With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA: After headlining a attack assemblage in Pennsylvania aftermost night, Admiral Trump phoned in animate to Fox Account during the 11 p.m. hour to altercate his acknowledgment to Hurricane Michael. Afresh host Shannon Bream asked what he’ll do if he becomes assertive Saudi Arabia is amenable for the afterlife or dematerialization of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
“Well, it’s a abhorrent affair and it absolutely would not be a positive,” the admiral said. “I would not be blessed at all. I assumption you would acquire to say, so far, it’s attractive a little bit like that. We’re activity to acquire to see.”
Trump adapted that he would altercate any beforehand from Capitol Hill to bind approaching accoutrements sales to the longtime U.S. accessory on the breadth it could amount Americans their jobs. “Well, I anticipate that would be affliction us,” he told Fox. “We acquire jobs. We acquire a lot of things accident in this country. … Allotment of that is what we are accomplishing with our aegis systems and everybody is absent them and, frankly, I anticipate that would be a very, actual boxy us to absorb for our country. … And, you know, they are consistently quick to jump that way.”
The admiral accomplished his acknowledgment by hedging, adage he wants to accumulate all the facts first. “The actual accomplished bodies are involved. And we will get to the basal of it,” Trump said. “I do abhorrence to accomplish to what recourse we’d booty … It’s aloof too early.”
— The barter underscored the difficult acclimation act adverse Trump, as he struggles to cross the abounding cartography of the Average East while actualization acknowledging to growing bipartisan abuse about the accessible annihilation of a 59-year-old agitator who has been active in Virginia on the eve of his planned wedding. Saudi Arabia is the better oil exporter in the world, the better client of American weapons and the capital antithesis to Iran. The Trump administering has congenital its absolute activity for the region, including a bid for accord amidst Israel and the Palestinians, about adopting aing ties with the acme prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. The president’s aboriginal adopted cruise alike took him to Saudi Arabia, breadth he arise $110 billion in accoutrements sales.
— Trump’s wait-and-see comments came hours afterwards my abettor Shane Harris arise that the acme prince, broadly referred to as MBS, had ordered an operation to allurement Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia and apprehend him. The adventure is based on U.S. intercepts of Saudi admiral discussing the plan: “The intelligence, declared by U.S. admiral accustomed with it, is addition allotment of affirmation implicating the Saudi administering in Khashoggi’s dematerialization aftermost anniversary afterwards he entered the Saudi Admiral in Istanbul. Turkish admiral say that a Saudi aegis aggregation lay in adjournment for the announcer and dead him.
“Several of Khashoggi’s accompany said that over the accomplished four months, arch Saudi admiral aing to the acme prince had declared Khashoggi to activity him protection, and alike a high-level job animate for the government, if he alternate to his home country. Khashoggi, however, was agnostic of the offers. He told one acquaintance that the Saudi government would never accomplish acceptable on its promises not to abuse him.
“The intelligence … has fueled belief by admiral and analysts in assorted countries that what transpired at the admiral was a advancement plan to abduction Khashoggi that may acquire gone wrong. A above U.S. intelligence official … acclaimed that the accommodation of the operation, which complex sending two teams accretion 15 men, in two clandestine aircraft accession and abandonment Turkey at altered times, bore the hallmarks of a ‘rendition,’ in which addition is extra-legally removed from one country and deposited for claiming in another. But Turkish admiral acquire assured that whatever the absorbed of the operation, Khashoggi was dead axial the consulate.
“The intelligence poses a political botheration for the Trump administering because it implicates Mohammed, who is decidedly aing to Jared Kushner, Admiral Trump’s son-in-law and arch adviser. … Kushner’s accord with Mohammed … has continued been the answerable of suspicion by some American intelligence officials. Kushner and Mohammed acquire had private, one-on-one buzz calls that were not consistently set up through accustomed channels so the conversations could be memorialized and Kushner could be appropriately briefed. … On Wednesday, Kushner and civic aegis adviser John Bolton batten by buzz with the acme prince, but White House admiral said the Saudis provided little information.”
— Meanwhile, Turkish admiral about allege the Saudis of not allied with their investigation. Loveday Morris and Souad Mekhennet abode from Istanbul: “Turkey has put in a appeal to access the consulate, breadth Khashoggi was aftermost credible Oct. 2 as he stepped through the compound’s advanced aboideau to access affidavit for his wedding. However, admitting Acme Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s activity to Bloomberg Account for the Turkish government to chase the premises, Saudi Arabia is dabbling and does not appetite an analytic aggregation to enter, one arch Turkish official said. … The Turkish bi-weekly Sabah arise the identities of the 15 men doubtable of actuality involved. Three Turkish admiral accepted that the account was accurate.”
— The Wall Artery Journal letters that the two Gulfstream jets acclimated to bear the 15 men into and out of Istanbul accord to a aggregation controlled by Saudi Arabia’s acme prince.
— NBC Account acquired screenshots that appearance Khashoggi arrested his cellphone aloof afore entering the Saudi consulate, but he never apprehend letters beatific to him account later. Josh Lederman reports: “The screenshots of WhatsApp letters beatific to Khashoggi by a acquaintance in the U.S. approve the timeline of his disappearance, accouterment added affirmation that he did not leave the consulate, as Saudi Arabia’s government has claimed.”
— The Saudi-U.S. accord has asperous storms before, including the adumbration that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis. The Trump administering has already stood by the acme prince amidst clamor from the all-embracing association over a war in Yemen that has dead bags of civilians, Karen DeYoung notes: “Trump (also) initially accurate the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates aftermost year aback they bankrupt relations with adjoining Qatar, charging abutment for terrorism, alone to about-face himself months afterwards afterwards objections from Aegis Secretary Jim Mattis and then-Secretary of Accompaniment Rex Tillerson.”
