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2:10 PM ET, October 18, 2018


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Jamal Khashoggi / Washington Post:
What the Arab world needs most is free expression  —  I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi's translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul.  The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together.
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Aide to Saudi Crown Prince, Suspect in Khashoggi Case, Is Shown Walking into Consulate  —  A frequent companion of Saudi Arabia's crown prince entered its Istanbul consulate just hours before the dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi disappeared inside, according to a time-stamped photograph published …
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Saudi who arrived in Turkey day of Khashoggi disappearance dies in ‘traffic accident’ … One of the 15 Saudis who arrived in Turkey the same day Jamal Khashoggi disappeared has died in a “suspicious traffic accident” and the Saudi consul in Istanbul could be the “next execution,” according to Turkish media reports.
Katy O'Donnell / Politico:
Mnuchin says he won't go to Saudi conference amid tension over Khashoggi disappearance  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he will not attend an investment summit in Saudi Arabia next week, marking the Trump administration's first decisive rebuke to the Saudis over the disappearance …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
A President Kowtowing to a Mad Prince  —  Trump is providing cover for Saudi barbarism.  —  American presidents have periodically engaged in cover-ups of their own corruption or licentiousness, but President Trump is breaking new ground.  He is using the United States government to cover up a foreign despot's barbarism.
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Crown prince under scrutiny in journalist's disappearance even as Saudis search for exculpatory explanation  —  The Trump administration and the Saudi royal family are searching for a mutually agreeable explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — one that will avoid implicating …
Ahval:   Saudi suspect in Khashoggi disappearance reportedly dies in car accident - pro-gov't Yeni afak
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
Trump's Jamal Khashoggi reaction sure makes him seem bought and paid for by Saudi Arabia10 minutes ago
Washington Post:   Secret recordings give insight into Saudi attempt to silence critics
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Conservative Group's Closed-Door ‘Training’ of Judicial Clerks Draws Concern  —  The conservative legal movement has long cultivated law students and young lawyers, partly to ensure a deep bench of potential judicial nominees  —  A bipartisan Senate truce has fallen apart as Republicans renew …
Discussion: New Republic and Law & Crime
Liz Mair / The Daily Beast:
Dear God, Hillary Clinton.  Please, Just Go.  —  No one benefits from her latest venture back onto the political scene.  —  We're three weeks out from the 2018 midterm election, and Hillary Clinton is popping up again like a Halloween ghoul who keeps rising from the grave to terrorize the American public …
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Master Class in Distraction
Discussion: Mother Jones, Althouse and CNN
The Guardian:
Revealed: Russian billionaire set up US company before Trump Tower meeting  —  Aras Agalarov, who attended the meeting with Donald Trump Jr in June 2016, formed a shell company with an accountant who has had clients accused of money laundering and embezzlement
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Heidi Cruz Didn't Plan for This  —  A whole new world—that is what Ted Cruz wanted to give her.  —  It was the spring of 2001, and Heidi Nelson was planning her nuptials to the man she'd met just over a year earlier.  On Christmas break from Harvard Business School, she'd encountered …
Joel Ebert / The Tennessean:
New Vanderbilt poll finds Bredesen with narrow edge over Blackburn in Senate race  —  A look at the several polls detailing the race of Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen for U.S. Senate Michael Schwab, The Tennessean  —  Democratic nominee Phil Bredesen has a slight edge over Republican Marsha Blackburn …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Believed His Stormy Daniels ‘Horseface’ Tweet Was Politically Brilliant  —  The president workshopped it before tweeting it out.  And he doesn't care about the angry reactions.  —  Donald Trump caught various West Wing officials off-guard on Tuesday when he decided to describe …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Forecasting the midterms: Uncertainty with a chance of finger-pointing  —  Ahead of the November 6 elections, CJR invited writers to spotlight stories that deserve closer scrutiny, in their states and beyond, before voters cast their ballots.  Read dispatches from “States of the Union” here.
