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6:40 PM ET, September 19, 2018


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NBC News:
Accuser's schoolmate says she recalls hearing of alleged Kavanaugh incident  —  Cristina King Miranda says she recalls it being discussed at their school, but has no first-hand knowledge of the alleged assault by Brett Kavanaugh.  —  WASHINGTON — A former schoolmate of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser wrote …
Maria Caspani / Reuters:
Opposition to Kavanaugh grows, support at historic low: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - A growing number of Americans said they opposed President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as the candidate's confirmation hearings took place and as he fended off a sexual assault claim, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
Former classmate of Kavanaugh's denies being at party in sexual assault allegation  —  (CNN)In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, another former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh's denies attending a party like the one described in the allegation made by Christine Blasey Ford …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans have no good options on Brett Kavanaugh  —  Led by President Trump, Republicans are increasingly suggesting that the timing of Christine Blasey Ford's accusation against Brett Kavanaugh is suspicious.  There are plenty of reasons to doubt that theory — most notably the fact …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Debunking 5 Viral Rumors About Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's Accuser  —  Dr. Blasey has been the target of widespread social media disinformation since she came forward with accusations of sexual assault against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee.
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and ThinkProgress
Nancy Cook / Politico:15 minutes ago
'We're very confident:' Trump, GOP growing more bullish about Kavanaugh's survival  —  Even as a political storm rages on, Trump and his allies believe his Supreme Court nominee can weather an allegation of sexual assault and win Senate confirmation.  —  President Donald Trump is growing …
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
Portrait of Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford: Thorough, Guarded, Accomplished Academic  —  Dr. Ford built a quiet life in California as a research psychologist  —  Christine Blasey Ford sent an unusual Facebook message to her best college friend this summer with a question …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
The FBI did investigate Anita Hill's accusation, and it took 3 days
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Tightening Texas race boosts Democrats' hopes of taking Senate: Reuters poll
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
‘I told her that I believed her’: Calif. lawmaker describes meeting with Kavanaugh accuser
Discussion: HuffPost, Vox, The Atlantic and Politico
Heidi Feldman /
Cover Dr. Blasey's security costs
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans seem to have the votes to move forward with Brett Kavanaugh15 minutes ago
Discussion: ABC News, Weekly Standard and USA Today
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Democrats' smash and smear agenda reaches new heights
Kathryn Lundstrom / The Texas Tribune:
Beto O'Rourke leads Ted Cruz by 2 among likely voters in U.S. Senate race, new poll finds
Discussion: Common Dreams and Booman Tribune
The Hill:
READ: President Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV  —  covered a range of topics in an extensive Oval Office interview on Tuesday with Hill.TV's John Solomon and Buck Sexton.  —  Here is the extended conversation, which took place late Tuesday afternoon following the president's press conference …
Elizabeth Bruenig / Washington Post:
What do we owe her now?  —  About that night  —  Aug. 11, 2006, was a sweltering Friday night in the midst of a long, fatally hot summer.  A 16-year-old girl reported that she was raped that night, in a storage shed off a dirt road in my hometown of Arlington, Tex. Nobody was ever prosecuted for it …
The Hill:
Hill.TV INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Trump eviscerates Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'  —  in an Oval Office interview with Hill.TV launched one of his most ferocious broadsides to date against Jeff Sessions  —  , suggesting the attorney general was essentially AWOL and performing badly on a variety of issues.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
‘The Apprentice’ book excerpt: At CIA's ‘Russia House,’ growing alarm about 2016 election interference  —  The warren of cubicles was secured behind a metal door.  The name on the hallway placard had changed often over the years, most recently designating the space as part of the Mission Center for Europe and Eurasia.
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
New York Review of Books Editor Is Out Amid Uproar Over #MeToo Essay  —  Ian Buruma, the editor of The New York Review of Books, left his position on Wednesday amid an uproar over the magazine's publication of an essay by a disgraced Canadian radio broadcaster who had been accused of sexually assaulting and battering women.
