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2:45 PM ET, October 23, 2018


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Report: Saudi Journalist Khashoggi's Remains Found  —  Sky News reports that his body had been cut up and his face ‘disfigured’  —  The remains of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, Sky News reported on Tuesday, with one source saying remains were found in the garden of the Saudi consul general's home.
Discussion: and Axios
Alex Crawford / Sky News:
Sky sources: Jamal Khashoggi's body parts found  —  Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to Sky sources.  —  Sources have told Sky News the writer had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured”.  —  One source also suggested Mr Khashoggi's remains …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Saudi Crown Prince Gets Standing Ovation Despite Inquiries Into Khashoggi  —  RIYADH — Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, received a standing ovation as he made an unannounced appearance at a global investment conference here on Tuesday, further clouding an event that has been thrown …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Erdogan Says Saudis Planned Khashoggi's Killing, and Demands Answers  —  President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey laid out on Tuesday the Saudi planning of what he called the “premeditated murder” of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country's consulate in Istanbul, and demanded that the Saudi suspects face justice in Turkey.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:   Having Escaped Scrutiny in the Wake of Jamal Khashoggi's Murder, It's Business as Usual for the UAE
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
Ten Rating Changes as Democrats' Enthusiasm Edge Narrows and Fundraising Advantage Widens  —  Two weeks out, district-level polls reflect a House battleground gradually polarizing along the lines of the 2016 presidential race.  Democrats are maintaining leads over GOP opponents in upscale …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Republicans don't act like they're going to keep the House
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and ABC News
New York Times:
At George Soros's Home in N.Y. Suburb, Explosive Device Is Found in Mailbox  —  The explosive device found in a mailbox at the home of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist, on Monday afternoon was relatively small, a senior law enforcement official said on Tuesday.
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Why Trump is talking nonstop about the migrant caravan  —  Earlier this month, President Donald Trump's political team reviewed polling from congressional districts that were competitive in the 2016 election.  They showed that border protection, safeguarding immigration officers and standing …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
The Ripple Effect of a Trump Tweetstorm
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Fox News
David Frum / The Atlantic:   The Caravan Is a Challenge to the Integrity of U.S. Borders
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Democrats find new ways to talk about entitlement cuts in campaign's closing days  —  A new report shows that GOP tax cuts cost the same as proposed entitlement cuts.  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are seizing on a report detailing a nearly dollar-for-dollar balance between two decades …
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Trump Is Not Going to Cut Middle-Class Taxes This Year, Despite What He Says  —  President Trump is promising a 10 percent tax cut before the midterms.  Policy experts and lawmakers, who have had little to say on the subject, suggest that won't happen.  —  As part of his closing argument ahead …
Charles E. Schumer / USA Today:
Republican leader Mitch McConnell just made the case for a Democratic Senate
Discussion: The Nation, Washington Post and Vox
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections  —  WASHINGTON — The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling them that American operatives …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:   Russian trolls get DM from US Cyber Command: We know who you are. Stop it
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
Sandra Day O'Connor announces likely Alzheimer's diagnosis  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday that she has the beginning stages of dementia, “probably Alzheimer's disease.”  —  The 88-year-old said in a public letter …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump takes an old Republican lie and makes it even worse  —  “You know what I am?  I'm a nationalist, okay?  I'm a nationalist,” President Trump shouted at a rally in Texas on Monday night.  Just before saying this, Trump claimed that “we're not supposed to use that word,” …
Discussion: The Week, CNN and Right Wing Watch
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Disgustingly Racist Robocall Goes Out Against Andrew Gillum In Florida  —  A neo-Nazi group in Idaho is behind the calls, and it's gone after the Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate before.  —  A white supremacist website in Idaho is sending out an extremely racist robocall …
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Justin Doom / ABC News:
Man accused of groping woman on flight: Trump 'says it's OK to grab women by their private parts'  —  A man arrested for allegedly touching a woman's breast on an airplane, according to court documents, told authorities “the president of the United States says it's OK to grab women by their private parts.”
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The hack gap: how and why conservative nonsense dominates American politics  —  Republicans have a huge strategic advantage in shaping the news.  —  In the fall of 2016, Hillary Clinton, asked at a fundraiser how she explained the political appeal of Donald Trump, said that …
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
The Day John Kelly and Corey Lewandowski Squared Off Outside the Oval Office  —  An argument last February between the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and Corey Lewandowski, an informal adviser to President Trump, turned into a physical altercation that required Secret Service intervention …
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
White House anti-socialism report inadvertently makes a case for single-payer  —  The Trump administration says this chart is a case against single-payer.  Actually, it's a case for it.  —  Earlier today, the White House released a paper titled “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism.”
