With Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA:
TOPEKA, Kan. — During a get-out-the-vote assemblage actuality Thursday night, Kansas Secretary of Accompaniment Kris Kobach blithely anecdotal a advancing actualization on CNN the night before.
Speaking to 60 supporters at the accompaniment GOP headquarters, the Republican applicant for governor — in one of the tightest contest in the country — acclaimed that CNN accustomed analyst Jeffrey Toobin accused him of devoting “his absolute career aggravating to stop atramentous bodies and poor bodies from voting.” Host Anderson Cooper additionally asked Kobach — who led Admiral Trump’s disbanded aborigine artifice agency — whether he’s actually an able on the Constitution aback a federal adjudicator addled bottomward a law he championed acute voters to prove citizenship.
“I apperceive you’re not a agglomeration of CNN watchers here,” said Kobach, “but did anyone see CNN aftermost night aback I was on Anderson Cooper’s show?”
Most bodies in the allowance yelled “no,” appreciative that they don’t watch the arrangement Trump loves to hate.
Kobach said it was “outrageous” that a CNN analyst had basically declared him a racist. “He said that on civic TV,” said Kobach. “And I said, ‘Well, are you adage that because I’m for photo I.D., I’m a racist?’ And he said yes!”
The army booed. “Well, that’s absorbing because the majority of African Americans polled additionally favor photo I.D.,” said Kobach. “So allegedly they’re racist too!”
The allowance bankrupt into abiding applause. “That’s the affectionate of ambiance we’re in appropriate now,” said Kobach. “The larboard is in that awe-inspiring position breadth they don’t accept an altercation left. So what they do is they aloof alarm the Republican a racist. That’s what the new analogue of racist is: It’s a bourgeois that’s acceptable an argument!”
The army cheered, and Kobach acclaimed that he was aflame to go on Fox Account appropriate afterwards the accident to altercate what had transpired on CNN. “Anyway, I’m activity to be on Tucker Carlson tonight … So that should be fun,” he said. “It’s consistently agreeable talking with addition who has a actual well-functioning, acumen mind.”
Everyone laughed. “Tucker’s so good,” one of the six men in the allowance cutting a MAGA hat yelled out.
— Kobach, who bogus a civic name for himself as a bourgeois lightning rod, is closing his advance on his terms. He did not acknowledgment accessible apprenticeship in his speech, alike admitting acclamation actualization allotment for schools is the No. 1 affair alike amidst registered Republicans in Kansas. Nor did Kobach acknowledgment bloom affliction or infrastructure.
Instead, he talked about accoutrements and criticized the moderators of all seven debates held this abatement for not allurement any questions about abortion. “It is actually a above issue, but not a distinct agitation catechism was anytime asked,” he said, suggesting article nefarious. “I admiration why. Could it be that the bodies of Kansas are pro-life and that the moderators did not appetite to betrayal the voters to the aitionist pro-choice angle of my opponents? I anticipate so. I actually anticipate so!”
— Three top GOP agents who accept won statewide contest in Kansas bidding annoyance on Thursday that Kobach is not afterwards the allegiant blueprint for how to win here. He absolutely still has a alley to achievement because this is such a red state, and absolute applicant Greg Orman is an capricious agrarian calendar who is affairs votes from the Democrat, but they accept Kobach blown the adventitious afterwards assault the bounden GOP governor in the August primary to focus on issues that could abode to acquiescent beat voters.
“He’s acceleration bottomward on what he knows and is adequate with,” said one of the strategists, who is carefully tracking the race. “Ballot aegis and clearing are abundant issues aback you’re alive for secretary of state, but for governor voters apprehend more. You accept to alum above that. They appetite to apperceive what you’re activity to do on issues that affect their circadian lives. You accept to ask yourself: Is this a applicant who wants to accomplish a point or win an election?”
“It’s all over but the shouting,” said a added GOP operative. “It’s affronted for fighting’s sake. The point of his advance seems to be acrimonious fights.”
Both these Republicans appetite Kobach to prevail. They batten on accomplishments to be aboveboard about why he’s disturbing and because they abhorrence his access may amount the GOP two of the four U.S. House seats in Kansas aing week.
— Aloof like Trump, who is additionally activity all-in on clearing in the homestretch afore the midterms, Kobach thinks he has bigger instincts than the political professionals and believes his alley to achievement aboriginal and foremost depends on ginning up his base. “If Republicans vote in big numbers, we win a statewide election,” Kobach told the volunteers. “It’s aloof that simple.”
After the event, as he able to leave the affair appointment for his Fox hit, I asked him why he’s throwing so abundant red meat. “I anticipate all nonpresidential elections are won or absent by affective your own voters,” Kobach replied. “I beggarly that’s aloof because the admeasurement of the electorate is consistently smaller. That agency that a advance that motivates its bodies to vote is added acceptable to accomplish in a chase like this.”
Kobach appropriate he’d run abnormally if this was a presidential year. “In a presidential acclamation year, you accept a lot of bodies who will accept apparent the presidential commercials, will be activity into the polling abode cerebration about the president, and afresh they’re confronted with this continued ballot,” he said. “And they haven’t actually anticipation about the added ones. In that blazon of acclamation cycle, you accept a altered objective. You’re aggravating to get a bulletin to bodies who may alone be accidentally absorbed in your race, if you’re beneath the president, which is everybody. That’s why it is a hardly altered tactic.”
— The belief amidst GOP elites in this accompaniment basic boondocks is that Kobach will apparently lose narrowly, and Trump will bound accredit him to an administering job. He would be difficult to confirm, alike by a Republican-controlled Senate. Aloof how difficult depends on the aftereffect of several Senate contest aing week. But he could additionally get a arch White House role that doesn’t crave confirmation.
— Kobach had breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn actuality with Steve Bannon. “We talked mainly about advance logistics,” he said, crumbling to allotment what admonition the above arch White House architect gave him. The two accept been longtime allies, and Kobach has accounting columns for Breitbart News.
— Laura Kelly, Kobach’s Democratic challenger, acclaimed that she’s been adopted to the accompaniment Senate four times in a actual red commune because she’s accommodating to assignment above the alley and stays focused on pocketbook issues, both qualities she says Kobach has never apparent a alertness to alike try. “Divisiveness vs. unity: That’s the above affair in this chase and the above adverse amidst myself and Kris Kobach,” she said in an account Thursday night. “Most bodies in Kansas actually are actual businesslike and accustomed faculty and moderate. … That’s what they absence here. … I anticipate Kansans are accessible to be brought aback together.”
Kelly was admiring aback I told her that a GOP accessible I’d aloof arise with had complimented her bulletin discipline. She name-drops the abhorred above Republican governor Sam Brownback, who accommodated in January to become an ambassador, and pivots to accessible apprenticeship every adventitious she gets. “I was aloft in a aggressive family,” she said. “What can I say?”
— Several arresting above adopted Republicans from the enactment addition of the affair accept accustomed Kelly over Kobach, including three-term senator Nancy Kassebaum and two-term governor Bill Graves. Graves, 65, acclaimed that he’s the alone Kansas secretary of accompaniment anytime adopted governor. “I’m acquisitive that’s a trend that will continue,” he quipped. He complained that Kobach politicized what should be the detached administering of elections. “Kris acclimated it as a belvedere for his claimed agenda,” said Graves. “There’s a assertive taint to the appointment now.”
Graves said what worries him most, though, are the massive tax cuts Kobach is promising, which he is assured will actualize budgetary adversity for the accompaniment and force added cuts to accustomed programs that accept already suffered. “K-12 and academy ed are on banking activity abutment already, as it is,” said Graves. “The artery assurance armamentarium is about insolvent. The bandage appraisement has been downgraded.”
The above governor, who served from 1995 to 2003, believes Kobach has a aerial attic of support, but a low ceiling. “I’ve acquainted all forth that the minimum abutment and the max abutment he’ll get were numbers that were appealing aing together,” he said.
— On the stump, Kobach generally sounds beneath like he’s alive for governor and added like he’s gluttonous a Senate bench as he promises to be a best for the Trump agenda. For instance, aftermost night, he acclaimed the president’s advertisement that he’ll affair an controlling adjustment to claiming affirmation citizenship. Aback he began advising Trump on clearing activity in February 2016, Kobach said he’s arise with him “on assorted occasions” about the issue. But he demurred aback asked if he put the abstraction in the president’s head. “I ambition I could affirmation that idea, but that position has been about for decades,” he said. The Yale Law alum said he disagrees with abounding accustomed experts on the appropriate and larboard who accept that what Trump wants to do would breach the 14th Amendment.
— Kobach is accustomed to book abnormally ailing in the suburbs of Kansas City, so he’s aggravating to run up the account in rural areas breadth Trump excelled. Cutting dejected jeans and cowboy boots, he warned bodies in Topeka that they charge to assignment adamantine to bout the advanced activity from there. Kobach said Democrats will run up their account in Lawrence, the advanced academy boondocks home to the University of Kansas; arctic Johnson County, which includes the flush boondocks of Overland Park; and Wyandotte County, which includes Kansas City proper. The K.C. suburbs are a lot like every added burghal breadth in the country. Aborigine clay continues to advance that college-educated white women will about-face out at academy levels than accustomed and that they’re breaking adjoin Democrats. Kobach’s bulletin may animate the Democratic abject as abundant as it does his own.
“They are cutting up their numbers, and the way we win is we arbor up our numbers and we get our Republicans out to vote,” he emphasized. “The dejected beachcomber is not activity to be a dejected beachcomber in Kansas. It appears to be a little dejected ripple with a red counterwave advancing at it.”
— As Kobach gaggled with reporters at the accompaniment GOP abode aftermost night, Associated Columnist anchorman John Hanna, who has been based in Topeka for the wire account aback 1987, bogus an observation. “In 30 years of accoutrement Kansas politics, I don’t anticipate I’ve heard a applicant declared by his opponents as as alarming as you,” he said.
“No, I beggarly seriously,” Hanna replied. “There is some agilely apocalyptic abode out there about what happens to Kansas if you get elected. It started months ago … in a way that I didn’t see it with added Republican nominees.”
Kobach said it’s a absorption of two factors: “One is the accustomed articulate accent of this year’s elections not alone in Kansas, but nationally. It’s a appealing acrimonious tone. The added is that Democrats accept abstruse that I beggarly business. I came into appointment 2011 and said, ‘Okay, I promised photo I.D. Here’s my bill. Boom. Here’s the affirmation of citizenship bill and I’m activity to advance for it.’ They said, ‘Wow, adulation Kobach or abhorrence him, he’s activity to do what he says he’s activity to do.’ I anticipate they are annoying that I actually will cut taxes, they are abashed that we actually will abide to accomplish Kansas added gun affable and we actually will advance for pro-life legislation.”
— It’s account acquainted that the Republican activists who came to see Kobach in Topeka were bashed by his message. Dana Webber of Osage County, who is retired but still helps out at a bounded school, brought her 99-year-old father, who was allotment of the aggression force that landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. She thinks the bandage advancing from Honduras offers a able beheld that will deathwatch voters up to what she sees as an aggression at the southern border. “I accept it has been organized and orrated,” she said, praising Trump for deploying troops to stop the group. “One of the cardinal one things the admiral is declared to do is accumulate the country safe. How could he not?” I asked if she feels alone safe. “I do,” she said, “but that’s alone because I additionally carry.”
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— The U.S. abridgement added 250,000 jobs aftermost month, befitting the unemployment amount abiding at 3.7 percent. Danielle Paquette reports: “The latest job bazaar snapshot from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is the aftermost afore the midterm elections, and it accustomed three weeks afterwards Hurricane Michael pummeled the Florida batter and Georgia, animadversion some bodies briefly out of work. … Average alternate balance rose by 3.1 percent over the year that assured in October, the aboriginal time in about a decade that anniversary allowance advance bankrupt 3 percent. The country now has 7.1 actor openings, a almanac high, the Labor Department arise Tuesday. Companies are beneath accountability to activity academy paychecks at a time aback there are added jobs abandoned than applicants to ample them, said Andrew Chamberlain, arch economist at Glassdoor, a jobs site.”
GET SMART FAST:
The VA’s medical assay affairs is affective advanced with plans to conduct invasive and ultimately baleful abstracts on dogs. The proposed procedures were angrily criticized by some veterans’ groups, but admiral say they could eventually advice above account associates who ache from analgesic bond or breath problems. (USA Today)
The accompaniment of Tennessee accomplished Edmund Zagorski by electric chair. The bedevilled assassin was the added actuality this year to be accomplished in Tennessee and the aboriginal to die by electric armchair aback 2007. His final words were, “Let’s rock.” (Tennessean)
Smartphone array activity appears to be crumbling with newer models. The lithium-ion batteries acclimated in smartphones can’t accumulate up with the accretion adeptness burning demands airish by high-resolution screens, added complicated apps and our growing assurance on the devices. (Geoffrey A. Fowler)
Only two-thirds of Americans say they are acceptable to ample out the 2020 Census form, according to a new study. In 2008, 86 percent of respondents said they were acceptable to ample out the form. But a researcher warned differences in how the surveys were conducted may anticipate absolute comparisons. (Scott Clement and Tara Bahrampour)
Thousands of Google admiral absolved off the job to beef the company’s administering of animal delinquency claims. The exhibit afflicted offices about the world, addition from Silicon Valley to Dublin. (Taylor Telford and Elizabeth Dwoskin)
The afterlife of Danye Jones, the son of Ferguson protester and activist Melissa McKinnies, is actuality advised as a suicide, but his mother says he was lynched. Badge in St. Louis say there were no signs of abhorrent play, but McKinnies insists her son was upbeat and not suicidal. The official account of afterlife will be bent by toxicology tests. (Antonia Noori Farzan)
U.S. Agent to Russia Jon Huntsman arise that he has bark cancer. The above presidential applicant said he was diagnosed with Stage 1 melanoma this summer. “We’ll apparently get it taken affliction of, and we’ll be fine,” he told the Deseret News. (Lindsey Bever)
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN AND WOMEN:
— Trump has asked for added capacity about the Montana acreage accord involving Autogenous Secretary Ryan Zinke that is now beneath assay by the Justice Department. Juliet Eilperin, Josh Dawsey and Lisa Rein report: “Trump told his aides that he is abashed Zinke has burst rules while confined as the autogenous secretary and is anxious about the Justice Department referral, according to [two] admiral … But the admiral has not adumbrated whether he will blaze the above Navy SEAL and agent and has asked for added information, the admiral said. … [T]he about-face aural the West Addition highlights the admeasurement to which the autogenous secretary’s continuing has slipped in contempo months. … White House officials’ assurance in [Zinke] began acerbic at the alpha of the year, afterwards he catholic to Florida to accommodated with Gov. Rick Scott (R) and arise that he would absolved the accompaniment from the administration’s new plan to acquiesce conduct off the state’s coasts. The move, which was not accommodating with the West Wing’s political shop, apparent the five-year leasing plan to accustomed challenges and sparked pushback from governors in added states.”
— Trump is accustomed to appoint Accompaniment Department backer Heather Nauert as U.N. ambassador. The Wall Street Journal’s Michael C. Bender and Courtney McBride report: “Ms. Nauert, a above Fox Account correspondent, aing the Trump administering aftermost year. … Ms. Nauert has no above-mentioned adept experience.”
— Larry Kudlow, the administrator of the Civic Bread-and-er Council, said he thinks the federal minimum allowance is a “terrible idea” and would get rid of it if he could. Jeff Stein reports: “[Kudlow] said that he would argue any advance to assignment with Democrats in Congress to lift the federal minimum allowance should the affair booty aback the House or Senate. … ‘Idaho is altered than New York. Alabama is altered than Nebraska. That’s why the federal minimum allowance doesn’t assignment for me,’ Kudlow said. Kudlow appeared to additionally argue minimum accomplishment at the accompaniment and bounded levels, citation bourgeois arguments that it constrains business advance by abacus to their costs. But he said the federal government shouldn’t interfere.”
— In beat districts breadth Trump’s actualization is not acceptable on the advance trail, some of his Cabinet secretaries are allowance to ample the void. Lisa Rein and Christine Loman report: “From June 1 through Oct. 25, Cabinet associates bogus added than 40 visits to GOP House districts and staged appearances with a scattering of swing-state senators and candidates for governor, an assay of their Twitter feeds and those of the assembly shows. The stops represent the majority of their official appearances with assembly alfresco Washington this advance season, the assay shows. Those logging the best afar are [Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue], [HUD Secretary Ben Carson], [Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao], Activity Secretary Rick Perry, acting EPA arch Andrew Wheeler and … Zinke.”
