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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 …
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Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Saudi's Disappearance Risks Costly Image-Crafting Effort in U.S.  —  Turkish accusations that Riyadh was involved in Jamal Khashoggi's likely killing have undermined the kingdom's U.S. public relations strategy  —  Just over six months ago, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman embarked …
Washington Post:
‘I like them very much:’ Trump has long-standing business ties with Saudis, who have boosted …
CNN:
Trump's lawyers preparing answers to Mueller's questions  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's legal team is preparing answers to written questions provided by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  The move represents a major development after months …
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump lawyers working on answers to Mueller's Russia conspiracy questions
Politico:
Judge questions ‘highly unusual’ Manafort plea deal with Mueller
Discussion: emptywheel and Law & Crime
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Walker trails in race for Wisconsin governor  —  Democrat Tony Evers has 53 percent support from likely voters, while Republican Scott Walker has 43 percent.  —  Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is behind by double digits in his re-election bid, while Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:   How the NBC/Marist poll of Wisconsin is different than Marquette's
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
With Ann Kirkpatrick ahead in CD2 polling, GOP pulls TV time in Tucson
Discussion: Roll Call
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
John Kelly Called Elizabeth Warren An “Impolite Arrogant Woman” In An Email  —  Washington, D.C.  —  WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff John Kelly called Sen. Elizabeth Warren an “impolite arrogant woman” in a private email he exchanged last year with his top aide following …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
miamiherald:
New poll shows Democrat Shalala trailing GOP opponent in a district Trump lost badly  —  WASHINGTON  —  Donna Shalala may be in trouble.  —  Shalala, a Democrat running in a district that President Donald Trump lost by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016, is trailing Republican TV journalist …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Made and Distributed in the U.S.A.: Online Disinformation  — Ahead of the midterm elections, false and divisive messages on social media are increasingly being created and spread by Americans.  — Facebook said that it planned to cull hundreds of pages and fake accounts.
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Washington Post:
Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing political messages for profit
Politico:
Volunteers bolt Bredesen over Kavanaugh support  —  ‘I felt torpedoed by that statement,’ one campaign volunteer said.  —  Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen is facing backlash from some of the staunchest supporters of his Senate campaign after coming out in support of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Splinter, Political Wire and Raw Story
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Donald Trump and Kanye West remix the government  —  An Oval Office gathering was light on policy but did cover sleep deprivation, alternate realities and a hydrogen-powered airplane.  —  The universe threw together Donald Trump, Kanye West and the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Tariro Mzezewa / New York Times:
I Loved Kanye West and Hated Taylor Swift. Then 2018 Happened.
Discussion: Splinter and The Atlantic
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:   MSNBC's Velshi & Ruhle Go OFF on Kanye West For ‘Bonkers’ Rant: ‘That Was An Assault on Our White House’
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is Mulling Candidates Who Could Replace Jeff Sessions  —  Potential candidates for attorney general include Alex Azar, Steven Bradbury and Bill Barr  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is considering as many as five candidates as his new attorney general on the assumption that Jeff Sessions …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Georgia NAACP readies lawsuit against Kemp over voter registration  —  The Georgia NAACP is preparing to sue Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, in response to a report that Kemp's office has put on hold tens of thousands of voter registration applications …
Discussion: ABC News and electionlawblog.org
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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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats agree to confirmations of 15 Trump judges  —  Senate Democrats accepted an offer from Senate Republicans to confirm 15 lifetime federal judges on Thursday in exchange for the ability to go into recess through the midterms so endangered Democrats can campaign.
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Jim Manley / The Daily Beast:   Mitch McConnell Is Going to Kill the United States Senate
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Michael Cohen is now a registered Democrat  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's former attorney who until June served as the Republican Party's deputy finance chair, today changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat, according to a knowledgeable source.
Sarah Stillman / New Yorker:
The Five-Year-Old Who Was Detained at the Border and Persuaded to Sign Away Her Rights  —  Helen—a smart, cheerful five-year-old girl—is an asylum seeker from Honduras.  This summer, when a social worker asked her to identify her strengths, Helen shared her pride in “her ability to learn fast and express her feelings and concerns.”
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Stop the Press Before It Profiles Beto O'Rourke Again  —  The winds of swoonery blasted through Texas this year and traveled halfway across the country to dust the Eastern media establishment with love eternal for senatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke.  Not since the press corps fell in love …
David French / National Review:
Sorry, Democrats, Progressive Mob Action Is a Real Problem  —  That the mainstream media pretends otherwise doesn't make it any less true.  —  What happens when you combine the classic “Republicans pounce” media narrative with a healthy dose of whataboutism?
NBC News:
Secret deal with Turkey paves way for American pastor's release  —  North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson is expected to be released in coming days after two years of detention in Turkey.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House expects North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson to be released …
Jacey Fortin / New York Times:
Matthew Shepard Will Be Interred at the Washington National Cathedral, 20 Years After His Death  —  For 20 years, the ashes of Matthew Shepard have not been laid to rest.  —  Mr. Shepard's killing in 1998, when he was a 21-year-old college student, led to national outrage and, almost overnight …
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke ‘constitutional rights not to testify’: lawyers  —  Lawyers for Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, told the head of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that his client will “invoke his constitutional rights not to testify,” defying …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Evaluating Enthusiasm With Less Than a Month to Go  —  Back in 2016, lots of people, myself included, thought that Trump's “all-base-all-the-time” strategy was ill-conceived.  Sure, it would motivate his supporters, but it would also juice up turnout by Democrats and turn off critical swing/independent voters.
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed News:
Steve Bannon Met A White Nationalist Facebook Personality During London Trip  —  Steve Bannon was photographed in London on Wednesday with a white nationalist who was outed last year as the moderator of a private Facebook group that posted Nazi memes.  —  The British advocacy group Hope …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Republicans Abandon Vulnerable Lawmakers, Striving to Keep House  —  DALLAS — Vice President Mike Pence laid out a hopeful vision for the midterm elections this week as he campaigned for Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, telling Republican donors that candidates like Mr. Sessions …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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Hollywood Reporter:
Scarlett Johansson Lands $15 Million Payday for Black Widow Movie
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tampa Bay Times:
Florida's largest psychiatric hospital ‘entirely cut off’ by Hurricane Michael
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Dina Powell no longer under consideration by Trump for U.S. job at U.N.: senior official
HuffPost:
Trump Prosecutor Gets First Illegal Voting Conviction.  The Penalty Is $200 And Possible Deportation.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Percentage of young U.S. children who don't receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Memo to California GOP: Vote Socialist?
Discussion: Washington Post
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
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Wall Street Journal:
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