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New York Times:
Suspects in Khashoggi Case Had Ties to Saudi Crown Prince  —  ISTANBUL — One of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — seen disembarking from airplanes with him in Paris …
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David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
Jamal Khashoggi's killing took seven minutes, Turkish source tells MEE  —  Middle East Eye publishes first details of audio tape acquired by Turkish investigators probing what happened to Saudi journalist  —  Turkish source tells MEE that journalist was killed and dismembered in a study room …
The Independent:
‘The greatest embarrassment’: Inside the kingdom, Saudis rattled by handling of Jamal Khashoggi case  —  Exclusive: Jamal Khashoggi was caught up in Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's attempts to consolidate his power, eliminate rival royals, and seize the assets of his country's billionaires
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
MBS's rampaging anger will not silence questions about Jamal Khashoggi  —  Inside his royal palace in Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman is said to have alternated between dark brooding and rampaging anger in the days after the death of Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia's crown prince, or MBS …
Discussion: CNN and Middle East Eye
Washington Post:
Why is the Trump administration cleaning up Saudi Arabia's mess?  —  SECRETARY OF STATE Mike Pompeo was said to be pressing in Riyadh on Tuesday for a “thorough, transparent and timely investigation” of the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Saudi Arabia Delivers $100 Million Pledged to U.S. as Pompeo Lands in Riyadh  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — This summer, Saudi Arabia promised the Trump administration $100 million for American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the Islamic State.  —  That money landed in American accounts …
Associated Press:
Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
In the Wake of Khashoggi's Disappearance, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Is Pushed to the Brink
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
Jim Hanson / Fox News:
The US-Saudi relationship must be preserved - our national interest demands it
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
Pompeo meets with Turkish leaders on missing Saudi writer
Discussion: CNBC
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
America's Dilemma: Censuring M.B.S. and Not Halting Saudi Reforms
Discussion: Just Security
Asma Alsharif / Reuters:   Saudi consul in Istanbul relieved of post, to be investigated: report
New York Times:
The Saudi Cover-Up Crumbles
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Whose interests is Trump looking out for in Saudi Arabia?
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Suspects in disappearance of Khashoggi linked to Saudi security services
Bloomberg:
Mueller Ready to Deliver Key Findings in His Trump Probe, Sources Say  — Rosenstein is pressing Mueller to wrap it up, official says  — Next steps expected to occur after November midterm elections  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects …
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emptywheel:
On Corey Lewandowski's Big Legal Bills and Mueller's Deadline from Rosenstein
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Associated Press:
Trump tells AP he's not to blame if Republicans loses House  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if Republicans lose the House in November.  —  Trump said he believes he is “helping” Republican candidates as he campaigns ahead of crucial midterm elections next month.
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Associated Press:
Read the transcript of AP's interview with President Trump  —  A transcript of an Oval Office interview Tuesday with President Donald Trump by AP White House reporters Catherine Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire:  —  President Trump: How is the business of the news?  We're keeping you busy?
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Trump says he has ‘natural instinct for science’ when it comes to climate change
Discussion: Political Wire
Tom Balmforth / Reuters:
Eighteen people killed in armed attack on Crimean college  —  Tom Balmforth, Polina Nikolskaya  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Eighteen people were killed and dozens injured at a college in the Black Sea region of Crimea on Wednesday when at least one attacker set off a bomb in the cafeteria …
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Associated Press:
Russian official: Student gunman killed 17 at Crimea college
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:   Crimea college hit by deadly bomb blast in terror attack
Mark Niesse / politics.myajc:
Black senior citizens ordered off Georgia bus taking them to vote  —  Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression.  —  The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Root
Heather Vogell / ProPublica:
Pump and Trump  —  Donald Trump claims he only licensed his name for real estate projects developed by others.  But an investigation of a dozen Trump deals shows deep family involvement in projects that often involved deceptive practices.  —  SINCE DONALD TRUMP'S FORTUNES came surging …
Discussion: Raw Story
Shayna Jacobs / New York Daily News:
FBI looking at Manhattan district attorney's office over potential undue influence in handling of cases: sources  —  FBI agents are probing the Manhattan district attorney's office over its handling of high-profile cases that were dropped once lawyers for the well-connected subjects made donations, the Daily News has learned.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Pro-Trump pimp, Nevada GOP assembly candidate Dennis Hof dies after rally, birthday party with Grover Norquist, Joe Arpaio and porn legend Ron Jeremy  — Dennis Hof, the notorious pimp and Republican candidate for Nevada's state assembly, died hours after a combination 72nd birthday party …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Elizabeth Warren Fiasco  —  The possible Democratic front-runner plays Trump's game — and loses.  —  A lot of smart people believe that Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 2020.  A recent New York magazine profile …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Michael Avenatti made his liberal fans look like fools  —  Think back on a time when you did not know the name Michael Avenatti — an almost mythological age all but lost to the mists of memory.  You know when that was?  March.  March 2018.  A mere seven months ago — though in the age of Trump …
