THE L.A. TIMES’ MARK Z. BARABAK — a Bay Area-based political contributor — went on the aisle to Miami to anniversary NANCY PELOSI. Pelosi is bridge the country, aggravating to whip up abutment for Democrats. Pelosi said this: “I see myself as a capricious amount … I acquire things to do. Books to write; places to go; grandchildren, aboriginal and foremost, to love.” The L.A. Times story
LET’S GET THIS OUT OF THE WAY FIRST: Nancy Pelosi is the undoubted admired to be apostle of the House if Democrats booty aback the majority. The catechism to best Democratic assembly was: how will she do it? And now a catechism will be: how does she ascertain transitional?
A TRANSITIONAL SPEAKER — an altercation Steny Hoyer has approved to accomplish — would be a way for Pelosi to get to the speakership. Bodies who would’ve contrarily voted adjoin her ability admit that she did, indeed, advice get the majority aback for Democrats, and could be abiding to vote for her if it is a concise proposition.
THERE ARE LOTS OF BENEFITS to Pelosi’s acknowledgment to the speakership. She has institutional ability that no one abroad has in ambience up a majority. She’s been there before. Bodies will ask, though, how continued she will appetite to break around.
THIS MOVE WOULD additionally set up a try-out aeon for ambitious associates of the Democratic leadership. Democrats will be clawing at anniversary added to prove their animation — but that could be a advantageous action in a Democratic administering that has been brackish for years.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “Ahead of cloister hearing, Obama Foundation reveals carefully attentive architecture plans”
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THE LATEST ON KHASHOGGI …
— WAPO’S KEVIN SULLIVAN in Riyadh, LOVEDAY MORRIS in London and TAMER EL-GHOBASHY in Istanbul: “Saudi Arabia fires 5 top officials, arrests 18 Saudis, adage Khashoggi was dead in action at consulate”: “The Saudi government accustomed aboriginal Saturday that announcer Jamal Khashoggi was dead central the Saudi Admiral in Istanbul, adage he died during a fistfight, but the new anniversary may do little to affluence all-embracing demands for the commonwealth to be captivated accountable.
“The announcement, which came in a cheep from the Saudi Adopted Ministry, said that an antecedent analysis by the government’s accepted prosecutor begin that the Saudi announcer had been in discussions with bodies central the admiral aback a affray bankrupt out and escalated to a baleful fistfight. …
“Those accursed included Acme Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s adviser Saud al-Qahtani and agent intelligence arch Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri. … Ever aback he aished on Oct. 2 while visiting the mission, Saudi admiral acquire again said that he larboard the admiral animate and that they had no advice on his abode or fate. … ‘Do you anticipate I can act by myself afterwards demography orders/guidance?’ Qahtani said aftermost year in a cheep that is actuality broadly aggregate now afterwards the advertisement of his firing. ‘I am an agent and a accurate controlling to the orders of the baron and the acme prince.’” WaPo
— WAPO’S SHANE HARRIS: “Saudi claims that Khashoggi died in a ‘brawl’ draw actual skepticism”: “Claims by the government of Saudi Arabia that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died in a concrete altercation central the Saudi Admiral in Istanbul drew actual skepticism and contradicted beforehand dueling accounts from Saudi and Turkish officials.
“The Saudi findings, which all but absolved the beneficiary to the throne, Acme Prince Mohammed bin Salman, added burden on the Trump administering to arise an absolute analysis into Khashoggi’s death.
“CIA admiral acquire listened to an audio recording that Turkish admiral say proves the announcer was dead and burst by a aggregation of Saudi agents central the consulate, according to bodies accustomed with the matter. If verified, the recording would accomplish it difficult for the White House to acquire the Saudi adaptation that Khashoggi’s afterlife was finer an accident. A CIA backer beneath to comment. … Current and aloft U.S. intelligence officials, adopted action experts and assembly were quick to allege the Saudi government of a whitewash.” WaPo
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REACTION … SEN. TIM KAINE (D-VA.) (@timkaine): “The Saudi ‘explanation’ for murdering announcer and Virginia citizen Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate—a fistfight gone wrong—is insulting. Aback the Trump Administering won’t angle up adjoin atrocity, Congress must.” …
… SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.) (@LindseyGrahamSC): “To say that I am agnostic of the new Saudi anecdotal about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement. … Aboriginal we were told Mr. Khashoggi allegedly larboard the admiral and there was absolute abnegation of any Saudi involvement. Now, a action break out and he’s dead in the consulate, all afterwards ability of Acme Prince. … It’s adamantine to acquisition this latest ‘explanation’ as credible.”
… SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS CHAIRMAN BOB CORKER (R-TENN.) (@SenBobCorker): “The adventure the Saudis acquire told about Jamal Khashoggi’s dematerialization continues to change with anniversary casual day, so we should not accept their latest adventure holds water. … They can abide their own investigation, but the U.S. administering charge accomplish its own independent, aboveboard assurance of albatross for Khashoggi’s annihilation beneath the Global Magnitsky analysis as appropriate by law.”
BUT! … NYT HEADLINE: “Trump, Breaking With U.S. Intelligence, Appears to Acquire Saudi Explanation of Journalist’s Death”
— NYT’S BEN HUBBARD in Beirut and DAVID KIRKPATRICK in Istanbul: “Uproar Over Dissident Rattles Saudi Aristocratic Family”: “The one being who could arbitrate is the baron himself, but chief princes acquire begin it about absurd to accompany their apropos to the 82-year-old monarch, and some agnosticism he is absolutely acquainted of what is blow or accommodating to change course. … ‘They aren’t a decidedly callous bunch,’ said addition longtime accessory of the aristocratic family, anecdotic the aesthetics of some princes as, ‘We aloof appetite to eat burgers and go on adopted holidays.’
“Associates of the aristocratic ancestors say that chief princes don’t acquire the admission to Baron Salman that they had to antecedent kings, authoritative it adamantine to articulation concerns. Some princes cannot access the aristocratic cloister or the king’s alcazar unless their names acquire been placed at the aperture advanced of time, one affiliate of the aristocratic ancestors complained.
“Otherwise, they see the baron at official contest breadth it is advised bad anatomy to accession barbed issues or they appointment him at night aback he is arena cards, additionally a bad time for austere talk.” NYT
IT SEEMS INCREASINGLY LIKELY that Congress is action to affray in December over annoyance accoutrements sales to Saudi Arabia.
Good Saturday morning. If you’re a D.C. breadth jamband fan, this is a big weekend: Phish is at the Hampton Coliseum and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is at The Anthem.
BIG MONEY … HOUSE MAJORITY PAC aloft $14 MILLION in September, including $2.7 actor from barrier armamentarium billionaire Jim Simons and a bisected actor from David Geffen (who abounding Josh Kushner’s bells to Karlie Kloss on Thursday — Instapic). SENATE LEADERSHIP FUND got $25 actor from Sheldon and Miriam Adelson Sept. 12 and a division actor from Boeing.
THE PRESIDENT is in Arizona this morning, and he’ll fly to Elko, Nev., for an 11 a.m. assemblage (2 p.m. East Coast time). He is appointed to access tonight at Andrews at 7:55 p.m. VP MIKE PENCE is action to Richmond to assemblage for Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), Denver Riggleman and Ryan McAdams.
INSIDE THE ROOM … WAPO’S DAVID NAKAMURA, JOSH DAWSEY and NICK MIROFF: “‘Close the accomplished thing!’: Bound tensions abscess over as Trump’s frustrations grow”: “In the summer, the admiral was so agitated by the bound numbers that he proposed sealing the absolute 1,954-mile U.S.-Mexico border, including shuttering acknowledged ports of entry, blocking barter flows and awkward tourism and travel, according to the chief administering officials, who batten on the action of anonymity to altercate acute centralized deliberations.
“‘Close the accomplished thing!’ Trump accepted at one point during an Oval Appointment meeting, the admiral said. He was talked out of it by admiral who accent the aftereffect such a admeasurement would acquire on added than $600 billion in U.S.-Mexico anniversary trade, as able-bodied as the abeyant blow to alternate relations, according to the officials.” WaPo
— NYT’S EMILY COCHRANE (@ESCochrane): “I asked Admiral Trump what affirmation he had that ‘hardened criminals’ are aggravating to access the country. ‘Oh please, please, don’t be a baby,’ was his response.”
DOH! … BURGESS EVERETT and ELANA SCHOR: “Air wars: Hawley flies on lobbyist’s even afterwards advertisement McCaskill”: “Josh Hawley has criticized Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill again for application a clandestine even to biking about Missouri. But the Republican Senate hopeful isn’t aloft demography a ride in a clandestine even himself.
“Hawley accustomed an in-kind addition of $5,225 for a allotment flight in September on a even endemic by lobbyist Travis Brown and his wife, according to accessible records. Hawley abounding a West Virginia fundraiser on that day, amusing media posts show, afore abiding to Springfield, Missouri that night – and advertisement a Facebook video of him active into the burghal for a assemblage with Admiral Donald Trump the aing day.” POLITICO
MANAFORT UPDATE … DARREN SAMUELSOHN and JOSH GERSTEIN: “Manafort in wheelchair, adverse ‘significant issues’ with health”: “Former Trump advance administrator Paul Manafort appeared in federal cloister in a wheelchair on Friday and his advocate said he’s ambidextrous with ‘significant issues’ angry to his bloom because of his bonds at a Northern Virginia jail.
“The attorney, Kevin Downing, didn’t specify what the botheration was in accessible cloister but a antecedent accustomed with the bearings afterwards explained the longtime GOP accessible who has been bedfast aback mid-June is ambidextrous with an affair accompanying to his diet and has deepening in his foot. Manafort, 69, was cutting a blooming bastille jumpsuit labeled on the aback ‘ALEXANDRIA INMATE’ and no shoe on his appropriate bottom during the proceedings.” POLITICO
SCOOP — “U.S. to Acquaint Russia It Is Leaving Battleground I.N.F. Treaty,” by NYT’s David E. Sanger and William J. Broad: “The Trump administering is advancing to acquaint Russian leaders aing anniversary that it is planning to avenue the battleground Intermediate-Range Nuclear Armament Treaty, in allotment to accredit the United States to adverse a Chinese accoutrements accretion in the Pacific, according to American admiral and adopted diplomats. …
“But the alliance has additionally accountable the United States from deploying new weapons to acknowledge to China’s efforts to adhesive a ascendant position in the Western Pacific and to accumulate American argosy armament at bay. …
“The White House said that no official accommodation had been fabricated to leave the treaty, accepted as I.N.F., which at the time of its signing was advised a analytical footfall in defusing Cold War tensions. But in the advancing weeks, Mr. Trump is accepted to assurance off on the decision, which would mark the aboriginal time he has scrapped an accoutrements ascendancy treaty, the American admiral said.” NYT
PHOTO DU JOUR: Republican U.S. Senate applicant Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Admiral Donald Trump access for a advance assemblage at All-embracing Air Response, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo
2018 WATCH — “Alaska Gov. Bill Walker ends advance for re-election, endorses Mark Begich,” by Anchorage Daily News’ Tegan Hanlon and Annie Zak: “Alaska Gov. Bill Walker appear Friday he is bottomward his bid for re-election, and threw abutment to Democrat Mark Begich over Republican Mike Dunleavy. Walker, adopted as an independent, fabricated the abruptness advertisement at the Alaska Federation of Natives anniversary convention, three canicule afterwards aloft Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly stepped bottomward from both his appointment and the re-election advance over bearding ‘inappropriate comments’ he fabricated to a woman.” ADN
GOOD EYE – “Some Of Trump’s Judicial Nominees Acquire Clandestine Twitter Accounts They Aren’t Sharing With The Public,” by BuzzFeed’s Zoe Tillman: “A analysis of nominees’ amusing media action by BuzzFeed News showed aberration in what they’re advice to board associates in their Senate questionnaires — which are accessible and acquaint online — and what they’re not.
“At atomic six of Trump’s awaiting and accepted nominees acquire bound Twitter accounts. Four of those didn’t account the accounts in their Senate questionnaires; two of the nominees are new and haven’t accustomed their abstracts to the board yet. A bisected dozen added nominees did accommodate Twitter and Facebook accounts in their questionnaires, and produced posts from those accounts for the committee.” BuzzFeed
WAR REPORT — “New capacity of top U.S. general’s aing alarm in Afghanistan cabal attack,” by ABC News Luis Martinez: “The American accepted and the Afghan admiral had confused to an breadth alfresco of the governor’s abode to anticipate the accession of the aggressive helicopter that would carriage [Gen. Austin Scott] Miller and his agents … The accumulation was talking amidst themselves cat-and-mouse for Miller’s helicopter aback … a apache cutting some blazon of Afghan aegis compatible opened blaze on them with an automated weapon. …
“Miller was not in the shooter’s band of blaze and was battlefront at the Afghan officials. The apache was attempt immediately. ‘It was over in seconds,’ said Butler. Miller, like the added U.S. cadre about him, pulled out his handgun, which is accepted convenance in such a situation.’” ABC News
MEDIAWATCH – “Susan Zirinsky aing to absolute top ‘60 Minutes’ job,” by N.Y. Post’s Alexandra Steigrad: “‘48 Hours’ ambassador Susan Zirinsky has emerged as the beloved to become the new controlling ambassador of ‘60 Minutes’ at CBS News, sources told The Post. Zirinsky is now the admired to ample the shoes of adept ambassador Jeff Fager, who was accursed aftermost ages amidst accusations of inappropriate conduct and animal harassment, according to assembly a on the situation. An advertisement is accepted as anon as aing week, according to the sources, who asked not to be identified.” NY Post
GREAT WEEKEND LISTEN — “Amb. Scott Brown Plays ‘Dream Police’ in Sydney with Cheap Trick”: 4-min. video
CLICKER – “The nation’s cartoonists on the anniversary in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 12 funnies
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:
— “The Crisis of Intimacy in the Age of Digital Connectivity,” by Stephen Marche in the LA Analysis of Books – per ALDaily.com’s description: “The pernicious amusing dynamics of the internet. We overshare about our claimed lives and abort to accept those of others. Narcissism spreads; affinity vanishes.” LA Review
— “Instagram Has a Massive Aggravation Problem,” by The Atlantic’s Taylor Lorenz: “The belvedere has casting itself as the internet’s kindest place. But users altercate aggravation is rampant, and advisers say efforts to axis it aren’t adjourned able-bodied or prioritized.” The Atlantic (h/t Longform.org)
— “Life’s Little Luxury,” by the Account Standard’s Joseph Epstein, columnist of “Charm: The Elusive Enchantment”: “Charm makes the apple assume a added adorable place—but it is action the way of chivalry, acceptable manners, and unmotivated kindness.” TWS … $16.48 on Amazon (h/t ALDaily.com)
— “Your Real Biological Clock Is You’re Action to Die,” by Tom Scocca in Hmm Daily – per Longreads.com’s description: “At 47, Tom Scocca realizes best of us are active beneath the apparition that we acquire absolute time, and are chargeless artifice out the altered phases of our lives to our liking. He crunches some numbers and comes to the cessation that eventually or afterwards — and who knows which it will be — every one of us is a goner.” Hmm Daily
— “How a Booming Burghal Can Be Added Equitable,” by Barry Yeoman in CityLab: “In Durham, North Carolina, alone factories are acceptable tech hubs and microbreweries. But architecture a aggregate charge to its best accessible citizens could be a trickier accomplishment of redevelopment.” CityLab
— “The Abundant Rikers Island Art Heist,” by James Fanelli in Esquire: “For forty years, an aboriginal Salvador Dalí painting went disregarded central New York City’s massive bastille complex. Then a assemblage of thieves absitively it ability be account something.” Esquire
— “Why You Can’t Stop Looking at Added People’s Screens,” by John Herrman in the NYT: “You’re not a creep, admitting you are a thief. You’re additionally a human.” NYT
— “This Melissa McCarthy Adventure Aloof Ability (Maybe? Possibly?) Cheer You Up,” by Taffy Brodesser-Akner in the NYT Magazine: “The activating brilliant is aggravating to accumulate ball animate at a moment aback Hollywood — and its admirers — can’t assume to able a smile.” NYT
— “Inside the Mind of a Voyeur,” by Katherine Laidlaw in Toronto Law: “Pete Forde was a acceptable freeholder and a abundant friend, or so his tenants thought. Then they apparent he was filming them in their best clandestine moments. The adverse apple of spying for sport.” Toronto Law
— “The FBI of the Civic Park Service,” by Rachel Monroe in Alfresco Magazine: “Many bodies abatement to their deaths in civic parks every year. But as [EMT Mark] Faherty dug deeper, several things addled him as strange. For instance, how Harold [Henthorn] insisted he’d accustomed his wife CPR, but her lipstick had been apple-pie aback he accustomed on scene. Faherty asked Harold about his antecedent marriage. His aboriginal wife had died in an accident, Harold said. He was afraid to allocution about it.” Alfresco (h/t TheBrowser.com)
— “The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust,” by the New Yorker’s Nick Paumgarten: “Inside the advancing altercation over whether Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the blockchain are transforming the world.” New Yorker
ENGAGED – Rosie Gray, accidental editor for The Atlantic, got affianced to Ben Judah, columnist of the books “This is London” and “Fragile Empire” and currently alive on his third book for Picador. The brace met through alternate friends. On her altogether cruise to Scotland aftermost weekend, he proposed on a backpack in the Glen Nevis in the Highlands. Instapic … The ring
SPOTTED at aloft RNC administrator Michael Steele’s 60th altogether affair aftermost night at the Santa Monica home of “Seinfeld” ambassador and biographer Peter Mehlman and hosted by Zachary Todd and Saumitra Thakur: Peter Thiel, Ann Coulter, Shawna Thomas, Tim and Kiki Burger, Ret. Col. Terry Virts, Jeffrey Chen, Rick Unger, Jordan Rambis, Jack Bryan, Lina Chen, Kathy Magliato, Jenny Alden, Ziva Cooper, Sophia Parsa, Greg Edwards, Allison Kiang and Stephanie Miller.
BIRTHDAYS: NYT’s Matt Apuzzo is 4-0 … Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is 54 … Greg Lowman, accomplice at Sphere Consulting, is 33 … Michelle Malkin is 48 … Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) is 63 … Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) is 46 … aloft Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, now a affiliate of the LA County Board of Supervisors, is 61 … L.E. Simmons … Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) is 53 … John Grandy … Kay Foley … WaPo chief editor at ample Ann Gerhart … Gil Klein … Evan Zuckerman … Josie Martin … Ellison Barber … Nelson Mullins’ Mick Nardelli (hat tip: Vinoda Basnayake) … Colleen O’Kane … AARP’s Khelan Bhatia … New America’s Clare McCann … Jeffrey Zubricki … Gordon Pennoyer of Chesapeake Energy … Nicole Bunce of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce (h/t David Abrams) … Steve Moffitt, COS for Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) …
… Benjamin Schwarz is 55 … Pablo Manriquez, administrator of comms at Roll Alarm … Politico’s Dmitrii Chechetkin and Jason Golomb … Katie Leslie Watkins … Matt Dogali, CEO of the American Distilled Spirits Association … VICE contributor Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani … Christie Boyden … Anneke Blooming … Whitney PakPour … Morgan Allen … Roddy Flynn, controlling administrator of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (h/t Mitchell Rivard) … Stephen Garrison … Sally Stroup … Bart Marchant … Webber Xu … Lamia Rezgui … Justin Hart … Thomas Willard … Taylor Gerlach … Beth Mason … Greg Propper (h/ts Tesresa Vilmain)
THE SHOWS, by @MattMackowiak, filing from Austin:
“Meet the Press”: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) … Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) … Anthony Scaramucci. Panel: David Brody, Peggy Noonan, Eugene Robinson and Katy Tur
“State of the Union”: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)… Eric Garcetti. Panel: Pam Bondi, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Rep.Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Symone Sanders (live from Tampa).
“This Week”: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) … Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) … Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) … Nate Silver … Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Tom Bossert. Panel: Mary Bruce, Alex Castellanos, Kim Strassel and columnist and Juan Williams
“Face the Nation”: Pre-empted for NFL football (from London).
“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) … Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.). Panel: Newt Gingrich and Marc Short … Jane Harman and Charles Lane … “Power Player of the Week”: José Andrés
“Sunday Morning Futures”: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) … Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … John Solomon. Panel: Aloft Sen. Al D’Amato (D-N.Y.) and David Avella
“MediaBuzz”: Emily Jashinsky … Sarah Fisher … Mo Elleithee … Fred Hiatt … Leslie Marshall … Gayle Trotter … Stuart Varney … Susan Ferrechio … David Martosko
“Inside Politics”: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Jonathan Martin, Kaitlan Collins and Sahil Kapur
“Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Panel: Fawaz Gerges, Martin Indyk and Wendy Sherman … Fred Hiatt … Jonathan Weiler
“Reliable Sources”: Charlotte Alter and Philip Bump … Max Boot … Carl Bernstein … Added in Common co-founder Tim Dixon
“Al Punto”: Justice Sonia Sotomayor … Julian Castro … singer/songwriter Gloria Trevi … transgender activist Brenda del Río … Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) … Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas)
“The Communicators”: UPenn’s Joseph Turow … “Newsmakers”: Guy Cecil, questioned by Steven Shepard and Ken Vogel … “Q&A”: Joel Richard Paul
“Kasie DC”: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) … Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M) … Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) … Harley Rouda … Elizabeth Heng … Phil Rucker … Karine Jean-Pierre… radio host John Phillips … Jo Ling Kent … Leigh Ann Caldwell (live from Los Angeles)
“Mack on Politics” account backroom podcast with Matt Mackowiak (download on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher or accept at MackOnPolitics.com): Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
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