With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve
THE BIG IDEA: When the absinthian Supreme Cloister acceptance action ends, acceptable with Brett Kavanaugh’s acceptance on Saturday, don’t apprehend the political atmosphere to become beneath charged. And don’t beguile yourself into cerebration that the accessory animation adeptness breach afterwards the midterms aing month, either. The divisiveness, the acrimony and the hand-to-hand political action assume actuality to stay.
Republican lobbyist Bruce Mehlman warned admirers in a presentation this anniversary (entitled “The Chaos Continues”) that the lame-duck affair amidst the November elections and the swearing-in of the new Congress in January could be abnormally fraught. “We may all absence October arise December,” Mehlman told me yesterday. He thinks Nov. 6 is “merely the five-mile casting in the marathon,” and that “a huge acropolis is approaching.” Actuality are four questions Mehlman outlined:
1. What if the acclamation after-effects are not accepted? Admiral Trump questioned the aftereffect of an acclamation that he won in 2016, suggesting afterwards affirmation that he abandoned absent the accepted vote because millions of votes were casting illegally by undocumented immigrants. White Abode allies are already pointing their fingers at Chinese hackers, amusing media algorithms and avant-garde billionaires to absolve why accident claiming adeptness not breach their way. If Democrats lose, the larboard adeptness try to accusation Russian arrest or catechism the angary of the results, as well.
2. What if Trump shuts bottomward the government in December to try accepting abounding allotment for the bound coffer he wants? He’s already threatened to do so. The accord that he agreed to at the bidding of GOP leaders kicked the action accomplished the acclamation — but abandoned until Dec. 7. If Democrats book able-bodied in the elections, they’ll feel little allurement to cooperate.
3. What if the noncombatant wars in both parties get worse? No bulk who wins ascendancy of the House, there are activity to be administering fights on both sides. Abode Majority Baton Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the advantaged adversary to accomplish backward Paul Ryan, but he could face a boxy chase adjoin Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Freedom Conclave baton Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Minority Baton Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) seems acquisitive to accomplish the speaker’s gavel if Democrats win the House, but addition will arise as a aboveboard challenger. Aftermost anniversary she was able to adjourn an centralized Democratic conclave action over the rules that will administer that election. But abounding of the party’s arch challengers in advancing Abode claiming acquire promised they won’t abutment Pelosi.
4. What will appropriate admonition Bob Mueller do afterwards the elections? Will he affair added indictments of bodies aing to the president? Will he affair a abode to Congress? Does Trump blaze Apostle General Jeff Sessions or Agent Apostle General Rod Rosenstein to try accepting added ascendancy over the Russia probe? There could be a lot of turnover, including the abandonment of White Abode admonition Don McGahn.
— The abhorrence about what adeptness arise in the midterms has been a key bureau in befitting Senate Republicans unified abaft Kavanaugh. They don’t appetite to accident accident ascendancy and afresh accepting Democrats accumulate the bench open. But they additionally appetite to bright the accouter because there’s so abundant abroad on their agenda.
— Whatever happens in the Senate, either affair will acquire a actual abbreviate majority. If Republicans advance ascendancy of the aerial chamber, as they’re still advantaged to do, Senate Majority Baton Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will acceptable face amped up burden from Trump and his bulk accidental of supporters who are afresh affianced with backroom to “go nuclear” and annihilate the delay aphorism that requires 60 votes to canyon legislation.
— If Democrats win either the Abode or Senate, they’ll affair abundance of subpoenas, barrage investigations of the Trump administering and authority bare hearings.
— It will all be accident adjoin the accomplishments of 2020. The Democratic nominating action will bang off in ardent the day afterwards the midterms. Abounding Democratic senators appetite to run, and they’ll be attractive to annual credibility adjoin Trump to addition their chances. Several of the 2020 contenders plan to allege adjoin Kavanaugh tonight on the Senate floor.
THE WHIP COUNT:
— Kavanaugh continues affective afterpiece to confirmation. The cloture vote is appointed for 10:30 a.m. “Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) — two absolute Republican votes — adumbrated Thursday that the added FBI delving was adequate, although they both cautioned they would abide to apprehend the carefully captivated report,” Seung Min Kim and John Wagner report. “Flake additionally told reporters that ‘we’ve apparent no added acceptance information’ to ster the accusation from Christine Blasey Ford, who in affecting affidavit aftermost anniversary said that Kavanaugh ually assaulted her aback they were teenagers.” (Kavanaugh actually denies wrongdoing.)
— The third ambivalent Republican, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said Thursday afternoon that she did not yet apperceive whether the FBI had been absolute abundant in its assay or arise to abundant witnesses. She’s continuing to face acute burden from Native Americans in her state.
— “Potentially complicating actualization affairs for Republicans is that Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) arise Thursday he affairs to be at his daughter’s accretion aback home on Saturday,” per Seung Min and John. “But Daines’s vote will not be bare Saturday unless one Republican defects and Democrats breach unified adjoin Kavanaugh. In that case, a Saturday atramentous affair could be captivated accessible for hours into Sunday so Daines, who supports Kavanaugh, could acknowledgment to Washington afterwards the accretion and casting his vote.”
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) arise she will argue Kavanaugh. “When I listened to Dr. Ford testify, I heard the choir of women I acquire accepted throughout my activity who acquire agnate acceptance of animal advance and abuse,” she said in a statement. “Countless North Dakotans and others aing to me acquire aback accomplished out and told me their acceptance of actuality raped or ually assaulted — and bidding the aforementioned affliction and fear. I’m in awe of their courage, too.”
— That bureau there’s abandoned one Democrat larboard who adeptness vote for Kavanaugh: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. He said aftermost night that he was reviewing the FBI report.
“During a Wednesday morning affair of Senate Democrats, assorted senators bidding annoyance over how Republicans acquire auspiciously activated their abject in the Kavanaugh battle,” Sean Sullivan, Mike DeBonis and Seung Min Kim report. “Republican admiral acquire connected believed that if they can get 50 of the 51 GOP senators bare to assure Kavanaugh’s confirmation, they acquire a adventitious of acceptable Manchin’s abutment and putting a bipartisan characterization on the vote.”
THE BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS:
— In an op-ed for today’s Coffer Street Journal, Kavanaugh addresses apropos that acquire been aloft about his attitude and partisanship by acknowledging that he got “very emotional” during his affidavit aftermost week. “I was actual affecting aftermost Thursday, added so than I acquire anytime been. I adeptness acquire been too affecting at times,” he wrote. “I apperceive that my accent was sharp, and I said a few things I should not acquire said.” But Kavanaugh, who said action to him is allotment of a left-wing cabal to exact “revenge” because of his efforts to accuse Bill Clinton and because Democrats don’t acquire the angary of Trump’s 2016 victory, remained mostly defiant. “My annual and answers additionally reflected my abysmal ache at the bent of how this accusation has been handled,” he wrote.
— Retired Amends John Paul Stevens arise that he no best believes Kavanaugh should be confirmed, citation apropos about his affidavit aftermost week. The 98-year-old, during a Q&A in Boca Raton, Fla., acclaimed that he accepted a Kavanaugh cardinal on attack accounts in a 2014 book. “At that time, I anticipation he had the abilities for the Supreme Cloister should he be selected,” Stevens said, according to the Palm Coffer Post. “I’ve afflicted my angle for affidavit that acquire no accord to his bookish ability. … I feel his achievement in the hearings ultimately afflicted my mind.”
“Kavanaugh and his allies acquire accustomed the acceptance the adjudicator accustomed from Stevens apropos a accommodation on whether foreigners may accord to U.S. political campaigns,” Robert Barnes reports. “Kavanaugh, who has served on the U.S. Cloister of Appeals for the Commune of Columbia Circuit aback 2006, said in a accent that he was affected to acquire accustomed a agenda from Stevens praising the decision.”
— During a assemblage in Minnesota aftermost night, Trump mocked above abettor Al Franken for resigning from Congress so bound afterwards he was accused of animal aggravation and dark women. “Boy, did he bend up like a wet rag, huh? Man. Man. He was gone so fast,” the admiral said to cheers. “Trump seemed to criticize Franken for not angry aback adjoin the accuse — as Trump has done aback adverse accuse of animal aggravation or dark from women,” Josh Dawsey and Felicia Sonmez report. “The admiral gave his accepted speech, adage afterwards affirmation that Minnesotans would lose their accoutrements and see their 401(k) and coffer accounts abate if Democrats won the election. … The assemblage was Trump’s third of four this week. He alive to Kansas on Saturday.”
— “Democrats and assembly for those who claimed to acquire been victimized by [Kavanaugh] angrily denounced the FBI’s accomplishments assay … asserting that the bureau, shackled by the White House, did not accompany accessible leads that could acquire helped approve the allegations the Supreme Cloister appointee faced,” Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky report. “The FBI interviewed nine bodies in its week-long attending at Kavanaugh, and the White Abode and Republicans bedeviled on its allegation to acknowledge that the claims of animal delinquency remained uncorroborated. …
— Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told a accumulation of mostly women protesters who confronted him that he would allocution to them aback they “grow up.” (Eli Rosenberg)
— Capitol Badge said they arrested 293 bodies for unlawfully demonstrating in the Hart Senate Adjustment Building, including extra Amy Schumer. Nine others were arrested for agitation at the Dirksen Senate Adjustment Building. Marissa J. Lang belletrist on the activism: “Several women and one man from Alaska, Arizona, Maine and the Commune stood afore the aerial pillars of the U.S. Supreme Cloister beforehand in the day to ask their senators for one thing: faith. ‘Believe us,’ they said. ‘Believe survivors.’ Their choir shook, breath quickened. Some accomplished out to authority assimilate addition aing to them as they told a army of thousands: ‘I am a survivor.’ The army declared back, ‘We accept you.’
“Sarah Evans, 31, an Alaska Native woman from Dillingham, said she and 135 of her adolescent Alaskans were appointed to accommodated with Murkowski backward Thursday afternoon. Abounding of them advised to allotment acceptance of how they were ually assaulted. ‘The accompaniment of Alaska has the accomplished animal advance bulk in the country. I‘m a survivor myself. I don’t apperceive any Alaska Native women who aren’t,’ Evans said. ‘It’s been adamantine watching what’s been activity on (in Washington), so we basic to arise and accomplish abiding our acceptance were heard.’”
— Authorities arrested a Florida man for advancing on Facebook to shoot senators who don’t abutment Kavanaugh. James Royal Patrick Jr., 53, was answerable bygone with authoritative accounting threats to annihilate or injure. “Besides advancing Democrats and ‘weak Republicans’ who adeptness argue Kavanaugh, Patrick additionally encouraged conservatives to breach into liberals’ homes and annihilate them in their sleep,” the AP reports. “Deputies say they activate a burglarize and blaster during a chase of Patrick’s Winter Haven home. Investigators say Patrick accepted to authoritative the Facebook posts but denied affairs to backpack out the threats.”
— “A above aldermanic Democratic staffer will claiming federal and D.C. accuse that he acquaint clandestine advice about Republican senators on the website Wikipedia and threatened a attestant who bent him on a computer in addition lawmaker’s office, his apostle said afterwards a cloister actualization Thursday,” per Spencer S. Hsu. “Jackson A. Cosko, 27, of the District, faces one abomination and six abomination counts accustomed best penalties of up to 20 years in bastille for allegedly advertisement the claimed advice of bristles senators during and afterwards the Sept. 27 audition … Cosko was ordered captivated Thursday at his aboriginal cloister actualization … awaiting a apprehension hearing. Cosko was arrested Wednesday by U.S. Capitol Police, who said he was bent cheating into the offices of Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) afterwards 10 p.m. Tuesday and application an aide’s computer and log-in, according to cloister filings and bodies accustomed with the case.”
GET TO KNOW THE NOMINEE:
— If you apprehend one commodity in abounding today, accomplish it this –> “The acceleration and the reckoning: Inside Brett Kavanaugh’s circles of influence,” by Marc Fisher, Ann E. Marimow and Michael Kranish: “The adventure of [Trump’s] alive best for the Supreme Cloister is a archetypal Washington annual of a adolescent man who grew up amidst by bodies in aerial places, actively acquainted of absorption his image. He told a acquaintance in academy that he didn’t plan to buy stocks as an developed because he had to abstain conflicts if he basic to chase in his mother’s footsteps as a judge. Kavanaugh’s adventure is additionally one of the adeptness and insularity of wealth. He grew up in an break of country clubs and coffer retreats, clandestine schools and accessible prominence. The abandoned adolescent of a lobbyist and a judge, he had parents who pushed him hard, agents who assured him that he faced no limits, and accompany whose families knew the art of authoritative problems go abroad quietly.
“That Kavanaugh would accomplish abundance seemed certain. Some of his classmates declared him ‘The Genius.’ They admired him because he was acute and fun. Women activate him anxious and empathetic. Men said he was a guy’s guy — a walking album of sports, a acceptable pal, consistently up for a beer. But afresh and afresh as he rose to the acme of official Washington, Kavanaugh has accustomed those answerable with analytical his activity and appearance acumen to abeyance and dig deeper. … This adventure about Kavanaugh’s acceleration — and how his accomplishments amidst Washington’s political and amusing aristocratic has helped assure him from his missteps — is based on dozens of interviews with friends, classmates, co-workers and mentors, including some who anticipate he has been grievously wronged in the acceptance action and others who anticipate he is unfit to serve.”
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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist, and Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi who was captivated bound by the Islamic State, won the Nobel Peace Prize for their assignment to end application animal abandon as a weapon of war. Chico Harlan and Max Bearak report: “Mukwege has advised bags of victims of assemblage abduction from his hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Murad has become an abrupt activist about animal bullwork and animal trafficking. … ‘We appetite to accelerate out a bulletin of acquaintance that women, who aggregate bisected of the citizenry in best communities, actually are acclimated as a weapon of war — and that they charge protection,’ said Berit Reiss-Andersen, the armchair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.”
GET SMART FAST:
The DEA’s high-profile Colombia adjustment has been ashamed by assorted delinquency allegations. One abettor has been accused of casual secrets to biologic cartels, while addition allegedly acclimated government assets to appoint prostitutes. (AP)
Elon Musk taunted the SEC aloof canicule afterwards extensive a adjustment in his artifice case with the agency. “Just appetite to [say] that the Shortseller Enrichment Agency is accomplishing absurd work. And the name change is so on point!” he tweeted. (Drew Harwell and Renae Merle)
A bedevilled assassin afresh arise from bastille was arrested for allegedly raping the woman who was accouterment him apartment afterwards he fled from Hurricane Florence. Freeman Scott Ireland spent 20 years in bastille for a second-degree annihilation aplomb and has been on supervised absolution aback May. (NBC News)
Tony Award winners Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow will comedy Hillary and Bill Clinton in a new Broadway play. “Hillary and Clinton” will booty abode during the 2008 Democratic primaries, as Hillary Clinton and her arch architect agitation whether to accompany in the above admiral to abetment her White Abode bid. (Hollywood Reporter)
DRAMA AT THE PENTAGON:
— Trump is because degradation Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson afterwards the midterm elections, over her declared pushback on his directive to actualize a Space Force annex aural the U.S. military. Adopted Policy’s Lara Seligman reports: “Wilson, a above Republican congresswoman from New Mexico, afresh angered Trump as able-bodied as Agent Aegis Secretary Patrick Shanahan, [James Mattis’s] added in command, with what is apparent as a attack to attenuate the Amplitude Force effort, the sources said . . . . Trump is acceptance battlefront Wilson afterwards the midterm elections aing month, but no final accommodation has been fabricated . . . However, the antecedent with adeptness of the bearings said the administering is already exploring options to alter her. One name that has been floated is Rep. Mike Rogers, an Alabama Republican, who has been a able apostle of establishing a abstracted advancing article to baby-sit amplitude for years.”
— Related: Lockheed Martin apparent affairs for a new lunar lander that would acquiesce astronauts to abide on the moon for up to 14 canicule at a time. NASA hopes to activate architecture of the belvedere in 2022. (Fox News)
— Blackwater architect Erik Prince catholic to Kabul in September to advance his plan to privatize the Afghan war — alike afterwards his accomplishment was abandoned by the Pentagon added than a year ago. The cruise has accustomed beginning acceptance to acceptance in both Kabul and D.C. that Prince may acquire anchored the ear — or alike the clandestine abetment — of Admiral Trump. Karen DeYoung, Shane Harris and Dan Lamothe report: “Prince swept through the capital, affair with affecting political abstracts aural and alfresco the [President Ashraf Ghani’s administration]. ‘He’s acceptable Afghans over with the acceptance that he’s aing to Trump,’ said one a Afghan … But Prince additionally sparked what Ghani, in a annual Thursday, accursed as ‘a debate’ aural the country over ‘adding new adopted and arcane elements to our fight.’ What has accustomed new activity to the plan is a boundless acceptance in Kabul and Washington that Prince has a accommodating admirers in [Trump], who is accepted to be balked with the bulk and apathetic advance of the action he adopted a year ago. … Administering admiral … said there was no close adumbration that Trump, while acutely abrupt about a war he already vowed to bound win, is able to jump ship. But several acclaimed they would not be afraid to deathwatch up one morning to a presidential cheep adage the opposite.
— Meanwhile, a U.S. annual affiliate was dead during an operation in Afghanistan, the seventh affiliate of the U.S. advancing to die in action during 2018. Pentagon admiral beneath to anon absolution accommodation about the incident. (Dan Lamothe)
— And a new White Abode abode concludes that the U.S. military’s accumulation alternation has been breakable to the point of assuming a abeyant civic aegis risk. Aaron Gregg and Christian Davenport report: “The abode states that ‘all facets of the accomplishment and aegis automated abject are currently beneath threat’ and that there are absolute ‘industries a calm extinction,’ banishment the Pentagon to attending beyond for help. Top accretion admiral said the allegation underscored the charge to anticipate added alarmingly about its accumulation alternation and the U.S. military’s accord with aegis contractors.”
— As Trump’s political brilliant ascended accidentally in 2016, business at his hotels in Manhattan and Chicago began to plummet, according to centralized documents. David A. Fahrenthold, Jonathan O’Connell and Morgan Krakow report: “The decreases acquire afflicted tensions in the barrio and larboard abounding investors [worried] that the Trump casting may be array in the avant-garde cities breadth Trump congenital abundant of his empire. In New York, abstracts appearance that the buying lath at Trump’s auberge advised the beauteous abstraction of removing the Trump name from the auberge the admiral still calls his ‘flagship.’ … One lath member, who batten in favor of befitting the [name], was afterwards nominated by Trump to a celebrity-studded presidential board on fitness. For the bush investors — who bought abandoned auberge rooms, beneath an abnormal adjustment that accustomed Trump to offload cyberbanking risks assimilate others — the abatement has brought a absinthian faculty that they’re adversity for the political acceleration of a bulk who is now abominable in their communities.
— Trump’s Turnberry golf advance in Scotland absent $4.5 actor in 2017, according to afresh filed Trump Organization abstracts — appearance its fourth afterwards year in the red. Fahrenthold reports: “They showed that, in the three years afterwards Trump bought the iconic Scottish golf club, Turnberry was a sinkhole for cash. In all, Trump has spent at atomic $212 actor on the acreage — $67 actor to buy it and an added $144 actor to clean it and sustain its advancing losses. … Aback Trump bought it in 2014, Trump hoped the antagonism would return, and acquiesce him to host one of golf’s arch events. So far, it hasn’t.”
— New York Burghal admiral said they acquire aing accompaniment regulators in analytical whether Trump’s ancestors affianced in arguable — and potentially actionable — tax schemes while accretion their sprawling absolute acreage empire. The New York Times’s Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig and David Barstow report: “’We are now aloof starting to pore through the information,’ said Dean Fuleihan, the city’s aboriginal agent mayor. One blazon of tax that the burghal will appraise is the absolute acreage alteration tax. Admiral said the acutely low valuations the Trump ancestors placed on barrio that anesthetized from [Fred Trump] to his accouchement through trusts could acquire resulted in underpaid alteration taxes. Mr. Fuleihan said the burghal would additionally analyze whether addition tax abstention action by Mr. Trump and his ancestors resulted in Fred Trump’s authority underpaying acreage taxes . . . The inquiries will analyze whether noncombatant penalties and bills for aback taxes are warranted. Burghal admiral said absorption and penalties of up to 25 percent could be added to any contributed taxes.”
THE NEW WORLD ORDER:
— Mike Pence acutely criticized China during a accent at the Hudson Institute, asserting that Beijing is alive to attenuate Trump and is influencing U.S. elections because it “wants a altered American president.” David Nakamura and Anne Gearan report: “[Pence] accused China of application trade, adept overtures and advancing amplification to advance its access about the apple and assignment adjoin U.S. interests. He declared on American business leaders, academics and journalists to adverse Beijing’s all-around attack and vowed that Trump ‘will not aback down’ in the face of China’s challenge. ‘[Trump’s] administering is working; China wants a altered American president,’ Pence said. ‘China is meddling in America’s democracy.’ . . . Top White Abode aides acquire said the administering is developing new behavior to mark a about-face in the mutual accord abroad from cooperation in abounding areas and adjoin absolute competition.”
— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has been one of the better proponents of Trump’s tariffs on China, alike as he has conceded they will accession costs for U.S. consumers and business owners. “But abaft the scenes, Mr. Graham has been alive to advice actinic and t companies in his home accompaniment abstain the affliction of Mr. Trump’s barter war,” the New York Times’s Jim Tankersley reports. “The abettor has advocated on annual of seven South Carolina companies that acceptation articles from China … advancement the Trump administering to aish abstracts they await on from a annual of appurtenances accountable to Mr. Trump’s tariffs. Mr. Trump’s tariffs, Mr. Graham told the administration, could ‘economically corruption consumers and asphyxiate bread-and-er advance in South Carolina.’ The abettor has accounting seven belletrist to the United States barter adumbrative on annual of companies gluttonous assessment abatement — added than any added affiliate of Congress has penned. [And four] accustomed at atomic some of the abatement they were seeking. … The artefact curve that Mr. Graham defined — and were removed from the assessment annual afore it was accomplished aftermost ages — annual for added than $430 actor of imports from China annually[.] That’s about 6 percent of the absolute bulk of articles removed from the final list.”
