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2:35 PM 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 …
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 …
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
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
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Saudi summit in crisis as Khashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals
Discussion: CNN, Observer and KTLA
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.
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 …
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  —  New York (CNN)Almost 30 million Facebook users' phone numbers and email addresses were accessed by hackers in the biggest security breach in the company's history, Facebook said on Friday.
Discussion: Fox17
David Ingram / NBC News:
Facebook says hackers saw personal info of 14 million people
Discussion: The Verge
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
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Politico
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.
Harry Enten / CNN:
The Forecast with Harry Enten: Democrats poised to take the House, GOP likely retains control in Senate
Discussion: Raw Story
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:   The Epicenter of Republican Vulnerability in the House
Discussion: Political Wire and KTVQ-TV
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.
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
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
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
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
New document contradicts Ross's congressional testimony on census citizenship question
Discussion: ABC News, America's Voice and Daily Kos
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 …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Michelle Obama Wanted Democrats to ‘Go High.’ Now They Aren't So Sure.  —  WASHINGTON — In 2016, Michelle Obama's words became the Democrats' defining creed to counter Donald J. Trump's battering ram of a presidential campaign: “When they go low, we go high.”  —  Two years later, the appeal of “high” seems low.
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 …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Hurricane Michael aftermath: Death toll spikes after five storm-related fatalities reported in Virginia  —  Hurricane Michael is no more.  The violent storm that ripped through the Southeast, leaving a trail of death and destruction from Florida to Virginia, finally moved off the coast over the Atlantic Ocean overnight.
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/
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.
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: TheBlaze and Boston Magazine
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Alex Horton / Washington Post:
A school board president swapped the Pledge of Allegiance with a Maya Angelou quote
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James O'Neill / New York Daily News:
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Kylie Atwood / CBS News:
Pompeo's six hours in Pyongyang - a reporter's notebook
Discussion: Sputnik International
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:
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Adam Cancryn / Politico:
POLITICO-Harvard poll: Most Democratic voters driven by desire to ice GOP health agenda
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
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
Kara Swisher / Slate:
“I Just Knew I Was Going to Surpass These Guys I Was Working For”
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Democrats are playing with fire
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
John Kelly Called Elizabeth Warren An “Impolite Arrogant Woman” In An Email