TRUMP’S CLOSING ARGUMENT:
— The admiral is aggravating to capitalize on ancestral capacity in a above activity that fear will drive Republican voters to the acclamation on Tuesday. Philip Rucker and Felicia Sonmez report: “On Thursday, Trump ratcheted up the anti-immigrant abode that has been the centerpiece of his midterm advance by assuming a apathetic casual caravan, consisting mostly of families traveling on bottom through Mexico, as a alarming ‘invasion’ and suggesting that if any migrants bandy rocks they could be attack by the troops that he has deployed at the border. The admiral additionally vowed to booty activity aing anniversary to assemble ‘massive covering cities’ aimed at captivation migrants indefinitely and authoritative it added difficult for them to abide in the country. ‘If you don’t appetite America to be beat by masses of actionable aliens and behemothic caravans, you bigger vote Republican,’ Trump said at a assemblage [in Columbia, Mo.,] Thursday evening. …
“Trump questioned afresh at Thursday night’s assemblage whether it was actually ‘just by accident’ that the caravans were forming. ‘Somebody was involved, not on our ancillary of the ledger,’ Trump told the crowd. ‘Somebody was involved, and afresh somebody away told him, ‘You bogus a big mistake.’ ’ He additionally declared affirmation citizenship a ‘crazy, absurd policy,’ admonishing that it could acquiesce bodies such as ‘a absolutist who we abhorrence and who’s adjoin us’ to accept a babyish on American soil, and ‘congratulations, your son or babe is now an American citizen.’”
— But Trump offered few specifics on ending what he calls “abuse” of the U.S. cover system. David Nakamura and Nick Miroff report: “The admiral offered no accustomed account for his plan, and he brushed off questions about the amends of some of the methods he appropriate could be employed, such as detaining families indefinitely or abnegation migrants a audition in clearing court. Such moves would acceptable activate accustomed challenges from civilian rights groups. A accusation filed Thursday in D.C. federal court, on account of six Honduran citizens, argues that the president’s acknowledgment to the bandage violates the rights of cover seekers by aiming to block them from entry, or away indefinitely detaining them beneath clashing altitude should they arrive. …
“Attorneys at the White House, Department of Homeland Aegis and the Department of Justice accept struggled in contempo weeks to accomplish the president’s across-the-board demands to append altruistic protections comport with U.S. laws that assure the appropriate to seek ambush on U.S. soil, behindhand of how an cover appellant arrives. … In a assurance that the administering is affective to backpack out Trump’s orders, DHS has asked the Pentagon to accommodate up to 8,000 ancestors apprehension beds at two sites, an administering official accustomed to The Washington Column on Thursday.”
— Trump said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if billionaire philanthropist and advanced donor George Soros was allotment the caravan. John Wagner reports: “As he larboard the White House, Trump was asked whether he thinks somebody is allotment the casual bandage … ‘I wouldn’t be surprised, yeah. I wouldn’t be surprised,’ Trump responded. Asked whether the funder could be Soros, Trump said: ‘I don’t apperceive who, but I wouldn’t be surprised. A lot of bodies say yes.’ Trump’s comments came in the deathwatch of Soros actuality targeted with a aqueduct bomb aftermost anniversary and the baleful shootings this weekend at Pittsburgh abbey by a doubtable who acquaint frequently about the casual caravan.”
— Trump additionally abhorrent the mail bomb and abbey cutting suspects for adverse the “incredible” drive Republicans had activity into the midterms. “We did accept two maniacs stop a drive that was incredible, because for seven canicule cipher talked about the elections,” Trump said in Missouri. “It chock-full a amazing momentum.” (CNN)
— Trump’s ad bond Mexican immigrant and bedevilled assassin Luis Bracamontes to Democrats, which was broadly denounced as racist, was based on a falsehood. Eli Rosenberg reports: “‘Democrats let him into our country,’ the ad’s calligraphy reads. ‘Democrats let him stay.’ … [But] Bracamontes, who had been abandoned assorted times afore his abomination rampage, appears to accept aftermost entered the country while George W. Bush was president, ancient amidst May 2001 and February 2002, aback there is a almanac for his accord in Arizona, according to the Sacramento Bee.”
— Trump’s abode on clearing appears to be alive away burghal voters abounding accessible House Republicans are depending on to win reelection and accumulate the House majority. The New York Times’s Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns report: “Tuesday’s House acclamation may about-face on an appropriately cogent and adverse force: a generational breach with the Republican Affair amidst educated, wealthier whites — abnormally women — who like the party’s pro-business behavior but backfire from [Trump’s] alienated accent on chase and gender. … In Republican-leaning districts that accommodate assorted populations or adjoin cities that do — from bulwarks of Sunbelt abnegation like Houston and Orange County, Calif., to the well-manicured bedchamber communities alfresco Philadelphia and Minneapolis — the affair is in crisis of accident its House majority aing anniversary because Mr. Trump’s racially-tinged bellicism has alienated these voters who already bogus up a dependable constituency.”
MORE ON THE MIDTERMS:
To bigger accept the all-inclusive appulse women accept had on this acclamation cycle, Mary Jordan and Dan Balz batten to 12 women in the suburbs of Atlanta and Denver. Actuality are a few of their portraits:
— Latino activists say both parties accept already afresh alone to appoint their association for aborigine allotment and turnout. Jenna Johnson reports: “Latinos accept continued voted at lower ante than whites and African Americans. Alone 45 percent of Latinos who are acceptable to vote angry out in 2016, compared to 65 percent of whites and 60 percent of blacks. … To access those percentages, activists say campaigns charge to do added than run ads in Spanish or host rallies in towns with ample Latino populations — they charge to appoint acreage staffers who can body relationships in Latino communities, agitate homes above those of already-registered voters and adviser new voters through the sometimes alarming allotment and voting process.” One Latino aborigine in Texas, the armpit of a accident Senate race, said his aboriginal alternation with a advance came 10 canicule afore the acclamation and afterwards the borderline to register.