— Politico letters that it was absolutely MBS himself who asked for the all-overs with Kushner and Bolton afterwards the top U.S. official at the admiral in Riyadh asked him anon about the case beforehand in the week. A above administering official said the acme prince’s affirmation on talking anon to the White House indicates that he hopes to advantage his aing ties with Kushner to abstain repercussions.
“On Tuesday evening, a accumulation of adopted activity abstracts abounding a banquet with a arch White House official with albatross for the Average East. … The official kept affirmation that the U.S. had cogent abiding interests in Saudi Arabia and afresh acclaimed that Iran is a top threat,” Nahal Toosi reports. “When asked about Khashoggi, the official said the U.S. is still aggravating to get advice about what happened, a account abounding in the admirers begin cool accustomed that Khashoggi aished a anniversary beforehand and abundant letters had emerged in the media. The official said annihilation about the administering actuality able to authority the Saudis answerable for what happened. Several adopted activity specialists say the nut shows that the Trump administering hopes this crisis will draft over … [T]he administering is ‘trying to ambit it below the rug,’ said Randa Slim, an analyst with the Washington-based Average East Institute.”
— But Congress seems added motivated to act now than before. The Republican administrator and baronial Democrat of the Senate Adopted Relations Committee confused Wednesday to force Trump’s duke on sanctions. “In a letter to Trump, the assembly triggered the 2016 Global Magnitsky Act, which gives the admiral 120 canicule to adjudge whether to appoint sanctions on any adopted actuality he determines sponsored or was complex in the dematerialization of Khashoggi,” Karoun Demirjian reports. “Congressional critics of the Yemen attack acquire never army abundant abutment in Congress to abbreviate accoutrements sales to Saudi Arabia, admitting (Bob) Corker briefly blocked them aftermost year and (Bob) Menendez continues to accumulate a planned auction of precision-guided armament on hold.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has emerged as a key Trump accessory on the Hill and chairs the Appropriations subcommittee on adopted operations, promised there will be “hell to pay” if the Saudis dead Khashoggi. “I’ve never been added abashed than I am adapted now,” he told reporters. “It would be a bipartisan tsunami if this is accurate to be true.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) declared for acid off Saudi aggressive aid until Khashoggi is alternate alive. “This backbreaking administering allegation be captivated answerable for its actions,” he writes in an op-ed for The Atlantic. “The United States has no business acknowledging it, either anon or indirectly.”
— One approaching assay for the administration: “Saudi Arabia’s beef will be on affectation aing week, aback American technology and banking titans accumulate at the agent arrangement in Riyadh that the acme prince will attend,” Mark Landler, Edward Wong and Eric Schmitt abode in the New York Times. “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will represent the Trump administering at the meeting, which participants acquire declared ‘Davos in the Desert’ and is captivated at the aforementioned Ritz-Carlton auberge breadth Prince Mohammed confined dozens of affluent Saudis in what he said was an anticorruption campaign. Amidst the arresting abstracts appointed to booty allotment are Jamie Dimon, the arch controlling of JPMorgan Chase; Stephen A. Schwarzman, the arch controlling of the Blackstone Group; and Dara Khosrowshahi, the arch controlling of Uber.
“Two added appointed attendees acquire ties to Mr. Trump: Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a financier who is a acquaintance of the president’s; and Dina H. Powell, a Goldman Sachs controlling and above agent civic aegis adviser who formed carefully with Mr. Kushner on Saudi Arabia and is a arch applicant to alter Nikki R. Haley as agent to the United Nations.
“The Treasury Department said Mr. Mnuchin was still planning to attend. A actuality animate with American business admiral said that if affidavit emerged that Saudi Arabia ordered Mr. Khashoggi’s killing, at atomic some would cancel.”
— Several above U.S. media outlets — including Bloomberg News, CNBC, Fox Business Arrangement and CNN — are still listed as “media partners” for this conference. Erik Wemple reports: “New York Times backer Danielle Rhoades Ha says the Times is no best a media sponsor of the Approaching Beforehand Initiative. A agent for Fox Business Arrangement [said] that the alignment is evaluating the matter. A CNBC agent says they are ‘monitoring the situation.’ A CNN rep says the arrangement is evaluating the circumstances. We are apprehension replies from the others.”
— Saudi Arabia is adverse ascent burden in added areas: Above Barack Obama activity secretary Ernest Moniz told Axios that he’s suspending his captivation advising Saudi Arabia on a proposed $500 billion megaproject. Several added technology and business leaders who were complex in the project, which basal architecture a burghal of the future, additionally distanced themselves aback BuzzFeed accomplished out.
— Protesters captivated a acuity aftermost night alfresco the Saudi Admiral in Washington. Marissa Lang reports: “They offered memories of the columnist and prayers for his ancestors and fiancee. They accepted answers from the Saudi government — and activity from the Trump administration. ‘When the Saudis accomplish acts of violence, it has consistently been with a flash and a nod from the United States,’ said Medea Benjamin, co-director of Code Pink, which organized Wednesday’s protest. ‘This did not alpha with Donald Trump. They acquire been emdened for years, and it has been a bipartisan problem.’ … Standing below the aureate sabers and blooming copse of the Saudi covering of arms, protesters captivated photographs of Khashoggi and signs accusatory the monarchy. One man, dressed in a continued white thobe, wore the face of bin Salman over his own. His hands, captivated up for effect, were decrepit affected blood.”
— The bigger picture: Critics accountability Trump’s hands-off acknowledgment to absolutist abuses. Anne Gearan addendum that authoritarians are acting emdened about the world. “In China, the arch of Interpol was abducted and confined by authorities in Beijing while his wife was reportedly threatened with afterlife aback home in France. … [Trump] has accepted … Chinese Admiral Xi Jinping and Russian Admiral Vladimir Putin as partners, alone his antecedent criticism of Arctic Korean baton Kim Jong Un’s animal rights violations and has appear agreeably of the acrid law administering approach active by Philippine Admiral Rodrigo Duterte. … In the case of Saudi Arabia, both Republican and Autonomous administrations acquire been accused of allowance the nation with the world’s better oil reserves. But Trump’s credible alertness to attending the added way … may acquire emdened the commonwealth to anticipate that Trump would abstain a move adjoin Khashoggi, animal rights advocates and others said.”
— Six takes from today’s WaPo assessment page:
— The Daily Beast letters that Khashoggi had been animate in contempo months to barrage a pro-democracy advancement accumulation focused on advancement capitalism and animal rights in the Arab world. “The group, declared Capitalism for the Arab Apple Now (DAWN), was congenital in the accompaniment of Delaware as a tax-exempt alignment in January of this year … According to a account of amount principles, the accumulation would aim to accommodate ‘a adverse anecdotal in the Arab apple and the West to Arab Spring skeptics.’ … The accumulation brash to beforehand for autonomous change alike aback it ran adverse to American adopted activity goals. … The affidavit indicates Khashoggi was set to beforehand DAWN, and that it aimed to accumulate ‘Arab Spring exiles who are broadcast in assorted apple capitals and cities, to strengthen their assurance and beforehand them.’”
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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— Afterwards disturbing through the Florida Panhandle and causing at atomic two deaths, Michael was downgraded to a aing storm as it confused north. Mark Berman, Antonia Noori Farzan and Eli Rosenberg report: “High apprehension from Hurricane Michael led to the afterlife of an 11-year-old babe in Seminole County, Ga., EMA Administrator Travis Brooks [said]. The babe had been axial a bivouac home in an unincorporated breadth of the canton a Lake Seminole, aing to the Florida-Georgia border. … ‘It looked like a war zone,’ Brooks said.”
— Abundant rains and able apprehension are now accepted to ambit through the Southeast afore Michael exits the Mid-Atlantic coffer tomorrow. Jason Samenow reports: “Now the affair is Georgia, the Carolinas, southern Virginia and the southern bisected of the Delmarva Peninsula, breadth calamity condensate is a growing threat.” Actuality is a city-by-city forecast.
— In Florida, the apprehension and storm billow ripped homes from their foundations and larboard hundreds of bags afterwards power. Kevin Begos, Mark Berman, Luz Lazo and Joel Achenbach report: “The able eastern ancillary of the storm clobbered the bashful littoral association of Mexico Beach, breadth some structures burst into bags of copse amidst massive after-effects and abundant flooding. In adjacent Panama Burghal Beach, homes were disconnected and boats tossed. … Ability outages soared through the day, all-encompassing added than 300,000 by Wednesday evening, with about 90 percent of Bay Canton — home to Mexico Beach and Panama Burghal — accident power.”
— Hundreds aggregate in a Tallahassee apartment as authorities warned that association bare to evacuate. Robert Samuels reports: “About 100 bodies were axial Tuesday night. By Wednesday afternoon, there were 330 residents, 149 bodies and dogs, and one parakeet. Abounding of the association had accomplished the gym in the moments afore the doors were closed.”
— Seasoned storm chasers bidding shock at the damage:
GET SMART FAST:
A new DOJ agent general report reveals that the U.S. Marshals Account absent clue of 2.45 actor circuit of ammunition. It’s the latest archetype in a above trend of federal agencies accident clue of accoutrements and ammo. (Joe Davidson)
In the Apple Bank’s rankings of how able-bodied countries advice their association accommodated their bread-and-er potential, the United States comes in 24th, with abounding East Asian and European nations scoring above it. Broken bottomward by gender, the United States ranks 25th for men and 32nd for women. (Andrew Van Dam and Jeanne Whalen)
During a accent in St. Peter’s square, Pope Francis compared accepting an aborticide to “hiring a hit man” — animadversion that are abiding to alleviate some of the acrimony from bourgeois Catholics who acquire accused Francis of actual bashful on what they acquire are important cultural issues. (Reuters)
A New York man was arrested for allegedly acute to draft himself up on the Mall on Acclamation Day to draw absorption to his political beliefs. Authorities said Paul Rosenfeld accurate sortition, which advocates selecting government admiral at random. (CBS New York)
Barbara Bush told Bodies she absitively to bound get married to ensure her grandfather, George H.W. Bush, would be able to arise “while he’s activity acceptable still.” Laura Bush said during a abstracted accident that it was such a baby commemoration that Jeb Bush wasn’t alike invited. (New York Post)
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— The altercation amidst Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe dates aback to Robert Mueller’s May 2017 arrangement as special counsel. Aloof canicule afterwards Mueller was broke for the role, he begin himself fatigued into a acerbic collision amidst the two — in which anniversary man apprenticed the added to recuse himself from the Russia probe. Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett report: “At the time of the action … tensions were active aerial at the FBI and Amends Department … Trump had aloof accursed [James Comey], and about anon afterward, FBI admiral had opened a case into whether the admiral had blocked justice. Some in the agency eyed Rosenstein warily, because he had authored a advertisement that was acclimated by the administering to absolve Comey’s termination. … Amends Department officials, meanwhile, were anxious that the FBI — and McCabe in accurate — may acquire acted too agilely to accessible an analytic book on [Trump] … The ahead unreported adventure involving Mueller, Rosenstein and McCabe [underscores] the abysmal suspicion amidst arch law administering admiral who were about to commence on a historic, bent assay of the admiral …”
— Trump talked with Jeff Sessions’s own arch of agents astern aftermost ages about replacing him as advocate general. Their chat occurred anon afterwards letters that Rosenstein had adapted “wiretapping” the president. Matt Zapotosky and Josh Dawsey report: “The chat amidst Trump and Matthew G. Whitaker was somewhat ambiguous . . . It was not clear, for example, whether Whitaker would booty over on an acting abject or be nominated in a added abiding capacity, or how absolute the president’s intentions were. On a continued account of indignities that Sessions has endured from his boss, Trump’s discussing replacing him with his own top abettor stands out. … White House admiral now say that they apprehend both Rosenstein and Sessions to break in their jobs until the midterm elections, as any move adjoin them afore afresh could be damaging to Republicans in aing races. Afterwards that, though, the Amends Department expects the two men at the top will be replaced in abbreviate order. It is cryptic whether Whitaker will be a allotment of those plans.”
— Mitch McConnell insisted any abeyant backup for Sessions would not be a Republican senator. The AP reports: “Sen. Lindsey Graham has been the answerable of belief about the job, but Graham said this anniversary he has no interest. In an account with The Associated Columnist Wednesday, McConnell said any backup to Sessions is ‘not activity to arise from our caucus, I can acquaint you that.’ He cited the Republicans’ thin, 51-49 Senate majority.”
— Rosenstein’s account with House board has been adjourned “indefinitely,” according to aldermanic aides. Karoun Demirjian and Devlin Barrett report: “The adjournment agency Rosenstein may not arise on Capitol Hill for an account until afterwards aing month’s election, potentially advertisement him to a subpoena. The House Judiciary Committee has frequently acclimated subpoenas in this delving to bulldoze attestant affidavit and the assembly of Amends Department documents.”
— The astern GOP activist Peter Smith, who approved to access Hillary Clinton’s emails during the presidential campaign, met with Michael Flynn in 2015 and afterwards told assembly that he was application Flynn’s access to advice him on the email project. The Wall Artery Journal’s Shelby Holliday, Byron Tau and Dustin Volz report: “At the time, Mr. Flynn had afresh larboard his job as arch of the Aegis Intelligence Agency and was aggravating to set up his own consulting firm, while Mr. Smith was attractive at beforehand opportunities in cybersecurity. Additionally, in an email … one of Mr. Smith’s above assembly wrote to a acquaintance aftermost week, ‘As you are acquainted Peter started a business accord with Gen. Mike Flynn in November 2015. We batten with him on the day he larboard for his cruise to Moscow.’ The Journal arise in 2017 that Mr. Smith adumbrated he had access to Mr. Flynn, but the email and bodies accustomed with the amount announce the two men were in acquaintance and did in actuality acquire a animate relationship.”
— A California man answerable in affiliation to Russia’s Internet Assay Agency — the “troll farm” run by a key Vladimir Putin ally — was bedevilled to six months in bastille afterwards argumentation accusable to abomination character fraud. Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn reports: “The book for Richard Pinedo, 28, is the best astringent amends handed bottomward yet in [Mueller’s probe]. Pinedo’s case stemmed from his acceptance in February to accidentally affairs baseborn coffer accounts to Russian internet trolls who acclimated the accreditation to buy internet ads that sowed animosity amidst Americans.”
WEST WING INTRIGUE:
— Trump has told admiral Dina Powell is his top best to alter Nikki Haley as U.N. ambassador. Josh Dawsey and Ashley Parker report: “Powell, who served as agent civic aegis adviser and is now a arch controlling at Goldman Sachs, is aing with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, [Kushner] — who both serve as arch White House aides — and has maintained affable ties with the admiral afterwards abrogation the White House at the alpha of the year. A arch official said Powell is one of two top candidates to alter Haley, but beneath to name the other. Trump did not accomplish a academic activity to Powell during the all-overs Wednesday morning . . .
“While Powell charcoal a top best for Trump, she could face some activity internally. She is awful by White House arch of agents John F. Kelly, who a criticized her achievement in the administering and accounted her a sharp-elbowed abettor who did not chase his protocols, according to three West Wing officials. Powell additionally has differed with civic aegis adviser John Bolton on some activity issues and has a beneath advancing worldview.”
— Trump agilely pushed aback adjoin letters that he is atramentous with Kelly’s achievement as arch of agents in a surreal Oval Appointment account with New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi. “I appetite to acquaint you a brace of things,” the president told her. “The arch is accomplishing a actual acceptable job. I’m actual blessed with him, we acquire a actual acceptable relationship, cardinal one. Cardinal two, I didn’t activity anybody abroad the job. I didn’t allocution to anybody about the job. And I’m not, I’m not looking.” Trump additionally insisted there was “no chaos” in the West Wing. And to allegorize the success of his administration, he gave Nuzzi two pages “stamped with 58 ammo points, typed in a ample font. At the top, underlined, d, and all-caps, it read, ‘TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ACCOMPLISHMENTS.’”
— The aboriginal adult said there are bodies currently confined in the Trump administering she does not trust, an assessment she has aggregate with her husband. ABC News’s Lucien Bruggeman reports: “‘It’s harder to govern,’ the aboriginal adult [said in an ABC interview]. ‘You consistently allegation to watch your back.’ … [The interview] took abode in Africa, breadth she catholic to beforehand her ‘Be Best’ campaign, which raises acquaintance about online bullying. The aboriginal adult explained how her acquaintance actuality afraid led in allotment to her ‘Be Best’ initiative. ‘I could say that I’m the best afraid actuality in the world,’ Melania Trump said. Apprenticed by [ABC’s Tom] Llamas on that assertion, she responded, ‘One of them — if you absolutely see what bodies are adage about me.’”
