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11:25 PM ET, October 22, 2018


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New York Times:
Explosive Device Found Near George Soros's Home in Westchester County  —  An explosive device was found on Monday near the Westchester County home of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who is a favorite target of right-wing groups, according to a law enforcement official.
Discussion: Raw Story
How the man behind Khashoggi murder ran the killing via Skype  —  (Reuters) - He ran social media for Saudi Arabia's crown prince.  He masterminded the arrest of hundreds of his country's elite.  He detained a Lebanese prime minister.  And, according to two intelligence sources …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Khashoggi met with crown prince's brother amid efforts to return him to Saudi Arabia  —  Prince Khalid had been contacting Khashoggi for at least a year to try to persuade him to return, three individuals told NBC News.  —  WASHINGTON — Months before he was killed in Istanbul …
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
CIA director flies to Turkey amid growing controversy over Jamal Khashoggi killing  —  CIA Director Gina Haspel departed for Turkey on Monday amid a growing international uproar over Saudi Arabia's explanation of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Reuters, Axios, CNN and NPR
Surveillance footage shows Saudi operative in Khashoggi's clothes after he was killed, Turkish source says  —  Graphics by Henrik Pettersson, CNN  —  Istanbul (CNN)One member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured …
USA Today:   Exclusive: President Trump calls Jamal Khashoggi's death ‘a plot gone awry’
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Here's how the Saudi crown prince could face international justice
New York Times:
Trump and G.O.P. Candidates Brandish Race and Immigration to Sway Close Election  —  President Trump on Monday sharply intensified a Republican campaign to frame the midterm elections as a battle over immigration and race, issuing a dark and factually baseless warning that “unknown Middle Easterners” …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
Trump and Republicans settle on fear — and falsehoods — as a midterm strategy  —  President Trump has settled on a strategy of fear — laced with falsehoods and racially-tinged rhetoric — to help lift his party to victory in the coming midterms, part of a broader effort to energize Republican voters …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The caravan is coming!  And it's high time to calm the rising media frenzy.  —  The exodus of migrants walking through Mexico is, no doubt, a real story.  —  It's just not the same story that much of the American news media is incredulously — at times hysterically — telling.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Republicans outpacing Democrats in early voting in key states, NBC News finds  —  The data suggests enthusiasm among early GOP voters that could put a dent in Democratic hopes for a “blue wave” in the midterms.  —  Is the “blue wave” turning purple?  —  Republican-affiliated voters …
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Shocking turnout for first day of early voting in Houston  —  Thousands of people were already camped out at a key early voting location in Houston on Monday morning, hours before voting was even set to begin.  —  Nearly 2,000 people stood in line outside of the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center …
Zach Despart / Houston Chronicle:   Harris County smashes early voting record
David Catanese / US News:
The Early Voting Explosion
Discussion: Fox News, The Guardian and HuffPost
New York Times:
The Day John Kelly and Corey Lewandowski Squared Off Outside the Oval Office  —  An argument last February between the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and Corey Lewandowski, an informal adviser to President Trump, turned into a physical altercation that required Secret Service intervention …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Axios, Mediaite and Raw Story
Trump lawyer: Manafort said nothing damaging in Mueller interviews  —  (Reuters) - Under an unusual arrangement, Paul Manafort's attorney has kept Donald Trump informed about the former campaign chairman's meetings with prosecutors investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and …
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
Roger Stone Is Running Out of Options
Saagar Enjeti / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Roger Stone Says Wikileaks Claim Was Based In Part On Reporter's Email
Discussion: emptywheel
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
Barack Obama Is Back On The Campaign Trail.  Here's What He's Doing.  —  “That is not how America works.  That is how some tin-pot dictatorship works.”  —  Reporting From  —  Former President Barack Obama was on stage at the University of Las Vegas here Monday, doing a familiar, uncomfortable job.
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Supreme Court shields Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering questions on census  —  The Supreme Court Monday night shielded Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from answering lawyers' questions in a lawsuit challenging his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form.
Discussion: Axios
Los Angeles Times:
Michael Avenatti hit with $4.85-million judgment for unpaid debt as court orders eviction of his law firm  —  Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was hit with a personal judgment of $4.85 million Monday for his failure to pay a debt to a former colleague at his longtime Newport Beach firm.
