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Good Wednesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president meets with workers on “Cutting the Red Tape, Unleashing Economic Freedom”
  • President Trump hosts a cabinet meeting
  • The president presents the Medal of Honor

I have a condensed version of the Briefing for you this morning. I've been traveling this week.

The Saudi Arabia/Khashoggi mystery

This story continues to lead news coverage with the media wagging their finger at President Trump, sneering that he needs to dump/sanction/cancel arms sales/start a war with the Sauds. Despite all the moral posturing, we have no evidence of anything — NONE — and yet an entire scenario has been constructed and floated around. But there is no evidence and there are no admissions, only convenient allegations from the enemies (Turkey, Qatar, Iran) of a Saudi, Israeli, U.S. alliance. If the U.S. turns on the Saudis, cui bono? Here are a few good pieces on what's really going on here:

What the media isn’t telling you about the Jamal Khashoggi affair

The Ugly Terror Truth About Jamal Khashoggi


Saudi forensic specialist suspected to have played a role in the death of Jamal Khashoggi reportedly told people to listen to music as he dismembered his body

Trump defends Saudi Arabia as accusations mount over journalist disappearance

Trump says allegations against Saudis are example of "guilty until proven innocent"

Your daily WTF:

Police Investigating Claim Human Remains Were Baked into Cookies Eaten by California Students

Historical picture of the day:

Captain Jacques Cousteau, left, welcomes Andre Laban, chief aboard the submarine house, Oct. 17, 1965, in Monaco Harbor. Cousteau's crew of oceanauts had just left the decompression chamber where they spent three days after the final phase of Precontinent III submarine survival. (AP Photo/Rene Maestri)

Other morsels:

EEK! YouTube went down worldwide, causing massive confusion

Melania’s Spokeswoman Calls Out T.I. Over ‘Disrespectful And Disgusting’ Video Depicting First Lady As Exotic Dancer

CDC: ‘Mystery illness’ leaving dozens of children paralyzed

62 cases of AFM, the polio-like illness, confirmed across 22 states: CDC

State Department spokeswoman Nauert in the mix for U.N. ambassador

Rabid raccoon attacks 3 people near Washington D.C.

Nearly 130 guns found in home of police ambush suspect, officials say

Recreational marijuana is now legal in Canada

Joe Biden says age a 'totally legitimate' question if he were to run for office again

WHOOPS Hillary Clinton’s Van Crashes Upon Arrival at Menendez Fundraiser

Person claimed ricin was in letter sent to Senator Collins home

Graham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh

Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown

Keith Ellison’s lead in Minnesota AG race disappearing as domestic abuse allegations linger

Trump Threatens To Cut Off Funding To Countries Allowing Citizens To Immigrate Illegally To US

USA Gymnastics interim CEO Mary Bono resigns under pressure

How much do your prescription drugs cost? Transparency in TV ads is overdue

Ecuador tells Julian Assange to clean bathroom, look after cat, curb speech if he wants Internet, report says

WAT? Heitkamp apologizes for naming sexual assault, abuse victims in newspaper ad

THIS GUY Avenatti reacts to Trump's 'horseface' tweet

LORDY. James Comey just broke a long streak of donating to Republicans by jumping into a key House race

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

This chyron from MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews on Wednesday evening is totally amazing.

The people who brought you "millions will die if Kavanaugh is confirmed" and "millions will die if Net Neutrality is repealed" and "millions will die if we don't sign the Paris climate agreement" and "millions will die if even 1/1024th of Obamacare is repealed" and "millions will die if Trump is elected" and "millions will die if we end the Iran Deal" and "millions will die if kids bring gun-shaped pop tarts to school" are concerned that Republicans might be using fear-based politics in their campaign ads.

Millions will laugh. Or at least I will. And did. And am.

Ronna McDaniel is right.

Frankly, I think she should be retweeted about 10,000 more times.

These AZ early ballot statistics are looking pretty great for Republicans.

Out of 121k ballots received:

Parties GOP 45.7%

DEM 31.4%,

OTH 22.3%

 (+14 GOP).

Aren't Democrats supposed to do better in early voting?

And the hits (literally) keep on coming:

Minnesota state Representative Sarah Anderson was assaulted after spotting a man destroying Republican yard signs.

"It was just insane. He was charging at me, saying, ‘Why don't you go kill yourself?'" Anderson told the Washington Free Beacon. "To have someone physically coming after you and attacking you is just disheartening."

First-time state representative candidate Shane Mekeland suffered a concussion after being sucker-punched while speaking with constituents at a restaurant in Benton County.

Mekeland told the Free Beacon he has suffered memory loss—forgetting Rep. Anderson's name at one point in the interview—and doctors tell him he will have a four-to-six week recovery time ahead of him. He said he was cold cocked while sitting at a high top table at a local eatery and hit his head on the floor.

"I was so overtaken by surprise and shock and if this is the new norm, this is not what I signed up for," he said.

The MN GOP is drawing a direct line from the Democrat staffers' Facebook post to the assaults of the Republican candidates.