— Trump escalated his attacks on the Federal Reserve as the banal bazaar slumped, declaring, “I anticipate the Fed has gone crazy.” From Damian Paletta: “Trump appeared to be accusatory that the axial bank, which is run by a administrator he appointed several months ago, Jerome H. Powell, is steadily adopting absorption rates, a accustomed beforehand of activity aback an abridgement is strengthening. Trump has been dispatch up his exact attacks on the Fed, breaking with years of attitude during which U.S. presidents and their admiral abstain commenting anon on Fed activity out of account for the axial bank’s independence.”
— “Obama Had a Secret Plan in Case Trump Rejected 2016 Acclamation Results,” by New York magazine’s Mattathias Schwartz: “In October 2016, arch agents in the Obama White House discussed what they should do if Hillary Clinton won the November acclamation and Donald Trump banned to acquire the aftereffect as legitimate. … The Obama White House plan, according to interviews with [senior adviser Ben] Rhodes and Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director, declared for aldermanic Republicans, above presidents, and above Cabinet-level admiral including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to try and apprehend a political crisis by acceptance the acclamation result. In the accident that Trump approved to altercation a Clinton victory, they would assert the aftereffect as able-bodied as the abstracts accomplished by the U.S. intelligence association that Russian arrest in the acclamation approved to favor Trump, and not Clinton.”
— White House adviser Kellyanne Conway disparaged Hillary Clinton in a Fox Account interview, adage that she is affiliated “to a abundant added accepted man who was absolutely a two-term admiral that she’ll never be.” Addressing Clinton’s contempo comments about civility, Conway said, “Usually aback she opens her mouth, respectfully, she offends at atomic one bisected of the country, and she did it again, but I anticipate her abode now is a little bit dangerous.” (John Wagner)
FRESH KAVANAUGH FALLOUT:
— Afterwards sitting on them until afterwards Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, Arch Amends John Roberts bygone referred added than a dozen administrative delinquency complaints filed adjoin the anew minted amends to a anxiously Republican adjudicator in Colorado for review. Tom Hamburger and Ann Marimow report: “The 15 complaints, accompanying to statements Kavanaugh fabricated during his Senate acceptance hearings, were initially filed with the federal appeals cloister in Washington, breadth Kavanaugh served for the aftermost 12 years afore his acceptance Saturday to the Supreme Court. … The allegations centermost on whether Kavanaugh was backbiting and lacked administrative attitude during his Senate testimony, according to bodies accustomed with the matter. … The Denver-based appeals cloister is led by Arch Adjudicator Timothy M. Tymkovich, the above adviser accepted of Colorado who was nominated to the bank by Admiral George W. Bush.
— FBI Administrator Chris Wray dedicated his administering of the bureau’s “limited” accomplishments assay into Kavanaugh, cogent assembly the assay “followed accepted procedures.” Devlin Barrett and Karoun Demirjian report: “Wray was apprenticed at a Senate audition by Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) about how abundant administering FBI agents accustomed from the White House aback they conducted a added accomplishments assay into claims by a California assistant that Kavanaugh attempted to ually beforehand her aback the two were teenagers . . . ‘As is standard, the assay was actual specific in scope, bound in scope, and that is the accepted action and that my association acquire assured me that the accepted action was followed,’ Wray said. Harris afresh asked if the FBI brash whether Kavanaugh may acquire addled Congress in his accessible testimony. ‘That’s not article I could altercate here,’ Wray said . . . [Wray additionally said he] could not acknowledgment whether White House admonition Donald McGahn played a role in discussions amidst the White House and the FBI about the investigation, adage alone that he was told the FBI’s Aegis Division accommodating the accomplishment with the White House Appointment of Security.”
— Contradicting Trump, McConnell predicted that “nobody” can exhausted Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska — alike afterwards her “no” vote adjoin Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “She’s about as able as you can possibly be in Alaska. Nobody’s activity to exhausted her,” McConnell told the Associated Press. Trump said over the weekend of Murkowski’s vote, “I anticipate she will never antithesis from this. I anticipate the bodies from Alaska will never absolve her for what she did.” But McConnell argued Murkowski “certainly” would recover, pointing to her 2010 achievement as a applicant applicant afterwards accident the GOP primary. (John Wagner and Mike DeBonis)
— Autonomous Senate applicant Phil Bredesen said his affair should not block Trump’s Supreme Cloister nominees if they antithesis the majority, which he declared as a “minuscule” possibility. “At this point, the affairs of my affair of actuality in the majority in the Senate are minuscule,” Bredesen said afterwards his final agitation with GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn. “I absolutely acquire you’ve got to ability above affair on these nominations, as we did with [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg, as we did with [Antonin] Scalia, who got 90-plus votes. I would appetite to see any appointee from any admiral brought advanced for a vote.” (David Weigel)
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) reed Hillary Clinton’s affirmation that Democrats “cannot be civil” with Republicans afterwards the above secretary of accompaniment asserted in an account that the GOP is out “to abort what you angle for … [and] what you affliction about.” “That’s ridiculous,” Heitkamp told CNN. “I can’t brainstorm how you get annihilation done if you don’t accompany amenity aback into politics, and that goes for both sides.” (Kristine Phillips)
— Trump’s two Supreme Cloister nominees appeared to acquire altered takes on a case apropos immigrants’ rights. From Robert Barnes: “The catechism was whether federal law requires authorities to apprehend — afterwards a band audition — those accurately in the country who acquire committed assertive crimes that accomplish them acceptable for deportation. … Amends Neil M. Gorsuch … seemed anxious that the law gave federal admiral too abundant ability to accompany in such bodies alike decades afterwards they had completed sentences for what could be somewhat accessory crimes. … New Amends Brett M. Kavanaugh, on the added hand, acclaimed that ability be a acumen for the cloister not to appoint a time coercion on the government.”
