☕️ Good Saturday morning.
⚾️ Situational awareness: Brewers, Dodgers one win away from World Series. (Game 7 at Miller Park, 8:09 p.m. ET)
Bulletin: A senior official in Turkey’s ruling party said Turkey would share its evidence of Khashoggi’s killing with the world. (AP)
A well-wired Republican texts me the reason President Trump is buying the Saudis' story: "Constraining Iran is the priority and Saudi is a critical ally in that effort. That 'trumps' the horrible human rights violation."
Here's how the Saudis last night began trying to defuse the international crisis ... "The Saudi government acknowledged early Saturday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, saying he died during a fistfight," the WashPost reports from Riyadh:
Reuters notes: "Saudi Arabia provided no evidence to support its account of the circumstances that led to Khashoggi’s death."
In Arizona last night, Trump called Saudi Arabia's announcement a "good first step" and said he would work with Congress on a U.S. response, per AP:
P.S. AP headline ... "Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead."
With President Trump promising "an election of the caravan," Honduran migrants "surged across a bridge leading to Mexico ... before they were halted in a chaotic confrontation with a phalanx of Mexican police in riot gear," CNN reports:
"As night fell, thousands of migrants remained packed together and exposed to the elements on the Suchiate River bridge connecting Tecun Uman, Guatemala, and Tapachula, Mexico, according to CNN crews on the ground."
The Justice Department announced that a Russian woman had been charged with interfering in the midterms as part of what her Putin-allied organization called "information warfare against the United States."
The cover of Sunday's Washington Post Business section has a tech column by Geoffrey Fowler with the headline, "I fell for Facebook fake news. Here's why millions of you did, too":
"The Facebook video is nuts, but I can’t tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified passengers.
"It turns out the video is totally bunk, spliced together from a computer-generated clip and unrelated real news footage. But that didn’t stop the Facebook post from arriving in my News Feed via a friend last month. I watched it. Maybe you did, too: It has nearly 14 million views."
Be smart, from Fowler: "Detecting what’s fake in images and video is only getting harder. Misinformation is part of an online economy that weaponizes social media to profit from our clicks and attention."
Fowler includes an online test from software maker Autodesk, "Fake or Foto":
For each of nine images, you're asked "CG" or "Photo?"
"The housing market is stumbling through its longest slump in four years," The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto and Sharon Nunn report (subscription):
Read me: "Real-estate agents say power is shifting more toward buyers."
"To the Editor:
"Re 'If You’re Not Scared About Fascism in the U.S., You Should Be,' by Jason Stanley, Adam Westbrook and Japhet Weeks (Opinion video, nytimes.com, Oct. 15):
"Your video reminded me of a gentleman I met recently. He was born in Germany in 1934 and lived through World War II and its aftermath.
"Here’s my comic strip using his words.
"Stan Mack, New York."
See all eight frames of Mack's comic.
"Tuesday night's Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It ties the largest lottery prize in U.S. history — and is bound to continue growing — and joins five other top 10 drawings in the last three years," AP's Scott McFetridge writes:
"It's hard to overstate how fast lottery tickets fly out of the mini marts when the top prizes get so large":
Be smart: "Cornelius Nelan, a math professor at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, notes the odds [of winning Mega Millions] are about the same as rolling a die and getting a one, 11 times in a row."