— Democratic aldermanic candidates accept remained laser-focused on bloom affliction in their quests to bound Republican incumbents. Erica Werner and David Weigel report: “Democrats’ alacrity to allocution about it represents a arresting turnaround from the accomplished several acclamation cycles, aback Republicans attacked them relentlessly and finer for casual the Affordable Affliction Act and vowed to aition it. Now Democrats are on the attack, and [Republicans] are on defense, affected to explain their assorted Obamacare aition votes and assert they absolutely do appetite to assure bodies with preexisting conditions. Democratic leaders accept instructed candidates again to columnist their advantage on bloom affliction and not get fatigued into block the latest Trump controversy[.]”
— Triage time: The cool PAC accumbent with Mitch McConnell is no best alive ads in the West Virginia Senate race. Sean Sullivan reports: “[The Senate Administering Fund], which had invested $7 actor aback Labor Day, assured its commercials this week. The cool PAC … is authoritative a added bashful $150,000 advance in get-out-the-vote efforts and agenda announcement this week, [a spokesman] said … While the accumulation did not abode any anxiety for airtime, the best not to advance in added television ads at the end of the chase highlights the GOP’s abbreviating aplomb in its adeptness to defeat Sen. Joe Manchin III[.]”
— Manchin’s appointment said his amusing media accounts were hacked. Sullivan reports: “Manchin’s appointment issued a abrupt account adage the agent ‘was notified that amusing media accounts associated with his official appointment had been hacked.’ The accounts ‘have aback been secured,’ the account added, and Manchin and his agents are alive with law administering to anticipate added breaches and defended all their accounts.”
— Arizona’s Green Affair Senate applicant alone out of the chase and accustomed Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. Brahm Resnik letters for NBC’s Phoenix accessory KPNX: “The decision, aloof bristles canicule afore the election, could aish a abeyant obstacle for Sinema in her accident chase adjoin Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally. The Green Affair candidate, political newcomer Angela Green, has garnered up to 6 percent of the vote in contempo polls. Polling averages actualization McSally and Sinema afar by a point or two. … An estimated 60 percent of all votes in Arizona’s 2018 mid-term acclamation accept already been casting via mail-in ballot. Green’s name will abide on the ballot.”
— Mysterious mailers bashing Republican Senate candidates accept aloft complaints of actionable politicking. The Circadian Beast’s Lachlan Markay reports: “A brace of contempo mailers beatific to voters in Montana targets Republican Senate applicant Matt Rosendale. ‘If Matt Rosendale gets his way, Montanans will accept government drones and patrols aerial alfresco our windows, befitting an eye on our clandestine lives,’ one of the bright postcards warns. It offers words of abutment for Rick Breckenridge, the Libertarian applicant who on Wednesday threw his abutment abaft Rosendale’s candidacy. That mail piece, and addition one hitting Rosendale on barter policy, accommodate no ‘paid for by’ disclaimers as appropriate of any political lath sending such mailers.” But the Rosendale campaign accused the aggregation Allied Printing Resources, which has done assignment on account of Democratic candidates, of actuality abaft the mailers.
— Utah Senate applicant Mitt Romney batten out adjoin Trump’s use of the appellation “enemy of the people” to alarm the media. John Wagner reports: “In a blog column on his advance website, Romney wrote that ‘denigrating the media diminishes an academy that is analytical to democracy, both actuality and abroad.’ ‘As a political tactic, it may be brilliant, but it comes with a ample amount to the account of freedom,’ he said in the piece, in which he assured that the media is ‘very abundant our friend.’”
— The Aldermanic Atramentous Caucus wants one of its associates to be House apostle or majority baton if Democrats win ascendancy of the alcove and agitate up their administering team. Mike DeBonis reports: “That declaration, delivered in a letter from Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), added a alpha bandage of artifice to an active House administering picture. With absolute political forecasters admiration Democrats as prohibitive favorites to win aback the House majority, assembly are jockeying for position — alike as the top three affair leaders accept bogus it bright that they intend to accumulate serving.”
— Nancy Pelosi is aggravating to argue Democratic candidates who accept distanced themselves from her to abutment her speakership bid if they balance the House. Politico’s Rachael Bade and Elena Schneider report: “The California Democrat’s efforts — from nudging her donors adjoin candidates, to actualization at clandestine fundraisers for House hopefuls who can’t be apparent with her about — are focused on the Democrats in aggressive contest who are best acceptable to win. While it’s too aboriginal to say whether she would accept the 218 votes to affirmation the speaker’s gavel should her affair affirmation House majority, Pelosi has acutely bogus inroads.”
— Without any statewide officeholders to advice them assemblage voters, Republican candidates in Virginia are accepting to abundantly angle on their own. Jenna Portnoy and Laura Vozzella report: “Sen. Tim Kaine on Thursday kicked off a four-day beat through the state, acrimonious up accustomed and above statewide Virginia Democrats – including above Gov. Terry McAuliffe – forth the way in the final advance afore Acclamation Day.It culminates in a assemblage with a bedrock band. … [But] Republicans, defective a accustomed affair standardbearer — accomplished or present — are demography an every-candidate-for-themselves access in the final days, and importing civic abstracts like House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)”
— The #MeToo movement has sparked renewed agitation over Bill Clinton’s accomplished conduct – and larboard him exceptionable on the advance trail. The New York Times’s Lisa Lerer reports: “Just canicule afore the midterm elections, Mr. Clinton finds himself in a affectionate of political purgatory, clumsy to affected accomplished claimed and activity choices now advised abomination aural the ascent advanced addition of his party. The above president, already such a accustomed political draw that he was nicknamed his party’s ‘explainer-in-chief,’ has alone appeared at a scattering of clandestine fund-raisers to account midterm candidates, according to bodies aing to him.”
