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6:45 PM ET, October 17, 2018


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New York Times:
Audio Contains Gruesome Details of Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says  —  ISTANBUL — His killers were waiting when Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.  They severed his fingers during an interrogation and later beheaded and dismembered him …
Washington Post:
Pompeo hears Turkey's accusations against Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi case  —  ANKARA, Turkey — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo received a firsthand briefing Wednesday on Turkey's claims that Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, but he did not listen to an audio recording that Turkey …
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia transfers $100 million to U.S. amid crisis over Khashoggi  —  The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi …
Tara Isabella Burton / Vox:15 minutes ago
Prominent evangelical leader on Khashoggi crisis: let's not risk “$100 billion worth of arms sales”  —  Pat Robertson urged caution over US-Saudi relations  —  A major evangelical leader has spoken in defense of US-Saudi relations after the apparent killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi …
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
In the Wake of Khashoggi's Disappearance, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Is Pushed to the Brink  —  It seems nearly certain now that Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist, died a slow and agonizing death, the kind that none of us could dare imagine for ourselves.
Kayla Webley Adler / Marie Claire:
“It Shouldn't Be a Crime In This World to Speak Your Mind”
Discussion: ThinkProgress, HuffPost, CNN and Daily Wire
Khashoggi disappearance prompts Kushner retreat from Saudi frontlines
Discussion: Splinter
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
Rod Rosenstein Defends Mueller Probe as ‘Appropriate and Independent’  —  In interview, deputy attorney general says investigation has revealed widespread Russian effort to meddle in 2016 election  —  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended the special counsel's investigation …
Mueller Ready to Deliver Key Findings in His Trump Probe, Sources Say  — Rosenstein is pressing Mueller to wrap it up, official says  — Next steps expected to occur after November midterm elections  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects …
John Santucci / ABC News:   Special counsel pushing Paul Manafort for information on Roger Stone: SourcesNEW!
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judge orders Manafort to court in prison clothing
Victoria McGrane /
Elizabeth Warren defends decision to release DNA test  —  Senator Elizabeth Warren defended the timing of her decision to release the results of a DNA test just ahead of the midterm elections, telling the Globe Tuesday that she went public as soon as possible to begin deflecting the constant taunting …
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:   “You Can't Out-Trump Trump”: Elizabeth Warren Shows Democrats How to Lose in 2020
David Morgan / Reuters:
McConnell says Senate Republicans might revisit Obamacare repeal  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans could try again to repeal Obamacare if they win enough seats in U.S. elections next month, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Wednesday, calling a failed 2017 push to repeal the healthcare law a “disappointment.”
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Two GOP Candidates Assaulted in Minnesota  —  Attacks come as state Democrats suspend staffer for beheading post  —  The Minnesota Democratic Party has suspended a spokesman for calling for violence against Republicans even as two GOP candidates have been assaulted in suspected politically motivated attacks.
Pete Kotz / City Pages:
‘Anarchists,’ middle-class avengers are attacking Minnesota GOP candidates
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post to publish a special edition Op-Ed page with new column by Jamal Khashoggi  —  In Khashoggi's latest column, he discusses the need for a free press in the Mideast  —  On Thursday, October 18th, The Washington Post will publish an Opinions page dedicated to Post Global Opinions contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
Discussion: Mediaite
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Forecasting the races for governor  —  Our forecast for every race for governor  —  What share of the national population Democrats and Republicans are expected to govern, based on the most likely winner in each of the 36 gubernatorial elections taking place in 2018 and who controls the 14 seats not up for election.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Senior Fincen Employee Arrested And Charged With Unlawfully Disclosing Sars  —  Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards Illegally Photographed SARs and Other Sensitive Government Information and Transmitted Them To Reporter In Connection With Approximately 12 News Articles Over 1-Year Period
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Please Stop Helping Mitch McConnell Lie About the Deficit  —  The Republican Party has spent much of this year warning voters that Democrats want to get the government's hands on their Medicare.  The party's House candidates have savaged Nancy Pelosi for passing (fictional) cuts to Medicare benefits …
Heather Vogell / ProPublica:
Pump and Trump  —  Donald Trump claims he only licensed his name for real estate projects developed by others.  But an investigation of a dozen Trump deals shows deep family involvement in projects that often involved deceptive practices.  —  SINCE DONALD TRUMP'S FORTUNES came surging …
Wes Siler / Outside Online:
Ryan Zinke Has Fired the DOI Inspector General … At last count, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was the subject of 14 separate government investigations.  (A new record!)  But that number could soon be zero.  That's because Zinke just fired the Department of the Interior's acting inspector general.