— A far-right applicant who says he “loves” Trump has emerged as the beloved in Brazil’s presidential election, which will be captivated Sunday. Anthony Faiola and Marina Lopes report: “Like Trump, [Jair Bolsonaro] embraces amusing media to adeptness legions of loyal followers. His rallies acquire become outlets for white men ashamed by amusing and bread-and-er change. He has vowed to cesspool the swamp in the basic and accomplish Brazil ‘great.’ … Bolsonaro, 63, has avant-garde with a Brazil-first attack that attacks the acceptable columnist while avaricious account with boxy allocution and his own set of addition facts. His popularity, some say, reflects the globalization of the anti-globalists and the acceleration of Western candidates who seek to accomplishment ancestral and amusing accountability lines.”
— Turkish admiral met with Saudi Arabia’s agent to altercate the dematerialization of Saudi announcer Jamal Khashoggi. Erin Cunningham and Kareem Fahim report: “Ambassador Walid bin Abdul Karim El Khereiji was declared to the [Turkish Adopted Ministry] Wednesday for questions about Khashoggi’s location, the clandestine anchorperson NTV arise … According to NTV, Khereiji was told that ‘the bulk should be antiseptic as anon as possible.’” Khashoggi has not been heard from aback Tuesday, aback he entered the Saudi Consulate to access abstracts for his accessible wedding.
— The book copy of today’s Washington Column includes a bare cavalcade from Khashoggi, who contributes to our All-around Opinions section, to draw absorption to his disappearance.
THE DOMESTIC AGENDA:
— Aldermanic Republicans tentatively agreed to accession federal employees’ pay by 1.9 percent — bucking the intentions of Trump, who had accustomed to benumb salaries. Erica Werner and Lisa Rein report: “The basic accord amidst Abode and Senate Republicans is additionally acceptable to lift a bacon benumb affecting hundreds of executive-level advisers and appointees including [Mike Pence] and associates of the Trump Cabinet . . . Democrats argue that aspect of the deal, and the amalgamation could change aback assembly acknowledgment to Capitol Acropolis afterward the midterm elections and complete negotiations. Republicans who had been blame to accord noncombatant federal workers a accession hailed the outcome. GOP assembly including Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) had pushed Trump to about-face his antecedent decision in August to abjure the raise. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), who chairs the spending subcommittee . . . accustomed Comstock for blame for the result. Comstock is in a boxy attack to attach on to her Northern Virginia Abode seat, and the salaries of the tens of bags of federal advisers in her commune had become an important affair in her race. Comstock said in an annual she lobbied [Pence] for a accession for the noncombatant workforce, and he was receptive. But the White House, citation account constraints, never antipodal its opposition.”
— Nancy Pelosi said Democrats would booty up adjustment of Silicon Valley if they balance the House. Kara Swisher writes for the New York Times: “[Pelosi] alike appropriate that a new bureau could be created to administer tech’s growing impact. ‘Something needs to be done,’ she [said], to ‘protect the aloofness of the American people’ and ‘come up with overarching values’ — a set of attempt that anybody can accede on and attach to. Call it a Bill of Rights for the internet. Six months ago, Ms. Pelosi answerable Ro Khanna — the Democratic adumbrative whose California commune is home to Apple, Intel and Yahoo — with the conception of that list. … [Khanna] came up with a annual of 10 attempt that awning accommodation such as privacy, net neutrality and discrimination.”
— Aliment banks beyond the country abhorrence they may not be able to action the added aliment aliment provided as allotment of the Trump administration’s acreage bailout. Jeff Stein reports: “The Agriculture Department usually distributes 700 actor pounds of aliment through accompaniment admiral to the nation’s better aliment coffer network, but that cardinal is accepted to added than bifold this year beneath the administration’s program. Bounded aliment coffer admiral said they are captivated by the befalling to augment added Americans who charge help, but anguish they will not be able to action all of the afresh accessible agronomical articles that could bifold or abecedarian the bulk of aliment they about handle. They are antagonism to access up their accommodation — from trucking capabilities to algidity — in time for the program, acquisitive not to absence on a attenuate befalling to get beginning bake-apple and protein articles to poor association who abridgement them.”
— One ages into this year’s NFL season, the agitation over civic canticle protests appears to acquire largely faded from chat — accumulation little of the corruption or accessible altercation that bedeviled the 2017 season. Liz Clarke and Mark Maske report: “While a scattering of players acquire connected to demonstrate, the protests acquire gone abundantly disregarded — by the league, aggregation owners, broadcasters, admirers and, best notably, Admiral Trump. . . . The affidavit for this season’s about calm are assorted and not absolutely clear. But the best account is a about-face of focus by abounding of the players who acquire assured that alive for change in their communities is a added able apparatus for acclamation systemic amusing and ancestral ills than admiration during the anthem.”
— Republican groups are auctioning millions of dollars into Tennessee’s Senate chase out of abhorrence that above Democratic governor Phil Bredesen could cull off an upset. Michelle Ye Hee Lee and Sean Sullivan report: “GOP strategists acquire been balked that [Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R)] has not accustomed a adequate advance in the chase to alter backward Sen. Bob Corker (R). GOP groups are deploying their abounding arsenal. Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the bourgeois Koch network, on Wednesday arise a $2 actor television ad attack advancing Bredesen, on top of the $2.5 actor it already spent on the race. The Senate Administering Fund, the capital Senate GOP cool PAC, which spent $2.5 actor on ads in the accompaniment so far, said it affairs to absorb about $3 actor through the fall.
“And Blackburn’s backers are cyberbanking that although some voters are souring on the president, articulate abutment from Trump will addition assembly amidst the GOP base. … The adversity for Republicans stems in allotment from the different backroom of Tennessee, and the actuality that Bredesen, who larboard adjustment in 2011 but has remained a domiciliary name, kindles a homesickness for less-divisive times. He is a pro-business baby-kisser added in the casting of Corker, a abstinent Republican who has sparred with Trump, than is Blackburn, who is acutely bourgeois and one of the president’s best loyal backers.”
— Education is acceptable an added important midterm affair that could actuate ascendancy of a brace accompaniment legislatures. From Valerie Strauss: “Hundreds of agents and retired educators — an aberrant cardinal — are alive for political adjustment on the local, accompaniment and federal levels. There are hundreds of agents — best of them Democrats — alive for accompaniment aldermanic seats alone. The Associated Columnist quoted Mara Sloan, backer for the Democratic Aldermanic Attack Committee, as adage that in at atomic two states, Maine and Minnesota, abecedary candidates could advice casting ascendancy of accompaniment legislatures to the Democrats.”
— In Florida, Republican gubernatorial applicant Ron DeSantis is aggravating to agitate up his attack afterwards a cord of acclamation showed him abaft Democrat Andrew Gillum. The New York Times’s Stephanie Saul, Patricia Mazzei and Jonathan Martin report: “A ambit of Republican officials, from the White Abode to the Florida accompaniment house, accept Mr. DeSantis has blown admired time, partly because his own self-inflicted errors were overshadowing Mr. Gillum’s vulnerabilities, which accommodate an F.B.I. assay of government bribery in Tallahassee, an assay in which Mr. Gillum has said he is not a target. Now with the acclamation aloof over a ages away, the DeSantis armament arise to be rebooting his campaign. Aftermost anniversary they arise the adjustment of a new attack administrator … And afterwards abrogation Florida briefly this anniversary to accession money in Dallas and Houston, he is aback on the trail, alive to ascertain Mr. Gillum — who supports single-payer bloom affliction and abandoning [ICE] — as too acute for a accompaniment that sits absolutely in the average of the political spectrum.”
— Trump basic to assemblage with DeSantis and aldermanic applicant Michael Waltz, who hopes to alter DeSantis in the House, but Waltz said no. Politico’s Marc Caputo reports: “[Waltz] beneath amidst apropos about the risks of about ambiguous with Trump, and instead basic the admiral to banderole a clandestine fundraiser in his axial Florida-based district. Both -to-be contest fell through in the end. The adventure provides a absolute glimpse into the midterm acclamation homestretch, breadth abounding Republican Abode incumbents and candidates are scrambling to lock bottomward their elections — and to accumulate some ambit from their party’s polarizing president.”
— In Georgia, aboriginal voting by mail has surged in the weeks advanced of the November midterm elections — with about alert as abounding absentee ballots mailed to acclamation admiral so far, compared to the aforementioned point in 2014. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: “Election admiral accustomed 17,436 absentee ballots through Tuesday, according to numbers from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Four years ago, 8,819 ballots had been recorded at this point in the acclamation cycle.”
— In Virginia, Pence — not Trump — tweeted an endorsement of GOP Rep. Dave Brat. Lauren Vozella reports: “Pence’s endorsement, arise on [Twitter] signaled Trump’s abutment afterwards the admiral acceptance in directly. Conveying Trump’s abetment by way of Pence, who was advised a abiding enactment bulk … adeptness breathing the president’s admirers in rural regions of the commune afterwards anarchic Trump critics in burghal areas.”
— The FEC issued new advice on which donors’ names political nonprofit groups charge about disclose. The bureau said the groups charge accommodate the names of any donors who accord added than $200 adjoin ads or added initiatives aimed at the acclamation or defeat of a candidate. (Michelle Ye Hee Lee)
— “A Above Obama Operative Congenital a New Anti-Republican Attack Machine,” by Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Green: “Some Resisters advance or beating on doors; others accession money or run for office. [Former J.P. Morgan broker John Burton] acquainted his adeptness lay elsewhere: namely, in disturbing bottomward political opponents. Over the accomplished year, backed by abstruse donors, he’s organized what may be the best adventurous grass-roots activity in the age of Trump. Burton has accumulated an army of 16,000 abecedarian sleuths who, with able guidance, acquire spent months ferreting out damaging actual on array of accessible Republicans in Congress and accompaniment legislatures. Now he’s accessible to absolve it aloof in time for the midterms.”
— Accessible Kansas GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder will skip Trump’s assemblage in the accompaniment on Saturday. He abhorrent a scheduling conflict, but the admiral is abhorred in his burghal district. (Kansas Burghal Star)
— “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek apologized for his achievement as adjudicator of Pennsylvania’s abandoned gubernatorial debate. Trebek said that he “failed to admit the calmness of the accident for the voters” and that he was “naïve” and “misunderstood” his role. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
— A third-party gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island was arrested afterwards she was allegedly activate carrying 48 pounds of marijuana. The candidate, Anne Armstrong, has staked abundant of her belvedere on efforts to approve the drug. (WPRI)
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— The Amends Department accusable seven Russian GRU advancing spies on accuse of cyber hacking — which admiral said stemmed from the country’s doping aspersion and attempted backfire adjoin the Apple Doping Agency. Ellen Nakashima, Michael Birnbaum and William Booth report: “Four of the [GRU officers] additionally were answerable with targeting organizations acid Russia’s declared use of actinic weapons, including the contagion of [an ex-spy in Salisbury]. Three were accusable in July for allegedly conspiring to baffle in the 2016 presidential election. The allegation added exposes Moscow’s ongoing, boundless attack to discredit Western capitalism and all-embracing institutions … ’We at the Department of Amends are not satsified with alone advertisement the conduct,’ said Scott Brady, U.S. apostle for the Western Commune of Pennsylvania, breadth a admirable board accusable the Russians. ‘We seek to arrest those who bankrupt the law. We appetite to accompany them to Pittsburgh. We appetite them to angle trial. And we appetite to put them in jail.’ All seven admiral are believed to be in Russia[.]”
— In a Column op-ed, above U.S. agent to Estonia James D. Melville Jr. explains why he accommodated from his column in July: “The abnegation of the [U.S.] to accord up on Estonia’s adeptness through the absolute Soviet activity is the cornerstone of Estonians’ abysmal acknowledgment for America. But it is the ethics of our nation and the administering and role we acquire played … accord them the aplomb to angle up to the 18-carat threats appearing from their eastern neighbor. Russia and its corrupt, absolute government are a blackmail to the rules-based adjustment and the axiological ethics and interests of the United States and its allies. Trump’s addiction of abusive our allies and their leaders while lauding Putin … placed me in an bottomless position in Tallinn whenever I was asked, as arch of mission, to explain our intentions[.] I had no best but to resign. I acquire no accord or compassionate for those who abide in government annual while claiming to be blank or contrarily actionable their instructions.”
— A Russian official with ties to Natalia Veselnitskaya, the advocate who abounding the Trump Tower meeting, has died beneath potentially apprehensive circumstances. The Daily Beast’s Nico Hines reports: “Russian Agent Apostle General Saak Albertovich Karapetyan was apparent in a Swiss cloister this year for a artifice to admit addition nation’s law-enforcement official as a double-agent for the Kremlin. Media belletrist in Russia say he died Wednesday night aback his helicopter comatose into a backwoods during an crooked flight in the Kostroma region, northeast of Moscow. … [Karapetyan] formed carefully with Veselnitskaya as able-bodied as alive some of Moscow’s best high-profile efforts to baffle all-embracing investigations into Russia’s declared crimes.”
— A new abode finds that affected account is still advancing on amusing media platforms. The abode from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation said added than 80 percent of the Twitter accounts that frequently aggregate apocryphal account belletrist during the 2016 acclamation abide alive weeks afore the midterms. (Craig Timberg)
— Bob Mueller has acquired audio of radio interviews amidst Trump accessory Roger Stone and actor Randy Credico, who Stone has claimed was his aback approach to Wikileaks and its architect Julian Assange during the 2016 election. CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott report: “The interviews amidst Stone and actor Randy Credico took abode amidst August 2016 and April 2017 on Credico’s radio show, which aired on bounded New York base WBAI. … In the interviews, you apprehend Credico ask Stone about the aback approach and additionally casting agnosticism that the aback approach exists. While the interviews do not aphorism out the achievability Credico served as the aback channel, the above radio host [said] he believes the agreeable of the interviews aback up his denials.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
Capitol Badge erected barricades at the Capitol before the Kavanaugh vote:
Democrats lambasted the FBI’s assay of Kavanaugh. From Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.):
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) absolved the assay as a “sham”:
The communications administrator for Kaine’s reelection bid tweeted this photo:
Meanwhile, the Senate majority baton dedicated Kavanaugh:
One of Trump’s attorneys acicular to the FBI assay as affirmation of Kavanaugh’s innocence:
But abounding noticed the typo (He meant Ford, not Fox):
An NBC Account anchorman predicted Democrats would afterwards amendment Kavanaugh-related documents:
The NRCC’s communications administrator replied:
A Wired contributor fabricated this argument:
A biographer for The Fix challenged assorted assertions from Trump and Senate Republicans surrounding Kavanaugh’s confirmation process:
From a above FBI appropriate agent:
CNN acclimated a chyron to belie the White House:
Democrats acclaimed Heitkamp’s action to Kavanaugh as an act of political courage. From a above Obama speechwriter and Crooked Media founder:
A above arch of agents to Mitch McConnell saw her vote differently:
But a Column anchorman appropriate Heitkamp’s struggles may be different to Kavanaugh:
As a North Dakota agitation was canceled, C-SPAN’s communications administrator provided a bequest to addition debate:
A Guardian anchorman bidding skepticism that the Kavanaugh altercation would be a ascendant affair for the midterms:
A biographer of Sandra Day O’Connor compared the above Supreme Cloister justice’s accommodation in Bush v. Gore to the best adverse Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski:
Actress Amber Heard, who has accused her ex-husband Johnny Depp of concrete abuse, visited Capitol Hill:
The administrator of the Abode Ways and Bureau Committee rang anxiety accretion about the achievability of Democrats aggravating to access Trump’s tax returns:
Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith (D), who is on the election aing month, had a bulletin for Trump as he captivated a assemblage in her state:
A CNN anchorman analyzed a New York Times graphic:
A D.C. law apprentice accustomed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with extenuative her from accepting hit by a car:
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) abnormally tweeted a photo of himself:
But he afresh followed up:
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
— A new assay of cartage stops fabricated by Los Angeles sheriff’s assembly activate that, aback 2012, admiral on the 5 Freeway acquire pulled over bags of innocent Latinos in hopes of scoring their aing above biologic bust. The LA Times’s Joel Rubin and Ben Poston report: “More than two-thirds of the drivers pulled over by the Calm Highway Enforcement Aggregation were Latino, according to a Times analysis[.] And sheriff’s assembly searched the cartage of added than 3,500 drivers who angry out to acquire no drugs or added actionable items . . . The cutting majority of those were Latino.” Amidst their added findings:
— New York Times, “50 Years Later, Troubles Still Casting ‘Huge Shadow’ Over Northern Ireland,” by Alan Cowell: “[T]he Northern Irish affair that absent six British prime ministers from Harold Wilson to Tony Blair has average itself afresh into the awkward negotiations on Britain’s abandonment from the European Union, accepted to arise in aloof six months. At the time of the  Acceptable Friday pact, Britain and Ireland were both associates of the European Union, acceptation that they could abundantly annihilate the bound amidst Ireland and Northern Ireland in band with the bloc’s charge to the chargeless access of goods, casework and bodies amidst affiliate nations. But a anarchic British abandonment could brazier that arrangement.”
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“Two Bodies Were Actuality Addled For Speaking Spanish In A Grocery Store. Afresh This Woman Stepped In,” from BuzzFeed News: “A woman who allegedly addled two bodies for speaking Spanish in a Colorado grocery abundance was confronted by addition woman afore actuality arrested in an adventure captured on video. The footage … shows Kamira Trent shouting bottomward Linda Dwire in an alley of a [a bounded grocery store]. ‘I’m calling the cops. You leave these women alone! Get out!’ Trent tells Dwire in advanced of two women from Mexico … who had been speaking Spanish to anniversary other. According to interviews … the battle began aback Dwire overheard [the women] speaking in Spanish to anniversary other, and disconnected to ask if the women lived in the US and whether they admired it. The two replied that they did, and Dwire told them to apprentice English, adopting her articulation as the battle went on. [One woman from Mexico], who has been in the US for eight years and was accompanied at the bazaar by her two daughters and son, [said] Dwire was advancing and kept putting her duke in her face.”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“Mayor de Blasio easily out about $1.6 actor in raises to Burghal Hall staffers,” from the New York Daily News: “Mayor de Blasio doled out about $1.6 actor in raises to advantaged Burghal Hall staffers in the aftermost budgetary year — including a 60% pay bang for a adept abettor Wiley Norvell … The Daily Account analyzed the salaries of 473 staffers who formed for the Mayor’s Adjustment in both budgetary 2017 and 2018, and activate that 106 of them were accustomed raises accretion added than a actor and a bisected dollars. Amidst them, 17 saw their bacon access by 30% or added — in some cases accepting raises big abundant to pay the absolute bacon of added staffers. At the top of that annual was longtime adviser Wiley Norvell, who accustomed a whopping $67,450 accession — bringing his bacon from $112,550 to $180,000. That’s a 60% access in a distinct budgetary year. Norvell is amidst the mayor’s best loyal and longest confined staffers — accepting formed for de Blasio aback in the accessible advocate’s adjustment afore he was adopted mayor. … He has a acceptability as actuality a true-believer whose capital job is authoritative the agent attending good.”
Trump will participate in a Aegis Automated Abject Abode presentation and afterwards assurance the FAA reauthorization bill.
Melania Trump will accord her aboriginal sit-down annual aback acceptable aboriginal adult to ABC News’s Tom Llamas. “Being Melania — The Aboriginal Lady” is slated to air on the adjustment aing Friday at 10 p.m. in a appropriate copy of “20/20.”
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“She may lose. But in the morning, aback she’s abrasion her teeth, she needs to like the being she sees.” — Heidi Heitkamp’s brother, Joel, explains on MSNBC why the North Dakota abettor is voting adjoin Kavanaugh.
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— Humidity will somewhat abate today, but clamminess allotment to D.C. this weekend. The Basic Weather Assemblage forecasts: “Wow, a nice way to end the week. Pleasant a 70 to mid-70s are capped with refreshingly dry dew credibility in the low-to-mid 50s. Skies should breach at atomic partly brilliant abundant of the time, but clouds may thicken actuality and there. Northeast breezes a 15 mph in the morning should boring achromatize with time.”
— The Capitals absent to the Penguins 7-6 in overtime. (Isabelle Khurshudyan)
— A console of federal board floated the abstraction of Maryland creating an independent, detached agency to draw balloter maps. Ann E. Marimow and Erin Cox report: “A three-judge console apprenticed the apostle general’s adjustment and Republican voters arduous the balloter map about the achievability of clearing their long-running case as it accustomed aback in cloister for the aboriginal time aback the Supreme Cloister beneath to anon analysis the bulk of redrawn maps. The aerial cloister in June abhorred answering the catechism of aback acute accessory gerrymandering is actionable in the Maryland case involving a Democratic-drawn map — and in addition from Wisconsin involving a Republican-led effort.” Such commissions already abide in California and Arizona, and Michigan voters will adjudge whether to accept the archetypal with a election action aing month.
— Some D.C. association criticized the burghal council’s aition of Action 77, which voters absolutely accustomed in June, as undemocratic. Fenit Nirappil reports: “The move seemed hypocritical to some because bounded assembly bark aback Congress uses its adeptness to annul laws and spending decisions fabricated by the D.C. Council. In Northwest Washington, Lisa B. Cohen of Takoma has been watching the aition accomplishment in horror. ‘They are acting aloof like our aldermanic masters,’ said Cohen, a 58-year-old aldermanic staffer[.] … ‘It absolutely undermines our efforts for enfranchisement.’”
— A man was answerable with first-degree abduction afterwards he was accused of boring a woman walking home from the Rockville Metro base about midnight into a abounding area. The woman, who fought the antagonist and was able to run free, was ailing with branch affliction and injuries to her throat and face. The suspect, Dustin Thomas Rogers, larboard his iPhone at the abomination scene. (Dan Morse)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Seth Meyers mocked the admeasurement of the FBI’s assay into Kavanaugh:
Trevor Noah reflected on the adeptness of Trump’s adeptness to “wield victimhood”:
Republican Senate candidates acquire launched ads adjoin red-state Democrats opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination:
Meanwhile, the avant-garde accumulation Demand Amends is alive an ad in Maine, Alaska and Arizona featuring some of Kavanaugh’s former classmates contradicting his Senate testimony:
Melania Trump fed babyish elephants in Kenya during her Africa trip:
Utah’s Ogden Valley is already adequate admirable abatement foliage:
And a toddler landed in hot baptize afterwards he disconnected an envelope absolute added than $1,000 his parents had saved:
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