A new NAFTA deal
The Washington Post’s David Lynch wrote that the U.S. and Canada were closing in on a new NAFTA deal as the deadline loomed.
Indeed late Sunday night, they made an agreement. You can read the full text here: United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Text. William Mauldin explained, “The new #Nafta (or ‘U.S.M.C.A.’) has 34 chapters and several annexes and side letters.”
Lots of people who knew Kavanaugh want to talk to the FBI
One of Judge Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates wrote a full statement about the Supreme Court nominee which CNN urges us to “READ.” Here’s a snippet from the statement that Erick Fernandez tweeted: "I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man's face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail."
The New York Times also covered Chad Ludington’s Statement about Kavanaugh’s Drinking and his Senate Testimony. The statement goes on to say:
“In denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth."
“If he lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences.”
Greg Sargent’s latest opinion piece at the Washington Post focuses on former FBI agents questioning the limits that have been placed on the official probe into Kavanaugh. He wonders if it’s “another Trump cover-up?” He added on Twitter: “Former FBI agents tell me limits on renewed Kavanaugh probe are highly questionable. ‘grossly incomplete, unfair to the American public’ ‘could create more controversy than it resolves’ They lay out what a real probe *should* look like.”
Former FBI director James Comey wrote his own opinion piece in the New York Times, insisting that The F.B.I. Can Do This. Jim Roberts added that “despite the limits the GOP and White House are placing on the new Kavanaugh investigation, ‘The F.B.I. is up for this. It’s not as hard as Republicans hope it will be.’”
Of course, that Trump Administration says the White House is not limiting the FBI’s probe of Kavanaugh but that it is against a “fishing expedition,” Mike DeBonis reports at the Washington Post. Noah Barkin adds that “The White House doesn’t want the FBI looking into whether Kavanaugh misled lawmakers in his Senate Judiciary Committee testimony.”
Meanwhile, Democrats Denounce the Limits on the F.B.I.’s Kavanaugh Inquiry as a “Farce,” per the New York Times’ Michael Shear.
For a full explanation into The Confusion Surrounding the F.B.I.’s Renewed Investigation of Brett Kavanaugh, read the latest from Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker. Michael Luo points out that “several people who believe they have useful information for FBI have had trouble reaching agents.” Nicholas Thompson adds, “There are lots of people who knew Kavanaugh who want to talk to the FBI. But the FBI apparently doesn't want to talk to them.”
Simone McCarthy tweets that “meanwhile, in America…” Hundreds of Migrant Children Quietly Moved to a Tent Camp on the Texas Border. The story is the work of Caitlin Dickerson at the New York Times. Elizabeth Dickinson added the “child asylum seekers are being moved to tent camps ‘under cover of darkness.’ No words.”
The madness just doesn’t stop
Meanwhile, the New York Times explains the Trump Administration is Preparing a Major Weakening of Mercury Emissions Rules. Coral Davenport tweeted, “SCOOP: @EPA has completed its legal plan to weaken regulations of mercury, a neurotoxin that causes brain damage in fetuses & children. Bonus: a #BrettKavanuagh connection!” Alexander Lobrano added, “For shame. The madness just doesn’t stop.”
Also in the New York Times, we hear that Biden is preparing for 2020. Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin wonder Can He Overcome the Hill-Thomas Hearings? Here’s a quote from the piece, as shared by Michael Tackett: "Even some of Mr. Biden’s friends say he will have to show remorse for the Hill-Thomas hearings if he wants Democrats to accept him as a leader for the future in a party sharply defined by the concerns of liberal women."
At the Washington Post, Paul Farhi asks a pressing question: The White House press room is overwhelmingly white. Does that matter?
ProPublica reports that following significant budget cuts, the IRS’s Work Against Tax Cheats is Facing “Collapse.” Jesse Eisinger and Paul Kiel wrote the story.
The retraction here is noteworthy
The Washington Times posted a retraction of their piece about Aaron Rich and the murder of Seth Rich. Gwen Moritz shared, “Conservative newspaper @WashTimes issues a retraction and apologizes for its part in spreading the cynical lie about the late Seth Rich, which was designed to deflect from the truth about Russian hacking.” Devlin Barrett added, “The retraction here is noteworthy mostly because opinions and editorials are so rarely held to the same factual standards as news stories.”
CNN adds that The Washington Times recently settled a lawsuit with Seth Rich's brother over this story. The retraction, naturally, was part of the settlement; as was an apology for its coverage.
One more thing…
Before we leave you on this eventful Monday, be sure to check out Ryan Lizza’s piece in Esquire: Devin Nunes's Family Farm Moved to Iowa, Employs Undocumented Workers.
Lizza tweets, “Devin Nunes has a secret. I went to Iowa to investigate it. Things got weird.”