Paul Hammel / Omaha World-Herald:
Nebraska's new tourism pitch: 'Honestly, it's not for everyone'  —  “Like Stonehenge, but a newer model,” says this example of a new Nebraska tourism ad that shows Carhenge near Alliance.  The first ads of the new campaign will roll out in January.  —  NEBRASKA CITY — Nebraska's …
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Trump's Focus on a Washington Building Project Draws Scrutiny  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly two years before he would begin his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump arrived in Washington to show off his plans for a luxury hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue under a deal he had reached to lease the site from the General Services Administration.
Matthew DeFour /
Fourth former Scott Walker secretary comes forward to criticize governor  —  A fourth former secretary for Gov. Scott Walker has come forward to criticize the Republican governor after resigning from his job leading Madison's economic development agency in order to speak more freely.
Discussion: Raw Story
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Rosenstein talks to press, but not to Congress; Republicans irate  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein doesn't give many press interviews.  But he did, on Wednesday, invite a Wall Street Journal reporter to the Justice Department for what the Journal called an “expansive” conversation.
Lauren Fox / CNN:
Trump more involved in stopping FBI HQ move than previously known, emails show  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump was more instrumental than previously known in scrapping plans to move the FBI headquarters out of Washington to the DC suburbs, according to newly released internal government emails.
Discussion: Raw Story
MN-01: “Owns”  —  Paid for by the NRCC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Kristen Taketa /
La Jolla Elementary School principal apologizes for email warning parents about a black man at Starbucks  —  La Jolla Elementary School (U-T files) … The La Jolla Elementary School principal apologized this week for an email to parents that she says unintentionally perpetuated stereotypes about black people.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Senate Truce Collapses as G.O.P. Rush to Confirm More Judges Begins Anew  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats struck a deal last week with Republicans that saw the quick confirmation of 15 more conservative judges in exchange for a rapid flight to the campaign trail.
Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer / New York Times:
Eight Stories of Men's Regret  —  Late on the Friday afternoon of Sept. 21, the same week that Christine Blasey Ford went public with accusations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, The New York Times invited male readers to tell us about their high school experiences.
The Harvard Crimson:
In Admissions, Harvard Favors Those Who Fund It, Internal Emails Show  —  In one 2013 email headlined “My Hero,” former Kennedy School Dean Ellwood thanked Harvard's admissions dean for his help accepting a set of students with very particular qualifications.  “[Redacted] and [redacted] are all big wins.
Hunter Woodall / Kansas City Star:
Another former GOP governor of Kansas just endorsed Dem Laura Kelly over Kris Kobach  —  A second former Republican governor of Kansas is spurning Kris Kobach's run for the office in favor of Democrat Laura Kelly's candidacy.  —  Former Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden, who served from 1987 to 1991 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
GOP congressman tells incarcerated woman he has it worse because of attack ads  —  Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), who is locked in a toss-up re-election race against Democrat Abigail Spanberger, met with members of an addiction support group during a recent visit to the Chesterfield County Jail.
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Netflix braces for investigation into workplace culture  —  The media company has been a runaway success in recent years, but The Wall Street Journal is looking behind the scenes to see what its employees think.  —  Netflix executives have been telling employees to brace …
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
The Afghanistan War Is Over.  We Lost.  —  The Taliban, which knows the U.S. is desperate to leave, just attacked a meeting between Afghan officials and the top U.S. military commander.  —  America has lost the war in Afghanistan.  Washington may not want to admit it, and the U.S. military insists the conflict is a “stalemate.”
