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7:35 AM ET, October 11, 2018

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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: Cancel your Christmas plans ...
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Why Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance will haunt the Saudi government
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: 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
Reuters:
Apple Watch, hired jet, mystery vehicle figure in search for missing Saudi dissident
Discussion: HuffPost
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: 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 …
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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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed News:
The Ethics Complaints Against Justice Brett Kavanaugh Haven't Gone Away
Discussion: Raw Story and NY State of Politics
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.
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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
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: The Week and Political Wire
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.
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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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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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans keep stating openly that they're totally fine with Trump's corruption
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Naina Khanna / HuffPost:
I Confronted Mitch McConnell And Interrupted Susan Collins. And I'll Do It Again.
Discussion: twitchy.com
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
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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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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.
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) …
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
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
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Washington Post:
Trump likes Dina Powell for U.N. job, but she could face some resistance within the White House  —  President Trump spoke with Dina Powell on Wednesday about replacing Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and has told some advisers that the former White House aide …
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Eric Lach / New Yorker:
What's the Real Reason Nikki Haley Resigned as U.N. Ambassador?
Discussion: New York Post, Common Dreams and Axios
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 …
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.”
 
 
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The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Announces Eighteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Eighteenth Wave …
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USA Today:
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Discussion: The Week, PolitiFact and Politico
Aris Folley / The Hill:
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Suffolk University:
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Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Trump mocks ‘the rules of Me Too’ at Pennsylvania rally
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The Babylon Bee:
‘Let The Hate Flow Through You!’ Cackles Cloaked Hillary Clinton At Campaign Rally
 Earlier Items: 
Lance Perriman / Political Dig:
Susan Collins Gets ‘Six Figure’ Payback From Dark Money Group After Voting ‘Yes’ On Kavanaugh
Michael Sykes / Axios:
Trump says Federal Reserve has “gone crazy”
Alex Regan / BBC:
Should women be spelt womxn?
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Democrats up big in Minnesota as Trump approval sags
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek's Parent Company Charged With Defrauding Lenders
Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:
Romney says Supreme Court confirmation process ‘awful’
Hollywood Reporter:
Stephen Miller's Third-Grade Teacher: He Was a “Loner” and Ate Glue
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture