A solid idea

Ole Miss should rename the school after Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an idea championed by many people, including students and faculty members from the department of history as well as the school of journalism. Wells-Barnett’s great-granddaughter, Michelle Duster, also approves of the idea. “It would be a fitting honor for the journalism school at the University of Mississippi to be renamed after my great-grandmother Ida B. Wells,” she wrote on her website.

Thoughts and prayers

“I can’t really go to a lot of restaurants anymore because I get yelled at. I don’t feel threatened, but having someone scream, ‘F–k you!’ at a restaurant, it just wrecks your meal.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson explains why he hasn’t been eating out much lately
what's past is prologue
what's past is prologue
When Senate and House Elections Go in Different Directions
Democrats making House gains and Republicans Senate gains is not unprecedented, but with ticket-splitting declining, it may not happen again soon.

Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner dead at 65

BREAKING: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is dead at 65, a statement from his family says.

Cherokee Nation pushes back on Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry claims

NEW: "A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship," Cherokee Nation says in response to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's release of DNA test results. "Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage."

An impressive milestone for NYC

New York may be the city that never sleeps — but for once, it’s not the sound of gunfire keeping us awake.

The five boroughs didn’t see a single reported shooting for all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, marking the first city weekend free of gunplay since 1993, officials said Monday.

“I really don’t remember a weekend that no one was shot in the entire city,” the NYPD’s chief of department, Terence Monahan — on the job since 1982 — told The Post. “It’s a different city.”

2018 midterms
2018 midterms
Indicted Republican Congressman Smears Midterm Opponent As ‘Security Risk’
Duncan Hunter shows chutzpah by attacking his opponent for his Palestinian forebears while being under criminal indictment himself.
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jamal khashoggi
Reports: Saudi Arabia Mulling ‘We Only Meant to Kidnap Khashoggi’ Defense
Riyadh plans to say that Saudi agents intended to abduct the journalist, but that his decapitation was a tragic mistake, according to CNN.
2018 midterms
2018 midterms
The 2018 Midterms Have Already Begun
Election Day has already begun in large areas of the nation, and voting by mail could stretch out Election Night as well.

This is a weird thing to say, even for the president

TRUMP says he will only pay 1 million dollars to charity for Warren if he can test her personally: "I will only do it if I can test her personally. That will not be something that I enjoy doing"
tech boot camp
tech boot camp
5 Smart-Home Products That Make Controlling Your House a Snap
Why crawl out from under the sheets on a cold winter morning when you can just ask your Alexa-paired unit to turn up the heat?

Scientists agree

Trump on climate change and the increasing frequency of storms: "We have been hit by the weather, there's no question about it."

A modern-day schism in Russia

In the biggest rift in modern Orthodox history, the Russian Orthodox Church has cut all ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate, effectively splitting from it after it granted independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

NYPD likely to charge members of far-right group after melee on Friday

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Monday that police believe they have evidence to charge members of the right-wing group Proud Boys and three protesters with counts of rioting or attempted assault. The brawl between them erupted around the corner from the Metropolitan Republican Club after a speech there by Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes. 

Video showed Proud Boys and associates walking out of the club, then rushing to fight with protestors after what appears to be a bottle was thrown their direction, according to police. The video shows Proud Boys beating people on the street while shouting homophobic slurs. Photojournalist Sandi Bachom filmed several men as they kicked and punched people who laid on the ground.

A plausible path forward on Khashoggi

I hope I’m wrong, but a 3-way deal is in the making: 1. Some rogue KSA team blamed. 2. MbS cleared of wrongdoing. 3. US-Saudi arms deal survives. 4. Turkey gets economic deals from both sides. 5. All 3 leaders return to usual business. 6. Free journalism takes yet another blow.
global tech
global tech
Fake Pills, Long Waits: Start-ups Trying to Improve Health Care Around the World
Rural communities around the world face problems getting access to treatment. These companies think they can close the gaps.

Devastating news for Brett Kavanaugh

Beer drinkers might pay more and find less of their favorite beverage as climate change comes for barley. Scientists expect that extreme droughts and heat waves will become more frequent and intense in the regions that grow the grain.

Many farmers are already adapting to the slowly warming planet—with advanced plant breeding techniques to create more drought-resistant grains, for example, and by using more efficient irrigation systems to conserve water—but a new study out today in the journal Nature Plants says that many regions won’t be able to cope with the arid conditions of the future. The work was done by a group of researchers in China along with Steven J. Davis, an environmental scientist at the University of California Irvine.

