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12:50 PM 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 …
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Khashoggi Double Sent to Create False Trail in Turkey, Surveillance Images Show  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — After the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled in Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a member of the 15-man team that had flown in to confront him put on Mr. Khashoggi's clothes and left …
Discussion: EUobserver and Outside the Beltway
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.
The New Arab:   Saudi crown prince ‘phoned Khashoggi at the consulate right before he was killed’
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Trump distances himself from a potential GOP thumping  —  At his rallies, President Donald Trump argues that the midterm elections 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.
Gerald F. Seib / Wall Street Journal:
Battle for the GOP's Soul? Trump Has Won
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
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
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
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 …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bolton relays Trump's message to Russia: U.S. out of arms control treaty  —  National Security Adviser John Bolton has relayed to his Russian counterpart in “strong, clear and precise words” exactly what President Trump said on the Nevada tarmac on Saturday: “We're going to terminate the agreement …
Kremlin: We'll respond in kind if U.S. develops intermediate missiles
Discussion: Politico
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, Axios and Splinter
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 …
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 …
James Arkin / Politico:
Dem Senate hopes shift from winning majority to limiting losses  —  Republicans could lock up a multi-cycle Senate majority by winning Indiana and other states like it this fall.  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Democratic hopes of winning the Senate have faded in the final weeks of the 2018 election …
National Review:
Why Is the ‘Blue Wave’ Looking More Like a Splash Than a Tsunami?
Discussion: Instapundit
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
In Win for Trump, Merkel Changes Course on U.S. Gas Imports  —  Chancellor calls her decision to open Germany up to U.S. liquefied natural gas a ‘strategic’ move  —  BERLIN—Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered government support to efforts to open up Germany to U.S. gas …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ted Fioraliso / Gray DC:
Manchin increases lead in new Gray TV West Virginia poll  —  WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is now 16 percentage points ahead of his Republican challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.  That's according to a new Gray Television poll released Monday.
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Faler / Politico:
Tax cuts a bust for Republicans in midterms  —  Republicans thought their massive tax overhaul would be the centerpiece of their midterm strategy.  But It turns out they were so wrong they've been barely mentioning the $1.5 trillion tax cut on the campaign trail.
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Joachim Ronneberg, Leader of Raid That Thwarted a Nazi Atomic Bomb, Dies at 99  —  The Norwegian saboteurs skied across the Telemark pine forest in winter whites, phantom apparitions gliding over moonlit snow.  They halted at a steep river gorge and gazed down at a humming hydroelectric power plant …
Discussion: NPR
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
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
New York Post:
The Mooch interprets what the White House was like through dance  —  Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci stopped by The Post in advance of his upcoming book, “Trump The Blue-Collar President,” out Oct. 23.  Watch as his historic tenure in the White House...
Discussion: The Week and Mashable
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
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 …
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.
Edmund DeMarche / Fox News:
Warren took DNA test to rebuild ‘trust in government’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Sunday said that she took the DNA test that showed a relative six to 10 generations ago was Native American in an effort to rebuild “trust in the government” through transparency.
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 …
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Next time you wonder why New York Times people get so defensive, read this.
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:
ABC Reporter Gushes to Beto: 'You're a Rock Star!'
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
 Earlier Items: 
Rowaida Abdelaziz / HuffPost:
New Report Shows Racist, Anti-Muslim Candidates Are Losing Their Elections
Discussion: The Guardian and Splinter
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
Washington Post:
Inside the Saudis' Washington influence machine: How the kingdom gained power through fierce lobbying …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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