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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Crown prince sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him, U.S. intercepts show  —  The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him …
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David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
EXCLUSIVE: Jamal Khashoggi dragged from consulate office, killed and dismembered  —  MEE reveals details of the murder of the prominent Saudi journalist  —  CCTV footage shows Khashoggi arriving at the consulate on 2 October (AFP)  —  Jamal Khashoggi was dragged from the consul general's office inside …
Amy Harder / Axios:   Scoop: Obama energy secretary suspends role in Saudi megaproject
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
'Don't worry about us': Critics fault Trump's hands-off response to autocrat abuses
Discussion: Axios
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Why Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance will haunt the Saudi government
Discussion: Politico, Bloomberg and Daily Wire
Reuters:   Apple Watch, hired jet, mystery vehicle figure in search for missing Saudi dissident
Rand Paul / The Atlantic:
Stop Military Aid to Saudi Arabia
Discussion: New York Times
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
My Private Oval Office Press Conference With Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Kelly, and Mike Pompeo  —  Around 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, I was on my way out of the White House after a series of meetings in the West Wing.  I was reporting on a question that has hung over this administration for months …
Washington Post:
Rosenstein-McCabe feud dates back to angry standoff in front of Mueller  —  Shortly after Robert S. Mueller III was appointed to investigate possible coordination between President Trump's campaign and the Kremlin, he was drawn into a tense standoff in which Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein …
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and Fox News
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Washington Post:
Trump talked with Jeff Sessions's own chief of staff about replacing him as attorney general  —  President Trump talked recently with Jeff Sessions's own chief of staff about replacing Sessions as attorney general, according to people briefed on the conversation, signaling …
Washington Post:
Roberts refers judicial misconduct complaints against Kavanaugh to federal appeals court in Colorado  —  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Wednesday referred more than a dozen judicial misconduct complaints filed recently against Brett M. Kavanaugh to a federal appeals court in Colorado.
Discussion: LifeZette
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Haven't Gone Away  —  Ethics complaints filed against Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the weeks leading up to his confirmation to the US Supreme Court are still live, and they're being transferred to another judicial circuit …
Discussion: Raw Story and NY State of Politics
Emily Trifone / Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
Planned Parenthood Announces Multi-Million Dollar Plan to Protect and Expand Abortion Access …
Discussion: VICE News and Townhall
Sarah Nechamkin / The Cut:
Someone Bought BrettKavanaugh.com and Made It a Resource for Survivors
Donald J. Trump / USA Today:
Donald Trump: Democrats ‘Medicare for All’ plan will demolish promises to seniors  —  The Democrats want to outlaw private health care plans, taking away freedom to choose plans while letting anyone cross our border.  We must win this.  —  CONNECT  —  Throughout the year …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-Checking President Trump's USA Today op-ed on ‘Medicare-For-All’  —  President Trump wrote an opinion article for USA Today on Oct. 10 regarding proposals to expand Medicare to all Americans - known as Medicare-For-All — in which almost every sentence contained a misleading statement or a falsehood.
Washington Post:   Midterm fear factor: Republicans, Democrats stoke anxiety over health care, rule of law
wabe.org:
Voting Rights Become A Flashpoint In Georgia Governor's Race  —  Marsha Appling-Nunez was showing the college students she teaches how to check online if they're registered to vote when she made a troubling discovery.  Despite being an active Georgia voter who had cast ballots in recent elections, she was no longer registered.
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Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Brian Kemp Is Blocking 53K Applicants From Registering To Vote, Most Of Them Black
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:
The Latest: McConnell says no GOP senator for Sessions' job  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interview with The Associated Press (all times local):  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that if President Donald Trump decides …
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Lance Perriman / Political Dig:   Susan Collins Gets ‘Six Figure’ Payback From Dark Money Group After Voting ‘Yes’ On Kavanaugh
Naina Khanna / HuffPost:
I Confronted Mitch McConnell And Interrupted Susan Collins. And I'll Do It Again.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Eric Holder: 'When they go low, we kick them.  That's what this new Democratic Party is about.'  —  For the second time this week, a leading Democratic voice is proposing that the party pursue a meaner, more combative approach — with this one going so far as to allude to metaphorical violence.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
At Immigration Argument, Justice Kavanaugh Takes Hard Line  —  WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court argument on Wednesday over the detention of immigrants during deportation proceedings seemed to expose a divide between President Trump's two appointees, Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Discussion: Splinter and Hullabaloo
Hollywood Reporter:
Stephen Miller's Third-Grade Teacher: He Was a “Loner” and Ate Glue  —  In 1993, Donald Trump's senior political adviser attended Santa Monica's Franklin Elementary, where he was “off by himself all the time.”  —  I can still picture him sitting in my classroom.
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Lisa Ryan / The Cut:
Stephen Miller Gets Roasted by His Third-Grade Teacher
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Late GOP Activist Peter W. Smith Met With Former Trump Adviser Michael Flynn in 2015, Sources Say  —  New email and interviews indicate the Republican operative who sought to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails had established a relationship with Mr. Flynn  —  A veteran Republican activist whose quest …
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture  —  On social media, the country seems to divide into two neat camps: Call them the woke and the resentful.  Team Resentment is manned—pun very much intended—by people who are predominantly old and almost exclusively white.
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Megan Keller / The Hill:   Study: Most Americans think both political correctness and hate speech are problems
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Intellectual Dark Web Frays After Jordan Peterson Tweets Critically About Brett Kavanaugh  —  Peterson used a blog post to elaborate on this Tweet about Trump's new Justice, and to reflect on the nature of Twitter.  —  Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation has roiled the group …
Discussion: Jordan Peterson and Breitbart
Roll Call:
GOP Poll Puts Morrisey and Manchin Almost Even After Kavanaugh Vote  —  A new Republican poll of the West Virginia Senate race shows a tighter race between Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.  —  Manchin led Morrisey 41 to 40 percent in the survey conducted …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, CQ.com and Popula
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Mattathias Schwartz / New York Magazine:
Obama Had a Secret Plan in Case Trump Rejected 2016 Election Results  —  In October 2016, senior staff in the Obama White House discussed what they should do if Hillary Clinton won the November election and Donald Trump refused to accept the result as legitimate.  They had cause to be worried.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Wire
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump, no longer ratings gold, loses his prime-time spot on Fox News  —  President Donald Trump loves to brag about ratings, but he's not getting them anymore.  —  As he's ramped up his rally schedule ahead of the midterms, viewership numbers for the raucous prime-time events have been roughly similar to …
Discussion: Political Wire
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Trump mocks ‘the rules of Me Too’ at Pennsylvania rally  —  President Trump on Wednesday night mocked the “Me Too” movement during a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.  —  The president quipped that he needed to censor himself due to the “rules of Me Too,” which he blamed the press for enforcing.
Discussion: Politico and POLITICUSUSA
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Confirmation bias: Brett Kavanaugh and the major media's worst moment  —  For all the recent talk about facts versus “fake news,” telling the truth, and recapturing the public's trust in the era of President Trump, some of our most important newsrooms blew it when it mattered most.
Discussion: twitchy.com and Viking Pundit
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Trump's Patron-in-Chief  —  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has never been more powerful.  The Trump administration has advanced his ideological and financial interests, including an assist in his quest to build a casino in Japan.  —  LATE ON A THURSDAY evening in February 2017 …
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
3 Men Who Contradict The Border Patrol On The Shooting Of A Guatemalan Woman Are Likely To Be Deported  —  Three men who were on the scene when a Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 20-year-old Guatemalan woman near the US-Mexico border in May are expected to be deported soon …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek's Parent Company Charged With Defrauding Lenders  —  Newsweek's parent company has been charged by Manhattan prosecutors with carrying out a complex scheme to defraud lenders out of millions of dollars as part of an effort to keep the struggling media organization afloat.
Alex Regan / BBC:
Should women be spelt womxn?  —  Womxn - to the untrained eye it may look like a typo.  —  But when the Wellcome Collection - a museum and library in London - sent a tweet promoting an event using the word it led to a Twitter backlash from hundreds of women, and an apology from the organisation.
PVA:
“We don't say that out of these walls.”  Phil Bredesen's Staff Says He Is Lying About Kavanaugh Vote in Undercover Video.  “It's a political move.”  —  [This post contains video, click to play]  —  Says YES on Kavanaugh in Vote-Grab, But Staffers Say He Wouldn't “It's politics.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and VICE
Graham Rayman / New York Daily News:
Rockland County man arrested for building 200-pound bomb, plotting to detonate it in DC on election day  —  A Rockland County man who cops say built a 200-pound bomb he was planning to explode in Washington, D.C., in an Election Day suicide attack was arrested Wednesday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Eric Lach / New Yorker:
What's the Real Reason Nikki Haley Resigned as U.N. Ambassador?  —  Did Nikki Haley resign as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations because she wants to run for President in 2020, or because her influence at the U.N. had been “blunted,” or because she wants Lindsey Graham's Senate seat …
Discussion: New York Post, Common Dreams and Axios
 
 
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The Babylon Bee:
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Ryan Ori / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Kushner family selling Chicago office tower
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Sykes / Axios:
Trump says Federal Reserve has “gone crazy”
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Democrats up big in Minnesota as Trump approval sags
Discussion: Political Wire
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
More Still Disapprove Than Approve of 2017 Tax Cuts
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Chinese spy charged with stealing U.S. aviation secrets and extradited for prosecution
Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:
Romney says Supreme Court confirmation process ‘awful’
Leah Crane / New Scientist:
Moons can have moons and they are called moonmoons
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
One Year of #MeToo: What Women's Speech Is Still Not Allowed to Do
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Alan Cullison / Wall Street Journal:
A Trio of Wealthy Russians Made an Enemy of Putin. Now They're All Dead.