$7,450,000 of that from Rick Scott.#flsen https://t.co/96R8Hg1Zcz
Betomania sweeps Austin
Democrats prepare to make their final push
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is quickly becoming the vessel for the Democratic Party’s closing argument to midterm voters, a push punctuated by a new ad shared with NBC News.
Priorities USA Action, the largest Democratic Party super PAC, is launching on a $2 million national television campaign Thursday highlighting the Kentucky Republican’s comments blaming entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare for the rising federal debt despite two decades worth of tax cuts.
“The Republicans just admitted it,” says the ad, titled “Big Cuts,” which will run through Election Day.
“They’re going to make you pay for their massive tax giveaway to big corporations and the wealthy. AFTER the election,” the ad says.
Remember last month when President Donald Trump claimed to have pictures of Robert Mueller and James Comey “hugging and kissing each other”? Because we sure do. …
After BuzzFeed News made a records request for any such pictures with the FBI last month, we finally got an answer Tuesday: The FBI said they had no pictures of Mueller and Comey embracing each other. None.
Cuomo wants to know if his opponent supports Donald Trump
Are you saying you don’t support Donald Trump? Do you support Donald Trump? Do you support Donald Trump? Do you support Donald Trump? Do you support Donald Trump?
How the White House turns fiction into fact
The mystery tax cut is only the latest instance of the federal government scrambling to reverse-engineer policies to meet Trump’s sudden public promises — or to search for evidence buttressing his conspiracy theories and falsehoods.
The Pentagon leaped into action to both hold a military parade and launch a “Space Force” on the president’s whims. The Commerce Department moved to create a plan for auto tariffs after Trump angrily threatened to impose them. And just this week, Vice President Pence, the Department of Homeland Security and the White House all rushed to try to back up Trump’s unsupported claim that “unknown Middle Easterners” were part of a migrant caravan in Central America — only to have the president admit late Tuesday that there was no proof at a
Laxalts vs. Laxalts
They’re lying and they don’t care
Donald Trump and his political allies have embarked on an aggressive, end-of-the-campaign effort to drum up fear among voters about a caravan of poor migrants several thousand miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Much of it is mistruths and embellishments, but Trumpland could care less.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 percent accurate,” a senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast. “This is the play.”
Another way in which #MeToo is taking a hammer to the patriarchy
But the analysis shows that the #MeToo movement shook, and is still shaking, power structures in society’s most visible sectors. The Times gathered cases of prominent people who lost their main jobs, significant leadership positions or major contracts, and whose ousters were publicly covered in news reports.
News of the weird: Nazi-branded plane crashes near L.A.
U.S. rolls out punishment for Saudi suspects
Wall St. tremors may signal broader losses soon
One of these days, one of these market freakouts will be the real thing. Today was at least a preview of coming attractions.
Stocks fell deep into the red this morning, with the S&P 500 touching its lowest level since May, before recovering ground in the afternoon. Why? Who really knows? But a couple of big corporate-profit reports this morning were ominous: Caterpillar Inc. and 3M Co. both released quarterly results and full-year forecasts that made investors sad in some way, adding to growing fears that a long corporate-profit boom is fading.
Saudia Arabia maintains it didn’t intend to kill Khashoggi
The 15-man team sent by Saudi intelligence to Istanbul planned to hold Jamal Khashoggi against his will for up to two days in a safe house in Turkey while persuading him to return to his home country, Saudi officials said, adding another element to the kingdom’s evolving explanation about the journalist’s killing.
Although Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that its operatives killed Khashoggi, it has maintained that the goal was not to kill him but to bring him back to Saudi Arabia, and that the exfiltration turned violent when Khashoggi resisted, leading to a fatal fistfight or strangulation. Turkish authorities have steadfastly disputed that account, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan using a major speech Tuesday to say Turkey believes Khashoggi’s murder was “premeditated.”
Trump says conspiracy theory he spread may not be true
Disturbing domestic-violence allegations against white nationalist Richard Spencer
The wife of Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader, has accused him of being “physically, emotionally, verbally and financially abusive” throughout their marriage, according to divorce filings in Flathead County District Court in Montana.
Nina Kroupiianova, who married to Spencer in August 2010, and has two young children with him, alleges that Spencer physically abused her, including instances where she was “being hit, being grabbed, being dragged around by her hair, being held down in a manner causing bruising, and being prevented from calling for help.”
