👓 Stephen Miller’s Third-Grade Teacher: He Was a “Loner” and Ate Glue | Hollywood Reporter

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In 1993, Donald Trump's senior political adviser attended Santa  Monica's Franklin  Elementary, where he was "off by himself all the time."

This is sort of sad ad hominem reporting; I’m surprised to see it in the Hollywood Reporter of all places. If true, it does highlight ways in which we need to better support children both in their homes and at school to prevent poor outcomes at later times. This story and its outcome aren’t much different than socially ostracized teen boys who later turn into school shooters, but in this case the outcome is probably far worse.

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📺 Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS nomination | Washington Week | PBS

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A partisan battle over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court dominated Washington this week. The panelists discussed how the nomination process got to this point, along with what this weekend's confirmation vote could like.

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👓 The Cruelty Is the Point | The Atlantic

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Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.

A searing piece of writing here. A must-read.

This makes a compelling argument about why some humans are so painfully cruel.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: How Trump Withstands So Many Controversies | New York Times

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As President Trump faces a hailstorm of criticism over his meeting with Russia’s president, his supporters are doubling down. It’s a pattern we’ve seen before.

We really need some people to stand up to all the non-sense.

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban | New York Times

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What does the Supreme Court’s endorsement of the travel ban say about the extent of the president’s power?

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: What Migrants Are Fleeing | New York Times

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For large numbers of migrants making the journey to the U.S. from Central America, staying in their native countries is no longer an option.

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📺 Face the Nation, 9/30: Cotton, Klobuchar | CBS

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This week on “Face the Nation,” John Dickerson interviews Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Plus, our political panel will take a look at all that happened in Washington this week including the Kavanaugh, Ford hearing.

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👓 H.R. McMaster: ‘Wholly appropriate’ for Gary Cohn to remove letter from Trump’s desk | Washington Examiner

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Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Tuesday defended his ex-White House colleague Gary Cohn for removing a trade-related document from President's Trump.
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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Rod Rosenstein’s Insurrection | New York Times

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In the eight days between the firing of James Comey and the appointment of Robert Mueller, the deputy attorney general faced a crisis.

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👓 The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far | New York Times

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For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the 2016 attack: spies, leaked emails, social media fraud — and President Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax. The Times explores what we know and what it means.

A great synopsis of the Russia story going back to 2014. And if nothing else, some great artwork to go with it.

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👓 White House distances itself from reports that Trump could target Facebook, Google and Twitter with a new executive order | Washington Post

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Trump slams Google for 'RIGGED' results

The White House sought to dis­tance it­self Sat­ur­day from re­ports that President Trump is con­sid­er­ing an ex­ec­u­tive ord­er that would sub­ject tech giants like Facebook, Goo­gle and Twitter to federal in­ves­ti­gat­ions into al­leged po­lit­i­cal bias.

For weeks, top tech com­panies have been on edge, fear­ing that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion could seek to regu­late the in­dus­try in re­sponse to the president’s tweets at­tack­ing so­cial media sites for si­len­cing con­ser­va­tives online. Their worst sus­pi­cions seemed to come true Fri­day night, with the e­mer­gence of a draft ex­ec­u­tive ord­er that called for near­ly every federal a­gen­cy to study how com­panies like Facebook police their plat­forms and re­fer in­stan­ces of “bias” to the Justice Department for further study.

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👓 The White House Unified On Old Issues — And Then Started New Fights | Five Thirty Eight

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The Trump administration has deep internal conflicts. That was true when President Trump was sworn into office, and it’s true now. But the nature of those conflicts has changed: The mostly ideological fights of 2017 seem to have somewhat subsided, while issues around Russia are creating new (and maybe even bigger) fissures.
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👓 Newly Released Emails Show Brett Kavanaugh May Have Perjured Himself at Least Four Times | The Daily Beast

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Formerly confidential emails have been released that show the Supreme Court nominee contradicting statements he made under oath to the Senate.
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👓 So No One’s Going to Ask Brett Kavanaugh How He Got Into Massive Debt by Allegedly Buying Baseball Tickets? | Slate

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One big personal issue has been absent from the potential Supreme Court justice's confirmation hearing.
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