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6:20 PM ET, October 11, 2018


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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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
‘I like them very much:’ Trump has long-standing business ties with Saudis, who have boosted …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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: Political Wire, Splinter and Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Dems agree to confirm judges in deal that puts Senate into recess  —  Senate Democrats accepted an offer from Senate Republicans to confirm 15 lifetime federal judges on Thursday in exchange for agreeing to go into recess through the midterms so endangered Democrats can campaign.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jim Manley / The Daily Beast:   Mitch McConnell Is Going to Kill the United States Senate
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:   Mitch McConnell says he's ‘increasingly optimistic’ Republicans will hold the Senate
Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP closes in on Heitkamp knockout — and control of the Senate
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 …
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 …
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  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday it has purged more than 800 U.S publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented content that violated the company's spam policies …
Tariro Mzezewa / New York Times:
I Loved Kanye West and Hated Taylor Swift.  Then 2018 Happened.  —  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would ever side with Taylor Swift.  —  Ms. Mzezewa is a staff editor in the Opinion section.  —  I've loved Kanye West since I was 12 years old.
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’
ABC News:   Kanye West on Trump: 'If he don't look good, we don't look good'
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 …
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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Michael Cohen re-registers as a Democrat, lawyer says
Discussion: CBS New York
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?
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Adelson drops tens of millions more to save the GOP Congress  —  Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is pumping tens of millions of dollars more into Republican Party coffers in an 11th-hour push to save their congressional majorities, according to two senior Republicans familiar with the donation.
Trump Prosecutor Gets First Illegal Voting Conviction.  The Penalty Is $200 And Possible Deportation.  —  The voter, an Italian who has lived in the U.S. since 1985, said he didn't check whether he was ineligible.  —  One of several legal permanent U.S. residents from North Carolina charged …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Memo to the media: Stop spreading Trump's fake news  —  At a rally on Wednesday night, President Trump accused Hillary Clinton of conspiring with Russia to try to swing the 2016 election.  “There was collusion between Hillary, the Democrats, and Russia,” Trump said, adding that there was “a lot” of such “collusion.”
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Top Corruption Investigator Shot Dead In Moscow Region  —  A top Russian investigator involved in serious economic crimes and corruption cases has been shot dead in the Moscow region, officials say.  —  The Investigative Committee's Moscow branch told Russian news agencies that Colonel Yevgenia Shishkina …
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 …
Justice Brett Kavanaugh Serves Meals to the Homeless in Washington, D.C.  —  Justice Brett Kavanaugh isn't letting his first week on the High Court throw him off his routine, not when it comes to charity, anyway.  —  The newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice slipped on a ball cap and rubber gloves …
Discussion: TheBlaze
USA Today:
Fact check: President Trump's claims on Medicare, Democrats  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: With the Nov. 6 midterms just weeks away, President Donald Trump has hammered on a campaign trail theme in which he has painted Democrats' healthcare policies as “socialist” and has suggested their plans could put health coverage for senior citizens at risk.
Wall Street Journal:
The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded.  That's About to Change  —  Trial beginning Monday will examine how the elite institution uses race to shape its student body; decision could upend practices of other colleges  —  This year, 42,749 students applied to Harvard College, and only 1,962 were admitted.
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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
Lena H. Sun / Washington Post:
Percentage of young U.S. children who don't receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Memo to California GOP: Vote Socialist?
Discussion: Washington Post
Rep. Steve Scalise / Fox News:
When Eric Holder, other Dems call for violence, that's a direct threat to our democracy
 Earlier Items: 
Ady Barkan / The Nation:
I'm Dying. Here Is What I Refuse to Accept With Serenity.
León Krauze / Slate:
The Democrats Have a Latino Problem
Laura Beckerman / CREW:
Trump Will Likely Benefit from a Massive New Loophole in the Tax Bill
Discussion: New York Times and Splinter
Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
Cruz Aide Worked for Dictator Now on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Politics as the New Religion for Progressive Democrats