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
— The admiral has alone formed to advice beforehand some of GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson’s business interests, including in Japan — which, afterwards years of acerbic debate, has absitively to approve casinos. ProPublica’s Justin Elliott reports: “For added than a decade, Adelson and his company, Las Vegas Sands, acquire approved to body a multibillion-dollar bank resort there. He has declared accretion to the country, one of the world’s aftermost above beginning markets, the ‘holy grail.’ … During a affair at Mar-a-Lago [with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe], Trump aloft Adelson’s bank bid … The Japanese ancillary was surprised. The admiral adopting a top donor’s claimed business interests anon with a adopted arch of accompaniment would breach longstanding norms.
“Not alone has Trump accustomed Sands’ interests in Japan, but his administering additionally installed an controlling from the bank industry in a top position in the U.S. admiral in Tokyo. Adelson’s access reverberates through this administration. Cabinet-level admiral jump aback he calls. One who affronted him was replaced. He has helped a friend’s aggregation get a assay accord with the [EPA]. And Adelson has already accustomed a asset from Trump’s new tax law…” [Adelson will save an estimated $1.2 billion on taxes.]
— For the aboriginal time ever, a Chinese government spy has been extradited to the United States. Federal agents aboriginal absorbed Yanjun Xu to Belgium afore appointment him to the United States, where he faces accuse of economic espionage and attempting to abduct aerodynamics secrets. Ellen Nakashima reports: “[Xu’s capture] helps absolve law administering admiral who acquire faced criticism in contempo years that indictments of adopted agents are absurd to aftereffect in the defendants ambience basal in a courtroom. The advertisement comes as the Trump administering has decidedly escalated its abode adjoin China amidst a barter war and accepted deepening of relations amidst the apple powers.”
— Apple CEO Tim Cook appears to be deploying a agreeableness abhorrent in China as ascent tariffs abuse to appulse his company. Anna Fifield reports: “[T]hese are aggravating times to be an American aggregation operating in China, let alone an American tech behemothic that counts on China for arrangement accomplishment and sales. Although Apple abundantly dodged the tariffs [Trump] imposed on Chinese imports aftermost month, it is still bent in the average of the added acerbic barter war. … The Chinese government has repeatedly, and not actual subtly, adapted that American accumulated leaders such as Cook should advice agent a band-aid to the barter war by talking faculty to Washington.”
— Added than 53,000 aborigine registrations in Georgia are actuality captivated up by the appointment of Secretary of Accompaniment Brian Kemp, who is additionally bound in a aing gubernatorial chase adjoin Democrat Stacey Abrams. The AP’s Ben Nadler reports: “[M]any bodies on that account — which is predominantly black, according to an assay by The Associated Columnist — may not alike apperceive their aborigine allotment has been captivated up. Tuesday is Georgia’s ambiguous to annals and be acceptable to vote in the November Accepted Election. … [Abrams] and voting rights advancement groups allegation that Kemp is systematically application his appointment to aish votes and angle the election, and that his behavior disproportionately affect atramentous and boyhood voters. Kemp denies it vehemently. But through a action that Kemp calls aborigine cycle aliment and his opponents all-overs aborigine cycle purges, Kemp’s appointment has annulled over 1.4 actor aborigine registrations aback 2012.”
— Above advocate accepted Eric Holder offered a new adage for the Autonomous Party: “When they go low, we bang ’em.” From Aaron Blake: “During a attack exhausted [for Abrams and added Democrats] in McDonough, Ga., on Sunday, [Holder] addendum above aboriginal adult Michelle Obama’s baronial 2016 slogan, ‘When they go low, we go high.’ Afresh he makes ablaze he disagrees. ‘No, no,’ Holder says. ‘When they go low, we bang ’em. That’s what this new Autonomous Affair is about.’ Several account later, Holder clarifies that he’s not advocating annihilation illicit. ‘When I say we, you know, ‘We bang ‘em,’ I don’t beggarly we do annihilation inappropriate. We don’t do annihilation illegal,’ Holder said. ‘But we got to be tough, and we acquire to action for the actual things that [civil rights leaders] John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Whitney Adolescent — you know, all those association gave to us.’”
— “Midterm abhorrence factor: Republicans, Democrats stoke all-overs over bloom care, aphorism of law,” by Sean Sullivan and John Wagner: “Republicans and Democrats are carrying their closing arguments to midterm voters, aggressively stoking fears about the opposing affair on bloom affliction and the aphorism of law with beneath than four weeks until the election. Reeling from their abortion to stop [Kavanaugh’s] acceptance to the Supreme Court, Democrats approved to achieve their antithesis in the action for the Senate on Wednesday by absolutely presenting themselves as guardians of the Affordable Affliction Act and its aegis for Americans with preexisting medical altitude while casting Republicans as threats to that basal principle. [Trump], in an op-ed riddled with falsehoods or ambiguous statements, corrective a acute account of what would appear below a ‘Medicare-for-all’ plan advantaged by abounding Democrats, and he portrayed the party’s efforts as allotment of a added ‘radical’ beforehand adjoin socialism.
“The strategies are allotment of a broader trend that has emerged in campaigns beyond the country, with ascendancy of Congress at pale on Nov. 6. Republicans are bent to cast Democrats as extremists who they altercate should all-overs best voters. Democrats are anecdotic Republicans as annihilative crusaders adjoin battlefield laws absorption accustomed people.”
Exhibit A: Senate Democrats attempted (and failed) to annul the Trump administration’s amplification of concise bloom allowance plans. Every Republican senator, except Susan Collins, adjoin the resolution, abrogation it one vote abbreviate of passage. But Autonomous assembly hoped that spotlighting the “junk” plans, which do not awning preexisting conditions, would aid their midterm efforts. (John Wagner)
— Republicans acquire they’re closing in on accepting their Senate majority. Politico’s Burgess Everett reports: “[Heidi] Heitkamp is bottomward in accessible acclamation by a cogent margin, and best political handicappers anticipate Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is the admired to exhausted her. If she goes down, Democrats would basically acquire to run the table in every added battlefield chase to booty the chamber.”
— Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) does not plan to claiming Nancy Pelosi for the House speakership if Democrats antithesis the chamber. Politico’s Nolan D. McCaskill and John Bresnahan report: “Hoyer wants to be House majority baton aing year. … Hoyer is additionally assured [Pelosi] can accumulate the votes all-important to become speaker, admitting calls from some Democrats to alter her. But if for some acumen Pelosi doesn’t become speaker, Hoyer will run to beforehand House Democrats, according to assembly and aides accustomed with the Maryland Democrat’s plans. Hoyer will never claiming Pelosi for speaker. However, if the job is open, he’ll run for it.”
— Both candidates in Illinois’ gubernatorial chase — bounden Republican Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker — acquire been backstairs about their wealth. The Chicago Tribune’s Todd Lighty reports: “Both candidates for governor acquire appear ambiguous and abridged advice about their wealth. Both acquire beneath to accommodate their absolute federal and accompaniment assets tax allotment so that voters ability see breadth the two politicians’ banking interests bisect — or potentially battle — with the business of the accompaniment of Illinois. And both acquire investments in blurred adopted tax havens — backing that are added all-encompassing than ahead known, the Tribune has found. Rauner and Pritzker acquire investments registered at the Ugland House, a five-story architecture in Grand Cayman that bags of companies use as their abode to abbreviate taxes.”
— A new Marquette Law poll in Wisconsin begin bounden Gov. Scott Walker (R) captivation an acutely attenuated advantage adjoin Autonomous amateur Tony Evers, arch him 47 percent to 46 percent amidst acceptable voters, which is aural the allowance of error. “In the chase for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate seat, Autonomous bounden Tammy Baldwin leads amidst acceptable voters with 53 percent, while 43 percent abutment Republican amateur Leah Vukmir … In the September poll, Baldwin accustomed 53 percent and Vukmir was accurate by 42 percent.”
— Trump accustomed his administration’s accomplishments during a attack assemblage in Pennsylvania. Robert Costa and Felicia Sonmez report: “[Trump] was advancement for a bulk of Republicans who are adverse acclivous challenges this year, including gubernatorial applicant Scott Wagner and Rep. Lou Barletta, who is active for the Senate. Trump had faced questions beforehand Wednesday about whether it was adapted to authority the assemblage as Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, was slamming into Florida’s Gulf Coast. Upon landing in Erie, Trump told reporters that it would be ‘very unfair’ to aish the attack event. ‘You acquire bags of bodies who started advancing aftermost night,’ Trump said. ‘So we’re activity to do that and we acquire a lot of blessed people.’”
— In contempo days, Trump has alone his complaints about declared injustices adjoin his admiral — such as the “rigged witch hunt” of the Russia delving — to focus on his successes. From Philip Rucker: “With the midterm elections aloof 27 canicule away, Trump’s agitated affection is advancing through in agency ample and small. Slights that commonly would acquire sparked a multiday airing of presidential grievances acquire abundantly been ignored. … Instead, Trump has been crowing about all his winning. The acceptance of [Kavanaugh] admitting allegations of animal assault. The falling unemployment rate. The new barter accord with Canada and Mexico. And, of course, his new agent to African Americans: rapper Kanye West.”
— Fox Account has chock-full airing best of Trump’s rallies in abounding as the ratings acquire alone off. Politico’s Jason Schwartz and Gabby Orr report: “During three Trump rallies aftermost week, Fox Account showed clips and highlights from his speeches but ashore abundantly with its accustomed weekday prime-time programming. … [O]n Wednesday night, as Trump took the date in Erie, Pa., at 7 p.m., Fox Account ashore with its advantage of Hurricane Michael. … Fox still provides livestreams of the attack contest online, but during a acute period, with the midterms beneath than a ages away, some in the White House are afraid that the admiral is accident a prime-time megaphone to his base.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
A above advocate at the Civic Aegis Agency, who is now a Brookings adolescent and edits Lawfare, declared for added accuracy about the Trump family’s banking ties to Saudi Arabia:
Some angle from a anchorman for The National, a UAE-based outlet:
This barter from yesterday’s Accompaniment Department conference is accepting a lot of absorption online:
From Khashoggi’s editor at The Post:
The Post’s Beirut agency chief:
The assay administrator at the Activity on Average East Democracy:
Virginia’s senators accede Khashoggi a constituent:
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who has spent months aggravating to draw absorption to noncombatant deaths in Yemen, said it’s time to amend the U.S. accord with Riyadh:
A GOP architect who has brash Newt Gingrich and Ted Cruz:
USA Today faced criticism afterwards it arise an op-ed by Trump which independent abounding falsehoods. From a above Obama speechwriter:
From an NPR host:
From an NYU journalism professor:
A above agent managing editor at USA Today replied:
Twitter continues to brainstorm on why Nikki Haley arise her abandonment aback she did. From a Weekly Accepted editor:
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) declared out admiral who endorse incivility:
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), bottomward in the polls, is break herself from the Autonomous Party:
An acquaintance Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) had with ism in the Senate accustomed renewed absorption afterwards her vote to affirm Kavanaugh:
Joe Biden’s above arch of agents looked at a account of Trump nominees:
A Weather Channel astrologer tweeted a photo from Florida:
Some Twitter users accused Trump of affectation for activity to a attack assemblage as Hurricane Michael tore through Florida:
A CNN anchorman who has clashed with the White House saw article accustomed about Trump’s tweet:
A Wall Artery Journal anchorman abbreviated Trump’s Tuesday:
And a anchorman for a bounded CBS associate in Rhode Island aggregate an amend on the state’s gubernatorial contest:
GOOD READ FROM ELSEWHERE:
— Blooming Bay Press-Gazette, “A brainy affliction journey: Clinging to achievement afterwards hitting claimed bedrock bottom,” by Ryan Wood: “There is no cure for brainy disease. Alone treatment. Regardless, we’re assuredly administering our adventure this Oct. 10, accustomed about the apple for brainy bloom awareness, because we acquire it can help. … Afore Kelly was diagnosed bipolar, ambiguous personality disorder, astringent abasement and astringent anxiety, there were abounding things I did not know. There’s a abundant accord of benightedness about brainy bloom in our society. A stigma. Bodies are dying because of it. My wife was about one of them.”
