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Daily News Digest – October 18, 2018

Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, October 18.

1. There’s audio.

  • There is reportedly an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi being tortured, murdered, and dismembered.
  • Turkish intelligence officials described the audio to the New York Times, and it is absolutely gruesome.
  • President Donald Trump has asked the Turkish government for this audio, while being careful not to admit that it exists for sure and continuing to walk a line of cooperation with the Saudis.
  • He talked about all this at length during an extensive sit-down interview with The Associated Press in the Oval Office.
  • CNN’s Jamie Gangel reports this morning that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked a tougher game with the Saudis than it first appeared, basically giving them an ultimatum to get their story straight.
  • This doesn’t end with the Crown Prince going to the Hague or anything, but it has the potential to realign the world’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.
  • How Trump handles this is an important statement to the world about the United States’ human rights priorities.
  • Read more HERE.

2. Saban’s for Manchin, aight?

  • University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is getting political. Not in the state of Alabama, but in his home state of West Virginia.
  • Saban appears in the latest television commercial for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, who is facing a heated reelection contest this fall.
  • “Joe and I grew up together in West Virginia, and he never forgets where he came from,” Saban says into the camera to the beat of a marching band drum line reminiscent of college football Saturdays.
  • “I don’t have a better friend or know a better person than Joe Manchin,” he says.
  • Watch the full ad HERE.
  • Big tip of the hat to NYT’s Jonathan Martin and the eleventy people who texted or emailed this to me last night.
  • JMart reports that he has talked to Manchin about Saban’s politics. He describes him as a moderate democrat reluctant to engage in Alabama’s heated partisan battles, i.e. Roy Moore/Doug Jones.
  • In other words, he’s not going to endorse your campaign, so quit askin!!
  • My question is what will Tammy or Charles from Reeltown think about this??

3. New ads: Maddox, Aderholt, Ainsworth.

  • Democratic nominee for Governor Walt Maddox is out with a new television ad today. It begins airing statewide this evening.
  • The ad hits on Maddox’s common policy goals: expanding Medicaid on “day one” and instituting an education lottery.
  • He doesn’t name Gov. Kay Ivey, but includes subtle punches about her not debating and the state being on the hook for former Gov. Robert Bentley’s legal defense in the Spencer Collier lawsuit.
  • Watch the ad HERE.
  • Congressman Robert Aderholt is up on tv with an ad touting his work on rural broadband and other programs that “create jobs that help rural America.”
  • “He works directly with President Trump” is a line Team Aderholt wouldn’t mind reverberating around the district and state for a while.
  • Watch the ad for yourself HERE.

4. Skip Tucker: A Modest Proposal.

  • Skip Tucker has had about enough of hearing that he’s a bad person just for being an “Old White Man.”
  • Turning anyone’s race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. into a pejorative meant to diminish their status is wrong, Skip writes, even if it’s the ones who have been running things for most of human history.
  • An excerpt:
  • “Old White Men run the world. Almost 65 percent of our GNP is produced by OWM, and 80 percent of the U.S. Legislature is white. There are but six female governors. Five of the six major media conglomerate are owned by old white men.
  • “All that, too, is wrong. Much of this is being challenged and changed, and rightly so. But you don’t build up equality by tearing into and tearing down. That leads to bitterness and more hate.
  • “It’s an unhealthy risk to inflame prejudice against one type of people because it leads entire segments of society to prejudge guilt without evidence. Class hatred is dangerous because your class might be next.”
  • Read Skip’s full column HERE.

5. News Briefs.

FiveThirtyEight has Ivey winning big
  • Nate Silver’s released its election forecast models for governors races late yesterday.
  • It gives Gov. Kay Ivey a 99 percent chance of winning and forecasts a vote share of 58.5 percent to Walt Maddox’s 41.5 percent.
  • Sliver and his number crunchers use a variety of factors and their own secret sauce to determine these .
  • Take a look for yourself and click around to the other forecast models HERE.
NYT Magazine Profiles Tabitha Isner
  • Tabitha Isner, Democratic nominee for Congress in AL-2, is getting the New York Times treatment. Or New York Times Magazine, as it were, which might be better in terms of article length.
  • Ruth Graham, who normally writes for Slate, travelled around with Isner and wrote all about her uphill battle in challenging Rep. Martha Roby.
  • It’s less about the political fundamentals of the race and hardly mentions Roby. It’s more a tale of Isner’s personal journey and a liberal lament that the state and district aren’t more progressive.
  • Read it in full HERE.
Advertiser profiles
  • The Montgomery Advertiser did some work profiling the Lt. Governor race.
  • But they got a big assist from Phil Rawls’ Advanced Reporting Students at Auburn University’s School of Journalism.
  • Read Lily Jackson’s profile on Republican Will Ainswoth HERE, and Will Saheil’s profile of Democrat Will Boyd HERE.
  • Also read the Advertiser’s Q&A with the candidates HERE.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump asks Turkey for audio, video evidence on Khashoggi.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Skip Tucker: A Modest Proposal.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – In rare political appearance, Nick Saban endorses Joe Manchin in West Viginia.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Maddox ad talks Medicaid, lottery, debate.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Aderholt ad touts work on rural broadband, close ties to Trump.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Ainsworth ad pokes fun, talks business and education.
AL.COM – Alabama’s ‘war on marijuana’ topic of new report by law centers
AL.COM – Gov. Kay Ivey responds to request to join 3M lawsuit.
AL.COM – Angela Davis to receive Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s 2018 Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.
AL.COM – St. Clair warden fired for having sex with prison nurses.
AL.COM – From baby clothes to home security systems, Alabama congressmen’s unusual uses of campaign funds.
AL.COM – Alabama amendment would prepare state for Roe v. Wade reversal.
AL.COM – Age, health emerge as issues in Alabama governor’s race.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Walt Maddox has already lost.
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Why Alabama cities need (and encourage) crime.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – 3 questions with Will Ainsworth and Will Boyd: lieutenant governor candidates in their own words.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – After years of Alabama judicial controversy, Bob Vance wants quiet leadership for the bench.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Alabama lt. governor candidate Will Boyd: ‘I want us to be at the top in education’.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Alabama lt. governor candidate Will Ainsworth: ‘Make sure that Alabama is known for the things we do well’.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Ex-officers get prison for framing black teenager in Florida
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Ivey denies allegations of health-related cover-up
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Autopsy: Alabama councilman shot woman before killing himself
DOTHAN EAGLE – Business leader: Montgomery needs more like Greg Calhoun
DOTHAN EAGLE – Triple shooting near Paterson Court leaves one dead
DOTHAN EAGLE – Renfroe’s Market named best large retailer in Alabama
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – 29 years later, killing of Acie and Carolyn Worthy still unsolved
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Chris Stapleton headlines amphitheater concert
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – UA Faculty Senate wants plans scrapped for evening parking permits
DECATUR DAILY – Gender gap: Local fire departments struggle to find women recruits.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – National Right to Life endorses Kay Ivey for governor
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Auburn University leads $2 million initiative to maximize U.S. fuel economy
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – George Soros dumps $200,000 into group of PACs backing Maddox
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – ACMS to present ‘exuberant’ chamber music
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – AFGT team provides relief in Florida
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Friend’s plight inspires Paige to organize drive
TROY MESSENGER – Suspect in multiple burglaries arrested
TROY MESSENGER – Woman pleads guilty in connection with Whaley theft
TROY MESSENGER – Troy school board reviews accreditation score, notes
THE ANNISTON STAR – Group seeks veterans, former teachers, others to mentor former inmates
THE ANNISTON STAR – Anniston school board’s audit still not ready;Firm asks for extra information from district
THE ANNISTON STAR – Pregnant students at JSU have source for maternity clothing
ANNISTON STAR – State agency recognized for efficiency in awarding SNAP benefits.
GADSDEN TIMES – Issues of age, health highlight governor’s race
GADSDEN TIMES – Powerless victims of Hurricane Michael now suffer looting
GADSDEN TIMES – City council moves board of education referendum to January.
GADSDEN TIMES – Sears’ demise like losing an old friend.
OANOW – UPDATED: Small plane crashes off I-85 in Opelika near Exit 60
OANOW – Auburn man indicted for capital murder in 2016 triple-homicide case
OANOW – Author to speak at Auburn on famous World War I battle involving Alabama troops
CULLMAN TIMES – Powerless victims of Hurricane Michael now suffer looting
CULLMAN TIMES – Harmony School students attend Teen Driving Safety Summit
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – CCB hosting Fall Craft Boutique in Helena
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Veteran of the Week: Private George Watson
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – THS continues report card conference tradition
THE MADISON RECORD – Two new traffic signals now operational on Hughes Road
THE MADISON RECORD – Nighttime bridge inspections planned in Huntsville
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Community corrections APOST tabled to Nov. 5
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Underwood: Legislative act needed for APOST
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Kiwanis Club hosting chili cook-off
NEW YORK TIMES – Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says
NEW YORK TIMES – U.S. Spy Agencies Are Increasingly Convinced of Saudi Prince’s Ties to Journalist’s Disappearance
NEW YORK TIMES – In Final Column, Jamal Khashoggi Laments Dearth of Free Press in Arab World
WASHINGTON POST – Just about everything you’ve read on the Warren DNA test is wrong
WASHINGTON POST – Venezuela’s foreign creditors try to lay claim to Citgo
WASHINGTON POST – White House counsel Donald McGahn officially leaves the job
USA TODAY – ‘Trigger happy’ Connecticut police officer fired
USA TODAY – New research indicates the oldest fossils ever found on Earth might just be rocks
USA TODAY – Michigan pharmacist refuses medicine to woman having miscarriage
POLITICO – Khashoggi laments Arab world’s lack of press freedom in final column
POLITICO – Dem operative fired after arrest over alleged altercation with Laxalt campaign manager
POLITICO – Dem challenger says Feinstein ‘on the sidelines’ in fight against Trump

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