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5:40 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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Khashoggi was murdered, Saudis did it, leading Republican says  —  Corker: Believe missing journalist was murdered  —  Washington (CNN)A leading Republican senator said Thursday that he believes Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and that “there is no question the Saudis did this.”
Washington Post:
‘I like them very much:’ Trump has long-standing business ties with Saudis, who have boosted …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Media sponsors start dropping out of Saudi conference after journalist goes missing
Discussion: CNBC and The Intercept
POLITICO Playbook: Cancel your Christmas plans ...
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Atlantic and Vox
Judge questions ‘highly unusual’ Manafort plea deal with Mueller
Discussion: emptywheel and Law & Crime
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 …
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
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 and Raw Story
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
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
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Air Force Won't Say Whether It Will Replace Air Force One With Kanye's Hydrogen-Powered iPlane
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'
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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?
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Memo to the media: Stop spreading Trump's fake news
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 …
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 …
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Mitch McConnell says he's ‘increasingly optimistic’ Republicans will hold the Senate  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he's increasingly optimistic Republicans will maintain control of the Senate, calling a GOP defeat in November a “scary prospect” …
Discussion: Politico
Jim Manley / The Daily Beast:   Mitch McConnell Is Going to Kill the United States Senate
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Ady Barkan / The Nation:
I'm Dying.  Here Is What I Refuse to Accept With Serenity.  —  Voting is not nearly enough.  We need to become organizers.  —  On September 30, 2016, Rachael and I celebrated one year of marriage and 11 years together by booking a hotel room in Los Angeles and going out for fancy Asian fusion.
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Rep. Steve Scalise / Fox News:
When Eric Holder, other Dems call for violence, that's a direct threat to our democracy
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
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Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Trump campaign claims WikiLeaks not liable for releasing hacked emails
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
USA Today:
Real Democratic agenda: Lower health costs, less corruption, more jobs and fairness
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
Josh Nathan-Kazis / Forward:
Israeli Spy Firm That Approached Trump First Proposed Dirty Tricks Against BDS
Ken Klippenstein / TYT Network:
Cruz Aide Worked for Dictator Now on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity
David Dayen / The Intercept:
Dianne Feinstein Finally Agrees to “Debate” Senate Challenger, While Ensuring Almost No One Watches It
Discussion: Sacramento Bee and Splinter