FAKE RANCHER OF THE DAY. Democratic Senator Jon Tester comes for the cred of his GOP challenger Matt Rosendale.
FEAR. Bob Woodward book breaks sales record: ‘Bob Woodward’s in-depth and unflattering look at President Donald Trump’s White House just broke a 94-year sales record. The celebrated Watergate reporter’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” boasted higher pre-order sales than any other title in the history of its publisher, Simon & Schuster, the company said Wednesday. The tell-all book, released Sept. 11, sold more than 750,000 copies in its first day on sale, according to a press release from the company.’
ROYAL MYSTERY. Does Meghan Markle pick up dog poop?
MANAFORT PLEA DEAL. Giuliani claims Trump sees no danger in it: “We can see a reason why he might want to do that. What’s the need for another trial?” Giuliani said in an interview late Wednesday. “They’ve got enough to put him in jail. His lawyer is going to argue they shouldn’t. The judge should decide this. Not Mueller. I think it’s pretty clear if they were going to get anything from him they’d have gotten it already. What’s the point of further harassing him?”
TRANSGENDER PASSPORTS. State Department makes ominous change to website: ‘In its place is a new website—entitled “Sex Designation Change”—that uses the outmoded term “sex change” rather than “gender transition,” goes out of its way to highlight the exclusion of non-binary people, and removes links to major medical associations that support transition-related health care. What doesn’t appear to have changed is the substance of the policy: Transgender people can still change the gender markers on their passports without surgery. Which begs the question: Why mess with the website?
CARDINAL DOLAN. Gay priests are not the “sole root” of the church’s sexual abuse crisis.
NY Archbishop Cardinal Dolan tells @camanpour that gay priests are not the sole root of the issue when it comes to sex abuse in the church: “This isn’t about gay or straight. This is about right and wrong … you don’t abuse a minor. You don’t do that” https://t.co/MHOmqguVr8 pic.twitter.com/AlThI8Wh1J
— CNN International (@cnni) September 13, 2018
TRIPLED IN SIZE. Trump administration will triple the size of its child prison camp.
LAST EVER PRESIDENT. Michael Moore talks to Chris Hayes: “I think that we have someone in the White House who has no respect for the rule of law, who dislikes democracy by an incredible degree, which doesn’t make him really any that much different from other billionaires or CEOs because their businesses are not democracies. They rule by fiat. They decide, they make the calls and they don’t like anybody else having a say. They also like to take home the bulk of the money, with them. So this is — putting somebody like that in charge of a democracy is a very dangerous thing, and especially, it’s more dangerous with him because he has a complete lack of ideology.”
SEPTEMBER 20. Vote on Brett Kavanaugh scheduled: “Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley set up a final committee vote for President Donald Trump’s high court pick for a Sept. 20 panel vote. The full Senate will vote on Kavanaugh shortly after, as soon as the last week of September.Senate Democrats tried to delay committee business in a last-ditch bid to stall the Supreme Court nominee, but Grassley seized control of the committee upon its opening and immediately moved to tee up a vote on Kavanaugh next week.”
HENRY CAVILL. Cryptic Superman video.
RUSSIA. Pussy Riot activist treated for possible poisoning: “Ekho Moskvy radio and online news portal Meduza reported Wednesday that Pyotr Verzilov has been in emergency care since late Tuesday. They quoted a fellow Pussy Riot member, Veronika Nikulshina, as saying Verzilov’s symptoms included losing his eyesight and ability to speak.”
TEL AVIV. The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 city!
BURIED BEEF OF THE DAY. Christina Aguilera said she’d do a duet with Britney Spears.
TRAILER OF THE DAY. Amazon Prime’s The Romanoffs, from the creator of Mad Men.
THIRSTY THURSDAY. Rakeem.