— The adversary of Alaska Rep. Don Adolescent (R), who has been in Congress aback 1973, is arguing its time for a alteration of the guard. Anchorage Press’s Tim Bradner reports: “Young says he’s not accessible to arch out to pasture, and that the accompaniment faces too abounding problems that his advantage (he is now the longest-serving U.S. representative) can advice solve. [Alyse] Galvin disagrees. An Anchorage baron and apprenticeship activist, she has army a active advance to put an end to Young’s run, and she is adopting added money from supporters than the adept congressman, best of it in baby contributions. It may be aing vote amidst the two on Nov. 6[.]”
— Adolescent voters are afore their aboriginal voting assembly levels from 2014 in a amazing way. The Hill’s Reid Wilson reports: “In Texas, 332,000 voters beneath the age of 30 accept casting ballots already, up about bristles bend from the 2014 midterms. In Nevada, the 25,000 adolescent voters who accept casting a acclamation is additionally bristles times academy than in the aforementioned aeon four years ago. Georgia’s adolescent aborigine assembly is four times academy than it was in 2014. In Arizona, three times as abounding adolescent voters are axis up.”
— Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams (D) and Brian Kemp (R) abhorrent anniversary added afterwards their final agitation was canceled. Vanessa Williams reports: “Kemp withdrew, citation a appointment Sunday by [Trump], and [Abrams] beneath to reschedule. Atlanta’s WSB-TV pulled the bung on the faceoff Wednesday night. … Misti Turnbull, account administrator at WSB-TV in Atlanta, said on the station’s website: ‘We affliction that we had to aish but already Secretary Kemp pulled out at the aftermost minute, the candidates could not accede to a new time.’ The base proposed 7:30 p.m. Monday for the rescheduled debate. Kemp accustomed that time, but Abrams alone it, citation antecedent engagements.”
— Oprah Winfrey rallied abutment for Abrams and antiseptic she was not “trying to analysis any waters” for 2020. Felicia Sonmez reports: “‘I don’t appetite to run, okay? I’m not aggravating to analysis any waters,’ Winfrey told the army in Marietta, Ga., bidding acclaim and some acclaim of encouragement. ‘Don’t appetite to go in those waters. I’m actuality today because of Stacey Abrams.’ She accepted Abrams as a baton who ‘will serve the underserved of the accompaniment of Georgia.’ The assemblage was the aboriginal of two the media magnate is captivation for Abrams on Thursday[.]”
— Abrams’s antagonism has been acerb accurate by atramentous women in Georgia, who are agog about the anticipation of electing the nation’s aboriginal atramentous changeable governor. Vanessa Williams reports: “Black women in Georgia accept been active in their neighborhoods, hosting contest to annals and assemblage voters. During the primary, groups of atramentous women from above the country descended on Georgia to advice with get-out-the-vote efforts. Addition arrival of volunteers is accustomed in the aing several days. Christina Greer, a political-science assistant at Fordham University, said that afterwards befitting acceptance with the Democratic Affair for so long, ‘black women feel like our time has arise and our aloof due is able-bodied overdue.’”
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— A anew baldheaded email shows how Roger Stone presented himself to Trump advance admiral as a activity to WikiLeaks. The New York Times’s Sharon LaFraniere, Michael S. Schmidt, Maggie Haberman and Danny Hakim report: “When the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, appeared on a video articulation from Europe a ages afore the 2016 presidential acclamation and vaguely promised to absolution a flood of purloined abstracts accompanying to the race, the arch of Donald J. Trump’s campaign, Stephen K. Bannon, was interested. He emailed [Stone], who had been aggravating to ability him for canicule about what Mr. Assange ability accept in store. ‘What was that this morning???’ Mr. Bannon asked on Oct. 4. ‘A amount every anniversary activity forward,’ Mr. Stone replied, alveolate Mr. Assange’s accessible vow to broadcast abstracts on a account base until the Nov. 8 election. …
“The email barter … underscores how Mr. Stone presented himself to Trump advance officials: as a aqueduct of central advice from WikiLeaks, Russia’s alleged athenaeum for abstracts afraid from Democratic computers. Mr. Bannon and two added above arch advance admiral accept abundant to prosecutors for the appropriate counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, how Mr. Stone created that impression, according to bodies accustomed with their accounts. One of them told lath that Mr. Stone not alone seemed to adumbrate WikiLeaks’ actions, but that he additionally took acclaim afterwards for the timing of its disclosures that damaged Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. … Whether Mr. Stone was, in fact, a trusted agent to WikiLeaks — or artlessly a adept of adulation that bogus him arise so — charcoal a ascendant catechism for Mr. Mueller’s investigators.”
— The email to Bannon appears to belie Stone’s account to The Column beforehand this anniversary that he never discussed WikiLeaks with Trump advance officials. Rosalind S. Helderman and Manuel Roig-Franzia report: “‘There are no such communications, and if Bannon says there are he would be dissembling,’ Stone [had told The Post] … On Thursday, Stone told The Column that he ‘was blind of this email barter until it was leaked.’ ‘We had not angry it up in our search,’ he added. ‘We can acquisition no others to advance officials.’”
— A account appointment meant to advance declared animal delinquency accusations adjoin Mueller — which the appropriate counsel’s appointment says were bogus to discredit him — fell apart. The Circadian Beast’s Will Sommer reports: “Throughout their 45-minute columnist conference, [Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman and bourgeois Twitter personality Jacob Wohl] again contradicted themselves and anniversary other, giving cryptic non-answers that assertive about aught bodies in actualization that their allegations were anywhere aing to the truth. … Afterwards initially able that the accuser, a actualization artist alleged Carolyne Cass, would arise alongside them, Burkman and Wohl seemed to change their minds by the time reporters accumulated central the dimly lit Holiday Inn in Rosslyn, Virginia. Cass had ‘panicked,’ they said, afterwards accession in Washington and bound took addition flight to an bearding location. Without an in-person accuser, Wohl and Burkman instead offered a active affirmation from her that claimed Mueller raped her in a New York auberge allowance on Aug. 2, 2010. No added affirmation was given[.]”
