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3:15 PM ET, October 12, 2018


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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Scott Nover / The Atlantic:
Jamal Khashoggi's Friends in Washington Are in Shock
Discussion: Washington Post
Aaron David Miller / The Atlantic:
The U.S.-Saudi Relationship Is Out of Control
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Saudi summit in crisis as Khashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals
Discussion: CNN, KTVQ-TV and Observer
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
Washington Post:
More Americans disapprove of Kavanaugh's confirmation than support it, new poll shows  —  More Americans disapprove of Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court than approve, and a narrow majority says congressional investigation of the new justice should not end with his elevation to the court …
Discussion: Political Wire and Hullabaloo
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Women lead support for further investigation of Kavanaugh (POLL)  —  Led by discontent among women, Americans by a 51-41 percent margin disapprove of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court — and a majority favors further investigation by Congress that could lead to efforts to remove him from office.
Discussion: Mother Jones
National Review:
A Party of Stalkers  —  J  —  ames Hodgkinson seems to have slipped down the memory hole.  —  Hodgkinson was the left-wing activist who accused Donald Trump and Mike Pence of treason and — “fueled by rage against Republican legislators,” as the Virginia attorney general put it …
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.
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Beto O'Rourke registers voter after reading about him in the Guardian  —  After learning about Sebastian Esquivel, a Latino man who felt the Texas race 'doesn't really matter', O'Rourke cold called Esquivel to help him register to vote  —  Beto O'Rourke, the charismatic Democrat …
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Politico
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.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Hackers accessed personal information of 30 million Facebook users
Discussion: Fox17
David Ingram / NBC News:
Facebook says hackers saw personal info of 14 million people
Discussion: VICE News, Mashable and The Verge
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.
Discussion: KTVQ-TV and Political Wire
Harry Enten / CNN:
The Forecast with Harry Enten: Democrats poised to take the House, GOP likely retains control in Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump administration weighs new family separation effort at border  —  The White House is actively considering plans that could again separate parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to reverse soaring numbers of families attempting to cross illegally into the United States …
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.
Washington Post:
Republicans who clucked that Clinton and Obama disrespected the Oval Office never heard Kanye West's f-bomb
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart, HuffPost and The Guardian
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:   Can we talk? Trump's riding high _ and he's got a lot to say
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.
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
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 …
Kylie Atwood / CBS News:
Pompeo's six hours in Pyongyang - a reporter's notebook  —  Minutes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Pyongyang, while he was still on the runway, his North Korean counterpart immediately began dictating the terms of his meeting with Kim Jong Un.  Pompeo's plane had not yet shut down its engines.
Discussion: Sputnik International
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Victoria Bissell Brown / Washington Post:
Thanks for not raping us, all you ‘good men.’ But it's not enough.  —  A flood of rage is rushing through women's brains.  Why can't men organize to change themselves?  —  Victoria Bissell Brown, a retired history professor at Grinnell College, lives in Haverford Township, Pa.
Grace Segers / CBS News:
GOP Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate says he'll “stomp” on opponent's face with golf spikes  —  Scott Wagner, the Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania, threatened his opponent, incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, in a Facebook Live video criticizing the negative ads against him.
Steven Zhou / VICE News:
Refugee claimants fear for safety after alleged arson in Toronto  —  Refugee claimants staying temporarily at a hotel in the east end of Toronto say they fear for their safety after a string of recent incidents that has put many of them on edge.  —  On Friday, police released a photo …
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/
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.
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Blue Wave Goodbye: Polls Show Crushing Midterm Defeats for Dems and a Maintained Republican Senate Majority In the Cards  —  When viewing the Democrat's strategies over the past few months, the words “inept failures” would be an accurate description to put on them.
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Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
What the Black Men Who Identify With Brett Kavanaugh Are Missing
Discussion: National Review
Leon Neyfakh / Slate:
In 1998, Congress weighed whether Juanita Broaddrick's rape accusation against Bill Clinton was grounds for impeachment.
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
A school board president swapped the Pledge of Allegiance with a Maya Angelou quote
Amanda Connolly /
Stephen Harper on why it's Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, not Donald Trump, who scare him
James O'Neill / New York Daily News:
The truth about stop-and-frisk: An education for President Trump
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's potential new attorney general once mused about choking off Robert Mueller's funding
Discussion: Observer and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Edges Toward New Cold-War Era With China
Discussion: Washington Post
Gary Leff / View from the Wing:
As Marriott Workers Strike, Guests Stuck With the Full Bill But Less Service
Discussion: San Diego Free Press
Kadia Goba / BKLYNER:
Marty Golden Explains The Car Crash He was Involved in 2005 - “It was an accident!”
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
Elected mayor at 23 in struggling Fall River, Mass., Jasiel F. Correia II had the makings …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Boston Magazine
Kyrsten Sinema: “Arizona Is Clearly The Meth Lab Of Democracy”
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
He Settled a Sex Discrimination Complaint. Now He Wants to Lead Maine.
Discussion: Beacon and Bangor Daily News