Wentworth byelection: Blame yourself, not me, Alex Turnbull tells Liberals
- Alex Turnbull said allegations he was acting as a proxy for his father, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, when he attacked the Liberal Party in the Wentworth byelection were a fantasy and the party needed to take responsibility for its likely loss of the once-safe Sydney seat.
- Malcolm and wife Lucy Turnbull arrived in Sydney on Monday morning from Singapore, where they saw their son, reinforcing the view of some conservative Liberal Party members that Alex Turnbull's long-distance campaign against the Liberal Party was conducted with either the tacit support or explicit encouragement of his father.
- Federal Liberal Party president Nick Greiner blamed the abrupt removal of Mr Turnbull on August 24 for the byelection loss, and not the government's policies, echoing comments by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Start your Monday smart: Midterm fever, Saudi summit, Banksy auction, World Series
- Debates this week will give candidates a stage to make their final pitches.
- Big-name boosters also hit the campaign trail this week.
- President Trump will spend part of Monday in Texas, where a key Senate race is getting hot, then head Wednesday to Wisconsin.
- His predecessor, Barack Obama, stumps Monday in Nevada, where Dems are aiming for a US Senate seat and the governor's mansion.
- Hillary Clinton heads Tuesday to Florida.
Opinion: Trump's stance on caravan could increase illegal immigration
- They're also probably convinced -- as are other countries around the world -- that you view foreign assistance as leverage to gain support for what you want, rather than as aid for initiatives critical to long-term security and sustainability or to ease human suffering.
- Despite Kim Jong Un's ongoing human rights abuses -- including the persecution of Christians -- the Pope's reported willingness to consider an invitation probably makes Kim feel like he can get away with almost anything while potentially getting blessed by the Pope.
- Despite the Department of Justice's criminal complaint against Elena Khusyaynova, a Russian national, for 2018 election interference, Putin is probably still going to quote what you said a few months ago: That he is "fine" -- at least from his perspective.
Saudi foreign minister denies the crown prince had anything to do with Khashoggi's death as Trump says 'there’s been lies' in Saudi Arabia's explanations
- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir denied that his powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had anything to do with Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi's death, and doubled down on the claim that a "rogue operation" was responsible.
- On Saturday, Saudi Arabia claimed Khashoggi died after a "fistfight" escalated inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey, contradicting the accusation from officials in Istanbul that the Washington Post columnist was brutally tortured and dismembered.
- While a growing bipartisan chorus of senators have called for the US to retaliate against Saudi Arabia's alleged involvement in Khashoggi's death, President Donald Trump has been reluctant to commit to sanctions or other such punishments.
- For now, the US, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are continuing their investigations into Khashoggi's death before Trump or the US Senate decide on any retaliatory measures against the Kingdom.
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- It's a moment that will either solidify the GOP's total grip on power in Washington or -- to hear the Democrats tell it -- halt the country's slide into authoritarianism.
- The President had another strategy, too: Abandon issues and simply brand Democrats as "dangerous," "wacko" and "an angry left-wing mob," wrote Noah Berlatsky.
- Sen. Ted Cruz declined, but CNN held a town hall anyway on Thursday with his challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, "the Irish descendant from the Hispanic borderlands of Texas" political writer James Moore called him, "who has given the state's Democrats a gift they have found too surprising to completely unwrap." The gift?
- Elites may not like it, observed Damon Linker in The Week, but "the President views international relations in transactional terms." Khashoggi's killing "would be a crime worth lamenting and condemning," but "for the first time in a very long time, the man occupying the Oval Office appears to be almost totally unmoved by moral appeals in dealing with the rest of the world" — and that is welcome.
Why Trump can swallow the far-fetched Saudi cover story
- Under President Trump, Saudi Arabia has once again been the linchpin of the administration's policy in the Middle East.
- The US connection to Saudi Arabia has repeatedly led American presidents to turn a blind eye to the underside of the regime.
- Without making human rights a priority in US foreign policy, we are bound to witness more incidents such as the death of Khashoggi.
- When foreign policy revolves around alliances with untoward regimes that we don't hold to international human rights standards because they serve our national interest, we create the conditions for this kind of crisis to happen again and again.
- As with so many aspects of American politics and policy, what makes President Trump distinct is his willingness to dive into the most problematic issues without seeming earnest in his attempt to show concern.
Biden takes swipe at Trump in Nevada: 'It's all about Donald'
- Las Vegas (CNN) - Former Vice President Joe Biden took a swipe Saturday at President Donald Trump as the former vice president rallied Democrats in Las Vegas shortly before the President was set to hold a rally of his own a few hundred miles north of here in Elko.
- The round of criticisms offered an early preview of a potential Biden-Trump matchup as the former vice president is mulling a presidential bid in 2020.
- In a post-rally interview before boarding Air Force One, Trump said he hopes Democrats nominate Biden.
- Biden traveled to Nevada to boost support for Democrats in the state -- including Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is running for the US Senate seat held by Republican Sen. Dean Heller.
- While in Nevada, the former vice president also weighed on the homicide of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump casts Democrats as 'angry, ruthless, unhinged mob' in Nevada ahead of midterm elections
- The President, in an effort to galvanize voters ahead of next month's midterm elections, held one of his signature Make America Great Again rallies in Elko, Nevada, where he sought to outline the differences between the GOP and Democrats, particularly on the issue of immigration.
- Trump also stumped for Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who is fighting to maintain control of his seat from his Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, whom he called "Wacky Jacky" at the rally as he has done in the past.
- At Saturday's rally, the President lampooned political correctness, calling it "a crazy phenomenon that's going on" and expressed regret at how closely his language is watched.
- The President's Nevada stop comes fewer than 24 hours after his Arizona rally, where he also spoke at length about Democrats and immigration.
Trump Claims China Election Meddling—But Cyber Firms Don't See It
- President Donald Trump has said China is interfering with the November midterm elections, but the findings of top cybersecurity firms are casting doubt on his claims.
- Trump’s claim — that China is pursuing a campaign to interfere in the election and damage his administration — is putting extra strain on an already fraught relationship between the world’s two largest economies.
- The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Office of Director of National Intelligence warned Friday that nations including China were engaged in “ongoing campaigns” to “undermine confidence” and influence policy and opinion in the U.S. The administration hasn’t provided evidence to back up the allegations.
- Chris Krebs, a DHS under secretary, told reporters Friday that the threat involved “media manipulation.” Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have both cited a paid advertising supplement the Chinese government placed in the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper, criticizing the administration’s trade policies.
Saudi Arabia's Khashoggi story is preposterous, but MBS will get a pass
- Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, or MBS as he is known, is widely believed to own a $500M mega-yacht, one of the world's most expensive houses, a sumptuous chateau outside Paris and last year to have set a new art world record for the most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi which he picked up for a snip at $450M.
- Trump applauded MBS for his moment of epiphany on Saturday, after his state news agency admitted that 18 days after Khashoggi went missing, that he was in fact dead, just as Turkish officials have believed all along.
- Another part of the statement would have us all believe Saudi Arabia was keen to help Turkish investigators, almost from the get go.