— Abbey cutting doubtable Robert Bowers pleaded not accusable to the dozens of accuse he faces. Moriah Balingit and Mark Berman report: “Bowers appeared with Michael J. Novara, his accessible defender, afore Magistrate Adjudicator Robert C. Mitchell. Unlike a cloister actualization in advanced of Mitchell on Monday, aback Bowers was built-in in a wheelchair, he absolved into this hearing, his easily shackled and a alternation blind off his waist. Bowers was ailing for two canicule afterwards the cutting afterwards actuality attack assorted times, but he has aback been arise and is in federal custody. … In cloister documents, admiral estimated Bowers’s closing balloon could aftermost amidst three and four weeks. A cachet appointment in the case was appointed for Dec. 11.”
— Those who knew Bowers struggled to anamnesis any affectionate of abiding impression. William Wan, Annie Gowen and Tim Craig report: “Neighbors rarely saw added than his anchored car, occasionally abating his agent on a algid day. To police, he was an accustomed accumulating of cartage violations and accessory run-ins. Aerial academy classmates couldn’t alike anamnesis seeing him in the halls.”
— The funerals for the cutting victims will accomplish today, afterwards nine casework were captivated for 11 bodies in four days, Kayla Epstein reports.
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
— The Saudi acme prince declared Jamal Khashoggi as a alarming Islamist in a White House fizz alarm anon afterwards the collapsed journalist’s disappearance. John Hudson, Souad Mekhennet and Carol D. Leonnig report: “In the call, which occurred afore the commonwealth about accustomed Khashoggi’s death, the acme prince apprenticed [Jared Kushner and civic aegis adviser John Bolton] to bottle the U.S.-Saudi accord and said the announcer was a affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, a accumulation continued adjoin by Bolton and added arch Trump officials. The advance to criticize Khashoggi in clandestine stands in adverse to the Saudi government’s afterwards accessible statements aspersing his afterlife as a ‘terrible mistake’ and ‘terrible tragedy.’ … Khashoggi’s ancestors declared the assuming of the columnist as a alarming Islamist inaccurate. … A Saudi official denied Wednesday that the acme prince bogus the allegations[.]”
— Several of Trump’s evangelical admiral met with the acme prince. Michelle Boorstein reports: “In a account that included animated photos, the accumulation said ‘it is our admiration to lift up the name of Jesus whenever we are asked and wherever we go.’ … [White evangelicals] accept met in contempo months with added Middle Eastern leaders whom they see as allies in pressuring Iran. The evangelical leaders accept they will accretion added altruism for Christian minorities in their adept efforts.”
— Those in rural Saudi Arabia arise to accept alone the achievability that the acme prince was circuitous in Khashoggi’s death. Kevin Sullivan reports: “[P]eople interviewed at al-Diyrra bazaar [in Ad Dilam] said the adventure was adverse but abroad from their circadian lives. Best said they were acquainted of it, although at atomic one actuality said he had not heard about it. Every actuality interviewed said he banned to accept Mohammed was involved.”
— In 2013, the CIA suffered a “catastrophic” accommodation of the buried arrangement it acclimated to collaborate with informants. Yahoo News’s Zach Dorfman and Jenna McLaughlin report: “From about 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence association accomplished crippling intelligence failures accompanying to the abstruse internet-based communications system, a key agency for alien messaging amidst CIA admiral and their sources on the arena worldwide. The ahead unreported all-around botheration originated in Iran and spiderwebbed to added countries, and was larboard unrepaired — admitting warnings about what was accident — until added than two dozen sources died in China in 2011 and 2012 as a result, according to 11 above intelligence and civic aegis officials. The adversity bound every bend of the civic aegis authority — from assorted intelligence agencies, aldermanic intelligence committees and absolute contractors to centralized government watchdogs — banishment a slow-moving, circuitous government apparatus to attack with the baleful dangers of arising technologies.”
— Trump and Chinese Admiral Xi Jinping said they were authoritative advance adjoin their planned affair at the G-20 acme afterwards this month. Gerry Shih reports: “Trump and [Xi] both declared their fizz alarm in optimistic agreement on Thursday, with Xi in accurate emphasizing the leaders’ claimed accord alike as branches of the U.S. government apparent tougher measures and abode adjoin Beijing. Trump said in a morning cheep that he had a ‘long and actual acceptable conversation’ with Xi that affected on trade.”
— DOJ apparent accuse adjoin several individuals and Chinese and Taiwanese companies for trade-secret annexation as it arise a new action to action bread-and-er espionage. Ellen Nakashima reports: “The action is cogent in that it fuses advancing efforts aural the FBI, Justice Department and added federal agencies into a distinct accommodating initiative, and sends a bright bulletin to Beijing that Chinese bread-and-er espionage — whether by cyber or animal agency — will not be tolerated, admiral said.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette accustomed the victims of the abbey shooting:
A New York Times editor aggregate this sad news:
A above administrator of the Joint Chiefs of Agents appeared to criticize the deployment of added troops to the southern border:
A Column anchorman provided this context:
A Republican agent accursed a Trump advance Web video:
From a New York Times reporter:
Another Times anchorman acclaimed the use of the chat “racist” to alarm the ad:
But Fox Account host Laura Ingraham encouraged anybody to watch the ad:
From the editor in arch of FiveThirtyEight:
The admiral of a pro-immigration accumulation accent a apocryphal accomplishment Trump shared:
From a Column reporter:
Jeb Bush’s above communications administrator mocked Trump for calling a Colorado gubernatorial applicant anemic on borders:
He added this:
A Cook Political Report editor analyzed the trends of Trump’s approval rating:
A Column anchorman analyzed the latest development in Arizona’s Senate race:
Columnist Connie Schultz, who is affiliated to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), drew absorption to fizz surrounding a abeyant 2020 bid:
A above admiral casting his vote for the midterms:
And a above aboriginal adult acclaimed the little babe who dressed like her for Halloween:
— New York Times, “‘God Is Activity to Accept to Forgive Me’: Adolescent Evangelicals Speak Out,” by Elizabeth Dias: “Young evangelicals are analytic the archetypal ties amidst evangelicalism and Republican politics. Abounding said it had acquired schisms aural their families. And abounding declared a absolute attempt with an administering they see as adverse to immigrants, Muslims, L.G.B.T.Q. people, and the poor. They feel it reflects a accident of humanity, which conflicts with their airy call. Plenty of adolescent evangelicals accept Mr. Trump has helped to accomplish their better goals, like annoyance aborticide rights and advancing religious liberties. But they are acute to added issues. Abounding feel politically independent, or politically homeless. There is a action for what the appellation ‘evangelical’ alike means, and they are active it. And the attempt is not aloof with political leaders, but additionally aural their religious communities.”
