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11:40 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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and The Week
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
Discussion: Common Dreams
Elliott Abrams / Washington Post:
Why Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance will haunt the Saudi government
Discussion: and The Ringer
Robert Palladino / US Department of State:
Department Press Briefing
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
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.
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump pledges to ‘weed out’ administration officials he does not trust  —  President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will “weed out” individuals inside his administration who he does not like, echoing remarks from his wife, who told ABC News that there are people working for her husband who she does not trust.
Discussion: Associated Press and ABC News
Associated Press:
Melania Trump says she might be ‘the most bullied person’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:   Matthew Shepard, whose 1998 murder became a symbol for the gay rights movement, will be interred …
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 …
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 …
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
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: Shakesville, Jezebel and Splinter
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Memo to the media: Stop spreading Trump's fake news
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, IJR, Daily Kos and Bloomberg
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Eric Holder: 'When they go low, we kick them. That's what this new Democratic Party is about.'
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
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.
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
Study: 80% of Americans Believe Political Correctness Is a Problem  —  Except among a tiny minority of far-left Americans, political correctness (P.C.) is deeply unpopular.  Some 80 percent of people said they viewed P.C. excess as a problem.  —  That's according to a fascinating survey conducted …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Justice Kavanaugh unlikely to heed calls for recusal  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Brett Kavanaugh is unlikely to heed calls by critics to step aside from certain politically charged U.S. Supreme Court cases in which his fairness and independence might be questioned after a divisive confirmation fight, according to legal experts.
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
At Immigration Argument, Justice Kavanaugh Takes Hard Line
Kaitlin Menza / Mic:
Taylor Swift is raking in album sales since she endorsed Democrats  —  After years of staying silent about politics, singer Taylor Swift is finally using her voice.  On Sunday, she posted a fuzzy photo on Instagram of herself sitting on what looks like a bed, and in the long caption below …
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.
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
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
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 …
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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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Political Wire
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