Tina Moore / New York Post:
NYPD boss accused of stuffing her panties in co-worker's mouth  —  A ball-busting female boss at a Brooklyn precinct is under investigation for allegedly stuffing a pair of her panties into a male colleague's mouth, police sources told The Post on Monday.  —  Sgt. Ann Marie Guerra …
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Stacey Abrams Flag Burning Incident Surfaces on Eve of Georgia Debate  —  ATLANTA — At a protest on the steps of the Georgia Capitol in 1992, Stacey Abrams, now the Democratic candidate for governor, joined in the burning of the state flag, which at the time incorporated the Confederate battle flag design …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
WTOP:20 minutes ago
Man shot by security guard during FOX 5 break-in charged with burglary  —  Police have charged a 38-year-old man with second-degree burglary after he broke into the Fox 5 news station Monday afternoon and was shot by a security officer.  —  WASHINGTON — Police have charged a 38-year-old man …
Discussion: WTTG-TV
Rick Rickman / WBCB News:
Wallace Snaps, Curses In Synagogue During Debate With Fitzpatrick  —  As the political climate continues to heat up, challenger Scott Wallace lost his cool during a debate with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.  Sunday night at the Congregation Tifereth Israel in Bensalem, Wallace used an expletive and …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump gets sweet revenge on Ted Cruz today in Texas  —  (CNN)On Monday night in Houston, Donald Trump will dunk on Ted Cruz one last time.  —  Trump will travel to Texas to hold a massive get-out-the-vote rally for Cruz in the final days of a closer-than-expected race against Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D).
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump says he's ditched Lyin' Ted name: 'He's Beautiful Ted'
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and The Daily Beast
Trump's mystery tax cut puzzles Washington  —  The president has spoken twice about a tax plan no one else seems to know anything about.  'I guess I'll hear about it when I get to work on Monday,' one official said.  —  Call it the mystery middle class tax cut.
Discussion: Vox and Hullabaloo
Zack Sharf / Decider:
Sarah Silverman: Louis C.K. Masturbated “In Front of Me” with Consent  —  Sarah Silverman appeared on the October 22 episode of Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show and was inevitably asked about her friend, Louis C.K., who has started making stand-up comedy appearances in New York City a year after admitting to sexual misconduct.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Josh Hafner / USA Today:
‘Simply irresponsible’: Air Force spent $326,000 on coffee cups it kept breaking … An Air Force official admitted the branch's multiple purchases of coffee cups that break easily and cost $1,280 each “is simply irresponsible,” vowing to pursue ways to fix the mugs instead of continually buying new ones.
Steven Pifer / Axios:
Trump faults Russia for INF treaty pullout but did little to save it  —  President Trump has announced his intent to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which prohibits U.S. and Russian land-based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Indiana poll shows Republicans could steal a Senate seat  —  Indiana Republican Mike Braun is claiming a Brett Kavanaugh surge, citing internal campaign polling with the businessman leading Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the days after the Supreme Court justice was confirmed.
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
Dominique Jackson / Raw Story:15 minutes ago
'I'm a nationalist!':  Trump makes stunning confession he noted his aides warned him against  —  During President Donald Trump's rally in Houston, Texas, he claimed that he was a “nationalist.”  —  “A globalist is a person who wants that globe to do well, but frankly not caring about our country so much,” Trump said.
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:
Khashoggi case has put Saudi prince right where Erdoğan wants him  —  Turkish president on losing end of regional power struggle with Bin Salman now finds himself in the ascendant  —  At about noon on Tuesday two regional leaders are due to make landmark addresses.
David Siders / Politico:
Harris makes a big first impression in Iowa  —  The California senator previews her likely 2020 campaign.  —  DES MOINES — Kamala Harris swears she's “not bullshitting” when she says she's squarely focused on the midterm elections.  —  But even before she arrived here Monday …
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Trump Administration Launches New Attack On ACA's Pre-existing Protections  —  Yet another reminder that the GOP hasn't given up on trying to kill Obamacare.  —  The Republican Party's assault on the Affordable Care Act continued Monday as the Trump administration found yet another way to undermine the law's insurance rules.
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Indiana poll shows Republicans could steal a Senate seat   Find
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David Siders / Politico:
Harris makes a big first impression in Iowa   Find
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David Gutman / The Seattle Times:
For the first time in decades, the race for Congress is close in Eastern Washington20 minutes ago
Tacey Rychter / New York Times:
Australia Tells America: Here's How to Fix Your Voting System
Poll: Cramer widens gap over Heitkamp in US Senate race to 16 points
How government policies and taxpayer money have helped Elon Musk and Tesla
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Russian paper: Indicted Prigozhin ordered beatings, killing
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Judge strikes down New Hampshire's restrictive voter registration law
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Security Images Show Khashoggi and Fiancée in His Final Hours
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
To the Next ‘BBQ Becky’: Don't Call 911. Call 1-844-WYT-FEAR.
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
An Alternative History of Silicon Valley Disruption
Natasha Bach / Fortune:
Lyft Partners With Voto Latino to Help Get Dodge City Voters to the Polls
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic:
Fewer Sex Partners Means a Happier Marriage
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
With the midterm campaign in its final weeks, poll signals a Democratic edge for the House …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
In Win for Trump, Merkel Changes Course on U.S. Gas Imports