THE BIG IDEA: The aboriginal Georgia governor’s agitation in Atlanta on Tuesday night captured the astriction amid the Old South and the New South.
In February, Georgia Secretary of Accompaniment Brian Kemp alleged admiral at Delta Air Lines “corporate cowards” aback they cut business ties with the Civic Rifle Association afterwards a accumulation cutting at a aerial academy in Parkland, Fla. The Republican championed a beforehand by the assembly to retaliate by eliminating a tax breach on jet ammunition that saves the state’s bigger clandestine employer $40 actor a year.
During the agitation aftermost night, however, Kemp arise that he’s afflicted his mind. Now he’s in favor of abating the tax breach because he doesn’t appetite to put Georgia at a aggressive disadvantage to added states.
When he came out adjoin Delta, Kemp was bound in a aggressive GOP primary. At the time, he was airing commercials that depicted him pointing a gun at a adolescent man who capital to date his babe and aggressive to annular up undocumented immigrants in his barter and deport them himself. This access won him Admiral Trump’s endorsement and accustomed Kemp to topple the aboriginal admired for the nomination, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, in a July runoff.
Now Kemp is adverse a aing accustomed acclamation with Stacey Abrams, who could become the nation’s aboriginal atramentous changeable governor. She’s an abrupt advanced on a host of issues, but she’s consistently accurate the tax breach for Delta and has positioned herself as the added pro-business applicant in the race. So Kemp is sandpapering his asperous edges, added highlighting his own accomplishments in business and aggravating to address to white-collar Republicans who abide afraid with the way he won the primary.
— The aperture catechism during the debate, though, was to Abrams: Does she affliction afire the Georgia accompaniment banderole during a beef in 1992? Her acknowledgment was no. “As a academy freshman, I forth with abounding added Georgians … were acutely abashed by the ancestral altercation that were anchored in the accompaniment banderole with that Confederate sym,” she said, acquainted that Kemp voted a decade afterwards to change the accompaniment flag. “I took an activity of peaceful protest.”
And best of the media advantage of aftermost night’s antagonism focuses on the affray amid Abrams and Kemp over aborigine allotment and whether he’s aggravating to accomplish it harder for African Americans to participate in politics. “This absurdity about aborigine aishment … is actually not true,” he said. “Voter aishment isn’t alone about blocking people,” she responded, “it’s additionally about creating an atmosphere of fear.”
— But if you watched the abounding hour, both candidates appeared added acquisitive to allocution about bread-and-er issues than amusing ones. And commemoration has acceptable affidavit to do so:
Abrams needs celebrated African American assembly for a non-presidential election, and she’s on clue to get it, but that’s aloof not enough. She cannot win in this red accompaniment afterwards Republican-leaning voters about Atlanta bridge over to vote for her. The smartest strategists on both abandon anticipate that, if both abandon can drive their bases to the polls, a aing chase will arise bottomward to college-educated white women who are afraid with Trump and alive in the burghal counties of Gwinnett and Cobb.
The business association acerb advantaged Cagle over Kemp in the GOP primary. Atlanta is a hub of Fortune 500 companies, from Coca-Cola and Home Depot to UPS and SunTrust Banks. Outgoing Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who is popular, additionally accurate Cagle, admitting he accustomed Kemp afterwards the primaries.
Notably, both candidates accustomed Deal during aftermost night’s debate.
— The defining moment of Deal’s eight-year administering was aback he banned a “religious liberty” bill in 2016. The state’s accumulated leaders mobilized adamantine adjoin the measure, which they feared would sanction bigotry adjoin the LGBT community, aching the state’s business-friendly acceptability and anxiety admirable groups from captivation conferences in Atlanta. The bill was the top antecedence for amusing conservatives, however, who acclimated churches to activate evangelical activists and were afraid at Deal’s veto.
Kemp has said that he could abutment a adaptation of a “religious liberty” bill if he wins. Abrams hammers him for this in advanced of white-collar audiences. In August, both Kemp and Abrams pitched the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for their endorsement during back-to-back speeches at a appointment in Macon. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution arise from the accident that “she drew her bigger acclaim … aback she accent her activity to religious alternative measures.”
The Georgia Chamber, which about endorses Republicans, has not accurate either applicant in the governor’s race, alike as it’s advised in on a host of down-ballot contests. This was a tacit win for Abrams.
The Atlanta area’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2 has additionally been top of apperception for a lot of added borough leaders. Some accept bidding affair about that the GOP’s alienated address on amusing issues could aching their affairs to acreage the activity – and appropriately absence out on tens of accoutrements of new jobs.
After the Kemp-supported accomplishment to annihilate Delta’s tax breach succeeded in the legislature, Deal responded by arising an authoritative adjustment that abeyant the accumulating of sales tax on jet fuel. But beneath the law in Georgia, the assembly is now appropriate to assay the adjustment during an approaching appropriate session. That’s why it’s a alive affair in the governor’s race.
— Deal follows a contempo attitude of Republican governors in the South who accept prioritized businesslike business interests over brainy bourgeois activists aback the two constituencies arise into conflict. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, for instance, accustomed changes to a “religious liberty” bill afore accordant to assurance it – and he’s now benumbed to reelection. Outgoing Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a above accumulated executive, clashed with his own affair in the assembly to try accretion Medicaid. Afore she became U.N. ambassador, as South Carolina’s governor, Nikki Haley ordered the Confederate activity banderole removed from the accompaniment capitol, citation the state’s business altitude as one of her affidavit for accomplishing so in the deathwatch of a white supremacist’s annihilation at a atramentous abbey in Charleston.
— Alike admitting the basin of ambivalent voters is baby – beneath than 10 percent – abounding voters still feel like Abrams is too far larboard and Kemp is too adamant for their tastes. That helps explain why the Republican applicant promised to accession accomplishment for teachers, and the Democrat apprenticed to accession salaries for cops.
— Abrams has fabricated Medicaid amplification the centerpiece of her campaign, and she sells it added as a acute bread-and-er move that will actualize jobs than a moral imperative. Kemp, who alleged Abrams “radical” and “extreme,” said she’s advocating for “a government takeover of bloom care” that will accession taxes and advance absolute allowances aback the federal money dries up. Abrams responded that Mike Pence, aback he was governor of Indiana, broadcast Medicaid.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll this year activate that 3 in 4 Georgians favor expansion, including 51 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of independents. The aforementioned poll activate alone 57 percent accurate Medicaid amplification during the 2014 governor’s race, aback Jimmy Carter’s grandson Jason accustomed abominably to claiming Deal by active on it. (Abrams hopes Medicaid can advice her accomplish appropriate with poor rural whites, who accept apparent hospitals close, alike if they still say they don’t like “Obamacare.”)
— In talking about Medicaid, Abrams has accustomed to chase the playbook that Democrat Terry McAuliffe acclimated auspiciously in the 2013 Virginia governor’s chase to win the analytical Fairfax Chamber of Commerce endorsement over Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who like Kemp positioned himself as a bourgeois ideologue to lock up the GOP best over a added abstinent abettor governor. The Macker couldn’t aggrandize Medicaid because Republicans controlled the legislature, and they were bent to abjure him a political victory.
But Ralph Northam, his abettor governor, was assuredly able to aggrandize Medicaid this bounce afterwards acceptable aftermost year’s acclamation to alter him. Partly that’s because Democrats fabricated huge assets in the legislature. Partly it’s because GOP assembly from rural areas accomplished their capacity were actuality afflicted by their obstinacy, so they came around. And partly it’s because they don’t abhor Ralph – who about switched parties a decade ago afterwards voting alert for George W. Bush – the way they did Terry, a above DNC armchair and Bill Clinton’s best friend.
During aftermost night’s debate, Abrams was apprenticed on her affiance to aggrandize Medicaid on Day One. The adjudicator acclaimed that the GOP will about absolutely abide to ascendancy the assembly alike if she wins and wondered how she could deliver. Abrams responded, abundant like Northam did during his debates aftermost summer with Ed Gillespie, by acquainted her adeptness to assignment beyond the alley and the acceptable relationships she artificial with Republican legislators during her years as boyhood baton in the accompaniment house. “I’m the alone applicant with a plan,” she said.
— Trump tweeted his abutment this morning for Kemp by adage Abrams will “destroy the state” if she wins:
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— The Red Sox exhausted the Dodgers in the aboriginal d of the Apple Series. Dave Sheinin reports: “As if anyone bare addition admonition of how absolutely the d has been taken over by bullpens, it came in Boston’s 8-4 achievement on the sport’s bigger date aback the two best awkward starters of this generation, Boston’s Chris Sale and Los Angeles’s Clayton Kershaw — admitting a beneath adaptation of commemoration — were gone afore the aboriginal outs were recorded in the fifth inning and larboard accepting accustomed up a accumulated 12 hits and eight becoming runs.”
— “Red Sox achievement in Bold 1 of Apple Alternation is a connected cardinal daydream for the Dodgers,” by Thomas Boswell: “This Apple Alternation is about two things: awkward casting and crumbling America’s time. The aboriginal will allegedly adjudge whether the Los Angeles Dodgers or Boston Red Sox are apple champions. The added will adjudge how abounding of us are still awake. On Tuesday night in Fenway Park, and on-and-on added into the night until two annual accomplished midnight, Boston handled the axial botheration the Dodgers affectation for them. Can the Red Sox cope with beachcomber afterwards beachcomber of accomplished awkward pitchers — the alone accustomed weakness (and not abundant of a blemish at that) this 108-win aggregation has?”
GET SMART FAST:
A distinct admission purchased in South Carolina won the record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot of $1.5 billion. The acceptable numbers were 5-28-62-65-70, with a Mega Ball cardinal of 5. (Alex Horton and Fred Barbash)
Retired Supreme Cloister amends Sandra Day O’Connor arise that she suffers from dementia and is “no best able to participate in accessible life.” In a letter, the 88-year-old Ronald Reagan appointee — and the aboriginal woman on the aerial cloister — said she capital to “be accessible about these changes, and while I am still able, allotment some claimed thoughts.” (Robert Barnes)
The Bloom and Animal Services Department said it will accomplice with states to increase aid to breed and mothers afflicted by the opioid epidemic. The cardinal of newborns adversity from drug annex — a condition formally accustomed as neonatal abnegation affection — quadrupled between 2000 and 2012. (Lenny Bernstein)
D.C. Advocate Accustomed Karl Racine arise that his appointment has opened an assay into animal bribery by Catholic priests, belatedly joining a growing annual of added accompaniment and bounded law administering admiral opening investigations into the church. His announcement comes after Cardinal Donald Wuerl resigned as Washington’s archbishop earlier this month. (Peter Jamison and Michelle Boorstein)
The SEC is investigating the affairs surrounding the abandonment of a top Goldman Sachs banker, James Katzman after he blew the blare on what he perceived as a ambit of bent practices and accumulated wrongdoing. (New York Times)
Men ascendancy three-quarters of the U.S. jobs requiring only a aerial academy ascendancy and pay at atomic $35,000 a year. New abstracts indicates that blue-collar women are missing out on a key alleyway to the average class. (Danielle Paquette)
Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a afire appraisal of Silicon Valley during a accent at the European Assembly in Brussels. Afterwards advertence any aggregation by name, Cook bidding anxiety about amusing media’s adeptness to “deepen divisions, abet violence, and alike attenuate our aggregate faculty of what is accurate and what is false.” He additionally warned of a growing “data automated complex” that allows companies to “know you bigger than you may apperceive yourself.” (Tony Romm)
European admiral said they apparent the charcoal of a 2,400-year-old Greek trading barge a Bulgaria. It’s believed to be one of the oldest shipwrecks anytime apparent — and it charcoal about absolutely intact, acknowledgment to nearly absent levels of oxygen on the attic of the Atramentous Sea. (Rick Noack)
— Secretary of Accompaniment Mike Pompeo said the United States would revoke the visas of the Saudi agents accused of killing Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Kareem Fahim, Tamer El-Ghobashy, Chico Harlan and John Hudson report: “Pompeo said he is additionally alive with the Treasury Department on whether to appoint added sanctions adjoin those amenable for the journalist’s death. ‘These penalties will not be the aftermost chat on this bulk from the United States,’ Pompeo said . . . ‘We will abide to analyze added measures to ascendancy those amenable accountable.’”
— Trump told reporters that Riyadh’s annual of Jamal’s afterlife was “the affliction coverup ever.” “They had a actual bad aboriginal concept, it was agitated out poorly, and the coverup was the affliction in the history of coverups,” Trump said. “In agreement of what we ultimately do, I’m activity to leave it actual abundant — in amalgamation with me — I’m activity to leave it up to Congress.”
— In an account with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said Saudi Arabia had bungled the Khashoggi case from “beginning to end.” The Journal’s Peter Nicholas, Courtney McBride and Margherita Stancati report: “Mr. Trump gave a acrid appraisal of Saudi Arabia in ablaze of Mr. Khashoggi’s death, adage he said he was assertive Baron Salman didn’t apperceive about the killing in advance. Asked about Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s accessible involvement, Mr. Trump said: ‘Well, the prince is active things over there added so at this stage. He’s active things and so if anybody were activity to be, it would be him.’”
— Turkish Admiral Recep Erdogan’s accent on Khashoggi’s death appeared aimed at abrasive the access of Saudi Acme Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Kareem Fahim reports: “Erdogan addressed his comments — his appeals for justice, his demands for answers — not to Mohammed, but to his father, Baron Salman. If it was a apparent affectation of account for the Saudi monarch, it was additionally an advance to drive a block amid the baron and the acme prince, whom Erdogan considers a battling and brainy opponent, as able-bodied as a blackmail to Turkey’s interests and ambitions in the Average East . . . There was agitation about whether Erdogan aimed to marginalize Mohammed or crowd Salman to aces a new successor, but in either case, he was aggravating not to accident Turkey’s all-embracing accord with Saudi Arabia . . . And it was the latest assurance of Erdogan’s alertness to use Khashoggi’s case — prolong it alike — to serve his beyond cardinal goals.”
— Erdogan promised he would bear the “naked truth” about Khashoggi in his speech, but for the best allotment he bootless to deliver, The Post’s Editorial Lath argues: “[Erdogan appeared] beneath absorbed in absolute what absolutely happened to the Saudi announcer than in leveraging the annihilation for political gain. That alone sharpens the altercation for an candid all-embracing investigation. … The best important catechism is who ordered the operation. As we accept accounting before, abundant of the about accessible affirmation credibility to [MBS]. At this point, the accountability should be on the Saudis to prove he is not amenable — and in the meantime, the acme prince should be advised as a pariah.”
— Leaders in the Arab apple abhorrence the altercation over Khashoggi’s afterlife could activate bounded conflict. Karen DeYoung and Souad Mekhennet report: “[W]hat worries the Arabs most, bounded admiral and experts say, is what they see as the crisis to their own adherence and aegis should Saudi Arabia’s cachet — and its aing ties with the United States — be actively undermined. … About they feel about the acme prince, said an official from addition country in the region, beneath the accustomed U.S. administration, Saudi Arabia is the ‘pillar’ about which the Arab accord with the United States is anchored.”
— Some U.S. business leaders traveled to a glitzy summit in Riyadh dubbed “Davos in the Desert,” which is being hosted by MBS himself (he received a continuing ovation there.) Kevin Sullivan is there for us: “Marquee-name sponsors and arch executives, including Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone and AOL architect Steve Case had pulled out in protest. …But accoutrements still came, in a beachcomber of atramentous Mercedes-Benzes and Chevrolet Suburbans, through the appointment center’s astronomic bean archways and accomplished affected fountains, with aegis agents manning a apparatus gun army aloft a Dodge Ram pickup. … On Tuesday, Mohammed airish for selfies with delegates, and sat with Jordan’s Baron Abdullah during a console discussion.”
— Abounding U.S. attendees accustomed to accumulate a low profile. “Bankers kept their name tags blocked abaft ties. Abounding accustomed to accumulate a low contour and abhorred talking to the account media,” the New York Times’s Alan Rappeport reports. “Some were not in the affection for conversation; others likened the accommodation about whether to arise to a Hobson’s choice. … ‘It’s awkward,’ said [one American attendee, who said she] advised not attending, but absitively that she was not arresting abundant to accomplish a account by absence the conference. ‘One year from now, somebody is activity to ask area the acquirement is,’ said Henry Biner, an authoritative at the Boston-based P/E Investments. ‘We’re not activity to put our relationships on the band for this.’”
— Some tech start-ups that accept accustomed Saudi-linked funds are actuality apprenticed to more carefully vet their investors. Jeanne Whalen and Elizabeth Dwoskin report: “So far in public, the tech association is abundantly blockage quiet — absorption the adversity of accident some investments and the commonly detached attributes of the Valley’s abounding clandestine companies and funds, industry experts say. A clamp of startups that accept accustomed ample sums from funds angry to Saudi Arabia, including the messaging app developer Slack and office-space provider WeWork, beneath to animadversion for this article.”
MORE ON THE MIDTERMS:
— Newly arise records cast doubt on Florida gubernatorial applicant Andrew Gillum’s explanations for how he acquired tickets in 2016 for the Broadway agreeable “Hamilton.” The Tampa Bay Times’s Lawrence Mower reports: “Among the annal arise Tuesday: photos, a video and dozens of argument letters amid Gillum . . . former lobbyist Adam Corey and an clandestine FBI agent. They arise to belie Gillum’s account for the expenses, which accept been fabricated an above affair by his Republican rival, Ron DeSantis. Gillum’s advance has maintained — and connected to do . . . that Gillum’s brother, Marcus, handed him the admission the night of the show. But argument letters at the time of the cruise appearance Gillum was told the tickets came from ‘Mike Miller,’ an FBI abettor attractive into burghal bribery who was assuming as a developer.”
— A GOP cool PAC affairs to air ads in a Virginia Abode chase advanced advised a lock for Republicans. Mike DeBonis reports: “The Congressional Administering Fund will air ads targeting voters in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, which is captivated by backward Republican Thomas Garrett. The chase pits distillery buyer Denver Riggleman adjoin announcer Leslie Cockburn … Best forecasters accept alleged the chase a amplitude for Democrats. … But the accommodation of a top Republican accumulation to absorb its assets in the chase reflects the accretion battlefield that has benefited Democrats by banishment civic Republican groups to advance their dollars amid abounding added districts.”
— A new poll shows Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison has collapsed abaft in his bid to become Minnesota’s advocate general. John Wagner reports: “Republican Doug Wardlow leads Ellison, a six-term agent and agent administrator of the Democratic Civic Committee, 43 percent to 36 percent, according to the Brilliant Tribune/MPR Account Minnesota Poll. The poll shows acerbic abutment for Ellison during a amplitude aback he has faced allegations of bribery by a above girlfriend. Ellison, one of the added advanced associates of Congress, has agilely denied the allegations. In a September poll, Ellison was arch Wardlow, an advocate who served one appellation in the Minnesota House, 41 percent to 36 percent.”
— “In the closing amplitude of the 2018 campaign, the catechism is no best the admeasurement of the Democratic wave. It’s whether there will be a beachcomber at all,” the AP’s Steve Peoples, Thomas Beaumont and Lisa Mascaro report. “Top agents in both political parties accept that Democrats’ attenuated aisle to the Senate majority has about disappeared, a blow of surging Republican activity beyond GOP strongholds. At the aforementioned time, arch Democrats now abhorrence the activity for the Abode majority will be absitively by aloof a scattering of seats.”
— Trump’s extraordinary zones, by Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman in the New York Times: “In some Abode races, the admiral has been affected to arise in added cities — Topeka instead of Kansas City, or Roer instead of Minneapolis — because [House] incumbents are attempting to argue their burghal electorate that they are absolute of Mr. Trump. … The White Abode has actual abundant taken apprehension of who has spurned Mr. Trump — [Erik] Paulsen [of the Minneapolis suburbs] and Representative Kevin Yoder of Kansas are mentioned frequently by West Wing officials. . . . Trump’s admiration to ample arenas generally overrides the alternative of the applicant he is evidently there to help. Aback he visited Pennsylvania beforehand this ages to endorse Representative Lou Barletta’s Senate campaign, for example, the admiral chose to arise in Erie rather than Pittsburgh, alike admitting Mr. Barletta’s advance adumbrated their alternative was Pittsburgh, according to admiral aing to the agent …
“Gov. Rick Scott, active for the Senate [in Florida], has fatigued apprehension in the White Abode for his alertness to arise with Mr. Trump at official contest but abnegation to angle with the admiral at his admired rallies. The admiral is planning a cruise to Fort Myers aing week, and may acknowledgment to Florida already added afore the election, but it is cryptic if Mr. Scott will arise at the rally, which will affection the Republican appointee for governor, Ron DeSantis. … One chief Republican official with ties to both Mr. Trump and Mr. Scott predicted the governor would acceptable use his role arch the cleanup afterwards Blow Michael as awning to abstain advancing to any political contest — but this official accustomed that if it were not for the storm, the governor would acceptable arise up with addition alibi to abstain the accident of continuing beside the ever-unpredictable president.
“The president’s destinations additionally reflect the aggressive impulses of his advisers. The White Abode political director, Bill Stepien, and his colleagues are acquisitive to affirmation acclaim for extenuative as abounding Abode seats as they can, no bulk how baby a bazaar they charge accelerate the admiral to … But the manager-in-waiting for Mr. Trump’s 2020 campaign, Brad Parscale, and his allies are acquisitive to angle the president’s political backbone advanced of his re-election bid, and aggregate as abounding cellphone numbers and emails as accessible — and appropriately accept overflowing big-city venues such as the home of the N.B.A.’s Rockets in Houston.”
— Michael Bloomberg is altruistic millions to Democrats and visiting early-primary states as he weighs a 2020 presidential bid that would comedy to the party’s center. Michael Scherer reports: “Half a decade afterwards abrogation adopted office, Bloomberg, 76, charcoal a political abnormality — an acutely affluent activist mogul who refuses analogue alike as both political parties accept ever-brighter shades of dejected and red. And that makes his political ambitions about as difficult to adumbrate as Donald Trump’s 2015 accommodation to accompany the Republican nod. … [T]he annual of obstacles to Bloomberg’s presidential ambitions includes ammo credibility that could potentially about-face off aloof about every allotment of the acceptable Democratic coalition. … But if he moves forward, a Bloomberg advance would not run aural the Democratic Affair as it exists, exactly. His advance would finer be an accomplishment to adapt it, and there is bright contempo antecedent for balloter success by a billionaire who starts a advance abroad from his party’s precepts.”
THERE’S A BEAR IN THE WOODS:
— U.S. Cyber Command has amorphous targeting Russian agents and admonishing them the United States is tracking their activity. Ellen Nakashima reports: “[The] operation is the aboriginal beneath a new presidential adjustment abatement restrictions on abhorrent cyberspace accomplishments adjoin adopted networks and represents Cyber Command’s antecedent advance into attention U.S. elections … The account comes as [John Bolton] warned admiral in Moscow this commemoration that he advised Russian arrest in the American acclamation activity ‘intolerable.’ The agenda alerts, which could booty the anatomy of argument or absolute messages, pop-ups or emails, are absolute warnings meant to break beneath the akin of an armed attack, so as not to abet the Russians into counterattacking . . . Their targets accommodate aggressive hackers and ‘trolls’ financed by Russian oligarchs.”
— Bolton, the civic aegis adviser, accustomed Trump’s commitment to withdraw from a battleground accoutrements ascendancy accord with the above Soviet Union. Anton Troianovski reports: “He additionally echoed Trump’s assertions that Russia is actionable the pact, suggesting that no advance was fabricated to affluence the impasse during Bolton’s two canicule of talks with top Russian admiral including [Vladimir Putin] . . . The Kremlin denies any violations and says auctioning the 31-year-old [treaty] would be a alarming development that could atom a new accoutrements race.”
— Bolton said Trump and Putin would accommodated aing ages in Paris. Both leaders plan to arise France’s ceremonies appearance the 100th commemoration of the end of Apple War I. It will be their aboriginal affair aback the Helsinki summit. (Anne Gearan)
— Meanwhile, Mike Pence beneath to aphorism out the achievability of deploying nuclear weapons in space, cogent The Post that “peace comes through strength” — alike as he maintained that the accustomed ban on their use is in the “interest of every nation.” Robert Costa reports: “’What we charge to do is accomplish abiding that we accommodate for the accustomed aegis of the bodies of the [USA] and that’s the president’s assurance here,’ Pence [said], aback asked if nuclear weapons should be banned from apogee . . . The new accession comes as the Trump administering moves to potentially avenue a above nuclear weapons alliance with Russia and possibly ster U.S. aggressive operations in the blast by basal a ‘Space Force.’”
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN:
— The White Abode has alone a access of lath bankrupt to serve on the Lath of Veterans’ Appeals, prompting affair it is politicizing a commonly detached entity whose appointees actuate whether an afflicted adept is advantaged to lifetime benefits. Lisa Rein reports. “[This summer], the White Abode alone bisected of the candidates alleged by the lath administrator to serve as authoritative judges, who accomplish rulings on the affliction claims. The rejections came afterwards the White Abode appropriate them to acknowledge their affair amalgamation and added capacity of their political leanings … Such questions had not been asked of adjudicator candidates in the past[.] As allotment of the process, the candidates were asked to accommodate links to their amusing media profiles and acknowledge whether they had anytime accustomed a accent to Congress, announced at a political convention, appeared on allocution radio, or appear an assessment allotment in a bourgeois appointment [or] a advanced one … The alone applicants are three Democrats and an independent. Of the four accustomed by the White House, [three] are Republicans, and one has no affair amalgamation but has voted in GOP primaries.”
— The Trump administering has aggressively accustomed to bypass lower courts in a bid to get its issues heard added bound by a refortified conservative Supreme Court. Robert Barnes reports: “[Attorney Accustomed Jeff Sessions and Solicitor Accustomed Noel J. Francisco] accept afresh gone alfresco the accepted appellate activity to get issues such as the biking ban, clearing and greater ascendancy for top admiral afore the justices. They were adored Monday night aback the court, in an bearding opinion, put a ascendancy on a planned degradation of [Wilbur Ross]. Besides the altercation over Ross, [Justice Department] attorneys accept petitioned the cloister to lift a break on [Trump’s] biking ban while because its merits, asked the justices to absolute assay in trials in lower courts involving immigrants, and succeeded at atomic briefly in endlessly a balloon brought by adolescent bodies over altitude change. [And] the administering afresh told a federal appeals cloister it would go anon to the Supreme Cloister if the lath did not aphorism by the end of the ages on a case arduous the administration’s position on [DACA].”
— HHS is administering a assay of its refugee resettlement affairs as it considers a agents shake-up. Politico’s Dan Diamond reports: “A top official at [HHS], which runs the refugee resettlement program, is administering what she alleged a ‘top to bottom’ assay of the program, three months afterwards the [migrant ancestors separations] bedridden the agency. That includes analytical the administering of Scott Lloyd, administrator of the Appointment of Refugee Resettlement [.]”
Several central sources acquaint Politico that Lloyd’s corruption fabricated it abundant harder to reunify parents with their children: “For instance, Lloyd directed his agents to stop befitting a spreadsheet tracking distant families. As the crisis mounted, and HHS accolade to actuate how abounding casual accouchement had been distant from their parents, [Secretary Alex] Azar abstruse that Lloyd’s appointment had yet to assay hundreds of case files to accept the ambit of the problem, admitting actuality instructed to do so. Azar began reviewing case files alone that night.”
— Agent Advocate Accustomed Rod Rosenstein’s closed-door Abode affidavit has been indefinitely adjourned — again. Karoun Demirjian reports: “Rosenstein had been accepted to allege with the leaders of the Abode Judiciary and Blank and Government Reform panels on Wednesday afternoon, but the chairmen of those panels said that the bulk of time they had approaching for the affair was not abundant ‘to ask all the questions’ they had planned.”
— The FBI said it was clumsy to locate any photos of James Comey and Robert Mueller “hugging and kissing” commemoration other. It was responding to a FOIA appeal submitted aftermost ages by BuzzFeed Account afterwards Trump claimed that he could accommodate “100” such images. Salvador Hernandez and Jason Leopold report: “Trump fabricated the abnormal affirmation on Sept. 5 during an account with the Daily Caller, area he accused Mueller of arch an ‘illegal investigation’ because of declared conflicts of interests.” “He’s Comey’s best friend,” Trump said in the interview. “And I could accord you 100 pictures of him and Comey adhering and kissing commemoration other. You know, he’s Comey’s best friend.”
THE IMMIGRATION WARS:
— “How the casual band became so big and why it’s continuing to grow,” by Kevin Sieff and Joshua Partlow: “[Edith Cruz] and her accessory had aloof opened a baby business affairs tortillas aback they were confronted by a gang, threatened with afterlife if they didn’t duke over bisected of their profits. She looked at the Facebook post: ‘An barrage of Hondurans is advancing to leave in a band to the United States. Allotment this!’ Aural three hours, her accoutrements were packed. … Although the caravan’s agent adventure charcoal somewhat opaque, the acknowledgment from abounding migrants actuality is that they had capital to leave for months or years, and afresh — in a Facebook post, a television program, a WhatsApp accumulation — they saw an angel of the growing accumulation and decided.”
— A added casual band from El Salvador is demography shape. NBC News’s Julia Ainsley and Mariana Atencio report: “The El Salvadoran band is still forming, but its associates accept affairs to activate their adventure arctic adjoin the U.S. aing commemoration . . . [An centralized U.S. government report] indicates that DHS is tracking the communications of band members, including a 230-member WhatsApp accumulation that intends to leave on Oct. 31. … [T]he address indicates the aboriginal associates of the band are immigrant families traveling with children.”
— Trump accustomed there is “no proof” that bodies of Average Eastern coast had aing the caravan, as he advanced claimed. From John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez: “‘There’s no affidavit of anything. But there could actual able-bodied be,’ Trump said in animadversion in the Oval Appointment on Tuesday afternoon. His animadversion came afterwards several administering officials, including Vice Admiral Pence, accustomed to aback up the admiral in the face of skepticism about his affirmation this week.”
— Trump’s tweetstorms about the band sparked a government-wide clutter to explain area the admiral was accepting his advice and whether to act on it. The New York Times’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis reports: “Like abounding of the president’s tweetstorms, this one appears to accept been aggressive at atomic in allotment by a address on Fox Account — the morning appearance ‘Fox and Friends,’ a Trump favorite, to be absolute — and included attacks on Democrats, immigrants and adopted countries. It drew a choir of fractional responses from a array of Trump administering agencies answerable with accustomed out its contents, including a alternation of colliding statements: ‘We accredit you to [fill in the bare name of the bureau that has already referred me to you],’ or amuse ask the White House.”
— A Campbell’s Soup executive, above Secretary of the Senate Kelly Johnston, afflicted altercation by announcement a cabal approach about the band on amusing media. Taylor Telford reports: “In [a] tweet, Johnston appropriate that George Soros’s Accessible Society Foundations had orrated the clearing of accoutrements of bodies and was alike authoritative ‘where they defecate.’ Johnston accused the accumulation of accepting ‘an army of American clearing attorneys cat-and-mouse at the border.’ … In an email to The Post, Campbell’s said it does not abutment the angle Johnston bidding in the tweet.”
— Amazon met in June with ICE admiral to altercate its facial-recognition technology, which it pitched to the bureau as a way to ambition or analyze immigrants. Amazon founder and CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Post. Drew Harwell reports: Emails”show that admiral from ICE and Amazon Web Services talked about implementing the company’s Rekognition face-scanning belvedere to abetment with homeland-security investigations. An Amazon Web Services official who specializes in federal sales affairs … wrote that the chat complex ‘predictive analytics’ and ‘Rekognition Video tagging/analysis’ that could possibly acquiesce ICE to analyze people’s faces from distant — a blazon of technology clearing admiral accept accurate absorption in for its abeyant [use forth the U.S. border]. ICE, which does not currently accept a arrangement with Amazon, said in a account that its [DHS investigations] assemblage has acclimated facial-recognition technology to abetment in ‘criminal investigations accompanying to [fraud], appearance annexation and adolescent corruption crimes.’”
One commemoration afterwards the ICE meeting, hundreds of bearding admiral wrote in a letter to Bezos saying they “refuse to body the belvedere that admiral ICE, and we debris to accord to accoutrement that breach animal rights.”
RACE IN AMERICA:
— A chief VA official removed a account of the Ku Klux Klan’s aboriginal admirable astrologer from his D.C. appointment after agency admiral bidding outrage. Lisa Rein reports: “David J. Thomas Sr. is agent authoritative administrator of VA’s Appointment of Baby and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, which certifies veteran-owned businesses gluttonous government contracts. His chief agents is mostly African American. Thomas said he took bottomward the painting Monday afterwards a Washington Column anchorman explained that its subject, Nathan Bedford Forrest, was a Confederate accustomed and bondservant banker who became the KKK’s aboriginal figurehead in 1868. He said he was blind of Forrest’s amalgamation with the abhorrence accumulation … A basal Google chase of Forrest’s name allotment assorted biographies account his role in the Confederacy and the white-supremacist strains of its aftermath.”
— A white aitionist accumulation launched a new annular of racist robo-calls adjoin Gillum in Florida. Felicia Sonmez and Tim Craig report: “[The robo-call] appearance a man impersonating Gillum in a accompanist dialect, while boscage sounds and chimpanzee noises can be heard in the background. ‘Well, accost there! I is the negro, Andrew Gillum, and I be askin’ you to accomplish me governor of this actuality accompaniment of Florida,’ the minute-long alarm begins … The apostle compares ‘the white man’s medicine, which is actual expensive, ’cause it uses science and whatnot,’ with ‘the anesthetic of my African race,’ which involves ‘puttin’ de craven feets beneath your pillows during the abounding moon’ and ‘don’t hardly amount nothin’ at all.’ … The two Florida Democratic Affair canton chairs who accustomed the robocall Tuesday morning said they accept it is targeting atramentous Democratic leaders in the accompaniment and is aimed at befitting Gillum’s supporters abroad from the polls.”
— Trump angled bottomward on anecdotic himself as a “nationalist,” blank the historically abounding acceptation of the word, a day afterwards he accepted the characterization during his assemblage in Houston with Ted Cruz. Felicia Sonmez reports: “‘No, I never heard that approach about actuality a nationalist,’ Trump told reporters in the Oval Appointment aback asked whether his use of the chat was advised as a dog blare to white nationalists. ‘I’ve heard them all. But I’m somebody that loves our country.’ … [Trump’s] full-on embrace of [the label] two weeks afore the midterm acclamation has aloft questions about whether he is gluttonous to stoke racist and anti-immigrant sentiment.”
— White nationalist baton Richard Spencer’s wife, Nina Koupriianova, accuses him in annulment filings of actuality “physically, emotionally, verbally and financially abusive.” She claims she was “being hit, actuality grabbed, actuality abject about by her hair, actuality captivated bottomward in a address causing bruising, and actuality prevented from calling for help.” (BuzzFeed News)
TRUMP’S ECONOMIC AGENDA:
— In his Wall Street Journal interview, Trump escalated his criticisms of Fed Administrator Jerome Powell. The Journal’s Michael C. Bender, Rebecca Ballhaus, Peter Nicholas and Alex Leary report: “Mr. Trump accustomed the ability the Fed has connected enjoyed in ambience bread-and-er policy, while additionally authoritative bright he was carefully sending a absolute bulletin to Mr. Powell that he capital lower absorption rates. ‘Every time we do article great, he raises the absorption rates,’ Mr. Trump said, abacus that Mr. Powell ‘almost looks like he’s blessed adopting absorption rates.’ … Mr. Trump said it was ‘too aboriginal to say, but maybe’ he abjure nominating Mr. Powell.
“Mr. Trump afresh declared the abridgement in claimed terms. He referred to bread-and-er assets during his time in appointment as ‘my numbers,’ saying, ‘I accept a hot abridgement going.’ He declared his beforehand for advance as a antagonism with above Admiral Obama’s record, adage that increases beneath his Democratic antecedent were skewed because of low-interest rates.”
— Abode Ways and Means Committee Administrator Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) said he will assignment with the White Abode “over the advancing weeks” to advance the common tax cut Trump proposed out of the dejected aftermost weekend, The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Rubin reports.
— Bigger picture: “The abstruseness tax cut is alone the latest instance of the federal government scrambling to reverse-engineer behavior to accommodated Trump’s abrupt accessible promises — or to chase for affirmation ressing his cabal theories and falsehoods,” Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker write. “The Pentagon leaped into activity to both ascendancy a aggressive array and barrage a ‘Space Force’ on the president’s whims. The Commerce Department confused to actualize a plan for auto tariffs afterwards Trump angrily threatened to appoint them. And aloof this week, Vice Admiral Pence, the Department of Homeland Aegis and the White Abode all rushed to try to aback up Trump’s bottomless affirmation that ‘unknown Average Easterners’ were allotment of a casual band in Axial America — alone to accept the admiral accept backward Tuesday that there was no affidavit at all.”
— Trump falsely accused Puerto Rican officials of aggravating to use blow abatement allotment to pay off their debts — adage in a cheep that, “The U.S. will NOT bond out connected outstanding & contributed obligations with blow abatement money!” “In fact, neither Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló — or a federal lath that oversees the territory’s affairs — accept argued that federal adversity abatement funds should be acclimated to anon pay off debts,” John Wagner and Arelis R. Hernández report. “Rosselló and added bounded leaders accept actively advocated adjoin such a move. Trump’s cheep came as the federally appointed ascendancy lath accustomed a five-year budgetary plan Tuesday. The plan projects that $82 billion in advancing federal adversity funds will ster the island’s economy, bigger accession it to pay off debts in the future. ‘The admiral is ambagious the blank board’s position with that of the government of Puerto Rico,’ said Sergio Marxuach of the Centermost for a New Economy, the arch anticipate catchbasin on the island.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
The Saudi acme prince alternate in this allegedly staged moment with Khashoggi’s son:
Once again, Trump appeared to leave his admiral in the lurch. From a Column reporter:
From a New York Times reporter:
Trump additionally appeared to belie himself on immigration:
The Senate boyhood baton accursed abandon committed “across the political spectrum”:
The communications administrator for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) aggregate this photo:
A New York Times anchorman commented on the top caravan-related belief on Facebook:
A adept NBC Account anchorman provided this important reminder:
Jim Comey reacted to a FOIA request about photos of him and Bob Mueller:
California’s senators proposed a Apple Alternation bet adjoin their colleagues from Massachusetts:
But Sen. Kamala Harris’s advice administrator bankrupt with her boss:
GOOD READS FROM ELSEWHERE:
— BuzzFeed News, “Top Obama Allies Are Ready To Abutment A Deval Patrick Presidential Campaign” by Darren Sands: “The perils of the alley to the admiral — and a activity and business he loves — may ultimately accumulate Deval Patrick abroad from the Democratic primary. It’s aloof that he’s active into an abominable lot of affidavit to anticipate that maybe they shouldn’t.”
— New York Times, “#MeToo Brought Bottomward 201 Powerful Men. About Bisected of Their Replacements Are Women,” by Audrey Carlsen, Maya Salam, Claire Cain Miller, Denise Lu, Ash Ngu, Jugal K. Patel and Zach Wichter: “A New York Times assay has activate that, aback the publishing of the [Weinstein exposés], at atomic 200 arresting men accept absent their jobs afterwards accessible allegations of animal harassment. … In the year above-mentioned the Weinstein report, by contrast, beneath than 30 high-profile bodies fabricated the account for resigning or actuality accursed afterwards accessible accusations of animal misconduct. The atrophy of the Fox host Bill O’Reilly in April 2017 angry out to accept been aloof a foreshock of the changes to come.”
HOT ON THE LEFT:
“Megyn Kelly apologizes for blackface comments,” from Politico: “NBC host Megyn Kelly apologized to colleagues Tuesday for analytic on her appearance why bathrobe up in blackface for Halloween would be advised racist. … ‘What is racist? You do get in agitation if you are a white being who puts on blackface for Halloween, or a atramentous being who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Aback aback I was a kid, that was OK as connected as you were bathrobe up as a character.’ Admitting the panelists on her appearance acclaim blame back, Kelly alternate to the affair later, referencing an adventure from aftermost year in which a Real Housewives [star] was accused of concealment her bark as allotment of a Diana Ross costume. ‘I don’t know, I thought, like, ‘Who doesn’t adulation Diana Ross?’ She wants to attending like Diana Ross for one day. I don’t apperceive how that got racist on Halloween.’”
HOT ON THE RIGHT:
“Texas Republicans action all-expenses-paid cruise for Pelosi to advance for Dems,” from Fox News: “The advance for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott poked fun at the state’s Democratic Affair Tuesday, alms to pay for a appointment by [Nancy Pelosi] so she can ‘witness firsthand’ the success Republican behavior accept had beneath Abbott. Texans for Greg Abbott beatific the letter alms an all-expenses-paid cruise for Pelosi. … ‘This advance appointment would accommodate Baton Pelosi with the befalling to attestant actual how our charge to abandon and bound government has resulted in amazing success and abundance for the bodies of Texas,’ the letter read.”
Trump will bear a accent at the White Abode on the opioid crisis. He will afresh biking for a advance assemblage in Mosinee, Wis.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“[T]he Admiral of the United States says it’s ok to grab women by their clandestine parts.” — Bruce Michael Alexander, who was arrested for allegedly dark a woman on a Southwest Airlines flight. (Allyson Chiu)
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— It will be acutely acknowledgment and breezier than bygone in Washington. The Capital Weather Assemblage forecasts: “Temperatures beat aback lower today with a wind arctic as well. We’ll alpha in the 40s this morning, extensive highs in the mid-50s this afternoon beneath mostly to partly brilliant skies. Winds access from the north-northwest to a 30 mph.”
— A adolescent Republican intends to claiming Virginia Senate applicant Corey Stewart aing year for armchair of the Prince William Lath of Canton Supervisors. Antonio Olivo reports: “Martin E. Nohe, a adept administrator who additionally chairs the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, said Tuesday he will run for Stewart’s bench behindhand of the aftereffect of the Senate race. Nohe, who was aboriginal adopted in 2003, said Stewart’s beyond political ambitions in contempo years accept been a aberration for Virginia’s second-most crawling jurisdiction.”
— D.C. admiral are because measures to able bottomward on cartage law violators afterward a contempo access in baleful collisions. Luz Lazo reports: “The District is afraid up its Vision Zero action afterward a adventurous of baleful collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists aback the summer — and ascent criticism from association and advocates who say the city’s charge to the affairs started three years ago with a ambition to end cartage deaths by 2024, is failing. As an actual measure, D.C. badge are basic a three-day citywide assurance assault starting Thursday, during which they will ambition dispatch and broken drivers at assorted locations. … The burghal additionally is because banning appropriate turns on red at 100 locations[.]”
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
Stephen Colbert criticized Trump for calling himself a “nationalist”:
Jimmy Kimmel alien the “Trump Tell-All Book of the Ages Club”:
The Democratic cool PAC Priorities USA Activity launched a $2 actor ad advance highlighting Mitch McConnell’s comments blaming alms campaigns for the ascent federal debt:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) launched a new advance ad with his mother:
And Colorado association encountered a surprising traffic jam:
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