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Keep an eye on this. Sure hope Wilbur Ross didn’t lie to Congress about coordinating or getting his department’s plan to rig the 2020 Census to disenfranchise blue state and district voters from a couple white nationalists.
In a few months we may have access to the President’s tax returns, which will likely shed a great deal of light on his foreign policy decisions.
With news that gubernatorial candidate and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is currently blocking 53,000 predominantly African-American voters from voting in this election, Cam Joseph’s report on this critical and historic showdown over voting rights is even more of a must-read.
Our correspondent Cameron Joseph is reporting from Indiana and Illinois, where two key races are playing out. Here’s more on those stories and others we’re following.
Is this the story? There is a lot that is hard to figure about the apparent killing of Jamal Khashoggi. But one of the biggest for me is, why? He was a critic and a dissident. But he actually didn’t oppose the regime itself. He wasn’t calling for a change of government. He even supported a number of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s initiatives. Consolidating autocrats don’t like critics, period. But still it doesn’t quite fit. If Khashoggi died as described, it was an incredibly high stakes and visible move to silence someone who just doesn’t seem to have been that much of a threat.
As we learn more about the apparent extra-judicial killing of Saudi exile Jamal Khashoggi, many of the articles we learn from have hints and details about what I believe is a key and perhaps the key part of this story: the relationship between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and Jared Kushner and, more broadly, the corrupt financial ties between the Saudi leadership and the Trump family.
Next Wednesday at 12:30 eastern we are holding our third Inside Briefing, which is open to all Prime members. This time we’re joined by Nate Silver of 538. We’ll talk about polls, probabilities, methodologies and of course what races are the ones to be watching in these final weeks. And you can ask your own questions.
The Post is reporting that Turkish officials have told their US counterparts that they have audio and video recordings that prove Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. It appears that the claimed video evidence is more circumstantial. The audio evidence would appear to be from listening devices either within or targeting the compound. According to the Post, the tapes the Turks claim to have essentially have the audio of Khoshoggi being interrogated, tortured and then finally killed.
As the Post describes it, the Turks are extremely leery of sharing the evidence. And it’s not clear they’ve shared it with the US, as opposed to describe it to their US counterparts. It’s a dicey situation. They clearly don’t want to out themselves or at least out the ways they bug diplomatic compounds.
The chaotic Kansas gubernatorial primaries saw a GOP race that came down to just dozens of votes and a push to boot the independent nominee from the ballot. When the dust finally settled in late August, three major candidates had emerged for November’s five-person contest: Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly, and Independent Greg Orman.
So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador. She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism! We have great people that want the job.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2018
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), raked in a whopping $38.1 million in campaign donations in just three months.
You just raised a record-breaking $38.1 million in three months. From 802,836 contributions. No PACs, no special interests, no corporations. All people, all the time, everywhere, every single day. pic.twitter.com/IDMFNFwezB
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 12, 2018
Despite his impressive fundraising, Real Clear Politics still has him trailing Cruz by 7 points.
The postal service is instituting price hikes, including on a parcel delivery system used by Amazon, though the department denies that the increases are due to President Donald Trump’s desire to punish the online giant, according to a Thursday Politico report.
Amazon and other large bulk shippers enjoy special rates with the postal service, so it is not immediately clear how hard it’ll be hit by the hike.
Under the assumption that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will eventually leave his post, President Donald Trump “is considering” as many as five potential replacements, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, based on unnamed White House officials and outside advisers. The Journal acknowledged that Sessions “isn’t currently planning to leave,” and “there are no finalized plans to remove him,” but that Sessions does anticipate “he may be asked to resign,” in the paper’s words.
The Journal’s sources listed five potential replacements for Sessions:
“Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Transportation Department general counsel Steven Bradbury, former Attorney General Bill Barr, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Janice Rogers Brown, a retired appeals court judge from the District of Columbia Circuit.”
Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson has given tens of millions of dollars in last-minute donations to two major Republican super PACs, the Senate Leadership Fund and the Congressional Leadership Fund, Politico reported Thursday citing two unnamed “senior Republicans familiar with the donation.”
That’s on top of Adelson and his wife’s combined $25 million and $30 million in donations to the Senate and House super PACs, respectively, Politico reported, likely making Adelson the largest Republican donor of the 2018 cycle.
During a rambling and erratic speech, rapper Kanye West whipped out his iPhone (password 000000, as spotted by some eagle-eyed viewers) to show President Donald Trump a picture of an “iPlane” that he thinks Trump should use instead of Air Force One.
During a visit to the Oval Office on Thursday, musician Kanye West explained why he couldn’t support the Hillary Clinton campaign: “I’m with her” slogan didn’t make him feel “like a guy that could play catch with his son.”
Kanye: Hillary campaign didn't work for me as a guy pic.twitter.com/YeNnguBYrj
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) October 11, 2018