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8:05 PM ET, October 10, 2018


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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:
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 …
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.
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Haven't Gone Away
Discussion: Raw Story and NY State of Politics
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Brian Kemp Is Blocking 53K Applicants From Registering To Vote, Most Of Them Black
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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.
Lisa Ryan / The Cut:
Stephen Miller Gets Roasted by His Third-Grade Teacher
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
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
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.
Bre Payton / The Federalist:
Eric Holder To Democrats: ‘When They Go Low, We Kick Them’  —  Barack Obama's former attorney general Eric Holder told a crowd over the weekend that Democrats should “kick” Republicans.  —  “It is time for us as Democrats to be as tough as they are, to be as dedicated as they are …
Gabriella Muñoz / Washington Times:
Eric Holder: ‘When they go low, we kick them’
Amy Harder / Axios:
Scoop: Obama energy secretary suspends role in Saudi megaproject  —  Ernest Moniz, former energy secretary for President Barack Obama, is suspending his involvement advising Saudi Arabia on a proposed city mega-project until more information is made available regarding the disappearance …
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Why Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance will haunt the Saudi government
Discussion: Politico, Lawfare and NPR
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:   EXCLUSIVE: Jamal Khashoggi dragged from consulate office, killed and dismembered
New York Times:
Turkey Names Saudi Operatives It Says Killed Dissident Journalist
Discussion: The Atlantic and Middle East Eye
Reuters:   Apple Watch, hired jet, mystery vehicle figure in search for missing Saudi dissident
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.
Megan Keller / The Hill:   Study: Most Americans think both political correctness and hate speech are problems
Roll Call:
GOP Poll Puts Morrisey and Manchin Almost Even After Kavanaugh Vote
Discussion: The Daily Caller, and Popula
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 …
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.
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
HATE CRIME HOAX: Ohio University Student Charged After Claiming She Received Death Threats.  She Sent Them To Herself.  —  The latest in a long string of hate-crime hoaxes comes from Ohio, where a woman claimed she received death threats — only for police to discover she sent the threats to herself.
Associated Press:
Hurricane Michael slams into Florida with 155 mph winds  —  PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Supercharged by abnormally warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday with potentially catastrophic winds of 155 mph, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S. mainland.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Chinese spy charged with stealing U.S. aviation secrets and extradited for prosecution  —  In a rare feat, federal agents lured a Chinese government spy to Belgium, where authorities transferred him this week to the United States for prosecution on economic espionage charges, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
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
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 …
Alan Cullison / Wall Street Journal:
A Trio of Wealthy Russians Made an Enemy of Putin.  Now They're All Dead.  —  Nikolai Glushkov, a close associate of the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky, was preparing to testify that Aeroflot was a corrupt instrument of Russian intelligence  —  LONDON—Nikolai Glushkov, a Russian émigré …
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.
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
One Year of #MeToo: What Women's Speech Is Still Not Allowed to Do  —  During the past year, I have grown increasingly uneasy with a fairly common bit of semantic slippage: in headlines, in think pieces, and on social media, many people use the phrases “#MeToo movement” and “#MeToo moment” …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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: Common Dreams, Axios and Raw Story
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Democrats up big in Minnesota as Trump approval sags  —  Democrats up by double digits in Senate and governor races, lead on congressional control  —  WASHINGTON —Two years after Donald Trump came close to carrying Minnesota in the presidential election, Democrats enjoy double-digit leads …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
The Complicated Politics of Alec Baldwin  —  With a new ABC talk show and his return to ‘Saturday Night Live,’ the unfiltered star is mobilizing against the GOP ("anything you equate with leadership, they don't have it"), courting controversy ("ever since I played Trump, black people love me" …
Financial Times:
James Murdoch in line to replace Elon Musk as Tesla chair  —  James Murdoch has become the favourite to succeed Elon Musk as the chairman of Tesla, which has to replace the electric carmaker's founder in the role by the middle of next month.  —  Mr Musk agreed to leave the chairman's post …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
The Trump Campaign Says Exploiting Hacked Emails Is Free Speech  —  In a motion to dismiss a new lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump's campaign team of illegally conspiring with Russian agents to disseminate stolen emails during the election, Trump campaign lawyers have tried out a new defense: free speech.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Mediaite
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
Arthur Spitzer / ACLU:
Trump Administration Seeks to Stifle Protests Near White House and on National Mall  —  President Trump has a record of attacking the rights of protesters, from suggesting that protest be illegal to praising dictators who crush any kind of dissent.  —  Now, the Trump administration proposes …
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Michael Sykes / Axios:
Trump says Federal Reserve has “gone crazy”
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Intellectual Dark Web Frays After Jordan Peterson Tweets Critically About Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: Jordan Peterson and Breitbart
Alex Regan / BBC:
Should women be spelt womxn?
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Music's Mystery Mogul: Len Blavatnik, Trump and Their Russian Friends
James Stavridis / TIME:
The Trump Administration Has Escalated Its Conflict with China Even Further. …
Discussion: The Federalist
Scoop: Netanyahu tells Greece, Cyprus that Trump will keep heat on Turkey
Megan Brenan / Gallup:
More Still Disapprove Than Approve of 2017 Tax Cuts
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Conversations with Tyler:
Paul Krugman on Politics, Inequality, and Following Your Curiosity (Ep. 51)
Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:
Romney says Supreme Court confirmation process ‘awful’
Adam Rubenstein / Weekly Standard:
Charlie Kirk's Campus Battlefield Is a Hot Mess
Leah Crane / New Scientist:
Moons can have moons and they are called moonmoons
Deborah Haynes / Sky News:
Ex-MI6 spy's veiled swipe at Donald Trump revealed
Discussion: Washington Times