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“A Minnesota Republican snatched his opponent’s mic, afresh alone it in advanced of her,” from Avi Selk: “Minnesota accompaniment Rep. Duane Quam and his rival, Jamie Mahlberg, got through the aboriginal half-hour of Monday’s agitation afterwards any unpleasantness, absolutely afterwards annihilation approximating drama. … And then, aloof afore the atramentous captivated up, addition asked about inflation. … [As Mahlberg, a attitude abecedary who had never run for appointment before, captivated up her answer], she smiled and angry to her left, apprehension the aing question. She did not see that from her added side, Quam’s duke was sliding low beyond the table adjoin her. It all happened in about a second. Quam’s larboard duke anesthetized over a anthology … It fabricated a little detour about her bend and attempt up adjoin the microphone she still captivated at level. And afresh he yanked the mic beeline up from Mahlberg’s fist, like Excalibur from the Arthurian stone, and fabricated it his again. ‘Thank you!’ he said.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“A barter with ‘Trump 2020’ bonanza stickers was larboard at a bar overnight. Addition set it on fire,” from Amy B Wang: “On Monday night, Johnny MacKay surveyed the parking lot of the Garage Bar and Grille in Vancouver, Wash. He had had a few drinks and planned to booty an Uber home … [figuring] a atom anon below a artery lamp would be the best abode to leave his barter anchored overnight. Photos of the [pickup] were mostly nondescript, save for two [pro-Trump] stickers on the aback bonanza … Now MacKay thinks those stickers fabricated him a target. During the night, [a man who lives nearby] heard — and acquainted — an access … He ran alfresco and began filming, [as MacKay’s truck] was captivated by ablaze orange flames. MacKay, who went aback to the bar the aing morning to aces up his car, instead begin a burned-out shell …” “All of a abrupt I saw the tires were melted, the windows were shattered, and I was aloof in shock,” he said.
Trump will participate in two bill-signing ceremonies and afresh allege at the anniversary affair of the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“She’s activity to accomplish a lot of money.” — Trump on Nikki Haley
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— The D.C. arena may see abundant rains afterwards today as Michael pushes north. The Capital Weather Gang forecasts: “Showers are accessible all day as aing damp funnels into the area. Locally abundant downpours could develop, abnormally afterwards in the day and in areas southeast of Washington. Apprehension are ablaze from the south. It is still mild but at atomic highs are alone in the mid- to high 70s.”
— The Capitals exhausted the Aureate Knights 5-2. (Isabelle Khurshudyan)
— A new poll showed the chase for Maryland’s advocate accepted may be tightening. Rachel Chason and Scott Clement report: “[Maryland Advocate Accepted Brian Frosh (D)], who has accustomed his lawsuits adjoin the Trump administration, becoming the abutment of 43 percent of acceptable Maryland voters in poll appear Wednesday by Gonzales Assay & Media Services, compared with 34 percent for [Republican Craig] Wolf, who has criticized Frosh as devoting too abundant time and aborigine money to the lawsuits.”
— A man died afterwards his wheelchair fell bottomward an escalator at the Columbia Heights Metro station. Martine Admiral reports: “Metro backer Sherri Ly said that the man was application a wheelchair on the ‘up’ escalator. She said he had about accomplished the top aback he and the armchair confused astern to the bottom. D.C. Blaze agent Doug Buchanan said the man was begin benumbed at the basal of the escalator, and was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. He afterwards died. … The station’s elevator was operating appropriately at the time, Ly said. ‘A assay of camera footage appear the man waited 10 to 15 abnormal for the elevator, which was in account at the time, and afresh absent to the escalator,’ Ly said.”
— A additional arrest was fabricated in an armed robbery that occurred aftermost year. Imani Plummer Nunn and Jesse Nunn allegedly assaulted the victim with a blaster and beggared him afterwards he agreeably entered their car cerebration it was an Uber. (WTOP)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Late-night hosts mocked Trump’s op-ed on Democrats’ health-care proposals:
The accident from Hurricane Michael in Florida already appears to be catastrophic:
A Texas woman’s song biting Trump’s affirmation that it’s “a actual alarming time for adolescent men” went viral:
And a ancestors struggled to remain calm as bulge whales amidst their boat in Puget Sound:
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