A possible major development in the Khashoggi case

BREAKING — 2 sources tell @clarissaward and @TimListerCNN that the Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey.

Florida area that sustained worst damage from Hurricane Michael continues to struggle

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Fox lands job guarding henhouse

NEW: The Trump admin has just appointed Mary Mayhew as the new head of Medicaid. She was previously the top health official for Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who refused to implement the Medicaid expansion voters approved a year ago.
Steph Curry Has Resurrected the PalmPilot
The new Palm is a phone for your other phone.

Former congressman David Jolly’s new baby checklist: build crib, buy diapers, leave the Republican Party

This won’t shock a lot of people who have seen former U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Belleair Bluffs, on MSNBC and CNN all the time criticizing President Donald Trump, but he has left the Republican Party. He and wife Laura quietly registered under no-party affiliation weeks ago, Jolly said, spurred in large part by the pending birth of a daughter for whom they wanted to set an example and not be part of of the Trump party.

“It’s also just a personal rejection of partisanship. It’s a very comfortable place for us to be,” said Jolly, who had initially vowed to stay in the GOP and try to help steer it back to traditional conservatism.

Tampa Bay Times

What happened to Khashoggi? Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Erdogan say they’re on the case

State-run news agencies in both Saudi Arabia and Turkey acknowledged Sunday night’s call [between the two leaders].

Turkey said Erdogan “stressed forming a joint working group to probe the case.”

Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, said King Salman thanked Erdogan “for welcoming the kingdom’s proposal” for forming the working group.

The king also said Turkey and Saudi Arabia enjoy close relations and “that no one will get to undermine the strength of this relationship.”

It Was Sears’s Time to Go
The retailer completed the circle of corporate life: it made lots of money for a long time, then competitors with different skills took its place.

Trump is living rent-free in Democrats’ heads

As Democrats look toward a presidential primary that will begin in earnest approximately 11 seconds after the midterms, candidates should be ready for a new reality, and the media for a new challenge.

The reality is that the most important pundit, commentator, and great mentioner of the 2020 primary will be President Donald Trump.

And the challenge for the media will be whether or not to let him dominate the Democratic primary.

Democratic voters got an early sense of this when they woke up Monday morning to a slickly-produced video from Elizabeth Warren about her DNA. The first 19 words in the video are spoken, sneeringly, by Donald Trump. The rest of the video answers a question Donald Trump raised, takes a piece of bait he’d laid out and Warren furiously, seeing no other option, took as a symbol of her willingness to “fight.” The video is, most of all, the strongest Democratic candidate, thinking first of how to win the Democratic nomination, engaging entirely on absurd, racist terms laid out by the president of the United States.

alexa order me some cough drops
alexa order me some cough drops
I Don’t Want My Echo Dot to Be Able to Tell When I’m Sick
Dr. Alexa is in.
Can Paris Exist Sans Gasoline? Its Mayor Thinks So.
Anne Hidalgo fights to create a global capital free of exhaust-spewing cars. But not everyone is ready to let go.

How big a political problem is Elizabeth Warren’s claiming of Native American heritage?

tech boot camp
tech boot camp
5 Things That Will (and 5 Things That Won’t) Save Your Phone Battery
The best phone in the world is just a very shiny and expensive coaster without battery life.

Report: Myanmar military brass used Facebook to justify ethnic cleansing

They posed as fans of pop stars and national heroes as they flooded Facebook with their hatred. One said Islam was a global threat to Buddhism. Another shared a false story about the rape of a Buddhist woman by a Muslim man. 

The Facebook posts were not from everyday internet users. Instead, they were from Myanmar military personnel who turned the social network into a tool for ethnic cleansing, according to former military officials, researchers and civilian officials in the country. 

The Myanmar military were the prime operatives behind a systematic campaign on Facebook that stretched back half a decade and that targeted the country’s mostly Muslim Rohingya minority group, the people said. The military exploited Facebook’s wide reach in Myanmar, where it is so broadly used that many of the country’s 18 million internet users confuse the Silicon Valley social media platform with the internet. Human rights groups blame the anti-Rohingya propaganda for inciting murders, rapes and the largest forced human migration in recent history.

It’s been a long way down for Sears

Sears, the once-dominant retail chain that changed how Americans shopped and lived, has filed for bankruptcy.

The 132-year-old company has been struggling for several years and is drowning in debt. The final straw was a $134 million debt payment due Monday that it could not afford.

Sears Holdings (SHLD), the parent company of Sears and Kmart, is among dozens of prominent retailers to declare bankruptcy in the era of Amazon (AMZN).

Could superhawk Tom Cotton be the next Secretary of Defense?

Sen. Tom Cotton, the 41-year-old Arkansas Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on airland, was on Trump’s shortlist for defense secretary back in 2016, before the president ultimately settled on Mattis. The two-time combat veteran won a seat in the House of Representatives in 2012 as part of the Tea Party movement and is well known for his hawkish views—he is on record supporting waterboarding and regime change in Iran.

Among the downsides of a Cotton appointment: The Republican Party would have to give up an important chairmanship and seat in the Senate.

The president also has his eye on David McCormick, a West Point grad, combat veteran, and co-CEO of the global macro investment firm Bridgewater Associates, according to one administration source. McCormick, who served as undersecretary of the treasury for international affairs in the George W. Bush administration, is deeply entrenched in Trumpland, running in the same social circles as first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, the source said. He is also the fiancé of Dina Powell, Trump’s former deputy national security advisor for strategy and one of the leading candidates to replace U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

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elizabeth warren
Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test Indicating Native American Ancestry
The 2020 hopeful probably has a Native American ancestor — and definitely gained no professional benefit from that fact.

New York City’s astonishing number of homeless students

Tonight, about one out of every 10 students in New York City will sleep in a homeless shelter or in the homes of relatives. That’s more children than at any other time since city records have been kept. In the morning, those same children will fan out across the city to go to school, some crossing multiple boroughs to get there.

Last year, the number of city students in temporary housing topped 100,000 children for the third consecutive year, according to state data released Monday by Advocates for Children of New York, a group that provides legal and advocacy services for needy students.

Those students are the most vulnerable victims of homelessness, an issue that has dogged Mayor Bill de Blasio since he took office in 2014. But as the number of homeless children continues to swell, there hasn’t been a significant increase in public or private dollars spent to support these students.

A growing humanitarian crisis exacerbated by Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

CNN: The number of people facing starvation in Yemen could rise to nearly 12 million people, the World Food Program warned Monday, as conflict intensifies around the port that is a vital aid delivery link.

A tangible way Medicaid expansion helps people

Low-income people in states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare were less likely to forgo needed medical care due to costs than those living in states that did not expand Medicaid, according to a new study.

The study from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, finds that 20 percent of low-income people in non-Medicaid expansion states did not get needed medical care in the past 12 months due of costs. That figure was less than half as much, 9 percent, in states that did expand the program.

Very reminiscent of his comments on Russian hacking

Trump is talking to reporters on the WH lawn right now and saying repeatedly that the Saudi's are denying killing Khashoggi. He also suggests it could have been "rogue killers" per pooler.
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the national interest
Trump Is Starting a Cold War with China to Distract From the Russia Scandal
New defense against the Russia scandal: “What about China?”

China enforces extreme new national-anthem law

In America, the refusal by some NFL players to stand for the national anthem touched off a roiling, years-long national debate about racial injustice, patriotism and freedom of expression.

In China, a 21-year old woman accused of “disrespecting” the national anthem sparked an immediate and draconian reaction: She was jailed.

Shanghai police said this weekend they punished Yang Kaili, one of China’s most followed online celebrities, with five days of “administrative detention” after she bumbled through the first line of the Chinese national anthem while wearing fuzzy moose ears and waving her arms cartoonishly during a live stream.

Australian Senate narrowly votes down anti-white racism bill

The Australian Senate has narrowly voted down a motion condemning “anti-white racism”, despite government senators voting for the controversial statement echoing alt-right rhetoric.

On Monday the Senate voted 31 to 28 to reject a motion put by Pauline Hanson – the leader of the anti-immigrant nativist One Nation party – which acknowledged the “deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation” and “it is OK to be white”.

Trump emphasizes that Khashoggi is not a U.S. citizen

Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened “to our Saudi Arabian citizen.” He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!

