Bulletin: Pope accepts resignation of Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl amid scandals over his handling of sexual abuse claims. (Washington Post)
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President Trump is finally fully merging his presidency with television, relishing the mounting amount of time that he's devoting to filling the airwaves — while also ravenously consuming his productions, Jonathan Swan reports.
When Anthony Scaramucci joined the White House for an epic 10 days as communications director, he said he wanted to produce a daily show from the White House lawn.
Trump's top aides see the White House the most valuable stage set in the world. Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who this summer became deputy chief of staff for communications, wants to make better use of different elements of it — for instance, with more use of outdoor settings.
West Wing aides have become extras in The Trump Show, with reporters pouncing on them with question as they arrive at the West Wing (unheard of in previous administrations), and cable news carrying the spectacle live.
The key question for reporters: What things that actually matter are being ignored as our attention is monopolized by visits to the White House by Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Kid Rock? Here are just a few of those issues:
This was Mexico Beach, Florida.
Below, Amanda Logsdon begins the process of trying to clean up her home in Panama City, Fla., after Michael blew the roof off.
"The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month," the WashPost reports.
Key point: 'Turkish officials are wary of releasing the recordings, fearing they could divulge how the Turks spy on foreign entities in their country."
Dina Powell is out of the running to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador to the UN.
Powell's candidacy faced considerable internal opposition, although she was favored by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and was the first recommendation of Haley herself.
One name being floated for the job: Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. ambassador to NATO, and former U.S. senator from Texas.
P.S. The Wall Street Journal reports that, on the assumption Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be out by the end of the year, Trump is considering as many as five candidates to replace him:
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Most Democrats running in competitive House races are supporting or at least leaving the door open to some form of "Medicare for All," Axios' Caitlin Owens reports.
What they're saying: Some explicitly say they support "Medicare for All." Others say they support a pathway to Medicare for All, a Medicare option for all, or a Medicare buy-in. Some simply say they support a "public option."
P.S. Triage: "Republican Party leaders ... have begun to pull millions of dollars away from Republican candidates who have fallen substantially behind in once-competitive races," the N.Y. Times reports.
Breaking: Stocks in Europe and Asia staged a robust recovery today as strong trade data from China buoyed markets after a two-day rout. (Bloomberg)
The U.S. stock market tumbled 2% yesterday, after 3% on Wednesday, for its biggest losing streak of Trump’s presidency. (Financial Times)
"The world economy’s problem in 2018 has been uneven momentum," The Economist's lead editorial says:
"In Silicon Valley, even the shoes are now worth more than $1 billion," per The Wall Street Journal's Rob Copeland (subscription).
The U.S. is the most expensive country in the world to give birth:
"'I don't want to get this wrong …' Alec Baldwin begins many of his sentences this way, signaling that he's about to dive into trouble ... At 60, the actor, author, emcee and faux president has never been busier," Lacey Rose writes in a Hollywood Reporter cover story: