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11:20 AM ET, October 16, 2018


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POLITICO Playbook: Pelosi gives Playbook a preview of the Democratic majority  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING ... SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO has arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.  Photo, courtesy State Department
Wall Street Journal:
Pompeo Arrives in Riyadh Amid Crisis Over Missing Saudi Journalist  —  U.S. diplomat is meeting King Salman and the crown prince in what could pave the way for a joint public response to the crisis  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh on Tuesday for meetings …
Discussion: Townhall and Just Security
Washington Post:
Who needs Saudi Arabia?  —  SAUDI ARABIA, so far, has tried bluster and bullying to silence the questions about journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago Tuesday.  On Sunday, a regime statement threatened to “respond with a larger action” …
US Department of State:
Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Saudi King Salman  —  Readout  —  Office of the Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:  —  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Donald Daters, a dating app for Trump supporters, leaked its users' data  —  A new dating app for Trump supporters that wants to “make America date again” has leaked its entire database of users — on the day of its launch.  —  The app, called “Donald Daters,” is aimed at …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Lindsey Graham says “toxic” Mohammed bin Salman “has to go”
Discussion: Politico
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Ditch Riyadh in a Fit of Righteousness
Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say
Aram Roston / BuzzFeed News:
American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East  —  “There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen.  I was running it.  We did it.”  —  Cradling an AK-47 and sucking a lollipop, the former American Green Beret bumped along in the back of an armored SUV …
Discussion: National Review and Defense One
Howie Carr / Boston Herald:
Fake news matched only by the fake Indian's fake math  —  So Elizabeth Warren is a fake Indian — the evidence is in, her own “evidence,” as vague as it is, and it proves what all of us have been saying since 2012.  —  She's not an Indian according to the bylaws of the various Indian nations.
Cherokee Nation:
Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren's DNA test
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump calls Warren a ‘phony’ and ‘fraud’ in latest shots over her heritage
Discussion: RedState, ABC News and Politico
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump, GOP silent after violent pro-Trump mob unleashes brutal assault  —  Republicans are refusing to disavow the pro-Trump ‘Proud Boys’ group responsible for a vicious mob-style attack this weekend in New York.  —  Republicans have responded with deafening silence after an estimated 30 members …
The Daily Beast:
Republicans Are Adopting the Proud Boys  —  Before and after the Manhattan brawl, GOP figures defended and promoted the far-right group.  It's a valuable and dangerous bridge between fascism and mainstream politics.  —  Nine members of the far-right Proud Boys group and three protesters …
New York Post:   NYPD to arrest 9 members of far-right Proud Boys involved in brawl
Madelyn Linsenmeir / Seven Days:
Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018  —  Our beloved Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir died on Sunday, October 7.  While her death was unexpected, Madelyn suffered from drug addiction, and for years we feared her addiction would claim her life.  We are grateful that when she died, she was safe and she was with her family.
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Chats Show FIU Turning Point USA Members Sharing Racist Memes and Rape Jokes … Back in 2017, New Times obtained screenshots of gross chats among Florida International University's Campus Republicans.  They joked about the Charlottesville neo-Nazi attack last year and threatened to “call ICE” …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Google really is trying to build a censored Chinese search engine, its CEO confirms  —  Google on Monday finally confirmed a secretive project that's been fueling an employee-led backlash for weeks at the company: an effort to build a version of its search engine that complies with China's online censorship regime.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Tucker Carlson Says He Can't Go to Restaurants Anymore  —  “Having someone scream, ‘F— you!’ at a restaurant, it just wrecks your meal,” he said on a podcast.  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson said he's “not a restaurant guy anymore” because of the way he's treated when he dines out in Washington, D.C.
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
Trump Campaign Doubles Spending Rate as the 2020 Race Draws Nearer  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's campaign more than doubled its spending over the past three months as the president worked to rev up the Republican base ahead of next month's midterm elections through a series of rallies and online appeals.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump tops $100 million in fundraising for his own reelection
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Rich White Civil War  —  A smarter look at America's divide.  —  Every few years one research group or another produces a typology of the electorate.  The researchers conduct thousands of interviews and identify the different clusters American voters fall into.
Discussion: spiked
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Democrats Fear Obama Is Going Soft for the Midterms  —  The former president's allies say his distance has been strategic and that he will ramp up his presence as voting nears.  But some alums wonder if that plan is wise.  —  With just three weeks to go before one of most critical midterm elections …
Rachel O'Donoghue /
Humans beings on the brink of IMMORTALITY, top scientist claims  —  HUMAN beings becoming immortal is a step closer following the launch of a new start-up.  —  Dr Ian Pearson has previously said people will have the ability to “not die” by 2050 - just over 30 years from now.
