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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 …
Washington Post:
Saudi forensic expert is among 15 named by Turkey in disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Discussion: Al Arabiya
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:   Saudi's Disappearance Risks Costly Image-Crafting Effort in U.S.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Ringer, CNN, Raw Story and TheBlaze
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Herschel Walker calls for CNN to fire Don Lemon over ‘racist’ Kanye West criticism  —  Football legend-turned-activist Herschel Walker is calling for CNN to fire Don Lemon after the “CNN Tonight” host laughed when rapper Kanye West was referred to as “the token negro of the Trump administration” …
Discussion: Instapundit and
Washington Post:
Republicans who clucked that Clinton and Obama disrespected the Oval Office never heard Kanye West's f-bomb
Discussion: HuffPost and The Guardian
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 …
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.
Mark Murray / NBC News:   How the NBC/Marist poll of Wisconsin is different than Marquette's
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 …
Greg Bluestein / politics.myajc:   AJC/Channel 2 poll: Abrams and Kemp in tight race; Trump's approval up
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
Stacey Abrams campaign demands GOP's Kemp resign as Georgia secretary of state amid voter registration uproar
ACLU of Georgia:   ACLU of Georgia Responds to Reports Regarding the 53,000 Voters With Pending Registrations Due to Exact Match Law
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:   Bredesen Spokesman: ‘Gun Nuts’ Are ‘Biggest Terrorist Organization on The Planet’
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.
Dina Powell out as contender for U.N. post
Discussion: The Week and Axios
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
‘Changed Forever’: Florida Panhandle devastated by Michael  —  PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Michael came into focus Thursday with rows upon rows of homes found smashed to pieces, and rescue crews struggling to enter stricken areas in hopes of accounting …
Discussion: Politico
Jacqui Shine / Vulture:
Murphy Brown Recap: APPropriate Behavior  —  Great news!  It's Sexual Harassment Seminar Day!  ("Everybody clear your browser histories," says Julius, The Weary PA.) Oh, Miles, it's mandatory, you say?  Murphy cheerfully announces, “You can't spell mandatory without man,” so she'll see all you suckers tomorrow.
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.
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?
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Stop the Press Before It Profiles Beto O'Rourke Again  —  The winds of swoonery blasted through Texas this year and traveled halfway across the country to dust the Eastern media establishment with love eternal for senatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke.  Not since the press corps fell in love …
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Kyrsten Sinema in 2011: 'There's something wrong with the people in public office in Arizona'  —  Rep. Kyrsten Sinema seven years ago ridiculed as “crazy” the Republican elected officials leading the state at the time, and the anti-illegal immigration legislation that began in Arizona …
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Kevin Kelleher / Fortune:
Ford Prepares for Mass Layoffs After Losing $1 Billion to Trump's Trade Tariffs, Report Says
Washington Post:
Republicans promise post-midterm fight to fund Trump's border wall
Robert Evans / bellingcat:
From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled”
Hispanic voters and the mid-terms
Stephen Moore / New York Post:
Don't buy the UN's bull — The US isn't killing planet Earth
David M. Perry / Pacific Standard:
Washington Post:
How a Trump decision on trade became a setback for democracy in Vietnam
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Discussion: Political Wire
Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Top Corruption Investigator Shot Dead In Moscow Region