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Annie Linskey /
Warren releases results of DNA test  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence” she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations, an unprecedented move by one of the top possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump denies offering $1 million for Warren DNA test, even though he did  —  President Trump on Monday denied that he offered Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) $1 million to take a test proving her Native American heritage, even though he did just that.  —  Trump spoke after Warren responded …
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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Trump promised $1 million to charity if Warren proved her Native American DNA. Now he denies it.
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
Trump Speaks With Saudi King About Missing Journalist  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge of the disappearance of a Saudi dissident journalist.  After the call, Mr. Trump said he was …
Hollywood Reporter:
Endeavor Pulling Out of $400 Million Saudi Arabia Deal (Exclusive)  —  The move comes as pressure mounts for Hollywood to take a stand against the kingdom in the wake of the disappearance — and possible murder — of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  —  Endeavor Content is extricating itself …
Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say  —  Ankara, Turkey (CNN)The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead …
Lee Smith / The Federalist:
10 Key Questions About The Khashoggi Affair To Answer Before Buying The Press Narrative  —  The discipline shown in the messaging campaign against Saudia Arabia suggests Turkis President Recep Erdogan is managing the Khashoggi file directly.  —  On October 2, Saudi national …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Fox Business and Saudi-Owned Al Arabiya Are Last Media Partners of Saudi Business Conference
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
US budget deficit expands to $779 billion in fiscal 2018 as spending surges  — The federal budget deficit rose 17 percent in fiscal year 2018, according to the Trump administration.  — The Trump administration has pushed for dramatic budget cuts at several agencies and supported massive increases in military spending.
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Daily Wire
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Budget Deficit Jumps Nearly 17% in 2018  —  WASHINGTON — The federal budget deficit swelled to $779 billion in fiscal year 2018, the Treasury Department said on Monday, driven in large part by a sharp decline in corporate tax revenues after the Trump tax cuts took effect.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Government Deficit Grew 17% in Fiscal 2018
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
All we know about the White House portrait of Trump drinking Diet Coke with Abraham Lincoln  —  Previously spotted in D.C. gift shops and jigsaw puzzle boxes, a fantasy print of President Trump entertaining Abraham Lincoln while every other Republican president in history watches now hangs outside the Oval Office.
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Republicans worry that Trump and his aides have no idea the hell that may await  —  WASHINGTON  —  Republicans who support President Donald Trump have grown fearful that the White House is unprepared for the onslaught that may await them in January.  —  If a “blue wave” succeeds in giving …
Discussion: Raw Story
The Hill:
Trump makes new overtures to Democrats
Discussion: Splinter and Political Wire
NBC News:
DHS finds increasing attempts to hack U.S. election systems ahead of midterms  —  The assessment said the feds don't know who is behind the attacks, but none have been successful.  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security says it's working to identify who — or what …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
GOP plays blame game while fighting to save House majority  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have begun to concede defeat in the evolving fight to preserve the House majority.  —  The party's candidates may not go quietly, but from the Arizona mountains to suburban Denver to the cornfields of Iowa …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:   Attack Ads Against Some Democrats Try to Portray Them as Terrorists
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Myanmar's Military Said to Be Behind Facebook Campaign That Fueled Genocide  —  NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — They posed as fans of pop stars and national heroes as they flooded Facebook with their hatred.  One said Islam was a global threat to Buddhism.  Another shared a false story about the rape of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim man.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Why Bill Gates is worried  —  What Gates thinks about global poverty, artificial intelligence, political freedom, clean meat, and humanity's future.  —  Is the world becoming a better place?  Are human beings, on average, becoming healthier, richer, safer?  And if they're not, why not?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Minnesota GOP Senate Contender Compared Michelle Obama To A ‘Chimp’ On Facebook  —  Republican Karin Housley is challenging Democratic Sen. Tina Smith.  —  Republican Karin Housley, a state senator running to represent Minnesota in the U.S. Senate, compared then-first lady Michelle Obama to a “chimp” in 2009.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's ugly, dishonest CBS interview reveals GOP's predicament in midterms  —  In an interview broadcast Sunday night on CBS, President Trump spectacularly outdid himself in revealing all of his very worst qualities in a compressed time period: the relentless lying; the unabashed sympathy …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Losing Mattis would be costly for Trump
Melissa Gomez / New York Times:
Woman Is Fired After Video Shows Her Blocking a Black Man From His Condo  —  A black man arrived at the entrance to the building where he lives in St. Louis late Friday night only to find himself blocked by a white neighbor who demanded he proved he lived there.
