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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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New York Times:
Khashoggi's Disappearance Puts Kushner's Bet on Saudi Crown Prince at Risk  —  WASHINGTON — For President Trump, who has made Saudi Arabia the fulcrum of his Middle East policy, the possible murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey is a looming diplomatic crisis.
Robert Palladino / US Department of State:
Department Press Briefing  —  Washington, DC  —  TRANSCRIPT:  —  MR PALLADINO: Something for the top.  Looking ahead to tomorrow, we are honored to have the Vice President here at the State Department tomorrow to open the second Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America.
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
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 …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
‘Sweep it under the rug’: Fears grow Trump won't confront Saudis over journalist's disappearance  —  'If the Saudis don't come up with a credible answer to this, they're done in this town,' one D.C.-based analyst said.  —  President Donald Trump's desire to maintain strong ties to Saudi Arabia …
Josh Lederman / NBC News:
Screenshots show Khashoggi did not see text messages after entering Saudi consulate  —  Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi checked his phone before entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but didn't see messages sent minutes later.  —  WASHINGTON — Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi checked …
Discussion: Just Security
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Why Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance will haunt the Saudi government
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
What Trump Can Do About Saudi Arabia
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Cancel your Christmas plans ...
Discussion: The Week
Amy Harder / Axios:
Scoop: Obama energy secretary suspends role in Saudi megaproject
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and New York Times
United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:
Corker, Menendez, Graham, Leahy Letter Triggers Global Magnitsky Investigation Into Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: Washington Post and ThinkProgress
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Why are U.S. media companies partnering with a Saudi conference?
Associated Press:
The Latest: Senators trigger probe into missing Saudi writer
Discussion: CNBC and Politico
Rand Paul / The Atlantic:
Stop Military Aid to Saudi Arabia
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: KTVQ-TV, The Last Refuge and Raw Story
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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 …
New York Times:
Former Top F.B.I. Lawyer Says Rosenstein Was Serious About Taping Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I.'s top lawyer told congressional officials in private testimony last week that he had taken seriously a suggestion by the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, to secretly tape conversations …
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:
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, Politico and Axios
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Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
INTERVIEW.  President Trump: Another Republican president would have taken ‘the easier path’ by dropping Kavanaugh  —  President Trump has said that while any other Republican president would have “abandoned” Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee, he was so incensed by treatment …
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
NBC News:
Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russia as crowd chants ‘lock her up’  —  Trump's evidence-free allegation at a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, was an unusually direct claim against his 2016 rival.  —  ERIE, Pa. — President Donald Trump directly accused Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Splinter
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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.
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
Melania Trump says she is one of the most bullied people in the world; distrusts some in the West Wing  —  First lady Melania Trump told ABC News in an exclusive interview that she has told her husband there have been people in his administration she didn't trust who worked for him.
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.
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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Justice Kavanaugh unlikely to heed calls for recusal
Discussion: Political Wire
The Hill:
GOP shrugs off dire study warning of global warming  —  Republican lawmakers are largely shrugging off dire climate change warnings spelled out in a major new United Nations report.  —  Few GOP lawmakers on Wednesday said they had read the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) …
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Jonathan S. Tobin / National Review:
Doubling Down on Global-Warming Alarmism
Discussion: Pacific Standard
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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Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
‘When they go low, we kick them’: How Michelle Obama's maxim morphed to fit angry and divided times
CBS New York:
Feds: NY Man Planned To Blow Himself Up On National Mall On Election Day  —  TAPPAN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - A New York man is under arrest for allegedly plotting to blow himself up on the National Mall on election day.  —  Paul Rosenfeld, 56, wanted to kill himself to draw attention to his “radical political beliefs,” authorities said.
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Graham Rayman / New York Daily News:
Rockland County man arrested for building 200-pound bomb, plotting to detonate it in DC on election day
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump eager to woo back advisers who have moved on  —  Dina Powell could show that the revolving door of Trump's West Wing doesn't work in just one direction.  —  Even in the moment when his favored advisers announce that they're leaving him, President Donald Trump is often already discussing how and when he can get them back.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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Washington Post:   Trump likes Dina Powell for U.N. job, but she could face some resistance within the White House
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Democrats aim for big gains in state legislatures  —  SUNFISH LAKE, Minn. — Bolstered by an unpopular Republican president and favorable winds in suburban districts, Democrats see a golden opportunity to win back hundreds of state legislative seats across the country, rebuilding a bench decimated …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Top Republican groups split on how to save the House majority  —  Sharp differences over spending and strategy are cleaving House Republicans as the two main groups charged with saving the party's embattled majority in the midterm elections go separate ways in key suburban battlegrounds.
Discussion: Political Wire
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Dianne Feinstein Finally Agrees to “Debate” Senate Challenger, While Ensuring Almost No One Watches It  —  Photos: Marcio Jose Sanchez, Alex Brandon/AP  —  Dianne Feinstein, the longtime California senator, has finally agreed to a share a stage with her Democratic opponent …
Discussion: Sacramento Bee
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP closes in on Heitkamp knockout — and control of the Senate  —  The North Dakota Democrat is down in polls.  And if she loses, Democrats can all but kiss their hopes of winning the Senate goodbye.  —  Republicans say they're on the cusp of delivering a knockout blow to North Dakota Democratic …
Discussion: Crosscut and Above the Law
Leah Barkoukis / Townhall:
CNN Segment Calls Kanye ‘Token Negro’, ‘Attention Whore’, and 'What Happens When Negroes Don't Read'  —  Kanye West, an outspoken Trump supporter, has dared to think for himself and instead of being respected for his opinion, Hollywood and the liberal talking heads are ridiculing him in the most despicable ways.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Congress is on the line in 2018.  But groups are already spending on Trump 2020  —  WASHINGTON  —  Some political groups are spending millions of dollars ahead of the midterm elections to support a candidate who is not on any ballot next month — President Donald Trump.
 
 
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Economic Anxiety Didn't Elect Trump and It May Hurt His Party in the Midterms
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: Burning books like ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is the honest next step for the anti-Kavanaugh left
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Discussion: Mashable
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Announces Eighteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Eighteenth Wave …
Discussion: National Review
USA Today:
Donald Trump knows nothing about Medicare, health care or Democrats: Talker
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Suffolk University:
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 Earlier Items: 
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Trump mocks ‘the rules of Me Too’ at Pennsylvania rally
Discussion: The Week, POLITICUSUSA and Politico
The Babylon Bee:
‘Let The Hate Flow Through You!’ Cackles Cloaked Hillary Clinton At Campaign Rally
Michael Sykes / Axios:
Trump says Federal Reserve has “gone crazy”
Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek's Parent Company Charged With Defrauding Lenders
Hollywood Reporter:
Stephen Miller's Third-Grade Teacher: He Was a “Loner” and Ate Glue