, 2018


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Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
FBI expands inquiry into Ford allegations  —  (CNN)The FBI is expanding its inquiry into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh beyond the initial four interviews that the White House directed to be conducted.  —  The efforts come as anticipation builds …
Discussion: National Review and KRTV-TV
Fox News:
Christine Blasey Ford ex-boyfriend says she helped friend prep for potential polygraph; Grassley sounds alarm  —  In a letter released Tuesday and obtained by Fox News, an ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault …
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD'S EX-BOYFRIEND TOLD SENATE JUDICIARY HE WITNESSED HER COACH A FRIEND ON POLYGRAPHS  —  An ex-boyfriend of Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford told Senate investigators he witnessed her coach a friend on how to take a polygraph, contradicting her sworn testimony …
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Probe of Kavanaugh Is Expected to Wrap Up Very Soon  —  People familiar with the process said Tuesday that the FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh could wrap up very soon, well ahead of the end-of week deadline.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP senators use Kavanaugh to beat back primary challengers in 2020  —  The lawmakers know that one way to fend off a Trump-fueled primary challenge is to back the Supreme Court nominee.  —  Senate Republicans are making an aggressive play to ward off primary challenges in 2020 …
Margot Cleveland / USA Today:
Christine Blasey Ford's changing Kavanaugh assault story leaves her short on credibility  —  Put aside Christine Blasey Ford's emotional performance.  Her testimony revealed her as a witness whose memories change at her convenience.  —  CONNECT  —  When Christine Blasey Ford testified …
NBC News:
Dozens of potential sources of information have not been contacted by the FBI in Kavanaugh investigation  —  With the investigation winding down, multiple individuals who have tried to contact the bureau have not heard back.  —  WASHINGTON — More than 40 people with potential information …
Discussion: HuffPost, New York Times and Splinter
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
Flake Reacts To Trump's Mockery Of Blasey Ford: 'It's Kind Of Appalling'  —  Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), one of the crucial senators who could switch sides and sink the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, described President Donald Trump's mockery of accuser Professor Blasey Ford as “kind of appalling.”
NBC News:
FBI could wrap up Kavanaugh probe as early as Tuesday night  —  The FBI was given a week to probe allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee, but sources say the agency could finish early.  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI could wrap up its supplemental background investigation …
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Republicans on Senate panel release explicit statement about Kavanaugh accuser's sex life  —  In an unprecedented move, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday released an explicit statement that purports to describe the sexual preferences of a woman who has accused Supreme …
Brian Ries / CNN:
Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault testimony at Mississippi rally
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI navigates political minefield and deadline in Kavanaugh inquiry
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
2 Of Brett Kavanaugh's Former Classmates Withdraw Support For Him
Scott Thistle / Press Herald:   Collins walks a political tightrope with Kavanaugh decision
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Rachel Mitchell expertly eviscerates the case against Kavanaugh
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Does it matter what Kavanaugh did in high school? Well, yes.
Discussion: The Atlantic and Vox
New poll: Florida Gov., Senate races too close to call
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father  —  The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today's dollars from his father's real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.
New York Times:
11 Takeaways From The Times's Investigation Into Trump's Wealth
Daily Mail:
YOU'RE HIRED! Trump earned $200,000 a year at age three, and was a millionaire by eight
Discussion: Chicks On The Right
New York Times:
Kavanaugh's 1983 Letter Offers Inside Look at High School Clique  —  The beachfront property was rented, the guests were invited and an ever-organized Brett M. Kavanaugh had some advice for the seven Georgetown Preparatory School classmates who would be joining him for the weeklong escapade.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Jason Kander:
I Suffer From Depression and Have PTSD Symptoms  —  After 11 years, I'm finally ready to do something about it  —  About four months ago, I contacted the VA to get help.  It had been about 11 years since I left Afghanistan as an Army Intelligence Officer, and my tour over there still impacted me every day.
Trump's 2020 dreams  —  President Trump is increasingly fantasizing in public and private about his 2020 campaign, using midterm rallies to talk as excitedly about his own re-election in 2020 as he does about the 2018 races that are just 34 days away.  —  What he's saying: Last night in Mississippi …
Associated Press:
Mueller shedding more attorneys in Russia investigation  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is shedding more attorneys, another sign that his team of prosecutors has begun winding down parts of their investigation.  —  Two prosecutors detailed to the Russia investigation …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Rosenstein to meet with House Republicans on Oct. 11
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Bar Association Questioned Kavanaugh's Temperament and Honesty in 2006  —  WASHINGTON — When Brett M. Kavanaugh was preparing for his second confirmation hearing for a seat on a federal appeals court in 2006, he got some unwelcome news.  The American Bar Association, which had earlier given him its highest rating, had reconsidered.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bobby Allyn / WHYY:
Former Gov. Ed Rendell says ‘arrest me first’ for backing supervised injection facility  —  One major question that has loomed over Philadelphia's support of opening the country's first supervised injection facility has been who would assume the legal risk of the nonprofit overseeing the site …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
You Idiot Reporters Are Making It Worse  —  Every 15 seconds, you're demonstrating why millions of people love it when Trump calls you the fake news.  —  Before I get started, let me clarify something.  Groupthink, mob behavior, panic, etc. have a powerful capacity to make smart people dumb.
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
I Know Brett Kavanaugh, but I Wouldn't Confirm Him  —  If I were a senator, I would not vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.  —  These are words I write with no pleasure, but with deep sadness.  Unlike many people who will read them with glee—as validating preexisting political, philosophical …
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
Fake News Comes to Academia  —  How three scholars gulled academic journals to publish hoax papers on ‘grievance studies.’  —  The existence of a monthly journal focused on “feminist geography” is a sign of something gone awry in academia.  The journal in question—Gender, Place & Culture …
Discussion: National Review
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
Nafta Rewrite Eases Threat of Auto Tariffs on U.S. Economy  —  Prospect of 25% levy on imports from Mexico and Canada had weighed heavily on industry and consumers  —  The successful rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement lifts a cloud hanging over a significant portion …
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Discussion: The Atlantic, NPR and Vox
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Corker predicts Kavanaugh will be confirmed, says Dems ‘overplayed their hand’
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Days before trade deal, Trump said Canada's foreign minister ‘hates America’
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
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Discussion: Instapundit and Mother Jones
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Michael Bloomberg jolts Senate battle with $20 million for Democrats