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11:10 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 …
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 …
Bruce Riedel / Lawfare:
After Khashoggi, U.S. Arms Sales to the Saudis Are Essential Leverage  —  Photo Credit: AFP/Mandel Ngan via Times of Israel  —  Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.  —  Eighteen months ago, Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia and said he had concluded $110 billion dollars in arms sales with the kingdom.
POLITICO Playbook: Cancel your Christmas plans ...  DRIVING THE DAY  —  CANCEL YOUR CHRISTMAS PLANS ... OVER THE LAST few days, we've seen a massive ramp-up of the “build-the-wall” rhetoric from key Hill Republicans — signaling that the Dec. 7 funding deadline will be a major funding clash over the physical border with Mexico.
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.
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
Jamal Khashoggi's fate casts a harsh light on Trump's friendship with Saudi Arabia
Discussion: Bloomberg and The New Arab
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
‘Sweep it under the rug’: Fears grow Trump won't confront Saudis over journalist's disappearance
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:   EXCLUSIVE: Jamal Khashoggi dragged from consulate office, killed and dismembered
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
What Trump Can Do About Saudi Arabia
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Why Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance will haunt the Saudi government
Discussion: and The Ringer
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   The Daily 202: Trump resists limiting Saudi arms sales amid growing diplomatic crisis over journalist's disappearance
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.
Associated Press:
Melania Trump says she might be ‘the most bullied person’  —  NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Melania Trump says she thinks she's “the most bullied person” in the world, based on what “people are saying” about her.  —  Mrs. Trump also says there are people in the White House she and President Donald Trump can't trust.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump pledges to ‘weed out’ administration officials he does not trust
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
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 …
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Fired official Andrew McCabe accuses FBI of stalling his upcoming book  —  The fired deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, is accusing his former agency of potentially targeting him unfairly by stalling publication of his much-anticipated book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.”
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 …
The Daily Beast:
White House Will ‘Look Into’ Fox News' Decision to Stop Broadcasting Trump Rallies  —  The White House has vowed to “look into” a decision taken by Fox News to stop broadcasting Donald Trump's rallies live and in full because they're no longer bringing in high ratings.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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: Jezebel and Splinter
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Memo to the media: Stop spreading Trump's fake news
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: ABC News and Washington Times
Washington Post:
Roberts refers judicial misconduct complaints against Kavanaugh to federal appeals court in Colorado
John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi: Trump's tax returns are fair game if Democrats win House  —  Expect Democrats to immediately try to force President Trump to release his tax returns if they take back the House in November, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday.  —  Demanding the president's tax returns …
Hoyer eyes majority leader post in next Congress
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump's Contradiction: Assailing ‘Left-Wing Mob’ as Crowd Chants ‘Lock Her Up’  —  ERIE, Pa. — When President Trump mocked a Democratic senator at a midterm election rally the other night, the crowd responded with one of his supporters' favorite chants from his own campaign two years ago.  “Lock her up!
Discussion: USA Today, Daily Kos, Bloomberg and Townhall
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Eric Holder: 'When they go low, we kick them. That's what this new Democratic Party is about.'
Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
Cruz Aide Worked for Dictator Now on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity  —  Child soldiers.  Torture.  Rape.  Mass executions.  —  These are some of the atrocities attributed to the regime of Laurent Gbagbo, former president of West Africa's Ivory Coast.
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) …
Jonathan S. Tobin / National Review:
Doubling Down on Global-Warming Alarmism
Discussion: Pacific Standard
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 …
Discussion: Human Rights Campaign
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.
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Justice Kavanaugh unlikely to heed calls for recusal
Discussion: Political Wire
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Study: 80% of Americans Believe Political Correctness Is a Problem  —  “Most members of the ‘exhausted majority,’ and then some, dislike political correctness.”  —  Except among a tiny minority of far-left Americans, political correctness (P.C.) is deeply unpopular.
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
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Politics as the New Religion for Progressive Democrats  —  The voters who are most amped for the 2018 elections look elite in nearly every way.  They are Democrats, college-educated, and largely secular.  They are likely to be women, but they're not necessarily white or particularly young.
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 and POLITICUSUSA
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 and Splinter
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Josh Nathan-Kazis / Forward:
Israeli Spy Firm That Approached Trump First Proposed Dirty Tricks Against BDS
New York Times:
Newsweek's Former Owner Faces Fraud Charges
Kaitlin Menza / Mic:
Taylor Swift is raking in album sales since she endorsed Democrats
Financial Times:
UK student held for 5 months in UAE on suspected spy charges
Washington Post:
Larry Hogan for Maryland governor
Rowan Walrath / Mother Jones:
Embattled Republicans Are Defending Popular Obamacare Provisions They Tried to Kill
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Top Republican groups split on how to save the House majority
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Economic Anxiety Didn't Elect Trump and It May Hurt His Party in the Midterms
Annie Karni / Politico:
Trump eager to woo back advisers who have moved on
Devon Pendleton / BloombergQuint:
Jeff Bezos's Fortune Just Dropped $9.1 Billion
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
The Viral Story About A Competitive Barefoot Runner Demanding People Sweep Up Acorns Is A Hoax
Discussion: Mashable
“We don't say that out of these walls.” …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Intellectual Dark Web Frays After Jordan Peterson Tweets Critically About Brett Kavanaugh
Discussion: Jordan Peterson and Breitbart