A profile of Newt Gingrich, the patient zero of our rancorous political moment

But few figures in modern history have done more than Gingrich to lay the groundwork for Trump’s rise. During his two decades in Congress, he pioneered a style of partisan combat—replete with name-calling, conspiracy theories, and strategic obstructionism—that poisoned America’s political culture and plunged Washington into permanent dysfunction. Gingrich’s career can perhaps be best understood as a grand exercise in devolution—an effort to strip American politics of the civilizing traits it had developed over time and return it to its most primal essence.

When I ask him how he views his legacy, Gingrich takes me on a tour of a Western world gripped by crisis. In Washington, chaos reigns as institutional authority crumbles. Throughout America, right-wing Trumpites and left-wing resisters are treating midterm races like calamitous fronts in a civil war that must be won at all costs. And in Europe, populist revolts are wreaking havoc in capitals across the Continent.

Twenty-five years after engineering the Republican Revolution, Gingrich can draw a direct line from his work in Congress to the upheaval now taking place around the globe. But as he surveys the wreckage of the modern political landscape, he is not regretful. He’s gleeful.

“The old order is dying,” he tells me. “Almost everywhere you have freedom, you have a very deep discontent that the system isn’t working.”

Warren’s aggressive strategy

Warren didn’t just do a DNA test - she went home to Okla to put her conservative-leaning family on camera and have em push back at the Pocahontas attack

It’s not “I’m running,” it’s “I’m running and won’t be Swift Boated”

Warren releases DNA test, hoping to defuse Native American issue

Senator Elizabeth Warren has released a DNA test that provides “strong evidence’’ she had a Native American in her family tree dating back 6 to 10 generations, an unprecedented move by one of the top possible contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

Warren, whose claims to Native American blood have been mocked by President Trump and other Republicans, provided the test results to the Globe on Sunday in an effort to defuse questions about her ancestry that have persisted for years. She planned an elaborate rollout Monday of the results as she aimed for widespread attention.

The analysis of Warren’s DNA was done by Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor and expert in the field who won a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, also known as a genius grant, for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis.

He concluded that “the vast majority” of Warren’s ancestry is European, but he added that “the results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren is fighting back against Trump’s “Pocahontas” attacks by releasing a DNA test that shows “strong evidence’’ that she had a Native American ancestor

My family (including Fox News-watchers) sat together and talked about what they think of @realDonaldTrump’s attacks on our heritage. And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry.

Sears files for bankruptcy but CEO Eddie Lampert will be just fine

Sears remains a publicly traded company, but Mr. Lampert exerts an enormous amount of control. Mr. Lampert is the chairman and chief executive and his hedge fund ESL Investments is the largest shareholder and a major lender.

He orchestrated a series of deals that generated cash for Sears in the near term, but stripped out many of the company’s most valuable assets — often selling them to companies that he also has a stake in.

Sears’ shares, which topped $120 as recently as 2007, closed on Friday at 40.7 cents.

Sears spun off Lands’ End, the preppy clothing brand, into a separate company, which Mr. Lampert’s hedge fund took a large stake in. Lands’ End market value now dwarfs that of Sears.

In 2015, Sears sold off stores worth $2.7 billion to a real estate company called Seritage. Mr. Lampert is a big investor in that company as well as its chairman. Seritage is converting many of the best locations into luxury offices, restaurants and apartments.

Republican group stands with the Proud Boys, contradicts itself

“We want to foster civil discussion, but never endorse violence. Gavin’s talk on Friday night, while at times was politically incorrect and a bit edgy, was certainly not inciting violence.”

Leaders of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Republican Club defend their decision to host a far-right group’s reenactment of a socialist politician’s assassination

This painting is hanging in the White House

Photo: @jbillinson

Biden leads way-too-early 2020 Democratic primary poll

The first @CNN numbers for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination just released this morning:

Biden 33%
Sanders 13%
Harris 9%
Warren 8%
Booker 5%
Kerry 5%
Bloomberg 4%
O’Rourke 4%
Holder 3%
Garcetti 2%
Avenatti 1%
Gillibrand 1%
Klobuchar 1%
Patrick 1%
Bullock <1%
Delaney <1%
The Dumbest Moments From Trump’s 60 Minutes Interview
“I’m not a baby,” Trump insisted, twice.

Sen. David Perdue gets testy with a constituent

It’s not every day that a senator snatches a cell phone out of someone’s hands.

But on Saturday, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), did exactly that, according to video posted of the encounter and accounts from individuals at the scene.

