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8:25 AM ET, October 12, 2018


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Washington Post:
Turks tell U.S. officials they have audio and video recordings that support conclusion Khashoggi was killed  —  The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate …
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Media companies pulling out of Saudi conference after Khashoggi's disappearance  —  The Future Investment Initiative has come under scrutiny amid reports the longtime critic of the Saudi royal family was killed inside the Saudi consulate.  —  Several journalists and media organizations …
Wall Street Journal:   Turkey Is Expected to Release American Pastor on Friday
Aaron David Miller / The Atlantic:
The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is Out of Control
Washington Post:
Saudi forensic expert is among 15 named by Turkey in disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: Al Arabiya
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
John Kelly Called Elizabeth Warren An “Impolite Arrogant Woman” In An Email  —  Washington, D.C.  —  WASHINGTON — White House chief of staff John Kelly called Sen. Elizabeth Warren an “impolite arrogant woman” in a private email he exchanged last year with his top aide following …
Sarah Stillman / New Yorker:
The Five-Year-Old Who Was Detained at the Border and Persuaded to Sign Away Her Rights  —  Helen—a smart, cheerful five-year-old girl—is an asylum seeker from Honduras.  This summer, when a social worker asked her to identify her strengths, Helen shared her pride in “her ability to learn fast and express her feelings and concerns.”
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Kanye West Storms D.C. Apple Store, Gives ‘Keynote Speech’ on Table, Says He's Leaving for Africa  —  Hours after Kanye West gave a 10-minute monologue in the Oval Office and had lunch with President Donald Trump, he apparently stormed an Apple Store in the Washington D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown …
Washington Post:
Republicans who clucked that Clinton and Obama disrespected the Oval Office never heard Kanye West's f-bomb  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering reporters' insights  —  For more than 10 minutes Thursday, President Trump was struck nearly speechless as rapper, activist …
Discussion: Axios, HuffPost and The Guardian
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Herschel Walker calls for CNN to fire Don Lemon over ‘racist’ Kanye West criticism
Discussion: Instapundit and
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Evaluating Enthusiasm With Less Than a Month to Go  —  Back in 2016, lots of people, myself included, thought that Trump's “all-base-all-the-time” strategy was ill-conceived.  Sure, it would motivate his supporters, but it would also juice up turnout by Democrats and turn off critical swing/independent voters.
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The 15 Republican Seats That Democrats Could Sweep
Discussion: HuffPost
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Clinton and Pelosi take star turn — in GOP attack ads
Lucien Bruggeman / ABC News:
First lady has ‘more important things to think about’ than Trump's alleged affairs  —  First lady Melania Trump is brushing aside allegations of infidelity on her husband's part, telling ABC News in an exclusive interview that she has no time for what she calls media speculation and gossip.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
‘We are fine’: Melania Trump brushes off questions about her husband's alleged infidelity
Discussion: ABC News
Greg Bluestein / politics.myajc:
AJC/Channel 2 poll: Abrams and Kemp in tight race; Trump's approval up  —  Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams remain locked in a tight race for Georgia governor less than a month before the election, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll that showed …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Georgia NAACP readies lawsuit against Kemp over voter registration  —  The Georgia NAACP is preparing to sue Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, in response to a report that Kemp's office has put on hold tens of thousands of voter registration applications …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Democrats agree to confirmations of 15 Trump judges  —  Senate Democrats accepted an offer Thursday from Senate Republicans to confirm 15 lifetime federal judges in exchange for the ability to go into recess through the midterms, allowing endangered Democrats to campaign.