Erica Orden / CNN:
Michael Cohen meets with prosecutors investigating Trump's family business, charity  —  (CNN)Michael Cohen and his attorney met Wednesday with a group of state and federal law enforcement officials investigating various aspects of President Donald Trump's family business and charitable organization …
Washington Post:
Record number of families crossing U.S. border, as Trump threatens new crackdown  —  The number of migrant parents entering the United States with children has surged to record levels in the three months since President Trump ended family separations at the border, dealing the administration …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dem operative for Soros-funded group arrested for ‘battery’ against Nevada GOP candidate's campaign manager  —  A Democratic operative for American Bridge 21st Century, a group founded by David Brock and funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, was arrested Tuesday after the female campaign manager …
New York Times:
To Avoid Conflicts, Rick Scott Created a Trust Blind in Name Only  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Rick Scott had been governor of Florida for barely three months when questions first mounted about conflicts of interest.  Fabulously wealthy but a newcomer to politics, Mr. Scott mandated random drug testing …
Daniel B. Shapiro / Haaretz:
Opinion Why the Khashoggi Murder Is a Disaster for Israel  —  The grisly hit-job on Khashoggi has implications far beyond its exposure of the Saudi Crown Prince as brutal and reckless.  In Jerusalem and D.C., they're mourning their whole strategic concept for the Mideast - not least, for countering Iran
Tamar Lapin / New York Post:
‘Golfcart Gail’ calls cops on black dad at his kid's soccer game  —  A white woman called the cops on a black father at his child's soccer game — claiming he yelled at the referee, when he was actually just cheering on his son, according to local reports.  —  Two other women …
Discussion: The Root
Ben Brasch / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cobb voters energized by governor's race wait 3 hours for early voting  —  Democracy was built to be a slow, deliberative process.  But that sentiment probably doesn't mean much to Cobb County residents getting into a three-hour line to vote.  —  Janine Eveler, head of elections in Cobb …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and politics.myajc
Shayna Jacobs / New York Daily News:
FBI looking at Manhattan district attorney's office over potential undue influence in handling of cases: sources  —  FBI agents are probing the Manhattan district attorney's office over its handling of high-profile cases that were dropped once lawyers for the well-connected subjects made donations, the Daily News has learned.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
In Virginia House Race, Anonymous Attack Ads Pop Up on Facebook  —  A competitive race in Virginia's 10th Congressional District has an alarming new element: anonymous attack ads on Facebook.  —  The ads, which appeared on a Facebook page called “Wacky Wexton Not,” were purchased by a critic …
NBC News:
Honduran migrant caravan grows to 4,000 amid spike in U.S. border crossings  —  The Mexican government has sent an extra 500 federal police to its border with Guatemala in anticipation of their arrival, say documents obtained by NBC.  —  WASHINGTON — A caravan of migrants fleeing Honduras …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, Vox and Reuters
George Eaton / New Statesman:
Francis Fukuyama interview: “Socialism ought to come back”  —  The End of History author on what Karl Marx got right, the rivals to liberal democracy and why he fears a US-China war.  —  History is having its revenge on Francis Fukuyama.  In 1992, at the height of post-Cold War liberal exuberance …
Washington Post:
Witness to the killing  —  In many homicides, police believe they know the killer's identity but can't get a witness to cooperate  —  As his wife began taking the groceries into their apartment, Kenneth Moore stayed planted in the driver's seat of his car, turned up the music and lit a blunt.
CNN:25 minutes ago
New satellite images suggest military buildup in Russia's strategic Baltic enclave  —  The muscle in Russia's military arsenal  —  Reykjavik, Iceland (CNN)New satellite imagery shared exclusively with CNN shows Russia appearing to upgrade four of its military installations in Kaliningrad, Russia's strategic outpost on NATO's doorstep.
Twin Cities:
In unsealed divorce filings, Rep. Keith Ellison says ex-wife abused him  —  Keith Ellison's divorce records unsealed Wednesday contain no allegations the Minnesota congressman physically abused his ex-wife, but he said in a 2015 filing that Kim Ellison repeatedly hit him throughout their 25-year marriage.
Discussion: Political Wire and MinnPost
Meet President Trump, the White House's top spokesperson  —  (CNN)The White House's top spokesman, also known as President Trump, says “we're communicating very well” now that he is giving interviews and talking to the press almost every day.  —  Trump has truly become his own spokesperson …
U.S. Department of Justice:15 minutes ago
Two Former Deutsche Bank Traders Convicted for Role in Scheme to Manipulate a Critical Global Benchmark Interest Rate  —  A former supervisor of Deutsche Bank's Pool Trading Desk and a former derivatives trader were convicted today in New York for their participation in a scheme to manipulate …
Anna Schecter / NBC News:
White nationalist leader is plotting to ‘take over the GOP’  —  Identity Evropa is pushing its members to stealthily infiltrate Republican politics to move the party towards its agenda of banning non-white immigration.  —  Patrick Casey blended in easily with the buttoned-up crowd …
Discussion: Breitbart, LifeZette and
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Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
'Horseface, ‘crazy,’ ‘low IQ’: Trump's history of insulting women15 minutes ago
Discussion: The Atlantic and Breitbart
Phil Willon / Los Angeles Times:
Poll shows Newsom with a commanding lead over Cox in final weeks before Californians select their next governor15 minutes ago
Maria Kolomychenko / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russian high tech project flounders after U.S. sanctions
Andrea Ruth / RedState:
Hilarious: In 2013, People Wanted An Exception Made for Totally White Guy Beto O'Rourke To Get Into The Hispanic Caucus
Arizona Republic:
Arpaio sues New York Times, claims column damages 2020 Senate chances
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter Won't Suspend Louis Farrakhan For His Tweet Comparing Jews To Insects
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
No, Trump's Tax Cut Isn't Paying for Itself (at Least Not Yet)
Discussion: CNN, Vox and Hullabaloo
April Reese / Popular Science:
The most important science policy issue in every state
Kelly Conaboy / The Cut:
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Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires ‘hoard their money’ and won't help homeless
Sarah Holder / CityLab:
Why Are So Many People In San Jose Fighting Housing for Teachers?
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Why taking back the Senate won't get much easier for Dems after 2018