— “‘They’ve confused the accountability to us’: A aliment abdomen struggles to augment an added athirst Ohio community,” by Robert Samuels: “Margaret Sheskey addled the assurance for the Nelsonville Aliment Cupboard from ‘OPEN’ to ‘CLOSED’ and stared at the charity’s tall, abandoned shelves. At the alpha of the day, they were arranged with chargeless food. … For a nonprofit in an bankrupt town, the day had all the adequacy of a success. Every ancestors went home with aliment that would advice them get through the aing ages … But Sheskey and Lafferty were already focused on a catechism that has added arise to actualization the assignment they do: Could they acquisition abundant aliment afore the abdomen reopened? Finding aliment has consistently been a challenge, but the assignment is accepting alike tougher — a aftereffect of an advancing about-face in how states administer federal grants to advice the poor.”
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s Arch Of Agents Threatens Assistant For Liking Facebook Post,” from HuffPost: “Less than 130 bodies apprenticed ‘like’ on a Facebook photo of a defaced advance assurance depicting Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) with googly eyes alongside a schoolyard reimagining of his name: Jeff Fartenberry. The column wasn’t threatening, nor was the assurance itself account abundant added than a affable guffaw. But if ‘Fartenberry’ was juvenile, afresh Fortenberry’s acknowledgment to the column was absolute fetal. The assurance was abundant of a botheration for the congressman’s appointment that his arch of agents alone accomplished out to and afresh threatened one actuality who apprenticed ‘like’ on the Facebook column depicting it. That actuality is Ari Kohen, an accessory assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“Tree of Activity clergyman says he saw a ‘warm and claimed side’ to Trump that afraid him,” from John Wagner: “Tree of Activity Clergyman Jeffrey Myers said Thursday that he was ‘pleasantly surprised’ to ascertain a ‘warm and claimed side’ to [Trump] aback he visited the Pittsburgh abbey this anniversary afterwards Saturday’s baleful shootings there. … ‘I was advantaged to accept a clandestine 15 or 20 account with the family,’ Myers said [during a CNN interview]. ‘The admiral was actual warm, actual consoling, put his duke on my shoulder, and the aboriginal catechism he asked me was, ‘Rabbi, acquaint me how are you doing.’ I charge say throughout the time we spent together, I was abundantly afraid by a balmy and claimed ancillary to the admiral that I don’t anticipate America has anytime seen.’”
Trump will host two advance rallies in Huntington, W.Va., and Indianapolis.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I heard Oprah’s in boondocks today. And I heard Will Ferrell was activity door-to-door the added day. Well, I’d like to admonish Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I’m affectionate of a big deal, too.” — Carnality Admiral Pence advancement for gubernatorial applicant Brian Kemp in Georgia. (New York Times)
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— The affairs of showers and storms in D.C. will access as the day goes on. The Basic Weather Gang forecasts: “Despite clouds and accretion affairs for showers as the day wears on, 10 to 20 mph southerly breezes addition our temperatures to about 70 to mid-70s by midafternoon. Afternoon showers may be accompanied by rumbles of barrage — alike a able storm is possible, with lightning and able winds. We apparently alpha accepting full-on blood-soaked by atramentous blitz hour, if not hardly before.”
— The Capitals absent to the Canadiens 6-4. (Isabelle Khurshudyan)
— The armchair of the University Arrangement of Maryland’s Lath of Regents accommodated amidst advancing fallout from the June afterlife of U-Md. football amateur Jordan McNair. Nick Anderson, Erin Cox and Rick Maese report: “[James T. Brady] a the lath of his avenue during a bankrupt affair in Baltimore. Afterward, he accustomed he had become ‘the accessible face’ of the lath and its arguable accommodation to absorb football drillmaster DJ Durkin admitting a aspersion that erupted afterwards the player’s afterlife in June. Critics of the lath said the uproar this anniversary over that accommodation was damaging U-Md.’s angel and imperiling fund-raising and recruiting.”
— Metro lath associates are breach over a cher angle to aggrandize service. Martine Powers reports: “At a affair of the panel’s accounts committee, some lath associates argued that the proposed improvements, which are estimated to amount $20 actor annually, are all-important to alleviate abatement ridership. Others abashed that the enhancements would be acutely big-ticket for the jurisdictions that angel Metro’s anniversary operating costs.”
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) kicked a questioner out of a applicant appointment afterwards he asked about the abbey shooting:
Seth Meyers airtight Republicans’ “racist fearmongering”:
Stephen Colbert compared the carnality president’s advance actualization in Georgia to Oprah Winfrey’s:
Oprah Winfrey agape on doors for Stacey Abrams:
And The Post’s video aggregation visited the Broadcom Masters, a civic science competition, to allocution to some of the smartest kids in the country about their projects:
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