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The Morning Briefing: The Caravan Continues and Much, Much More

The Morning Briefing: The Caravan Continues and Much, Much More
Honduran migrants climb a border fence, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Migrants broke down the gates at the border crossing and began streaming toward a bridge into Mexico. After arriving at the tall, yellow metal fence some clambered atop it and on U.S.-donated military jeeps. Young men began violently tugging on the barrier and finally succeeded in tearing it down. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today.

  • The president delivers remarks at the White House State Leadership Day Conference for Alaska, California, and Hawaii local officials
  • President Trump signs S.3021, “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018,” into law
  • The president receives a briefing from senior military leaders
  • President Trump has dinner with senior military leaders

Caravan of Love approaching

The caravan of 7,200 South Americans marching toward the U.S. border continues. On Monday, the U.S. embassy in Honduras released a video urging people to turn back or face detention. In Spanish, a message from the U.S. government says, “Please return to your country.”

So what’s going to happen? It looks like Mexico will not be stopping the caravan. On Monday, Trump told reporters on Air Force One there is no limit to how many troops he will send to the border.

In an interview aboard Air Force One on Monday, President Trump made clear there was no limit to the number of troops he’s willing to send to the border to address the growing migrant caravan quickly making its way through hot and humid temperatures in Mexico to the U.S. border.

What a mess.


Spanish-language network reporter reveals who is ‘infiltrating’ migrant caravan heading to US

Size of migrant caravan headed to US grows to 7,200: UN official

Migrant Caravan Pushes Forward to U.S. Through Mexico

Fun read: The Day John Kelly and Corey Lewandowski Squared Off Outside the Oval Office

CIA honcho Gina Haspel headed to Turkey for Khashoggi investigation

Haspel is heading over to Turkey after President Trump told reporters on Monday he was not happy with what he heard from the Saudis. “I am not satisfied with what I heard,” Trump told reporters at the White House Monday afternoon.

CIA Director Gina Haspel is traveling to Turkey to address the investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a source familiar with her plans.

Haspel’s travel plans come following new skepticism from President Donald Trump about the investigation results from Saudi officials Friday that Khashoggi was killed in an argument turned fistfight at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Reuters has a story about how the Khashoggi murder was run off of Skype.

He ran social media for Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. He masterminded the arrest of hundreds of his country’s elite. He detained a Lebanese prime minister. And, according to two intelligence sources, he ran journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by giving orders over Skype.

It’s a good read.


Mnuchin meets with Saudi crown prince amid Khashoggi crisis

Your daily WTF:

Rustled bag of gum leads to ‘violent attack’ during Mahler’s 5th Symphony: report

New normal political violence:

Explosive device found in mailbox near billionaire George Soros’ home

Flake says he and his family got death threats ‘from the right’

Man shot at Fox affiliate in DC

Dem Congressional Candidate Tells Republican Opponent to ‘F*** off’ During Debate

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield office attacked with massive rock, he says

Historical picture of the day:

Apple’s new digital music player, iPod, is displayed after its introduction by Apple Computer Inc. chief executive officer Steve Jobs during a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001 in Cupertino, Calif. Macintosh owners can download 1,000 compact disc quality songs onto the iPod’s five gigabyte hard drive in less than 10 minutes. The MP3 player works only on Macintoshes running Apple’s proprietary operating systems and iTunes 2, the company’s latest music software. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Other morsels:

Important: Supreme Court blocks deposition of commerce secretary over census question

Giuliani: Manafort Has Not Incriminated Trump In Interviews With Mueller

Poll: Feinstein holds 18-point lead over challenger

Reps Call For Investigation Into Pentagon’s Handling Of Controversial $10 Billion Cloud Contract

Judge upends settlement in Fast and Furious documents case

FLORIDA MAN kills girlfriend, child after fight over watching football on TV, court documents show

Mueller Reportedly Has Recordings of Roger Stone in His Possession

Oh, ok. Pizza deliveryman at the center of ICE deportation case arrested in domestic violence case

Twitter bans more InfoWars accounts

Trump says he’s terminating a major nuclear treaty with Russia. Here’s what you need to know.

Trump says transgender policy seeks to ‘protect the country’

Bolton says he told Russians interference campaign had no effect on 2016 election

Trump administration widens Obamacare escape hatch for red states

Teacher seen kicking, dragging student out of class in video

Chelsea Manning posts photo from hospital after gender reassignment surgery

John Boehner to host marijuana investing seminar

LULZ Judge enters $4.85 million judgment against Michael Avenatti

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