This says a lot, coming from Trump
Schumer catches grief on Twitter for equating Democratic, Republican threats
A very 2016 scandal may come back to haunt Gillum
Undercover FBI agents were the ones who gave Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum a ticket to the Broadway show Hamilton during a trip to New York City in 2016, according to a trove of records given to the ethics commission and released to the public today.
Text messages between Gillum and former lobbyist Adam Corey, who arranged outings with undercover agents looking into city corruption, were among more than 100 pages of records Corey gave the ethics commission, which is investigating trips to Costa Rica and New York that Gillum took in 2016.
China opens world’s longest sea bridge, between Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland
Things are getting ugly in Florida
A racist robocall that refers to Andrew Gillum as a “negro” and a “monkey” is making the rounds in Florida, prompting a furious response from the Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s campaign.
Florida voters who receive the call — audio of which was obtained by NBC News — hear a man impersonating the African-American politician.
“Well hello there. I is the negro Andrew Gillum and I’ll be askin’ you to make me governor of this here state of Florida,” the voice says.
The perils of reading too much into early voting data
We made lots of mistakes in how we framed the early votes in 2016. I’d argue that the two biggest errors were the lack of historical context applied to the analysis (i.e., how did the vote compare to prior elections) and not enough thought given to if the surge in Dem early vote simply represented a cannibalization of Election Day votes, rather than a true surge in Democratic intensity.
Most simply, the early vote data can’t tell us how people have voted. We don’t know if they supported the Democrat, the Republican, or some other candidate. What we can do is infer a fair amount from party registration and modeled partisanship, but those are imperfect tools.
Weird Staten Island couldn’t make this happen. They have giant ferris wheels in Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and by gum, it put them on the map!
Sources tell NY1 that officials from the city’s Economic Development Corporation met with Wheel developers Tuesday in the hopes of finding a way to save plans to build a 630-foot observation wheel on Staten Island’s north shore. But that didn’t happen, and the New York Wheel now says plans for the wheel have been scrapped.
It comes six years after it was announced, and after $400 million was devoted toward the project. The only signs of progress at the site are the pedestals anchored into the ground.
How once-obscure memes spread across the internet
Suddenly, a meme that had been hyper-localized to one fetid corner of the internet has been telegraphed to a massive audience in a jarringly forced display of virality that highlights just how quickly an inside joke from an insular community can spread with the oxygen of press coverage.
Reporting on hyper-niche memes, even when they’re attached to more newsworthy events, inevitably carries a cost in terms of amplification. To report necessarily means giving new symbols to wider audiences, which gives bad actors more power in a self-proclaimed fight against censorship. The paradox reporters are often faced with is finding a responsible way to report on harmful memes spreading without amplifying hate.
Some global investors apparently still love MBS
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, received a standing ovation as he made an unannounced appearance at a global investment conference here on Tuesday, further clouding an event that has been thrown into disarray after the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist.
The crown prince, who is suspected of playing a role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, appeared just ahead of a late afternoon presentation about technology but did not give any remarks. His presence came as American business executives attending the conference tried to keep a low profile and Saudi business leaders attempted to distance themselves from Mr. Khashoggi’s murder.
Matthew Yglesias describes right-wing media’s corrosive effect on public discourse
The hack gap has two core pillars. One is the constellation of conservative media outlets — led by Fox News and other Rupert Murdoch properties like the Wall Street Journal editorial page, but also including Sinclair Broadcasting in local television, much of AM talk radio, and new media offerings such as Breitbart and the Daily Caller — that simply abjure anything resembling journalism in favor of propaganda.
The other is that the self-consciousness journalists at legacy outlets have about accusations of liberal bias leads them to bend over backward to allow the leading conservative gripes of the day to dominate the news agenda. Television producers who would never dream of assigning segments where talking heads debate whether it’s bad that the richest country on earth also has millions of children growing up in dire poverty think nothing of chasing random conservative shiny objects, from “Fast & Furious” (remember that one?) to Benghazi to the migrant caravan.
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says she has dementia in letter
I want to share some personal news with you. Some time ago, doctors diagnosed me with the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease. As this condition has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life. Since many people have asked about my current status and activities, I want to be open about these changes, and while I am still able, share some personal thoughts.
Jamal Khashoggi’s son meets with Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia
More on the bomb at George Soros’s house
Erdogan goes after Saudi Arabia in speech
Jamal Khashoggi died as a result of a brutal premeditated murder, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, in a highly anticipated speech in which he rejected Saudi Arabia’s claim that the journalist was killed accidentally.
It was the first time that any official in Turkey has publicly outlined the Turkish contention that Khashoggi was killed by a hit squad sent from Saudi Arabia. But while Erdogan had promised the “naked truth,” he offered few details beyond those revealed by Turkish officials speaking privately.
Grisly details reported about Khashoggi’s death
A ray of hope in the opioid epidemic
The number of fatal drug overdoses nationwide has fallen for six consecutive months, fueling hopes that the downturn marks not just a reprieve but a long-lasting shift in the tide of the addiction crisis.
In the 12-month period ending in March 2018 — the most recent span for which data are available — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a decline of 2.8 percent in the number of overdose deaths, to an estimated 71,073 people, compared with the 12 months ending in September 2017.
This is also great news for Senator Bob Menendez’s 2020 bid
Airplane groper debuts “but Trump got away with it” defense
A man accused of groping a woman on a flight from Houston to New Mexico appeared in federal court on Monday.
Bruce Alexander, 49, was arrested on an abusive sexual contact charge on Sunday after Southwest Flight 5421 landed in Albuquerque.
According to an affidavit, when he was placed in handcuffs, he asked what the sentence was for the charge he was being arrested for and later told officers President Trump says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts.
The “maniac” embraces the “sniveling coward”
Maybe try cold coffee?
An Air Force official admitted the branch’s multiple purchases of coffee cups that break easily and cost $1,280 each “is simply irresponsible,” vowing to pursue ways to fix the mugs instead of continually buying new ones.
Buying and replacing the special mugs, which can reheat liquids aboard air refueling tankers in flight, has cost the Air Force $326,785 since 2016, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a letter.
Trump admits what’s been obvious all along
They have a word, it sort of became old fashion. It’s called a nationalist. And I said, ‘Really, we’re not supposed to use that word?’ You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, OK? I’m a nationalist. Nationalist. Use that word. Use that word.
A dozen relatives of Adam Laxalt, GOP candidate for governor in Nevada, explain why they want him to lose
First, for those of us who were actually raised in Nevada, it’s difficult to hear him continue to falsely claim that he was raised in Nevada or has any true connections to Nevadans. The simple fact is that while he may have been born in Reno, he left as an infant and was raised on the East Coast, 3,000 miles away, in Washington, D.C., and moved here only in 2013, only one year later launching his political career. Aside from the occasional short visit, Adam never knew the state or its people. Perhaps if he had, he would stand for Nevada’s values rather than for those of his out-of-state donors.
That time the White House turned into Road House
An argument last February between the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and Corey Lewandowski, an informal adviser to President Trump, turned into a physical altercation that required Secret Service intervention just outside the Oval Office, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the events. …
The near brawl — during which Mr. Kelly grabbed Mr. Lewandowski by the collar and tried to have him ejected from the West Wing — came at a time when the chief of staff was facing uncertainty about how long Mr. Trump would keep him in his job. A guessing game over his departure has colored his tenure ever since.
Dem Congressional challenger swears at opponent in synagogue
As the political climate continues to heat up, challenger Scott Wallace lost his cool during a debate with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. Sunday night at the Congregation Tifereth Israel in Bensalem, Wallace told the Congressman to “F*** off!” in front of those attending.
Both candidates were standing on the synagogue’s ‘bimah,’ an elevated platform used for reading the Torah during services, when Wallace used the expletive. The outburst silenced the room, and Fitzpatrick was “stunned” Wallace made the comment.
A bad sign for Avenatti 2020
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was hit with a personal judgment of $4.85 million Monday for his failure to pay a debt to a former colleague at his longtime Newport Beach firm.
Less than an hour after his defeat in the Los Angeles lawsuit, the firm, Eagan Avenatti, suffered a setback at a trial in Santa Ana: The Irvine Co. won a court order evicting Avenatti and his staff from their offices for skipping the last four months of rent.
Man shot at D.C. local news station
Odds Watch: FiveThirtyEight gives Dems 86.1 percent chance to take back House
MBS scores meeting with Steven Mnuchin
More fallout from the Proud Boys–antifa clash in NYC
Police in New York arrested three more suspected members of the far-right group Proud Boys, following a violent fight earlier this month with Antifa supporters, authorities announced on Monday.
Irvin Antillon, 41, of Queens; Douglas Lennan, 40, of Northport, Long Island; and Maxwell Hare, 26, have all been charged with riot and assault, according to the New York Police Department.
Hare, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was also charged with possession of a weapon and gang assault.
A rare big-retail success story
American retail is in a full blown crisis. Last year, Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy. A few days ago, Sears followed suit. Other big names like Walgreens, Gap, J.Crew, and Macy’s are struggling to keep their heads above water.
Yet one well-known name is on remarkably solid footing: Best Buy.
This does not seem like a winning case
A Georgia Tech student, who recorded Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) snatching his cell phone out of his hand when he asked the senator a question about voter suppression, sued Perdue for battery on Monday.
Trump unveils even lazier nickname for Cruz
Trump unveils rather lazy new nickname for Ted Cruz
Reuters reports incredible details about Khashoggi’s death
•Saudi Crown Prince’s Advisor Al Qahtani was beamed into a room of the consulate via Skype.
•Insulted at Khashoggi over the phone.
• Turkish intel source: At one point Qahtani told his men to dispose of him. "Bring me the head of the dog",
The army’s account of what happened in Iraq is collecting dust
By June 2016, it had drafted a two-volume history of more than 1,300 pages. H.R. McMaster, the former national security adviser to President Trump, reviewed the tomes while a three-star general. He said in an interview last month it was “by far the best and most comprehensive operational study of the U.S. experience in Iraq between 2003 and 2011.”
The study’s title: “The United States Army in the Iraq War.”
It has yet to be published.
“Hardly” is not a comforting word here
Republicans are barely mentioning the one big piece of legislation they’ve passed lately
Republicans thought their massive tax overhaul would be the centerpiece of their midterm strategy. But it turns out they were so wrong they’ve been barely mentioning the $1.5 trillion tax cut on the campaign trail.
With polls showing Americans are more likely to disapprove of the tax law than to approve of it, GOP candidates have been changing the subject to other issues like immigration and health care. Some of the lawmakers who wrote the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are even struggling to hang onto their seats.
The Saudis really should have put more planning into their attempted cover-up of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder
Trump reiterates plan to stop flow of migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador: increase economic hardship in those countries
“Black Mirror” was a documentary
In Sweden, a country rich with technological advancement, thousands have had microchips inserted into their hands.
The chips are designed to speed up users’ daily routines and make their lives more convenient — accessing their homes, offices and gyms is as easy as swiping their hands against digital readers.
They can also be used to store emergency contact details, social media profiles or e-tickets for events and rail journeys within Sweden.
Pelosi talks herself up amid doubts
Pelosi went on to list why she deserves to be speaker again after saying she is not usually comfortable with self-promotion.
“I am a great legislator,” she said. “And one reason I am is because I recognize the contributions of others, our committee chairs and all the rest.”
She added: “I am also politically astute. I took them to a victory in 2006, I know how to do this.”
More like debt-flix
The company announced Monday it intends to issue a new round of notes for “general corporate purposes, which may include content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions.”
Shares of Netflix fell as much 3 percent in morning trading Monday before erasing nearly all of those losses.
When 48,000 delays counts as good news
Another monster hurricane, this one about to hit Mexico
The GOP’s demographic problem right now
Biggest GOP problem in 2018: women w/ college degrees are the likeliest demographic to turn out in a midterm election.
The Trump you don’t see?
Let’s see how long this phase lasts
Record low number of Americans think death penalty is applied fairly
Report: Trump preparing to pass the buck if elections go south
According to two people familiar with the conversations, Trump is distancing himself from a potential Republican thumping on Election Day. He’s telling confidants that he doesn’t see the midterms as a referendum on himself, describing his 2020 reelection bid as “the real election.” And he says that he holds House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responsible for protecting their congressional majorities.
According to one person with knowledge of these talks, Trump has said of Ryan and McConnell: “These are their elections … and if they screw it up, it’s not my fault.”
A reminder that a wide range of outcomes is possible on election day
If polls underestimate Dems by 2-3 points, their path to victory in the Senate is much more viable; toss-ups go their way, TN/TX close etc.