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)
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!