Greendale High School student suspended after she says she was called the N-word  —  To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video  —  GREENDALE, Wis. (CBS 58) — The suspension of a black student at Greendale High School …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
The Advocate:
Our Views: Back three changes in constitution  —  When voters go to the polls in November, six constitutional amendments will be on ballots in Louisiana.  —  That's not as many as in some years, and several involve relatively small matters, but there is a long-standing trend …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Menendez Leads Hugin for Senate  —  Trump more important factor to voters than incumbent  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Bob Menendez holds a lead of between 9 and 12 points over Bob Hugin in the former's bid for a third full term in the U.S. Senate, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
State Department provided ‘clearly false’ statements to derail requests for Clinton docs, ‘shocked’ federal judge says  —  In a combative exchange at a hearing Friday in Washington, D.C., a federal judge unabashedly accused career State Department officials of lying and signing “clearly false” …
Greg Norman / Fox News:
Trump threatens to call US military to close southern border as 4,000-strong migrant caravan pushes north  —  President Trump warned Thursday he will “call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER” with Mexico if officials there don't stop the northward flow of a growing migrant …
How America's top CEOs are spending their own money on the midterm elections  —  Many U.S. chief executives fly a markedly Democratic or Republican flag in their political spending  —  Company executives often steer clear of any appearance of partisanship, in large part …
Discussion: Breitbart
Annie Lowrey / The Atlantic:
Kamala Harris's Trump-Size Tax Plan  —  Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat and potential 2020 presidential contender, has a Trump-size tax plan of her own.  —  Harris is offering a kind of fun-house-mirror inversion of the sweeping Republican tax initiative, one that would …
Discussion: CNBC
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The 2018 Midterms Are All About Trump  —  In its final stages, the tumultuous 2018 midterm election appears to be moving in contradictory directions, with Democrats and Republicans alike finding legitimate reasons for optimism amid the daily flurry of new polls.
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
The Proud Boys, The GOP And ‘The Fascist Creep’  —  Gavin McInnes spoke at a GOP club, then his followers violently attacked leftist protesters.  Modern American fascism finds its foot soldiers.  —  NEW YORK — Gavin McInnes, the founder of the violent neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Bernie 2016 alums wary of 2020 sequel  —  Bernie Sanders has a problem as he decides whether to run in 2020: Many of his former staffers are looking elsewhere.  —  With the Vermont senator kicking off a nine-state tour on Friday with stops in Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and California …
Discussion: National Review and NTK Network
Julia Craven / HuffPost:15 minutes ago
Here's A Running List Of Racist Attacks On Candidates Of Color  —  Some attacks are coded.  Others are clear.  —  People of color are running for state and national office, and the country has responded with the most American of traditions: by attacking them in very racist ways.  —  Some attacks are coded.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Politico race ratings: Democrats breach GOP statehouse walls  —  Democrats are poised to chip away at Republican statehouse dominance in next month's midterm elections, with wins appearing likely in some of the biggest states in the industrial Midwest.  —  Three GOP-controlled governorships …
Discussion: The Week
Sarah D / Los Angeles Times:
De León has run against Feinstein from the left, but much of his support comes from Republicans, new poll finds … Senate candidate Kevin de León has campaigned as the progressive alternative to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but with the election just weeks away …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
If Trump helps cover up Khashoggi's alleged murder, that will also come out   Find
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Julia Craven / HuffPost:
Here's A Running List Of Racist Attacks On Candidates Of Color   Find
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Danica Kirka / Associated Press:
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Discussion: Daily Wire
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US downgrades Jerusalem diplomatic mission to Palestinians
Dion Nissenbaum / Wall Street Journal:
From Anguished Appeal to Presidential Tweet: The Doctor Who Changed U.S. Policy
W. Bradford Wilcox / Institute for Family Studies Blog:
The Family Geography of the American Dream: New Neighborhood Data on Single Parenthood, Prisons, and Poverty
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Trump smashes regs, cuts $33 billion vs. $245 billion added by Obama
Discussion: Power Line and USA Today
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Theresa May told Irish PM Brexit backstop 'can't have time limit'
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Democrats' Left Turn Is Not an Illusion
Charlotte Alter / TIME:
How the Anti-Trump Resistance Is Organizing Its Outrage
Sean Illing / Vox:
Cosmologist Martin Rees gives humanity a 50-50 chance of surviving the 21st century
Discussion: Raw Story