Frances Stead Sellers / Washington Post:
Confederate pride and prejudice  —  Some white Northerners see a flag rooted in racism as a symbol of patriotism  —  The property belongs to former mayor Greg Cler, who runs a car repair shop in this central Illinois village of 3,500 people.  Cler isn't from the South.
Discussion: Raw Story
Karl Wehmhoener / MYHIGHPLAINS:
Emergency Response Activated at Pantex for Unexpected Event at the Plant  —  Carson County Sheriff Department is reporting that FM 2373 is closed from I-40 north.  —  Officials are also reporting the east side of the Pantex Plant is completely inaccessible.  —  ORIGINAL -
Kashmir Hill / The Root:
The Wildly Unregulated Practice of Undercover Cops Friending People on Facebook  —  Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIF  —  Terrance Everett has been on the wrong side of the law for most of his adult life.  When he was 18, he had to register …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pence leaves open the possibility of nuclear weapons in space: ‘Peace comes through strength’  —  Vice President Pence on Tuesday declined to rule out the idea of deploying nuclear weapons in space, saying the current ban on their use is “in the interest of every nation” but the issue should be decided on …
Discussion: Conservative Review
Elizabeth Hewitt / Columbia Journalism Review:
Sarah Kliff brings transparency to ER prices, one hospital bill at a time  —  It started with a Band-Aid.  A $629 Band-Aid.  —  A medical bill emailed to Vox senior policy correspondent Sarah Kliff got her interested in emergency room facility fees—a widely applied, highly variable …
Aaron Rodriguez / CREW:
CREW Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Kellyanne Conway  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington — Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway likely violated the Hatch Act by using her official government Twitter account to post partisan political messages, promote the Republican party …
Dana Afana /
Brothers face $450,000 in penalties for removing trees from their property  —  Gallery: Aerial images show tree removal in Canton Township  —  CANTON TWP., MI — Brothers Gary and Matt Percy could face nearly half a million dollars in penalties for removing more than 1,400 trees …
Michael Wilson / New York Times:
His Body Was Behind the Wheel for a Week Before It Was Discovered.  This Was His Life.  —  A software designer ended his life in his parked car in the East Village.  His family asked the police for help finding him, but met resistance.  —  A neighbor walking his dog in the East Village saw …
Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: The media hates him, Hollywood hates him but every hysterical piece of abuse they throw at him just makes Trump stronger and now the Democrats are heading for a midterms disaster  —  President Trump is winning.  —  There is simply no other way to fairly interpret the fact …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Daily Wire
Mitchell Rocklin / National Review:
The Supreme Court Has a Chance to Enforce Heller  —  In 2008, the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller gave teeth to the Second Amendment, holding that the “right of the people to keep and bear Arms” did, in fact, guarantee citizens the right to “keep” arms in their home for self-defense.
Washington Post:
Battleground House districts remain close in new poll  —  The contest for control of the House remains close and hard fought, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll of the most-contested districts in the country, with Democrats holding a statistically insignificant lead over Republicans.
Reno Gazette-Journal:
12 Laxalt family members oppose Laxalt for Nevada governor.  Here's why, in their own words  —  The decision to write this column has not been an easy one for us.  We are writing as members of the Laxalt family who have spent our lives in Nevada, and feel compelled to protect our family name …
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
The Subway Is a Major Problem for Cuomo.  Here Are 7 Reasons Why.  —  The system descended into crisis on the governor's watch.  Here are some decisions he made in his first two terms that have come under fire.  —  As Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo runs for a third term, the subway is a thorn in his side.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook debuts political ad archive data report  —  Facebook is rolling out an ad archive report that will be accessible to anyone, regardless of whether they have access to Facebook's backend software (i.e., it's API).  It will feature sortable data about political and issue ads being bought …
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John Fritze / USA Today:
Trump campaign pledges 10 more rallies before midterm election
Discussion: Political Wire
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'I've never seen these positions politicized': White House rejection of veterans judges raises concerns of partisanship
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It Was Dirty Work No One Else Wanted, But They Were Happy To Do It. …
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
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Hugh Hewitt / Washington Post:
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Second Navy SEAL charged in war crimes probe
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Jessie Van Berkel / Star Tribune:
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Rand Paul's Campaign to Appease Russia Comes to Congress
Discussion: USA Today
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Trump unleashes his inner dictator in horrifying fit of rage
Discussion: BBC
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Attack of the Right-Wing Snowflakes
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
Stacey Abrams Flag Burning Incident Surfaces on Eve of Georgia Debate