Gordon R. Friedman / Oregonian:
Armed protesters were on Portland rooftop in August, police now say  —  Members of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer stationed themselves on a downtown Portland rooftop with a cache of guns prior to a summer protest, city officials announced for the first time Monday - the same day Mayor Ted Wheeler learned about it, his aides said.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Big advertisers still shunning Ingraham's Fox News show months after boycotts  —  'They're kind of forced off, whether they want to be or not,' one Fox executive said.  —  Laura Ingraham's ratings are surging, but big advertisers are still steering clear of her show months after a series …
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Here's what should excite and depress Democrats so far in 2018  —  (CNN)For two years Democrats have raged over Donald Trump's presidency, quarreled among themselves over the best strategy for responding to it, and above all, counted the days until next month's midterm election.
“People just can't know that.”  MO Sen. McCaskill Hides Agenda Including “semi-automatic rifle ban” from Moderate Voters, Staffers Reveal in Undercover Video it “could hurt her ability to get elected.”  —  [This post contains video, click to play]  —  Senator McCaskill on Tape: “Of course!”
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Analyze this  —  Michael Doran has followed the Russia hoax with the same attention and attitude that I have.  He sees the Russia hoax for what it is and is mystified by the lack of interest in the Clinton campaign's apparent collusion with Russian intelligence.  He understands the perversity of the production.
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October  —  Democrats and liberal groups are fuming over a GOP plan to hold Senate hearings for President Trump's judicial picks over the next two weeks while senators are out of town campaigning for the midterm elections.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
We're staying silent out of fear  —  Most ordinary people found it unbearable to live under communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.  The reasons varied: shortages of consumer goods, incessant propaganda, restrictions on travel.  —  Nothing was more psychologically exhausting …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
How Trump bobs and weaves to avoid the truth  —  As he so often does, President Trump falsely declared on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night that North Korea and the United States were going to war before he stepped in to thwart it.  —  Interviewer Lesley Stahl was having none of it.  “We were going to war?”
High rate of absentee ballots thrown out in Gwinnett  —  Nearly one in 10 vote-by-mail ballots have been rejected by Gwinnett County election officials, alarming voting rights groups.  —  Gwinnett is throwing out far more absentee ballots than any other county in Georgia, according to records from the Secretary of State's Office.
Discussion: Jamie Dupree - AJC
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Origins of Progressive Agony  —  In the wake of Obama, the Democratic party was a shipwreck, to be saved only by Hillary and the Supreme Court . . .  What has transformed the Democratic party into an anguished progressive movement that incorporates the tactics of the street, embraces maenadism …
Melissa Nann Burke / Detroit News:
James apologizes for ‘terrible mistake’ of letting swastika in Senate ad  —  Republican challenger John James apologized Monday for a “terrible mistake” — the appearance of a swastika in footage included in his recent Senate television ad.  —  In a brief shot, roughly 10 seconds into the ad …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's “Pocahontas” power play  —  President Trump loves nothing more than when his opponents try to litigate his insults, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is trying to do with “Pocahontas,” a staple riff at his rallies.  —  The big picture: Trump's never more comfortable than on this terrain …
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
GOP Gains in CD03  —  Dem loses ground as district partly reverts to GOP norms  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Republican Carol Miller has overtaken Democrat Richard Ojeda in the race for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, according to the second Monmouth University Poll of this contest.
Ben Botkin / Denver Post:
Colorado Secretary of State spent $1,500-plus on a hat, pants and boots  —  The cowboy attire is tied to Williams' involvement with the Denver Rustlers  —  Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams wears a $475 cowboy hat to Denver Rustlers events.  He wore $349.80 tuxedo pants …
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ABC News:
Trump tells Mattis “I'm a 100 percent with you”
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Westwood / CNN:
Trump allies double down on ‘mob’ attack in final stretch of midterms
Lee Davidson / Salt Lake Tribune:
Rep. Mia Love has lost her lead and is now tied with Ben McAdams in Utah's 4th District race
Discussion: Political Wire
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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China says internment camps are ‘free vocational training’
David Byler / Weekly Standard:
Martha McSally's Under-the-Radar Surge
Discussion: National Review and Politico
David Nather / Axios:
College students swear they'll vote this time
Discussion: Political Wire
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Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Judge throws out Stormy Daniels's defamation lawsuit against Trump
NBC News:
DHS finds increasing attempts to hack U.S. election systems ahead of midterms
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios