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At a rally in Montana yesterday, President Trump said when he turned to the fear-the-caravans part of his speech: "We have our military, now, on the border. [Cheers.] And I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today. ... Barbed wire, used properly, can be a beautiful sight."
This is a fitting coda to a barbed strategy of choice, not circumstance.
Imagine if his speeches echoed the top of this column by the N.Y. Times' Bret Stephens:
Instead, it’s caravans ("Four others ... are forming," he warned yesterday), enemies of the people, Pocahontas, fake news, plagues and diseases.
This might work to save the Senate, but surely will cost the GOP House seats and probably the whole House.
Truth is, bragging about accomplishments and the economy could have helped grow the Senate and keep the House. It might have helped the elections from turning into the boys against the girls.
One of President Trump's most reliable applause lines at his rallies is his plan to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.
He now has a big new backer. Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, endorsed the idea during a "Recode Decode" podcast with Kara Swisher. When Swisher asked about the Trump Space Force, Musk said:
"[I]t’s basically defense in space," Musk continued. "And then I think also it could be pretty helpful for maybe expanding our civilization ... expanding things beyond Earth."
P.S. When Swisher asked about the power that’s held by Facebook and Google and others, Musk said tech could use more regulation:
On the cover of next week's New York Times Magazine ... "U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It," by Janet Reitman, who is working on a book about the rise of the far right in post-9/11 America:
"At the end of June, the Department of Homeland Security withheld grant money from several previously approved applicants whose focus was on studying extremists’ online networks and helping both white supremacists and Muslim extremists leave their movements. ... Some researchers withdrew from plans to brief lawmakers on far-right extremism."
Why it matters: "The genius of the new far right, if we could call it 'genius,' has been their steadfast determination to blend into the larger fabric of society to such an extent that perhaps the only way you might see them as a problem is if you actually want to see them at all."
Above: In Missouri, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley takes a selfie outside his campaign bus during a stop at the Jefferson County GOP office in Imperial, Missouri.
Below: His opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), arrives on her campaign bus at a Democratic office in Fulton, Mo.
While Jamal Khashoggi’s death "prompted investors from around the globe to distance themselves from the Saudi government, Booz Allen ... McKinsey & Company and Boston Consulting Group have stayed close after playing critical roles in Prince Mohammed’s drive to consolidate power," the N.Y. Times' Michael Forsythe, Mark Mazzetti, Ben Hubbard and Walt Bogdanich report:
"Many of the consultants, who spend five days a week in Riyadh before flying elsewhere to see their families on weekends, were annoyed last year when the government kicked them out of their preferred hotel, the Ritz-Carlton, to use it as a temporary lockup for those accused of corruption."
Since Tuesday is political journalism's Game Day, we talked with three of the cable stars of Election Night about how they prep. Our first conversation is with CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash, who'll track the Senate drama:
Her forecast: "I am so out of the prediction business. I'm just along for the ride. ... [M]y sense is probably we'll have a good idea of where the Senate is going to go earlier than the House, because a lot of the House races are West Coast and could take a little longer."
Tomorrow: Fox News' Bret Baier ... Tuesday: MSNBC's Steve Kornacki.