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
The left's identity politics fall apart  —  As we head into the 2018 midterm elections and eventually the 2020 presidential race, the expectations Democrats have from voters has stayed the same as previous cycles.  The left's assumption is that women and minorities vote for Democrats …
Discussion: MAGAVoter
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Beto O'Rourke Attacks Ted Cruz as ‘Dishonest’ in Debate in Senate Race  —  SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas, who has fallen behind Senator Ted Cruz in the polls in their hotly contested Senate race, turned sharply aggressive in their second debate on Tuesday night …
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Twitter:
Enabling further research of information operations on Twitter  —  Today we are releasing all the accounts and related content associated with potential information operations that we have found on our service since 2016.  We had previously disclosed these activities, but are now releasing substantially …
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse Roasts Sean Hannity in New Book  —  In a new book, the Nebraska lawmaker—known for his unease with Trump-era conservative rhetoric—donned his media hat and went after conservative media's biggest star.  —  Republican Sen. Ben Sasse thinks that much of what is wrong …
National Journal:
House Democrats' Fundraising Juggernaut Stuns GOP  —  More than 90 Republican incumbents were outraised by a challenger last quarter—many of them by large margins.  —  Ally Mutnick  —  House Democrats aren't just beating Republicans at the fundraising game—they're annihilating them.
CBS Los Angeles:
VIDEO: Comedian George Lopez Confronts Trump Supporter At Hooters  —  STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — A cellphone video has surfaced showing comedian George Lopez getting into an altercation at a New Mexico Hooters with a man reported to be a vocal supporter of Donald Trump.
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Cruz, O'Rourke spar in debate defined by personal attacks  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his Democratic opponent, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, are facing off in their second and final debate before the Nov. 6 election.  —  The race has been unexpectedly close for Texas.
WWLP-TV:
Study: Work less, live longer  —  (CNN) - Working long hours every week could be bad for your health.  —  Full and part-time employees in the United States work an average of 40-hours a week, according to 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  —  Working more than that has been linked …
Maria Caspani / Reuters:
Republican has narrow lead in Tennessee U.S. Senate race: poll  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who has tied herself tightly to President Donald Trump as she aims to succeed one of his most vocal Republican critics in the U.S. Senate, has a modest lead in her election bid, a Reuters opinion poll found.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
‘Horseface,’ ‘Lowlife,’ ‘Fat, Ugly’: How the President Demeans Women  —  President Trump has a history of attacking women by mocking their bodily functions, demeaning their looks or comparing them to animals.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump referred to the pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford as …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet's New Favorite Insult?  —  Twitter has barred hundreds of right-wing accounts for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists.  —  Last week, a trolling campaign organized by right-wing internet users spilled over onto Twitter.
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years  —  Mr. Spinney's remarkable run as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, two of the most beloved characters on television, will end this week.  —  WOODSTOCK, Conn. — The friendly, bearded face of Caroll Spinney may not be one you recognize immediately.
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
The Democrats' Incredible Shrinking Message  —  In the summer of 2017, when the midterm elections were more than a year away but already on everyone's mind, Democrats seemed to have an embarrassment of riches.  —  President Donald Trump was historically unpopular and engulfed in myriad scandals …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
 
 
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Heather Vogell / Trump, Inc.:
Pump and Trump  —  Donald Trump claims he only licensed his name …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
State Department spokeswoman Nauert in the mix for U.N. ambassador
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roberts vows independence following Kavanaugh nomination fight
Discussion: Townhall and Talking Points Memo
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Joe Biden says age a ‘totally legitimate’ question if he were to run for office again
Discussion: Political Wire and Breitbart
Politico:
Members of Congress, businesses push for homegrown weed
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Hurricane aftermath threatens to unleash Florida election chaos
Washington Post:
In the 2018 midterms, many more people are running …
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David Bookbinder / Niskanen Center:
Get Off My Lawn!  —  Yesterday the Niskanen Center submitted …
Andrea Diaz / CNN:
For the first time, a woman is leading the largest command in the US Army
Discussion: Axios
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Republicans Are Still Rewriting History On Pre-Existing Conditions
Discussion: ACA Signups and New York Times
Joanna Sugden / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Is World's Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade
Annie Zak / Anchorage Daily News:
Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigns following “inappropriate comments”
Laura Strickler / NBC News:
White House moves to replace Interior Department IG amid probe of Secretary Ryan Zinke
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico