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11:05 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 …
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Khashoggi friend says journalist angered Saudi government with column during its ‘charm campaign’  —  WASHINGTON — In October 2017, Saudi journalist  —  Jamal Khashoggi crossed a line that made him a marked man and led, most likely, to his brutal death, according to one of his close friends.
Discussion: CNBC, Raw Story, The Week and Mediaite
Aaron David Miller / The Atlantic:
The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is Out of Control
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
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 and Althouse
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.
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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
Jessica Wehrman / daytondailynews:
Brown has raised $27M in Senate race  —  Renacci spokesman says Brown got money from lobbyists and ‘Hollywood friends.’  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown has raised nearly $27.1 million so far in his quest to receive a third term in the U.S. Senate — a figure higher even than Sen. Rob Portman's total fund-raising in 2016.
Emily Kopp / Roll Call:
Sen. Sherrod Brown Breaks Ohio Fundraising Record  —  Opponent has not released fundraising totals yet  —  Rep. Chris Collins Will Face Trial In 2020 Library of Congress Collects, Ranks Internet's Most Popular Meme ... For Science GOP Yanks Ad Spending for Marquez Peterson in Arizona
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.”
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 …
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
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Kanye West and Jim Brown
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
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 …
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
POLITICO-Harvard poll: Most Democratic voters driven by desire to ice GOP health agenda  —  Fear and anger over the GOP's health policies are driving a majority of Democratic voters to the polls in an effort to flip control of the House and put the brakes on the Trump administration's agenda …
Discussion: Political Wire
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, Joe.My.God. and The Daily Beast
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
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
Kyrsten Sinema: “Arizona Is Clearly The Meth Lab Of Democracy”  —  Kyrsten Sinema, Netroots Nation, 2010
Discussion: Political Wire
Walker Davis / CREW:
Ethanol Lobbyist Gave Trump Agenda $250K in Dark Money  —  Republican lobbyist C. Boyden Gray contributed $250,000 to pro-Trump political nonprofit America First Policies in April 2018, according to lobbying disclosure forms filed with Congress.  The contribution makes Gray the fifth known contributor …
Gary Leff / View from the Wing:
As Marriott Workers Strike, Guests Stuck With the Full Bill But Less Service  —  8,000 Marriott employees are on strike in 8 cities.  That encompasses 23 hotels in Boston, Detroit, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, and Hawaii out of about 6500 Marriott properties worldwide …
Discussion: San Diego Free Press
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Democrats are playing with fire  —  One measure of the effectiveness of a political movement is how it changes its opposition.  And President Trump is in the process of driving portions of his Democratic opposition insane.  —  Hillary Clinton — whose warmth, integrity and down-to-earth style …
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Bloomberg
Harry Enten / CNN:
The Forecast with Harry Enten: Democrats poised to take the House, GOP likely retains control in Senate  —  (CNN)Today, we launched The Forecast.  —  We'll be letting you know, based on our data analysis, who is favored to win and lose in House and Senate races through the election.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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
Sean Illing / Vox:
The case for abolishing the Supreme Court  —  A Harvard law professor on whether it's time to rethink the nation's highest court.  —  When he was arguing for the ratification of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton wrote that the judiciary “will always be the least dangerous branch …
Discussion: American Thinker and Fox News
Kadia Goba / BKLYNER:
Marty Golden Explains The Car Crash He was Involved in 2005 - “It was an accident!”  —  DYKER HEIGHTS — This week State Sen. Marty Golden spoke out about the crash that led to the hospitalization of a 74-year-old woman in 2005.  —  During a heated debate on Tuesday, at the Dyker Heights Civic Association …
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Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Blocks Aid Workers From North Korea
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Witches to Hex Justice Kavanaugh in Occult Ritual in NYC
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: How Mike Bloomberg scared off Anthony Weiner from challenging him in 2009
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
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
Azi Paybarah Joining Metro
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Postal Service unveils price hikes, denies they're meant to hurt Amazon
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Kara Swisher / Slate:
“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
Jodi Lincoln / Washington Post:
Incarcerated Pennsylvanians now have to pay $150 to read. We should all be outraged.
Jacqui Shine / Vulture:
Murphy Brown Recap: APPropriate Behavior
Molly Redden / HuffPost:
Lambda Legal, Which Won Key Court Victories For Marriage Equality, Is In Crisis
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Walker trails in race for Wisconsin governor