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9:40 PM ET, October 19, 2018


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Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Jamal Khashoggi Is Dead, Saudi Arabia Says  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia has announced that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared in Istanbul more than two weeks ago, is dead.  —  Eighteen Saudis have been arrested and are being investigated in connection with the case …
Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia fires 5 top officials, arrests 18 Saudis after saying Khashoggi was killed in fight at consulate  —  RIYADH — The Saudi government acknowledged early Saturday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying he died during a fist fight.
As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son's power: sources  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said.
Discussion: Raw Story and TheBlaze
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro Accuses Kushner of Orchestrating Khashoggi Killing  —  Without evidence, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), a member of the House intelligence committee, said Jared Kushner might have passed a “hit list” to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman resulting …
Washington Post:
Mnuchin still plans to attend Saudi anti-terror financing meeting after Khashoggi disappearance  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has decided to take part in an anti-terror finance meeting with Saudi security officials and their Middle Eastern counterparts in Riyadh later this month …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“Trump Never Handles Anything Right”: The President Is Acting Like Saudi Arabia's Lawyer in the Khashoggi Affair  —  On Monday afternoon, I received an e-mail that was short and to the point.  “Please be advised that the reception for the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday …
Washington Post:
There can be no coverup of this act of pure evil
Reuters:   White House calls for justice in Khashoggi case, lawmakers criticize Saudi statement
KCRW:   FROM THIS EPISODE  —  President Trump says it's important …
Washington Post:
Saudi government acknowledges journalist Jamal Khashaoggi died while in that country's consulate in Istanbul
Discussion: Political Wire and Boing Boing
Trump says he may consider sanctions over missing Saudi journalist
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Saudi Arabia pays UK firms millions to boost image
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. charges Russian woman with interference in Midterm elections  —  The Justice Department on Friday charged a Russian woman for her role in a conspiracy to interfere with the 2018 U.S. election, marking the first criminal case prosecutors have brought against a foreign national for meddling in the upcoming Midterms.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A criminal complaint was unsealed here today charging a Russian national for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election.
Houston Chronicle:
For U.S. Senate: Beto O'Rourke  —  United States Senator: Beto O'Rourke  —  Beto O'Rourke - Democratic Party: ★★★★ 1/2  —  The collective swoon that U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke has aroused among victory-starved Democrats nationwide recalls, even as it far exceeds …
Michael Sykes / Axios:
Houston Chronicle endorses O'Rourke over Cruz
Discussion: ABC News and IJR
Tegan Hanlon / Anchorage Daily News:
Gov. Bill Walker drops out of campaign for Alaska governor  —  Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday he is dropping his bid for re-election and endorsing Democrat Mark Begich against Republican Mike Dunleavy.  —  Walker made the announcement Friday afternoon at the Alaska Federation …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Alaska's independent governor drops re-election bid
Discussion: Axios
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Probes WikiLeaks' Contacts With Conservative Activists  —  Ties between the website and Roger Stone, Peter W. Smith get a closer look  —  WASHINGTON—Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is scrutinizing how a collection of activists and pundits intersected with WikiLeaks …
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Nancy Pelosi hints at short-term lease on House speakership … Democrats have yet to win a House majority and Nancy Pelosi's return as speaker is by no means certain, but already she has one eye on the exits.  —  “I see myself as a transitional figure,” Pelosi said in an interview …
Discussion: Vox, Breitbart and The Week
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
What Donald Trump did Thursday night in Montana is really dangerous  —  (CNN)During a Thursday night campaign rally in Montana, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, praised a Republican Congressman for assaulting a reporter.  —  Don't believe me?  Here's the relevant passage on Rep. Greg Gianforte from Trump's speech:
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue Media:
Congressman flat-out lies to defend Trump praising assault on reporter
GOP Rep. Jason Lewis once mocked women who felt traumatized by unwanted touching  —  GOP rep. defends prior comments on ‘slut’ women  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Jason Lewis once mocked women who were traumatized by unwanted sexual advances, including those inappropriately kissed …
New York Times:
U.S. to Tell Russia It Is Leaving Landmark I.N.F. Treaty  —  The Trump administration is planning to tell Russian leaders next week that it is preparing to exit the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, according to American officials and foreign diplomats.
Greg Palast:
We Sued Brian Kemp This Morning  —  Experts find Georgia wrongly purged 340,134 voters.
Zameena Mejia / CNBC:
Winning the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot won't make you happier, but it will do this, according to science  —  Time is running out to buy your ticket for today's Mega Millions lottery.  The jackpot has topped $1 billion, officially making it the second highest jackpot ever and the highest ever Mega Millions jackpot.
NBC News:
F-bombs and a storm-out among Trump's top staff as tensions rise over border policies  —  Angry exchange between Trump officials over how to curtail rising border crossings points to White House divide.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's frustration over rising numbers …
Discussion: Mediaite and Bloomberg
Grant Stern / The Stern Facts:
Miami GOP Chairman just caught leading Proud Boys in attack on Democratic campaign office  —  Yesterday, Miami GOP Chairman Nelson Diaz told me he never even heard of the Proud Boys, but the hate group's own video proves otherwise.  —  The Miami-Dade Republican Party's County Chairman led …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
For a Change, Democrats Seem Set to Equal or Exceed Republicans in Turnout  —  Polls show enthusiasm surging in many mostly white suburban districts, but less so among young and nonwhite voters.  —  A wide range of evidence indicates that Democratic voters are poised to vote in numbers unseen …
David Wasserman / NBC News:   Nine kinds of races that will decide the fate of the House
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Tulsi Gabbard weighing 2020 presidential bid  —  Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is considering running for president in 2020, a source with direct knowledge of her deliberations told POLITICO.  —  Rania Batrice, an advisor to the progressive congresswoman who served as deputy campaign manager …
Annie Karni / Politico:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Hillary?
Washington Post:
Trump appointee tapped days ago to run Interior Department's watchdog office resigns amid controversy  —  A top Trump administration political appointee who just two days ago was on track to lead the Interior Department's inspector general's office resigned Friday from the federal government, according to an administration official.
Washington Post:
Trump appointee tapped days ago to run Interior Department's watchdog office resigns amid controversy …
Discussion: Raw Story
MJ Lee / CNN:
Michael Cohen: Vote, or face more years of ‘craziness’  —  New York (CNN)Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer, pleaded with the American public on Friday to head to the polls and vote against the President and the Republican Party, predicting that if they did not, there would be two or six more years of “craziness.”
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
South Carolina Is Lobbying to Allow Discrimination Against Jewish Parents  —  The Trump administration is considering whether to grant a South Carolina request that would effectively allow faith-based foster care agencies in the state the ability to deny Jewish parents from fostering children in its network.
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sky News:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sues Ecuador for ‘violating his rights’
Bruce Schlesman / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Files Bar Complaint Against Christine Blasey Ford's Lawyers
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Allison Pecorin / ABC News:
Paul Manafort arrives at court hearing about sentencing date in a wheelchair
Discussion: Politico
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