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9:45 PM ET, October 21, 2018


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CNN Poll: Democrats up in Florida with two weeks to go  —  Poll: Women powering Democrats' lead in Florida  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)As the final two weeks of campaigning begin, Democrats hold an edge in both the gubernatorial and Senate contests in the key state of Florida, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC/WSJ Poll: Democrats hold nine-point advantage for midterm elections  —  Two weeks out, Democrats retain an edge but “unprecedented enthusiasm” is fueling both parties.  —  WASHINGTON — Fueled by increased enthusiasm from women, Latinos and young voters for the upcoming midterm election …
Andrew Gillum will be a governor for all Floridians
Discussion: CNN and Florida Politics
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:   Trump approval jumps ahead of Obama's midterm approval rating
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Interest in Midterms Surges, Boosting Trump Approval Rating
David Weigel / Washington Post:
The Trailer: The 2020 Democrats are already battling for the black vote
John Harwood / CNBC:   Democrats appear more likely to vote in midterms than GOP: NBC-WSJ poll
Washington Post:
Khashoggi's death was a ‘rogue operation’ that the crown prince was not aware of, Saudi foreign minister says  —  ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister denied on Sunday that the kingdom's crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, had any prior knowledge of an operation …
Martin Chulov / The Guardian:
Jamal Khashoggi: murder in the consulate  —  After days of denial, Saudi Arabia has now said that the writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a ‘fist fight’ at its Istanbul consulate.  Martin Chulov pieces together events surrounding this death and the investigation, and links to Riyadh's controversial crown prince
Erdogan says will reveal details of Khashoggi case Tuesday
Discussion: Splinter and RT
Christopher Dickey / The Daily Beast:
The Real Reasons Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Wanted Khashoggi ‘Dead or Alive’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, CNN and The Week
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:   AP Analysis: Saudi prince likely to survive worst crisis yet
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:   Mnuchin Will Attend Saudi Meetings on Terror Financing, Despite Khashoggi Uproar
Washington Post:
Special counsel examines conflicting accounts as scrutiny of Roger Stone and WikiLeaks deepens  —  In recent weeks, a grand jury in Washington has listened to more than a dozen hours of testimony and FBI technicians have pored over gigabytes of electronic messages as part of the special counsel's quest …
New York Times:
‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll …
Arizona Republic:
Don't believe the attack ads.  Here's who Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally really are  —  Opinion: If you're tired of the vitriol on Congress (and all those attack ads on TV), there's something you can do about it.  —  CONNECT  —  Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally have been in campaign mask.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
A man on Ryanair yelled racist insults at a black woman.  She was the one who had to change seats.  —  David Lawrence had just settled into Seat 22F on a Ryanair flight Thursday when he heard a commotion brewing on the other side of the plane.  —  A few rows behind him …
Claude Thompson / Washington Examiner:
Carl Bernstein: Trump preparing to call midterm elections ‘illegitimate’ if Democrats take power  —  Journalist Carl Bernstein said Sunday that President Trump has discussed ways to challenge the results of the midterm elections if the GOP's grasp on power slips.
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Gorbachev Calls Trump's Treaty Withdrawal ‘Not the Work of a Great Mind’  —  MOSCOW — President Trump's announcement that the United States would withdraw from a nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia drew sharp criticism Sunday from one of the men who signed it, Mikhail S. Gorbachev …
Williams is by far the better candidate for US House  —  Not to be too dramatic about it, but Kathleen Williams is the congressional candidate Montana has been waiting for.  —  Experienced.  Knowledgeable.  Thoughtful.  Measured.  Most remarkably, Williams exudes that unique combination …
Tom Lutey / Billings Gazette:
Gianforte is riding for the Trump brand in re-election bid for Montana's lone U.S. House seat
Discussion: The Guardian and ThinkProgress
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
4 ways to fix “fake news”  —  Axios CEO Jim VandeHei — speaking at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh — was asked by several students how to restore faith and trust in media.  —  The big picture: VandeHei offered four fairly provocative ideas — one each for politicians, social media, reporters and individuals.
Ken Fisher / USA Today:
Midterms: Poorest states have Republican legislatures, and richest have Democratic ones  —  Unless you're a political junkie, it's not easy keeping track of the seats up for election.  Here's why midterm elections and chamber control matters.  —  CONNECT  —  On Oct. 4, USA TODAY published …
Discussion: Breitbart
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
“He wants them to suffer more”: Inside Trump's China bet  —  President Trump has no intention of easing his tariffs on China, according to three sources with knowledge of his private conversations.  Instead, these sources say he wants the Chinese leaders to feel more pain from his tariffs …
New York Times:
Republicans Hold Cash Edge Heading Into Final Stretch of the Midterms  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans entered the final month of the campaign with more money in the bank than the Democrats, providing them with vital ammunition as they wage a furious effort to hold on to control of Congress.
Discussion: Political Wire
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
U.S. general wounded in attack in Afghanistan  —  A U.S. general was wounded in an attack last week in Afghanistan's Kandahar province that killed two senior Afghan provincial officials and targeted a group that included the senior U.S. commander in the country, four people with knowledge of the assault said.
Discussion: Task & Purpose, CNN and The Guardian
Doug Pagitt / USA Today:
Evangelicals are paying high moral price for anti-abortion gains.  What would Jesus do?  —  White evangelicals are trading their moral core for anti-abortion gains.  Time to rethink support for Trump, Republicans and policies that are inhumane.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: Raw Story
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
The ‘sniveling coward’ and the ‘maniac’ are now allies, as Trump stumps for Cruz  —  These were not the signs of a healthy relationship.  —  Donald Trump, well on his way to clinching the Republican presidential nomination, was ruthless in his crude attacks on rival Ted Cruz.
Discussion: ABC News
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
A ragged, growing army of migrants resumes march toward US  —  TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — A ragged army of Honduran migrants streamed through southern Mexico on Sunday heading toward the United States, after making an end-run around Mexican agents who briefly blocked them at the Guatemalan border.
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Discussion: Daily Kos and USA Today