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Axios CEO Jim VandeHei — speaking at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh — was asked by several students how to restore faith and trust in media.
VandeHei offered four fairly provocative ideas — one each for politicians, social media, reporters and individuals. Here's the gist, adapted for Axios ...
Be smart ... Remember: If your Facebook feed is filled with garbage, it means you were reading garbage in the first place. The algorithm simply gives you more of what you crave.
P.S. The Axios social media policy, which applies to all our colleagues, prohibits the sharing of political views or derogatory snark online: "Don’t say anything on the internet that you wouldn’t publish under your byline or say on TV."
President Trump and top Republicans, concerned about huge House losses this fall, are tossing out new ideas by the day in hopes of saving their majority:
Be smart: A top Democratic aide told me Trump's sudden talk of a middle-class tax cut is an acknowledgement that the last tax cut is polling poorly. Republican candidates, the aide said, "are either running away from it or silent on it."
"The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law," the N.Y. Times' Erica Green, Katie Benner and Robert Pear report:
Be smart: The move would most directly impact discrimination cases in terms of education, but would likely have a much wider effect on the civil rights and public acceptance of transgender people.
Above, Mosley High School football players practice Friday outside their heavily damaged school in Lynn Haven, Fla.
Ten days after Hurricane Michael, football offered a welcome escape for the Florida Panhandle, AP Sports Writer David Brandt reports:
During an emotional pregame speech, Mosley High coach Jeremy Brown said:
A frame from a police closed-circuit camera in Istanbul shows a black van in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, possibly containing Khashoggi's remains. (Photo from the Sabah newspaper via AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood, Silicon Valley, presidential libraries and foundations, politically connected private equity groups, P.R. firms, think tanks, universities and Trump family enterprises are awash in Arab money. The Saudis satisfy American greed, deftly playing their role as dollar signs in robes.— Maureen Dowd
P.S. Fox News announces an 11 a.m. interview by Bret Baier with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who "will discuss the latest surrounding Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi including why the writer was killed by Saudi agents, along with [the minister's] meeting earlier this week with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo."
An Afghan woman shows her inked finger after casting her vote yesterday at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Kabul.
"The first parliamentary elections since 2010 are being held against a backdrop of near-daily attacks by the Taliban, who have seized nearly half the country," AP reports from Kabul:
"The results of the polling will not be released before mid-November and final results will not be out until December."
The World Series features the Boston Red Sox (favored) vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, with Game 1 on Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston.
L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke: "After spending six months investing all their energy in returning to the spot that left them so empty, the Dodgers were rewarded with a second consecutive World Series berth after a 5-1 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the deciding Game 7."
Good times roll in Boston ... Globe's Chad Finn: "It’s the fourth trip to the Fall Classic for the Red Sox since 2004, when they swept the St. Louis Cardinals to exorcise all ghosts and lift all curses. The Red Sox have been champions in ’04, ’07, and ’13. The change in centuries really has worked out quite well for them."