Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Hurricane Michael: “Search-and-rescue teams rushed on Thursday to reach communities that Hurricane Michael leveled, hoping to find survivors of the powerful storm after its rampage through the Florida Panhandle and beyond left buildings collapsed and splintered, hospitals damaged, roads and water systems compromised and more than a million homes and businesses without electricity.”
* Wall Street “had another rough day on Thursday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq index dipping into correction territory and the Dow Jones closing 548 points down after another day of market convulsions.”
* The White House insisted yesterday, “The fundamentals and future of the U.S. economy remain incredibly strong.” That sounds an awful lot like John McCain said just as the Great Recession was getting underway.
* Will Trump listen? “Lawmakers from both parties are publicly demanding that the U.S. government hold Saudi Arabia accountable for any role it played in the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2.”
* Capital punishment: “Washington became the 20th state to do away with the death penalty on Thursday when the state’s Supreme Court ruled that the way the punishment is carried out violates the state constitution.”
* Matthew Whitaker: “President Trump talked recently with Jeff Sessions’s own chief of staff about replacing Sessions as attorney general, according to people briefed on the conversation, signaling that the president remains keenly interested in ousting his top law enforcement official.”
* I hope you saw Rachel’s segment on Peter W. Smith: “A veteran Republican activist whose quest to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails from hackers dominated the final months of his life struck up a professional relationship with Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Trump, as early as 2015, and told associates during the presidential campaign that he was using the retired general’s connections to help him on the email project.”
* I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that the Wall Street Journal editorial page endorsed Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, but I’ll confess, I was caught a little off-guard.
* Hiding something? “Veterans Affairs officials are declining to give members of Congress documents related to accusations that outside businessmen are unduly influencing department policy, citing legal ongoing disputes over the issue.”
* Noted without comment: “On her recent swing through Africa, between visits with dignitaries and photo-ops in front of the Great Sphinx, First Lady Melania Trump declared that she could be ‘the most bullied person in the world.’”
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.