⚾️ Happy Friday! Red Sox in World Series; will face Dodgers or Brewers.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi likes to say that “beauty is in the mix," arguing that diverse viewpoints lead to a better debate and stronger policy outcomes.
The chart above shows the projected chairs. In most cases, it's the ranking member (top Democrat) of the current committee; Pelosi has said all of those members are expected to move up.
Axios managing editor David Nather points out what a change this would be: The current Republican chairs are all white, with two women.
Go deeper: "2019 Congress could shatter diversity records."
President Trump, spelling out his closing arguments for the 18 days of midterm campaigning ahead, told a rally in Montana last night: "This will be an election of Kavanaugh, the caravan, law and order, and common sense."
At the Missoula rally, Trump elaborated on his themes, with supporters behind him holding signs saying 'FINISH THE WALL" and "DRAIN THE SWAMP":
Be smart: Trump's new list is a variation on the unifying themes we identified earlier this fall in his tweets and rallies: migration, MS-13, media and Mueller.
⚡️ Bulletin: "Turkey’s foreign minister says his country has not shared any audio recordings ... with U.S. officials." (AP)
A Turkish official says investigators are assessing the possibility that the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were taken to a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul or to Yalova, a city 60 miles away, AP reports.
Smearing Khashoggi ... "Hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a whispering campaign against ... Khashoggi that is designed to protect ... Trump from criticism of his handling of the ... alleged murder," the WashPost's Bob Costa and Karoun Demirjian report:
Fans interfere with Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, trying to catch a possible tying home run hit by Houston Astros' Jose Altuve in the first inning on Wednesday night in Houston. Altuve was called out.
"The White House chief of staff and the national security adviser got into a profanity-laced argument about immigration outside the Oval Office early [yesterday] morning, prompting the chief of staff to leave the White House complex and not return for the rest of the day," the N.Y. Times' Julie Davis and Maggie Haberman report.
Per Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs, the argument included "the performance of the Homeland Security Department under Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen."
"2019 could be a record-breaking year for IPOs in terms of dollars raised. It could top 2000, the high-water mark, when tech companies raced to cash in on lofty valuations at the height of the dot-com boom," The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
"Other big tech startups in the 2019 IPO queue ... include workplace-messaging platform Slack Technologies Inc. as well as a raft of smaller but closely watched companies including food-delivery service Postmates Inc., security firms CrowdStrike Inc. and Cloudflare Inc., and videoconferencing-software provider Zoom."
Why it matters: "All this is a drastic change for companies that for years relied on ample supplies of cash from private sources and chose to build their businesses away from the prying eye of public investors and analysts."
"Uber is developing a new short-term staffing business, dubbed Uber Works, that would help to diversify its business ahead of next year’s planned initial public offering," the Financial Times' Tim Bradshaw and Shannon Bond report (subscription):
Why it matters: "Uber Works could help to persuade potential investors in next year’s IPO that Uber is more than just a transportation service, instead pitching it as a broader platform for all kinds of flexible work and on-demand services."
"In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive [Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters], a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads 'War Room.' Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections." (AP)
"America fears that time is on China’s side," The Economist writes in its cover editorial:
P.S. Wall Street Journal lead story: "China’s economic expansion slowed to its weakest pace since the financial crisis , as top financial regulators launched an extraordinary coordinated effort to calm jittery investors."
Red Sox in World Series for first time in five years ... Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy:
"The Sox open the 114th World Series Tuesday at Fenway Park vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers."