Live Blog

Here is your live blog for the day.

Thank God it's Friday!

Liz is out this morning, but I've got quite a few stories to get you up to speed.

Trump has a new slogan, "#JobsNotMobs." I like it...

First, some Khashoggi news.

So, Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist who worked for The Washington Post after leaving his home country, walked into the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul and has not been seen since. It remains unknown what happened to him, but Turkish officials claim to have a recording of his gruesome death at the hands of Saudis.

It is possible the Turkish recording is real and that Khashoggi was murdered brutally by the Saudis. It is also quite possible the Turks are lying. Some have rushed to conclusions, accusing President Donald Trump of colluding with the Saudis to cover up Khashoggi's murder. Trump has urged people to avoid rushing to judgment.

On Thursday, President Trump admitted that it seems Khashoggi is dead. "It certainly looks that way to me," Trump said. "It's very sad. Certainly looks that way." He added that the consequences for Saudi Arabia would "have to be very severe," if indeed the Saudis murdered him.

An unnamed source claimed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has listened to the Turks' recording, but the State Department denied it.

Beto wants impeachment, but won't say what "high crime" Trump committed.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, held a town hall with CNN on Thursday night. CNN and O'Rourke pulled a fast one on Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) campaign. Originally, both campaigns had scheduled a debate, but O'Rourke and CNN agreed that it would be a town hall, with O'Rourke and Cruz speaking at different times.

For that reason, Cruz decided not to attend.

It worked out, however, because O'Rourke hoisted himself on his own petard. The Democrat said he would support impeaching President Donald Trump, but when asked what "high crimes and misdemeanors" he thought Trump had committed, he dodged the question.

Most people who support impeachment also can't name a "high crime" or "misdemeanor" Trump has committed, according to a poll last May. Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted there is no basis for impeachment "right now."

Jimmy Carter thinks Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford.

On Wednesday, former president Jimmy Carter said he believed Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, despite the many holes and contradictions in her testimony.

Carter called Kavanaugh's confirmation "a very serious mistake."

"Judging by his previous legal career, he was very qualified. But ... I think he did attack her sexually and I know that I saw him lose his cool," the former president said, as first reported by The Emory Wheel.

Photo of the day.

On October 19, 1781, British Lieutenant General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington — or rather, Cornwallis' subordinate surrendered to Washington. This surrender effectively ended the Revolutionary War, securing the independence declared on July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull's painting of the surrender of Lord Cornwallis, placed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

Other Morsels.

Poll: Support for Gun Control Drops Ahead of Midterm Elections

GOP Candidate Recovering From Assault Blames Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder

The Embarrassing Spectacle of Betomania

The State of the Race for the House

Mob Rule or the Rule of Law? Lindsey Graham Says America’s Future Is at Stake

Cory Booker: Canada Is More American Than America

Rosie O'Donnell: 'I Got Physically Sick' When Trump Won

Activists Demand HHS End Involvement in Late-Term Abortion

Pelosi on the ‘collateral damage’ of Democrats’ economic policies: ‘So be it’

Could Trump Win 20 Percent of the African-American Vote in 2020?

Behe’s Irreducible Complexity Validated by Chemistry Nobel

Texas Dems ask noncitizens to register to vote, send applications with citizenship box pre-checked

'Conjuring of Evil:' Hundreds of Witches Plan to Hex Brett Kavanaugh

Women Named in Heitkamp’s Ad: She Has Not Apologized to Me & She Has Lost My Vote

Mitch McConnell was assaulted at a restaurant ho-hum.

TMZ got the story and the video. It would go without saying if it weren't important to say, but...

Are they waiting for someone to get shot over their politi... oh right. It didn't matter to them.

JUST DON'T USE THE WORD MOB.

Breaking ...

Jamal Khashoggi died during what is being described by various news sources as either a “fistfight,” "alterction," or "interrogation gone bad," inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.

 

 

GOP campaigns are reporting a huge uptick in stolen yard signs this year.

Yes, every year yard signs are reported stolen on both sides, as politics seems to bring out the worst in people.

It seems to me, however, that more Republicans signs are being targeted than than Democrat signs -- with the possible exception of Texas this year, where a lot of Beto signs are also being stolen.

THREAD:

Click through to see some mighty brilliant responses, especially the meaningless corporate-talk answers.