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4:55 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.”
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Crown prince sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him, U.S. intercepts show
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Media sponsors start dropping out of Saudi conference after journalist goes missing
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 …
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
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: Law & Crime
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.
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 …
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Matthew Shepard, whose 1998 murder became a symbol for the gay rights movement, will be interred …
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
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 …
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?
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 …
Laura Beckerman / CREW:
Trump Will Likely Benefit from a Massive New Loophole in the Tax Bill  —  Last year's tax reform legislation disproportionately benefits the wealthiest Americans, including President Trump.  However, Trump's ongoing refusal to disclose his tax returns ensures that Americans cannot …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
White Americans Gain the Most From Trump's Tax Cuts, Report Finds
Discussion: Splinter and theGrio
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 …
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 …
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
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Memo to California GOP: Vote Socialist?
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
With Ann Kirkpatrick ahead in CD2 polling, GOP pulls TV time in Tucson  —  TUCSON — A day after Republican congressional candidate Lea Marquez Peterson debated Ann Kirkpatrick, her front-running Democratic opponent, the GOP yanked its reservations for TV ads in this competitive district.
Discussion: Roll Call
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.
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
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Trump campaign claims WikiLeaks not liable for releasing hacked emails  —  The Trump campaign argued in a legal filing that Wikileaks could not be held liable for publishing emails that were stolen by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 US election because the website was simply serving …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Harvey Weinstein Bombshell: Detective Didn't Tell D.A. About Witness Who Said Sex-Assault Accuser Consented  —  A year and a day after she went public, Lucia Evans' allegation she was forced to perform oral sex was tossed.  —  Harvey Weinstein won a victory in his sexual-assault case a month before his trial is scheduled to begin.
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 …
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.
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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
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Top Corruption Investigator Shot Dead In Moscow Region
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Trump and the fear of fascism in America
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
ABC News:
Kanye West on Trump: 'If he don't look good, we don't look good'
Nixon's Grandson May Become a Trump Aide on China, Sources Say
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Michelle Obama on if she'll run for office: ‘Absolutely not’
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Wire
USA Today:
Real Democratic agenda: Lower health costs, less corruption, more jobs and fairness
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Republicans warn ‘green wave’ of Democratic cash could overwhelm House GOP candidates
León Krauze / Slate:
The Democrats Have a Latino Problem
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Michigan Governor's Race Tests Flint's Jaded Residents
Josh Nathan-Kazis / Forward:
Israeli Spy Firm That Approached Trump First Proposed Dirty Tricks Against BDS
Washington Post:
Larry Hogan for Maryland governor
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Politics as the New Religion for Progressive Democrats
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Democrats aim for big gains in state legislatures
Jonathan S. Tobin / National Review:
Doubling Down on Global-Warming Alarmism