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11:30 AM ET, October 22, 2018


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Surveillance footage shows Saudi operative in Khashoggi's clothes after he was killed, Turkish source says  —  Graphics by Henrik Pettersson, CNN  —  Istanbul (CNN)One member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured …
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
Germany halts arms deals with Saudi Arabia, encourages allies to do the same  —  BERLIN — In a move that could put further pressure on President Trump to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Sunday evening that her government would not approve new arms exports to the kingdom until further notice.
Discussion: Reuters, The Week and Joe.My.God.
The New Arab:
Saudi crown prince ‘phoned Khashoggi at the consulate right before he was killed’  —  The Saudi narrative of the killing has been met with scepticism [Getty]  —  Date of publication: 21 October, 2018  —  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly spoke on the phone …
New York Times:
Jamal Khashoggi Double Sent to Create False Trail in Istanbul, Saudi Official Says  —  Saudi Arabia sent to Istanbul a man who looked like the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and then dispatched the look-alike in Mr. Khashoggi's clothes to walk around the city and create a misleading trail …
Washington Post:
Inside the Saudis' Washington influence machine: How the kingdom gained power through fierce lobbying …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Reuters:   Saudi king and crown prince call Khashoggi's son to express condolences: SPA
Washington Post:
Khashoggi's death was a ‘rogue operation’ that the crown prince was not aware of, Saudi foreign minister says
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 …
Matt Ford / New Republic:
The Mueller Report Is More Important Than Ever  —  Politico published a downer on Friday.  “President Donald Trump's critics have spent the past 17 months anticipating what some expect will be among the most thrilling events of their lives: special counsel Robert Mueller's final report …
Discussion: The Week
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Democrats eye revival of Russia probe if they win House
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Florida's culture clash pits Gillum against Trump voters  —  THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's loyalists here at Florida's premier retirement community fear Andrew Gillum.  —  It has nothing to do with his race, they insist, when asked about the 39-year-old Democrat …
Michael Grunwald / Politico:   How to Win Florida  —  It's the southernmost section …
Florida governor debate: Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum face off
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump distances himself from a potential GOP thumping  —  At his rallies, President Donald Trump argues that the midterms are about one person — Donald Trump.  “Get out in 2018,” Trump told a crowd in Missouri last month, “because you're voting for me!”  —  Privately, the president says the exact opposite.
Kate Briquelet / The Daily Beast:
Michael Avenatti Lived the High Life While Owing Millions to IRS  —  As Michael Avenatti floats a 2020 presidential run, court records reveal the lawyer and his companies owed millions in unpaid taxes and judgments.  —  Kate Briquelet  —  On the Fourth of July, Michael Avenatti suited …
Discussion: Splinter and Daily Wire
National Review:
Why Is the ‘Blue Wave’ Looking More Like a Splash Than a Tsunami?  —  Good news on the economy and bad behavior by Democrats may be energizing Republicans.  —  Every election people talk about an “October surprise” that upends the conventional wisdom about the outcome.
Discussion: Instapundit
James Arkin / Politico:   Dem Senate hopes shift from winning majority to limiting losses
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Malta academic in Trump probe has history of vanishing acts  —  SWIEQI, Malta (AP) — It was her last day of class and Leida Ruvina was getting suspicious.  —  The Albanian student had just finished the first module in what was purported to be a doctoral program co-administered …
Steve Milne / MilneNews:
Man who abused 9/11 widow identified and fired from job … The incident occurred on Oct. 13 after a “flash march for Law and Order” was organized by a conservative group.  —  Video captured by Brandon Farley (@FarelyFilms) shows the woman and a man, who appears to have been protesting the march …
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Brian Ries / CNN:
CITIZEN by CNN … “Game Changer” for Americans in debt: 0% intro APR until 2020  —  5 credit cards offering $150 cash sign-up bonus  —  Transfer your debt to a card with 0% interest until 2020  —  9 cards charging 0% interest until 2020  —  Kushner says admin. has “eyes wide open” with Saudi Arabia
Discussion: Politico and Axios
David Gelernter / Wall Street Journal:
The Real Reason They Hate Trump  —  He's the average American in exaggerated form—blunt, simple, willing to fight, mistrustful of intellectuals.  —  Every big U.S. election is interesting, but the coming midterms are fascinating for a reason most commentators forget to mention: The Democrats have no issues.
Discussion: Splinter
Kevin Sieff / Washington Post:
'It's time for me to go back': Deportees join migrant caravan to return to U.S.  —  TAPACHULA, Mexico — The caravan of migrants from Central America grew to roughly 5,000 Sunday, a massive group that stretched along this city's main highway for more than a half-mile.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Tribalism Isn't Our Democracy's Main Problem.  The Conservative Movement Is.  —  A pernicious force was hollowing out American democracy.  It had neutered Congress, and lobotomized the electorate.  Lawmakers had become incapable of taking action on many of the day's most pressing issues …
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Will Donald Trump's Houston rally for Ted Cruz motivate Republicans — or Democrats?  —  Like everything else in 2018, political operatives and candidates argue over whether President Trump's Houston rally will help or hurt local Republican candidates.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
End could be near for House investigation of Trump-Russia investigators  —  Republicans on Capitol Hill have added enormously to the public's understanding of what happened in the Trump-Russia investigation.  They're still doing it.  But it will come to a screeching halt if the GOP loses control …
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Gorbachev Calls Trump's Nuclear 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 …
Kremlin: We'll respond in kind if U.S. develops intermediate missiles
Discussion: Politico
House Republicans' day after  —  With Speaker Paul Ryan retiring, House Republicans will return from what could be a brutal election — and have no guarantee about their next leader.  —  The big picture: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, a favorite of President Trump who's the current #2 …
Dashiell Coleman / The Columbus Dispatch:
‘Antifa’ Facebook prank sends Trump supporters to protect North Carolina outdoors store  —  GASTONIA, N.C. — Several dozen people showed up to a North Carolina outdoors store on Saturday to mount a counter-protest against an Antifa rally that didn't exist.  —  A recent Facebook page called …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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Judy Keen / Star Tribune:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar out front of state Rep. Jim Newberger; state Sen. Karin Housley gains on Sen. Tina Smith
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
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Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
GOP State Lawmakers Pal Around With White Supremacists. Party Group Backs Them Anyway.
Devan Cole / CNN:
DNC chair: we ‘always knew that this election was going to be close’
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Post:
The Mooch interprets what the White House was like through dance
Discussion: The Week
Rowaida Abdelaziz / HuffPost:
New Report Shows Racist, Anti-Muslim Candidates Are Losing Their Elections
Discussion: The Guardian and Splinter
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Tom Silvestri column: Why 2018 will be the last year the RTD makes editorial endorsements
 Earlier Items: 
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Harry Reid's Political Machine Roars Again in Nevada, With an Assist From Trump
Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli / Politico:
Italy tells Commission it won't revise budget plan
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
Voter-Suppression Tactics in the Age of Trump
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
The myth of the modernizing dictator
New York Times:
Republicans Hold Cash Edge Heading Into Final Stretch of the Midterms
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Post:
The Post's endorsements in NY, NJ House races
Discussion: The Buffalo News
Ken Fisher / USA Today:
Midterms: Poorest states have Republican legislatures, and richest have Democratic ones
Discussion: Breitbart
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.