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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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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 …
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.
New York Times:   Khashoggi's Disappearance Puts Kushner's Bet on Saudi Crown Prince at Risk
United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:
Corker, Menendez, Graham, Leahy Letter Triggers Global Magnitsky Investigation Into Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Amy Harder / Axios:   Scoop: Obama energy secretary suspends role in Saudi megaproject
Rand Paul / The Atlantic:
Stop Military Aid to Saudi Arabia
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Why are U.S. media companies partnering with a Saudi conference?
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Why Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance will haunt the Saudi government
Associated Press:
The Latest: Senators trigger probe into missing Saudi writer
Discussion: Politico
Reuters:
Apple Watch, hired jet, mystery vehicle figure in search for missing Saudi dissident
Discussion: HuffPost
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
'Don't worry about us': Critics fault Trump's hands-off response to autocrat abuses
Discussion: Axios
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: 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: Politico, LifeZette 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
Emily Trifone / Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
Planned Parenthood Announces Multi-Million Dollar Plan to Protect and Expand Abortion Access …
Discussion: VICE News and Townhall
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
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
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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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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Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Brian Kemp Is Blocking 53K Applicants From Registering To Vote, Most Of Them Black
Discussion: HuffPost and Joe.My.God.
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: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Naina Khanna / HuffPost:
I Confronted Mitch McConnell And Interrupted Susan Collins. And I'll Do It Again.
Discussion: twitchy.com
USA Today:
Donald Trump knows nothing about Medicare, health care or Democrats: Talker  —  ‘Trump and his party are on a wildly unpopular mission to gut Medicare and protections for pre-existing conditions.’  —  USA TODAY Opinion published a column by President Donald Trump on Wednesday expressing his opposition to …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Fact-Checking President Trump's USA Today op-ed on ‘Medicare-For-All’
Washington Post:   Midterm fear factor: Republicans, Democrats stoke anxiety over health care, rule of law
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.
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 …
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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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) …
Hollywood Reporter:
Stephen Miller's Third-Grade Teacher: He Was a “Loner” and Ate Glue  —  In 1993, Donald Trump's senior political adviser attended Santa Monica's Franklin Elementary, where he was “off by himself all the time.”  —  I can still picture him sitting in my classroom.
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
The Weather Channel:
Hurricane Michael Was the Third Most Intense Continental U.S. Landfall on Record, an Unprecedented Location for a Category 4 Landfall  — Michael was one of the most intense continental U.S. landfalls on record.  — Only 27 hurricanes made landfall in the continental U.S. at Category 4 or stronger intensity.
 
 
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The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Announces Eighteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Eighteenth Wave …
Discussion: National Review
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Truck with ‘Trump 2020’ stickers torched in bar parking lot
Suffolk University:
Poll: Democrats Lead in Ohio's U.S. Senate and Statewide Races
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
PVA:
“We don't say that out of these walls.” …
Discussion: Breitbart, VICE and The Gateway Pundit
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
Trump mocks ‘the rules of Me Too’ at Pennsylvania rally
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Politico
The Babylon Bee:
‘Let The Hate Flow Through You!’ Cackles Cloaked Hillary Clinton At Campaign Rally
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”
 Earlier Items: 
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
Adolfo Flores / BuzzFeed News:
3 Men Who Contradict The Border Patrol On The Shooting Of A Guatemalan Woman Are Likely To Be Deported
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Confirmation bias: Brett Kavanaugh and the major media's worst moment
Discussion: twitchy.com and Viking Pundit
Lindsay Whitehurst / Associated Press:
Romney says Supreme Court confirmation process ‘awful’
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture