Michael Caputo, Ken Klukowski, Ben Domenech & Derek Hunter on The Larry O’Connor Show 09.06.18

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I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration (NYT)

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. [Read More]

Booker releases ‘confidential’ Kavanaugh documents (The Hill)

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday released emails from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a White House counsel, escalating a heated fight over his documents.

Booker released approximately 12 pages of emails tied to discussions Kavanaugh had on racial inequality including one email thread titled “racial profiling.” [Read More]

Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook (PEW Research)

Significant shares of Facebook users have taken steps in the past year to reframe their relationship with the social media platform.

Just over half of Facebook users ages 18 and older (54%) say they have adjusted their privacy settings in the past 12 months, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Around four-in-ten (42%) say they have taken a break from checking the platform for a period of several weeks or more, while around a quarter (26%) say they have deleted the Facebook app from their cellphone. All told, some 74% of Facebook users say they have taken at least one of these three actions in the past year.

The findings come from a survey of U.S. adults conducted May 29-June 11, following revelations that the former consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had collected data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their knowledge. [Read More]

The Warm Blanket Of Anonymity (The Federalist)

The New York Times’ decision to publish an anonymous op-ed from a resistance official inside the Trump administration has had its intended effect: total takeover of the conversation. Sorry, Bob Woodward. Senior White House officials are scrambling to deny authoring the piece.  White House officials like Sarah Huckabee Sanders are calling for the author to fess up and resign.  And surprisingly enough, people like David Frum agree – maintaining that holding this view while continuing to work for the president is a Constitutional Crisis. 

I have a more restrained view, because this whole thing strikes me as an exercise in fart-sniffing that is patently ridiculous. This op-ed is designed to set up a post-November “I AM IRON MAN” moment where the individual – whose importance within the government is probably significant, but whose name ID is probably next to nil (otherwise a public resignation would, you know, send a message) – unveils themselves before the eyes of the people and reaps the media tour benefits of the Sally Yates who have prepared the way.  [Read More]

Burt Reynolds, Movie Star Who Played It for Grins, Dies at 82 (The Hollywood Reporter)

The ex-jock from Florida starred in ‘Deliverance’ and ‘Boogie Nights’ but preferred making such populist, fun fare as ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ ‘The Cannonball Run’ and ‘Starting Over.’

Burt Reynolds, the charismatic star of such films as DeliveranceThe Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit who set out to have as much fun as possible on and off the screen — and wildly succeeded — has died. He was 82.

Reynolds, who received an Oscar nomination when he portrayed porn director Jack Horner in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997) and was the No. 1 box-office attraction for a five-year stretch starting in the late 1970s, died Thursday morning at Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, his manager, Erik Kritzer, told The Hollywood Reporter.  [Read More]

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