Tony Marrero / Tampa Bay Times:
Surveillance video shows Lakeland city commissioner shooting alleged shoplifter  —  LAKELAND Police have released surveillance video that appears to show a Lakeland city commissioner fatally shooting a man exiting the commissioner's military surplus store.  —  The video released Monday shows …
Discussion: Raw Story
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FBI Investigated Andrew McCabe For Allegedly Leaking About Michael Flynn  —  The FBI investigated former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in March 2017 for an unauthorized leak to the media regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump, according to documents released Monday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former U.S. Senate Employee Pleads Guilty to False Statements Charge  —  Longtime Director of Security for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Admits Lying to FBI About Disclosing Information to Reporter  —  James A. Wolfe, 57, of Ellicott City, Maryland, a former staff employee …
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Emails: Kyrsten Sinema summoned witches to her anti-war rally  —  Politicians talk about “witch hunts” so often that the occult has almost become cliche in American politics.  But in Arizona, there's at least one candidate on the ballot who takes sorcery very seriously.
The Intercept:
Military Officials Aren't Supposed to Associate With Hate Groups.  So Why Are These Generals Speaking at Frank Gaffney's Confab?  —  Over the past decade, the Center for Security Policy has emerged as one of the most notoriously bigoted and conspiratorial think tanks in Washington …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
John LaLoggia / Pew Research Center:
Little Partisan Agreement on the Pressing Problems Facing the U.S.  —  Wide gaps in how younger and older voters view the midterms  —  With less than four weeks until the midterm elections, Republican and Democratic voters differ widely in views of the seriousness of numerous problems facing …
Discussion: Vox, Washington Post and Opinion Today
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Man Who Broke Politics  —  Newt Gingrich is an important man, a man of refined tastes, accustomed to a certain lifestyle, and so when he visits the zoo, he does not merely stand with all the other patrons to look at the tortoises—he goes inside the tank.
Adam Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Former congressman David Jolly quits GOP  —  David Jolly vs. Charlie Crist?  —  This won't shock a lot of people who have seen former U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Belleair Bluffs, on MSNBC and CNN all the time criticizing President Donald Trump, but he has left the Republican Party.
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Political Wire
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mar-a-Lago member gives $150,000 to help Trump aides mired in Mueller probe  —  A Donald Trump campaign donor and Mar-a-Lago member gave $150,000 to a legal defense fund set up for current and former Trump aides mired in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to a new filing with the IRS.
Discussion: Raw Story
US embassy in Australia apologises for Cookie Monster cat email  —  The US embassy in Australia has apologised for an email invitation featuring a cat dressed in pyjamas that was mistakenly sent out by the US state department.  —  The email, titled “meeting”, went to an unknown number of recipients, US officials in Canberra confirmed.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook to ban misinformation on voting in upcoming U.S. elections  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) will ban false information about voting requirements and fake reports of violence or long lines at polling stations in the run-up to and during next month's U …
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Among the Ruins of Mexico Beach Stands One House, Built ‘for the Big One’  —  MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — As they built their dream house last year on the shimmering sands of the Gulf of Mexico, Russell King and his nephew, Dr. Lebron Lackey, painstakingly documented every detail of the elevated construction …
Discussion: New Republic
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Trump's travels: Staying away from swing voters ahead of the midterms
Discussion: Shareblue Media and Political Wire
The Guardian:
Exposing a week of chaos under Trump's zero tolerance
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Angela Merkel's Bavarian hangover
Discussion: Breitbart and VICE News
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
Government spends millions to guard Confederate cemeteries
Discussion: TheBlaze and Splinter
Susan Scutti / CNN:
Climate change to cause global beer shortage, study says
Discussion: Law & Crime
James Arkin / Politico:
Cruz plays the inside game to beat O'Rourke
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BuzzFeed News:
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's latest attempt to backtrack on Trump tells us what to expect from him in the Senate
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Archaeologists find ‘vampire burial’ site of a child feared capable of rising from the dead
Discussion: USA Today
Michael Klarman / Take Care Blog:
Why Democrats Should Pack the Supreme Court
Discussion: Raw Story
Ray Mabus / USA Today:
Harvard admissions lawsuit is a threat to America's diversity and strength
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Future Perfect, explained
Daily Mail:
Anarchy in the USA: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten sports a Make America Great Again t-shirt as he puffs …