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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 …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Khashoggi intrigue: A text from the Saudi ambassador, then silence  —  On Monday afternoon, I received an unsolicited note on the encrypted messaging service, WhatsApp, from the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman.  He is the younger brother of Saudi Crown Prince …
Sam Meredith / CNBC:
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin ‘planning on going’ to Saudi event despite journalist's disappearance  — Several media companies and top executives have announced they are pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh on Oct. 23-25.  — It comes after allegations …
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
National Security Advisor John Bolton On His Trip To Russia, The Missing Saudi Jamal Khashoggi, Iran, China and Big Tech  —  I sat down with Ambassador John Bolton in the OEOB Thursday at 11 AM:  —  10-12hhs-bolton  —  Transcript:  —  HH: Mr. Ambassador, thanks for talking to me.
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
America deserves to know how much money Trump is getting from the Saudi government  —  His corruption is a national security issue.  —  A foreign government — an American ally, no less — can't just murder a US resident with impunity while he's on the soil of a NATO member state because they didn't like his newspaper columns.
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Trump chooses Arab authoritarianism over Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: New York Times, Splinter and Raw Story
Aaron David Miller / The Atlantic:
The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is Out of Control
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.
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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Fox swooned over Kanye West at the White House.  Here's how it covered rappers visiting Obama.  —  Kanye West's visit to the White House — not as a musical guest, but as a potential policy adviser — was hailed by conservatives and rewarded with glowing coverage on Fox News.
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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:   Can we talk? Trump's riding high _ and he's got a lot to say
Washington Post:
Republicans who clucked that Clinton and Obama disrespected the Oval Office never heard Kanye West's f-bomb
Discussion: Axios, HuffPost and The Guardian
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Two Elections: Democrats' Chance of Taking the Senate Fading, House Likely to Flip  —  ANALYSIS |  The Democrats' chances of netting at least two Senate seats always seemed like a long shot.  But a month ago, the stars looked to be aligning for Democrats.  Today, those stars tell a different story.
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Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   The Epicenter of Republican Vulnerability in the House
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and POLITICUSUSA
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Emily Kopp / Roll Call:   Sen. Sherrod Brown Breaks Ohio Fundraising Record
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
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
Pastor Andrew Brunson released to U.S. diplomatic personnel after being detained by Turkish authorities for two years  —  BREAKING: Brunson will be departing his apartment in Turkey to go to the airport to leave the country.  His lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said Brunson will be flown to a U.S. air base …
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Politico:
Turkish court orders American pastor Andrew Brunson released from house arrest
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.”
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
An Update on the Security Issue  —  We have been working around the clock to investigate the security issue we discovered and fixed two weeks ago so we can help people understand what information the attackers may have accessed.  Today, we're sharing details about the attack we've found that exploited this vulnerability.
Bill Leukhardt / Hartford Courant:
Connecticut Legislative Candidate Quits After Uproar Over Online Comments About Parkland Victims  —  The Republican candidate whose harsh online comments about Parkland High shooting victims and other drew much criticism this past week resigned Thursday.  (Bill Leukhardt/wleukhardt@courant.com)
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Goodbye, Political Spin, Hello Blatant Lies
Discussion: USA Today, HuffPost, Hit & Run and Raw Story
Politico:
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Why is the mob angry?  Because Trump is ripping us apart with bigotry and hatred.  —  President Trump and Republicans have adopted a closing electoral strategy that depicts the Democratic Party and “angry” leftist protests against Trumpian rule as the only real reigning threat to our country's civic fabric and the rule of law.
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Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
Teacher who recounted Trump aide eating glue as a child is suspended  —  A teacher who recounted how a senior aide to President Trump ate glue as a third-grader is in trouble with her employers.  —  The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has placed veteran teacher Nikki Fiske on …
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Edges Toward New Cold-War Era With China  —  A more hard-nosed stance with Beijing is emerging from the Trump administration as China's help with North Korea wanes and trade talks stall  —  WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is moving deliberately to counter what the White House views …
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 …
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's potential new attorney general once mused about choking off Robert Mueller's funding  —  President Trump declined Thursday to deny that he was eyeing Matthew Whitaker as a replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  And suddenly, Whitaker's past skepticism about the Russia investigation has taken on new significance.
Discussion: Observer and Daily Kos
YouTube:
Kyrsten Sinema: “Arizona Is Clearly The Meth Lab Of Democracy”  —  Kyrsten Sinema, Netroots Nation, 2010
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Pope Francis accepts resignation of DC's archbishop, Cardinal Wuerl, amid criticism of Wuerl's handling of abuse claims
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Democrats are playing with fire
Discussion: Bloomberg and Arizona Republic
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story