Michael Hobbes / Highline:
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong  —  From the 16th century to the 19th, scurvy killed around 2 million sailors, more than warfare, shipwrecks and syphilis combined.  It was an ugly, smelly death, too, beginning with rattling teeth and ending with a body so rotted out from the inside …
Discussion: Unfogged
The Hill:
Trump slams Bush for ‘worst single mistake’ in U.S. history  —  took a little time during a policy-rich interview in the Oval Office to give his take on the biggest mistake in American history.  —  Was it the Civil War?  Nah.  The failure to stop Sept. 11?  Nope.  How about Pearl Harbor?
Discussion: Mediaite
The Sun:
SANDS CRAZY Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the SAHARA to solve Europe's migrant crisis, Spanish minster claims  —  Respected Foreign minister Josep Borrell claims the US President suggested building an insanely immense barrier across North Africa to curb the numbers of African migrants surging into Europe
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Natalia Penza / Daily Express:   Spain reveals Trump planned WALL in Sahara Desert to deal with Europe's ‘migrant problem’
Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Lawmaker: US Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers  —  A U.S. lawmaker says foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and that the Senate's security office won't help defend them.  —  Senator Ron Wyden says in a letter …
Discussion: Axios
Mark D. Wilson / Austin American-Statesman:
BREAKING: Austin man at center of 3D-printed gun debate faces sex assault charge  —  Cody Wilson, an Austin man whose fight over 3D-printed guns thrust him into the national spotlight, faces a charge of sexual assault, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Travis County district court on Wednesday.
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Cody Wilson, 3-D Printed Gun Advocate, Charged With Child Sexual Abuse
New York Times:
The Five Battlefields for Control of the House  —  The sizzling-hot day in the Santa Clarita Valley seemed far away inside the air-conditioned food court where Victoria Rust, 57, waited for a cheese pizza.  Seeking refuge from the scorching heat is a familiar exercise for voters …
Discussion: CNBC and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Woman fatally stabbed in D.C.'s popular Logan Circle neighborhood  —  A woman jogging in the Logan Circle neighborhood in Northwest Washington was fatally stabbed Tuesday evening in what police said was probably a random attack.  —  Wendy K. Martinez, 35, was attacked just before 8 p.m …
Pompeo cracks down, on improper use, of commas at State Department  —  Washington (CNN)Iran, North Korea, Syria and ... commas.  While Mike Pompeo is focused on a number of key geopolitical concerns, an email obtained by CNN suggests that the secretary of state also appears to have had it …
Bill Novak /
Active shooter reported at Middleton office building, multiple ambulances sent  —  Police and multiple ambulances were sent Wednesday morning to a Middleton office building on reports of an active shooter in the building, authorities reported.  —  The 911 Communications Center said at about 10:30 …
Jon Caramanica / New York Times:
R.I.P., the Celebrity Profile  —  All glossy magazine superstar covers may look the same from a distance, but inside, you're never quite sure what you'll find.  —  Take the October issue of GQ, which features Paul McCartney.  For decades he has leaned on familiar Beatles anecdotes …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Project Veritas:
Deep State Unmasked: Leaks at HHS; DOJ Official Resists “From Inside,” DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning...referred to Inspector General.”  —  [This post contains video, click to play]  —  DOJ: “These allegations are deeply concerning...referred to Inspector General.”
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
Lawmaker: US Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers   Find
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Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
Ex-Harper's Editor Says Staff Was ‘Sidelined’ During Hockenberry, Roiphe Pieces
U.S. Department of Justice:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks at the Valor Survive and Thrive Conference
Discussion: Raw Story
John Harwood / CNBC:
Former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel warns Trump may order military action in Venezuela for political gain
Discussion: Raw Story
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNNMoney:
Walmart is where the trade war comes home
Discussion:, KTLA and CNN
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
GOP frets about prospects for picking up Indiana Senate seat
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
'I'd Do Her': Mike Bloomberg and the Underbelly of #MeToo
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Roll Call and Vox
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Hillary Clinton: Trump will ‘wholesale fire people’ after midterm election
Discussion: LifeZette, AOL and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
California Gov. Brown on Trump: 'Something's got to happen to this guy...he's going to undermine America'
Discussion: Sean Hannity and The Daily Caller
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed News Cuts Podcasting Team to Focus on Video
Tim Smith / USA Today:
2 detainees drown in sheriff's van amid flooding, brings Florence death toll to 37
Discussion: Splinter
Max Adler / Golf Digest:
For Valentino Dixon, a wrong righted
Discussion: Deadspin, The Week and Boing Boing
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