Perdue was on the campus of Georgia Tech to campaign for Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp, who has come under fire this past week following a report that some 53,000 voter registrations were on hold, nearly 70 percent of which reportedly belonged to African-American voters

Just don’t throw any paper towels

.@realDonaldTrump, FLOTUS headed to Okaloosa County, Fla on the Panhandle tomorrow, per White House guidance. Trump said last week he would tour Hurricane Michael damage sometime early this week

In the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s suspected murder, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has a new nickname

“And suddenly the “M.B.S.” moniker took on a grim new meaning among the plugged-in set of Washington: Mister Bone Saw.”

Julian Assange can post again

Ecuador has restored partial internet access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who took refuge in the country’s London Embassy more than six years ago, WikiLeaks and an Assange lawyer said separately on Sunday.

The move comes nearly six months after the Ecuadorean government suspended Assange’s communications in March, after he discussed issues on social media that could damage the country’s diplomatic relations, including a diplomatic crisis between London and Moscow as well as Catalonian separatism.

A final warning from Stephen Hawking

In short, the advent of super-intelligent AI would be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity. The real risk with AI isn’t malice, but competence. A super-intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours we’re in trouble. You’re probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a hydroelectric green-energy project and there’s an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants. Let’s not place humanity in the position of those ants.

Stephen Hawking, in an excerpt from his posthumous book Brief Answers to the Big Questions

When in-laws break the law

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s brother-in-law has won more than $7 million in military contracts in McCarthy’s district by claiming that he’s one-eighth Cherokee.

Spoiler alert: He... is not Cherokee.

The fog of trade war

They don’t know who is the final decision-maker. Of course, presumably, the president would take the final decision. But who is playing what role? Sometimes it could be very confusing.

Cui Tiankai, China’s U.S. ambassador, on dealing with the White House

Governor Cuomo is calling for an investigation of Friday’s Proud Boys violence in Manhattan; here’s a thread about the bizarre assassination reenactment that preceded it

Something's going unremarked in media coverage of Friday's nights Charlottesville-esque brawl on NYC's Upper East Side: why did the local GOP campaign HQ invite Proud Boys to re-enact the 1960 far-right assassination of an elected left-wing politician?

Hillary Clinton rejects post-MeToo logic that Bill should have resigned over Lewinsky

The former secretary of state said she disagrees with those who now say he should have stepped down.

“In retrospect, do you think Bill should’ve resigned in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal?” correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked.

“Absolutely not,” Clinton said.

“It wasn’t an abuse of power?”

“No. No.”

international affairs
international affairs
Pressure Builds on Saudi Arabia, But Will Trump Continue to Get Played?
Trump has vowed to severely punish the Saudis if they killed Jamal Khashoggi, but that punishment seems likely to include selling them more arms.
Why Do Black Celebrities Cover for the Sins of Powerful White Politicians?
Michelle Obama’s friendship with George W. Bush and Kanye West’s bond with Donald Trump are the latest in a trend.
last night on late night
last night on late night
SNL Tries to Scare You Into Caring About Climate Change
You might lose your yarn, white women!

A prominent Saudi activist admits she has lost hope in the possibility of reform

If you too can leave with what’s left from your sanity and dignity, please do. Don’t fight the system, don’t have hopes, don’t speak up, don’t dream, don’t breath, just leave. Leave, live, and build a home away from home.

Manal al-Sharif, who led to social movement to grant women the right to drive in Saudi Arabia, in a powerful Twitter thread

Hurricane Michael victims face long lines for food and water in Florida panhandle, some forced to scavenge in damaged stores

Photo: Mark Franklin pushes a cart of ice and water that he received from a Winn-Dixie disaster relief distribution center after hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida on Saturday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Trump picks his next general counsel, who will be responsible for fending off Congressional investigations should Democrats retake the House

President Trump has chosen conservative Catholic activist and longtime Washington commercial lawyer Pat Cipollone as his next White House counsel to replace Donald McGahn, according to two people familiar with Trump’s decision. Trump told Cipollone of his selection last week, they said.

Cipollone, who practices commercial litigation at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner, is well liked and respected among Trump’s personal lawyers and had been informally advising them since at least June on the special-counsel probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

A three-minute reunion at the border after 15 years apart

Photo: Guilliermina Pena, who lives in Mexico, hugs her daughter, who lives in the U.S., as they are briefly reunited at the Hugs Not Walls event on the U.S.-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico on Saturday. Pena hadn't seen her daughters in 15 years. More than 200 families with mixed immigration statuses living in the U.S. were allowed to reunite with relatives in Mexico for three minutes after the U.S. Border Patrol briefly opened the border wall to allow the reunions. The recurring event is approved by the U.S. government, since families keep their feet on their respective sides of the border, and was moved from El Paso due to new construction of an 18-foot border wall there. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

If you ever wanted to email, text, or call the 20 million people who make up Trump’s base, get out your credit card

[A newly formed Virginia-based company called Excelsior Strategies] is offering the chance to email Mr. Trump’s supporters at a rate of $35 per 1,000 addresses — or more if the renter also wants to push posts into the Facebook timelines of supporters — according to interviews and marketing emails obtained by The New York Times.

The firm has also explored the possibility of clients’ being able to send text messages directly to the phones of Mr. Trump’s supporters, according to the marketing emails and interviews.

Those contacts could be of tremendous benefit to Republican candidates or political groups around the country seeking to capitalize on their base’s enthusiasm for the president.

“It may look funny, but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter.”

Photo: A monument featuring Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene, after someone glued on googly eyes, in Savannah, Georgia; the city was not amused and is still seeking the culprit. Greene was awarded a confiscated plantation in South Carolina for his help liberating the South from British rule, and then bought and owned hundreds of slaves. According to Gerald R. Carbone's biography, when Greene was pressed by an abolitionist on the contradiction of owning slaves after fighting a war for liberty, Greene responded that he could offer no defense, but that slaves were "much attached to a plantation as a man is to his family; and to remove them from one to another is their great punishment." (City of Savannah/Facebook)

When your natural wisdom needs a boost

Brunson asks Trump if he could pray for him and then kneels and asks God to give him “supernatural wisdom.” Trump thanks him, then asks his wife who she voted for. Brunson says he sent absentee ballot from prison.

Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson goes from Turkish prison to Trump photo op

Photo: President Trump and pastor Andrew Brunson participate in a prayer in the Oval office a day after Brunson was released from a Turkish jail. The evangelical Christian preacher was detained for two years in Turkey on espionage and terrorism-related charges that the pastor said were false. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Report: Khashoggi’s Apple Watch was recording as Saudi assassination squad killed him

The new claim published by the Sabah newspaper, through which Turkish security officials have leaked much information about the case, puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to [the prominent Saudi journalist] … Authorities recovered the audio from Khashoggi’s iPhone and his iCloud account, the newspaper said. The journalist had given his phones to his fiancée before entering the consulate.

The newspaper also alleged Saudi officials tried to delete the recordings first by incorrectly guessing Khashoggi’s PIN on the watch, then later using the journalist’s finger. However, Apple Watches do not have a fingerprint ID unlock function like iPhones. The newspaper did not address that in its report.

last night on late night
last night on late night
Omarosa Unblocks Suppressed Memories of Donald and Ivanka’s ‘Awkward’ Behavior
“He would rub her for a very long period of time.”

Hurricane Michael’s death toll is up to 18 and will undoubtedly climb much higher

Photo: Members of City Miami Fire Rescue, some of the 1,700 search and rescue workers who are looking for thousands of missing and stranded victims, use trained dogs to search a building in Mexico Beach, Florida on Friday. (Hector Retamal / AFP/Getty Images)

The blue wave vs. the red tide

October polls: Democrats mostly doing better than we thought in Clinton-won areas and Republicans better than we thought in Trump-won areas. Could be Kavanaugh…but it could also be the same “base homecoming” we’ve seen in the final weeks of pretty much every election in the past decade.

This is awful for Senate Democrats, who need to win every Clinton state + 11 Trump states for control. But it also probably limits upper gains for House Democrats, since 47/69 competitive seats are [in Trump-won congressional districts]. Democrats still clear faves for control, but maybe not 79% as @FiveThirtyEight says.

The Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman on Twitter
the national interest
the national interest
Calling Democrats the ‘Angry Mob’ is Trump’s Biggest Lie Yet
Authoritarians inspire fearful responses, and use that to justify their assault on democracy.
the panopticon
the panopticon
A List of Every Animal That Humans Can Spy on With Facial Recognition
It’s way more than you think.
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