Situational awareness: Brett Kavanaugh is gliding smoothly toward a seat on the Supreme Court, Axios' Sam Baker reports. Democrats have landed few, if any, punches during today's hearing and all signs continue to point to a quick, relatively painless confirmation largely along party lines.
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History in front of your eyes ... Pushing Bob Woodward's "Fear" momentarily out of the cyle ... The New York Times published an unprecedented anonymous op-ed today by a senior Trump administration official who claims membership in an effort to actively undermine the president.
Why it matters: It's not normal for the Times to publish an anonymous staffer bagging on the president — and the fact that the Times permitted anonymity suggests they're taking this person's words seriously.
From the op-ed:
The big picture: "[S]uccesses have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective."
The bottom line: "Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment... But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis."
Be smart: Trump already feeds on "Deep State" conspiracy theories. This is unprecedented ammunition for Trump's fiercest defenders to send him over the top.
Flashback: Why top White House officials won't quit Trump [Axios, August 2017]
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An empty seat for Google at today's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about foreign interference on social media platforms.
The NFL regular season starts tomorrow, and fans will have a much easier time watching online, the AP reports:
P.S. Nike has released its first ad with Colin Kaepernick as the pitchman for the "Just Do It" 30th anniversary campaign. Watch it.