Trump Amps Up TV War
Trump mesmerizes with TV sideshow. Axios: "Trump is finally fully merging his presidency with television, relishing the mounting amount of time that he's devoting to filling the airwaves. What things that actually matter are being ignored as our attention is monopolized by visits to the White House by Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Kid Rock? Here are just a few of those issues: The allegation that Saudi officials murdered Washington Post opinion writer Jamal Khashoggi. Trump has said little. Jared Kushner, who burnished the image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has remained silent. Large legal clouds, including the Mueller investigation. Midterms that could radically change life inside the White House. Mounting national debts, and no prospect of the White House working with Congress to reverse them."
GA GOP Commits Massive Voter Purge
GOP Candidate for Georgia Governor Commits Massive Purge of Registered Voters. Common Dreams: "As Georgia's Democratic candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams, called for voters in her state to fight Republican efforts at voter suppression by showing up at polls in large numbers in next month's election, a national grassroots group reported Secretary of State Brian Kemp—also the GOP's gubernatorial candidate—to the Justice Department late Wednesday night for blatantly violating the Voting Rights Act in order to swing the upcoming election in his own favor. The Democratic Coalition is among those that have expressed outrage over a massive voter purge in the state which has disproportionately affected black voters, just before residents prepare to choose between Abrams—who would be the country's first black female governor—and Kemp himself in the November 6 election."
WI's Walker Trails Dem Challenger Evers
Gov. Walker of Wisconsin trails in re-election bid. NBC: "Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is behind by double digits in his re-election bid, while Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is comfortably ahead in hers as a near majority of likely voters say they prefer Democrats to control Congress, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll of the state. In Wisconsin’s race for governor, Democratic challenger Tony Evers gets support from 53 percent of likely voters in a head-to-head matchup, while Walker gets 43 percent. Among the larger pool of registered voters in the state, Evers’ lead is 9 points, 52 percent to 43 percent — down from his 13-point lead in July’s NBC/Marist poll."
Bannon Sought To Force Citizenship Test
Ross now recalls conversations with Bannon, Sessions about citizenship. Politico: "Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross now recalls conversations with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Attorney General Jeff Sessions about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, according to a court document filed Thursday. The recollection is the latest twist in litigation over the Trump administration’s decision to ask about citizenship in the decennial census. The administration contends it needs citizenship information to better protect the rights of minority voters, but opponents argue it will depress the count in immigrant households, which will result in fewer federal dollars and diminished political power. A Manhattan-based federal judge in September ordered Ross deposed to answer questions related to the intent of the citizenship question, but Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg temporarily froze the order Tuesday following an emergency request from the Justice Department. Plaintiffs in a pair of related lawsuits over the question have sought more information about why the administration decided to include it on the Census."
Mnuchin, Bank CEOs Support Saudi Confab
Steve Mnuchin And Big Bank CEOs set to Aattend Saudi Conference despite journalist’s disappearance. HuffPost: "Even amid reports that agents for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman brazenly killed a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, some of the world’s richest and most influential business, media and political figures still plan to attend a Saudi-sponsored schmoozefest in Riyadh this month. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde plan to attend the event, the second annual Future Investment Initiative, scheduled for Oct. 23 through 25. It is a government-backed conference bankrolled by the country’s sovereign wealth fund. On the agenda at what has been dubbed Davos in the Desert, after a similar gathering of elites every winter in Switzerland, are the sorts of topics beloved by the globe-trotting superrich. “Investing in transformation,' 'technology as opportunity' and “advancing human potential” are listed as the conference’s broad themes. The real attraction, to be sure, is the promise of lucrative deals with the Saudi government."