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10:15 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 …
NBC News:
Kavanaugh isn't popular with Middle America  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — For all of the talk and evidence of how the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh …
Aaron David Miller / The Atlantic:
The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is Out of Control  —  Possible Saudi involvement in the disappearance—and alleged murder—of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi presents the U.S.-Saudi relationship with its greatest crisis since 9/11.  If the Saudis are proven guilty of this heinous crime …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Khashoggi intrigue: A text from the Saudi ambassador, then silence
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Media companies pulling out of Saudi conference after Khashoggi's disappearance
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Saudi forensic expert is among 15 named by Turkey in disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: Al Arabiya and The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Beto O'Rourke breaks fundraising record, raises $38 million in 3 months  —  Sen. Ted Cruz's Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke has raised more $38 million in the third quarter, all from individual contributions, he announced on Friday morning.  —  You just raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in three months.
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Beto O'Rourke raised $38.1 million in last three months, smashing all records in bid to oust Ted Cruz  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Beto O'Rourke raised an astonishing $38.1 million in three months, as Democrats in Texas and nationwide showered him with donations for his bid to oust Sen. Ted Cruz.
Discussion: Political Wire and RedState
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.”
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The 15 Republican Seats That Democrats Could Sweep  —  Democrats' promising prospects in the 25 Republican-held House districts that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 underscore the price of the electoral trade that Donald Trump's tempestuous presidency is imposing on the Republican Party.
Discussion: HuffPost
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Clinton and Pelosi take star turn — in GOP attack ads
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:   Evaluating Enthusiasm With Less Than a Month to Go
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 …
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: Talking Points Memo and Splinter
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 …
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 …
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:   New document contradicts Ross's congressional testimony on census citizenship question
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House Rating Changes: Post-Kavanaugh Polls Reveal an Even More Polarized Landscape  —  It's not saying much, but House Republicans have seen more bright spots in the past week of polling since the Kavanaugh confirmation fight than they saw in over a month.  Both sides agree Democrats' enthusiasm advantage …
New York Times:
Pope Accepts Wuerl's Resignation as Washington Archbishop, but Calls Him a Model Bishop  —  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, a moment many victims of clerical sexual abuse had hoped would demonstrate …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Crux
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Pope Francis accepts resignation of DC's archbishop, Cardinal Wuerl, amid criticism of Wuerl's handling of abuse claims
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Beast and Joe.My.God.
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
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
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Blocks Aid Workers From North Korea  —  Move raises pressure on Kim Jong Un amid tense nuclear talks  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. officials are preventing American aid workers from making humanitarian trips to North Korea, according to people familiar with the matter, inhibiting the flow of food …
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 …
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Elected mayor at 23 in struggling Fall River, Mass., Jasiel F. Correia II had the makings of a rising star — until Thursday  —  Jasiel F. Correia II had all the makings of a rising Democratic star.  —  While still an undergraduate at Providence College, he landed a seat on the city council …
Discussion: Boston Magazine
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: How Mike Bloomberg scared off Anthony Weiner from challenging him in 2009  —  THE BIG IDEA: As crazy as it sounds a decade later, Michael Bloomberg considered Anthony Weiner his most formidable potential challenger as he prepared to seek a third term as mayor of New York City in 2009.
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
Azi Paybarah Joining Metro  —  Azi, who has worked his way up through local publications including The New York Observer, WNYC and Politico New York, is our next New York Today writer.  Read more in this note from Cliff Levy:  —  When we went looking for our next New York Today writer …
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: Joe.My.God., Law & Crime and HuffPost
Kara Swisher / Slate:
“I Just Knew I Was Going to Surpass These Guys I Was Working For”  —  Executive Time is Slate's pop-up blog about bosses.  This as-told-to essay has been transcribed and edited for clarity from a conversation with Laura Bennett.  — What Are the Rules for Social Media Etiquette Between Bosses …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Postal Service unveils price hikes, denies they're meant to hurt Amazon  —  The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a series of price hikes including for a package delivery program used by Amazon, but the agency denied that the increases have anything to do with President Donald Trump's frequent attacks on the company.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Kyrsten Sinema: “Arizona Is Clearly The Meth Lab Of Democracy”  —  Kyrsten Sinema, Netroots Nation, 2010
Discussion: Political Wire
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Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual in NYC
JS Edbeat / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Shorewood High cancels ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’; critics planned protest over use of racial slur
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Althouse
Dow surges more than 400 points at the open, regaining some of this week's steep losses
Harry Enten / CNN:
The Forecast with Harry Enten: Democrats poised to take the House, GOP likely retains control in Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Eyeing midterm gender gap, Trump aides seek woman for U.N. post
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
The Character Assassination of Brett Kavanaugh by the Cowardly Senate Democrats
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Adelsons Give at Least $25 Million More to G.O.P. for Midterms
Discussion: Joe.My.God., Politico and The Week
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Democrats are playing with fire
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Bloomberg
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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
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Lambda Legal, Which Won Key Court Victories For Marriage Equality, Is In Crisis
Stephen Moore / New York Post:
Don't buy the UN's bull — The US isn't killing planet Earth