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With Speaker Paul Ryan retiring, House Republicans will return from what could be a brutal election — and have no guarantee about their next leader.
If Republicans hold the House, it'd be by a tiny margin. And there are plenty of Republican members who are "hell no" on McCarthy, a source close to House leadership tells Jonathan Swan:
Here's how the two scenarios could play out:
Here's a field guide to the other players:
The backstory ... McCarthy planned ahead to insulate himself from a challenge, combining "the old, established politicking with the new," a Republican aide says:
"Republicans entered the final month of the campaign with more money in the bank than the Democrats," the N.Y. Times' Ken Vogel and Rachel Shorey report:
Why it matters: "It was a rare bright spot for Republicans in a fund-raising picture otherwise dominated by Democrats on the strength of their breakneck small-donor fund-raising by candidates in key congressional races."
Chaser: "Overall, Democrats have outraised Republicans $1.29 billion to $1.23 billion."
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"Saudi officials have failed to answer questions about where Khashoggi’s remains are and have offered inconsistent narratives for how he was killed, undermining the government’s assertion that Khashoggi died after a fistfight broke out," the WashPost reports.
P.S. "Earlier this year, Saudi officials ... offered Super Bowl tickets and chartered flights to the event to media stars such as Jake Tapper of CNN and Bret Baier of Fox News, according to Tapper and a Fox News spokeswoman. (Both said they turned the offers down.)" (WashPost)
Uber "envisions taking to the skies with a fleet of food-delivery drones in as little as three years, an ambitious timeline for a ride-hailing company that would face numerous technical challenges and regulatory hurdles," reports the Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger and Andy Pasztor.
"Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum had never met before [last] night's Florida governor debate [on CNN, moderated by Jake Tapper]. It was not the beginning of a beautiful friendship," the Tampa Bay Times' Steve Contorno and Emily Mahoney write:
A migrant caravan walks into the interior of Mexico after crossing the Guatemalan border yesterday.
Between Soul Cycle, Fitbit, Whole30 diets and social media health gurus, the health and wellness industry is booming — but Americans are more likely to be obese today than ever before, reports Axios' Stef Kight.
The problem: Despite promises made by gyms and fitness programs, physical activity does little to help people lose weight, says Dr. Ashkan Afshin from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. And Americans' diets are still terrible.
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Reporting from Olympia, Washington, Amy Harder writes in "Harder Line," her weekly energy column, that the political landscape is ripe in the progressive state to approve a carbon price after a decade of failed attempts.
Why it matters: If voters approve a ballot initiative this November imposing a fee on carbon dioxide emissions, it would reinvigorate liberal leaders despondent over Trump’s anti-climate change policies. If the measure fails, it’ll reinforce a prevailing notion that carbon prices are politically unpopular.
"Claire McCaskill’s Toughest Fight ... In one of the closest races of the midterms, the Missouri senator strategizes to save her seat from a Trump Republican," writes The New Yorker's Nicholas Lemann.
The White House will roll out the next phase of its response to the opioid crisis this week, roughly a year after President Trump’s high-profile declaration that the epidemic constitutes a public-health emergency, reports Axios' Jonathan Swan and health care editor Sam Baker.
What's happening: On Wednesday, Trump will sign Congress' recently passed opioids legislation, which, among other things, eases limits on Medicaid funding for addiction treatment and expands access to medication-assisted treatments similar to methadone, according to senior counselor Kellyanne Conway.
But overdose deaths are still climbing — as they were well before Trump took office — though Conway said the administration is encouraged by the declining rate of growth in overdose deaths.
P.S. ... From the Truth Initiative: Today, "the second phase of The Truth About Opioids campaign will be launched to show what misusing prescription drugs can really look like."
"Elon Musk says his first Boring Company tunnel is almost done, and it’ll open to the public on Dec. 10," reports FORTUNE.