Tuesday’s Mini-Report, 10.23.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* A new version of events: “The 15-man team sent by Saudi intelligence to Istanbul planned to hold Jamal Khashoggi against his will for up to two days in a safe house in Turkey while persuading him to return to his home country, Saudi officials said, adding another element to the kingdom’s evolving explanation about the journalist’s killing.”

* In related news: “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the United States is revoking visas for the Saudi men accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.”

* The United States Cyber Command “is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling them that American operatives have identified them and are tracking their work, according to officials briefed on the operation.”

* Ross’ Census scandal: “The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a court order on Monday that would have required Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce, to give a deposition in a lawsuit challenging the addition of a question concerning citizenship to the 2020 census.”

* This would be extremely unwise: “President Trump vowed Monday to cut off or ‘substantially’ reduce aid to three Latin American nations, voicing fresh frustration as a growing caravan of migrants that originated in Honduras continued to make its way toward the U.S.-Mexico border.”

* Radical rhetoric can have consequences: “The device found in a mailbox at the New York home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros ‘had the components’ of a bomb, according to authorities and law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.”

* In related news: “GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) said on Monday that he and his family received death threats ‘from the right,’ and that he was talking to U.S. attorneys about the court proceedings.”

* This is the sort of story that gets leaked when someone is trying to get someone fired: “An argument last February between the White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, and Corey Lewandowski, an informal adviser to President Trump, turned into a physical altercation that required Secret Service intervention just outside the Oval Office, according to a half-dozen people familiar with the events.”

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Tuesday's Mini-Report, 10.23.18