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8:40 PM ET, October 11, 2018


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Washington Post:
Turks tell U.S. officials they have audio and video recordings that support conclusion Khashoggi was killed  —  The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate …
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Journalist's Disappearance Sends Chill Through Foreign Investors, Firms  —  Companies and individuals are re-examining ties to crown prince, with some pulling out of Riyadh's ‘Davos in the Desert’ conference  —  The Saudi crown prince's plans to lure investors and transform …
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:   Saudi's Disappearance Risks Costly Image-Crafting Effort in U.S.
Washington Post:
‘I like them very much:’ Trump has long-standing business ties with Saudis, who have boosted …
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Trump lawyers working on answers to Mueller's Russia conspiracy questions
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: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Washington Post:
Facebook purged over 800 accounts and pages pushing political messages for profit
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 …
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.”
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 …
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: Politico and Breitbart
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’
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, Raw Story and Political Wire
Dina Powell out as contender for U.N. post  —  Powell, a former deputy national security adviser, had been seen as the White House's top pick for the job.  —  Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs executive and former aide to President Donald Trump, has withdrawn her name from consideration …
Discussion: Axios
Gabby Orr / Politico:   Eyeing midterm gender gap, Trump aides seek woman for U.N. post
Steve Holland / Reuters:   Dina Powell no longer under consideration by Trump for U.S. job at U.N.: senior official
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.
Jim Manley / The Daily Beast:   Mitch McConnell Is Going to Kill the United States Senate
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 …
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Army expelled 500 immigrant recruits in 1 year  —  Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army discharged more than 500 immigrant enlistees who were recruited across the globe for their language or medical skills and promised a fast track to citizenship in exchange for their service, The Associated Press has found.
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Brian Flood / Fox News:
Herschel Walker calls for CNN to fire Don Lemon over ‘racist’ Kanye West criticism
Discussion: Instapundit and
Ruth Spencer / The Cut:
Stephen Elliott Sues Moira Donegan, Creator of Shitty Media Men List
Discussion: Jezebel and Vox, more at Mediagazer »
Hollywood Reporter:
Scarlett Johansson Lands $15 Million Payday for Black Widow Movie
Discussion: The Daily Caller
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed News:
Steve Bannon Met A White Nationalist Facebook Personality During London Trip
Discussion: Bloomberg
Tampa Bay Times:
Florida's largest psychiatric hospital ‘entirely cut off’ by Hurricane Michael
Trump Prosecutor Gets First Illegal Voting Conviction.  The Penalty Is $200 And Possible Deportation.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Percentage of young U.S. children who don't receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Top Corruption Investigator Shot Dead In Moscow Region
Wall Street Journal:
The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded. That's About to Change