Jim Manley / The Daily Beast:   Mitch McConnell Is Going to Kill the United States Senate
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Fusion GPS co-founder will invoke ‘constitutional rights not to testify’: lawyers  —  Lawyers for Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, told the head of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that his client will “invoke his constitutional rights not to testify,” defying …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Fusion GPS Founder Will Plead The Fifth To Avoid Testifying To Congress
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New poll shows Democrat Shalala trailing GOP opponent in a district Trump lost badly  —  WASHINGTON  —  Donna Shalala may be in trouble.  —  Shalala, a Democrat running in a district that President Donald Trump lost by nearly 20 percentage points in 2016, is trailing Republican TV journalist …
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 …
Ben Jacobs / The Guardian:
Republican pair apparently pose as communists to make Democratic donation  —  Men visit office of Arizona's Tom O'Halleran with jar of money in apparent effort to create link to far-left  —  Two young Arizona Republicans tried to make a donation to a Democratic congressman as members …
Discussion: Splinter
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge orders partial release of Watergate ‘road map’  —  A federal judge has ordered the partial release of a Watergate report that fueled an impeachment drive against President Richard Nixon and could serve as a precedent for a similar effort aimed at President Donald Trump.
Discussion: HuffPost
Associated Press:
AP source: Dina Powell tells Trump she doesn't want UN job  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Former deputy national security adviser Dina Powell told the White House on Thursday that she's not interested in serving as the next U.N. ambassador, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
I Listened to All Six Trump Rallies in October.  You Should, Too  —  It's not a reality show.  It's real.  —  From the start of the Trump Presidency, many Beltway wise men, and more than a few of Donald Trump's own advisers, said, Don't pay attention to the tweets; forget the overheated language …
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 …
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Lambda Legal, Which Won Key Court Victories For Marriage Equality, Is In Crisis  —  The LGBTQ group's internal chaos comes at a terrible time as queer America battles the Trump administration's hostility.  —  Lambda Legal, the impact litigation group that has played a key role …
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 …
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Pope Francis accepts resignation of DC's archbishop, Cardinal Wuerl, amid criticism of Wuerl's handling of abuse claims  —  Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Washington's archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who in a matter of months went from a trusted papal ally who had largely managed …
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Beast and Joe.My.God.
Trump May Not Be Crazy, But the Rest of Us Are Getting There Fast  —  Psychologists' couches are filling up as Americans seek relief from Trump Anxiety Disorder.  —  CNN before love-making is not his idea of a turn-on.  —  But she can hardly turn it off—engrossed as she is in the latest unnerving gyrations of Washington.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
Ruth Spencer / The Cut:
Stephen Elliott Sues Moira Donegan, Creator of Shitty Media Men List  —  Stephen Elliott, a New Orleans-based writer is suing Moira Donegan, the creator of the Shitty Media Men List for libel and emotional distress.  Elliott filed documents at the United States District Court for the Eastern District …
Washington Post:
Republicans promise post-midterm fight to fund Trump's border wall  —  President Trump and congressional Republicans ramped up promises this week for a battle over the president's U.S.-Mexico border wall after the midterm elections.  But there's no plan for getting Trump the wall money he wants …
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
He Settled a Sex Discrimination Complaint.  Now He Wants to Lead Maine.  —  SCARBOROUGH, Me.  — Shawn Moody has made his difficult upbringing and success in business the twin pillars of his campaign to become Maine's next governor, boasting in commercials, debates and speeches about how he built …
Judith Mischke / Politico:
Suspect in Bulgarian journalist murder case to be extradited: German court  —  A German court has ruled that a man held in connection with the rape and murder of Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova will be extradited to Bulgaria within the next 10 days.  —  The high regional court …
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“I Just Knew I Was Going to Surpass These Guys I Was Working For”
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Character Assassination of Brett Kavanaugh by the Cowardly Senate Democrats
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Democrats are playing with fire
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Bloomberg
Jodi Lincoln / Washington Post:
Incarcerated Pennsylvanians now have to pay $150 to read. We should all be outraged.
Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
Ford Prepares for Mass Layoffs After Losing $1 Billion to Trump's Trade Tariffs, Report Says
Jacqui Shine / Vulture:
Murphy Brown Recap: APPropriate Behavior
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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Top Corruption Investigator Shot Dead In Moscow Region