Thursday’s Mini-Report, 10.18.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Remember, the White House is a fine-tuned machine: “President Donald Trump’s chief of staff and his national security adviser engaged in a profanity-laced argument outside the Oval Office on Thursday, according to three people familiar with the episode…. The shouting match was so intense that other White House aides worried one of the two men might immediately resign. Neither is resigning, the people said.”

* Acknowledging the obvious: “President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the U.S. is awaiting the completion of a Saudi investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before deciding on an official response, but that it appears the missing reporter is dead.”

* Sounds like Ben Carson doesn’t know what’s happening around him: “Interior Department officials said Thursday that they did not approve the hiring of a political appointee as the agency’s acting watchdog, calling the announcement of her move by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson ‘100 percent false information.’”

* Quite a coincidence: “The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a State Department official confirmed Wednesday amid global calls for answers in the case.”

* The revolving door: “White House Counsel Don McGahn left the Trump administration on Wednesday, White House officials said, the latest in a string of high-profile departures.”

* On a related note, the final meeting between Trump and McGahn yesterday was reportedly “respectful but not friendly.”

* Some people shouldn’t become pharmacists: “A Michigan woman says a Meijer pharmacist denied her medication prescribed to treat her miscarriage because it was against his religious beliefs.”

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