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BREAKING … SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO has arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.
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-- FASCINATING NUGGET, from NYT’s Gardiner Harris, David Kirkpatrick and Eileen Sullivan: “The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, left Washington last week, returned to Riyadh and will not be returning, a current and a former American official said on Monday. It was not clear when he might be replaced, or by whom. Prince Khalid is the crown prince’s younger brother.” NYT …
Prince Khalid bin Salman has been ambassador to the U.S. since 2017.
EXCLUSIVE … PELOSI DETAILS HER PLANS FOR THE MAJORITY … HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI (D-CALIF.) was on the campaign trail in Philadelphia over the weekend -- stumping for Mary Gay Scanlon and Madeleine Dean -- and sat down with Anna for a wide-ranging interview about her plans for a Democratic majority.
-- THE FIRST BILLS: They would start with a campaign finance reform bill, and then Pelosi said Democrats would move to lower drug prices, enact a background-check system for gun purchases and create a bill that protects Dreamers.
-- PELOSI WANTS TO RUN A TIGHT OVERSIGHT SHIP: “It’s very important we are not scattershot. I’m not having any pound-of-flesh club. … What is important is for us not to be them. We are not going to be them. On the other hand, the American people deserve the truth and we have to have oversight over the agencies, the oversight of seeking the truth about the most fundamental action a person takes is voting.” (
Note here: Pelosi seems very aware that oversight can go sideways, like it did at times for Republicans in the Obama era.)
-- ZERO DEMOCRATS EXPECTED TO VOTE FOR TRUMP’S WALL IN DECEMBER: “I don’t see any of us voting for wall funding. … We have a responsibility to secure our borders. There are ways to do that that are consistent with civilization, humanitarianism and who we are as a nation. We have to remove all doubt about that.”
-- PELOSI EXPECTS AN OCTOBER SURPRISE: “An intentional surprise which we should expect and you always expect it. That’s why you build redundancy in your campaign. … We just have to own the ground and get out the vote and understand that it doesn’t matter what happens, we have to do that.”
-- WILL DEMS KNOW IF THEY’VE CAPTURED THE MAJORITY ON ELECTION NIGHT? DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) “says we should be prepared for not knowing, but I’m just hoping that we will. That the 23 for sure, and then is it a wave after that, a tsunami after that or just little drops -- and the races are this close 500 votes either way, 600 votes either way -- 25,000 votes could determine the gavel.”
-- PELOSI expects all committee ranking members to become chairs. “I don’t see any change in that.”
-- WILL PELOSI, STENY HOYER (D-MD.) AND JIM CLYBURN (D-S.C.) REMAIN ATOP THE PARTY? … “I don’t know. I have no idea and it’s the least important thing. … I haven’t asked one person for me in the House or outside of the House [for a vote]. ... I don’t ask but they do tell.”
-- Read more on Pelosi’s trip to Philadelphia and her quest to elect more women to office: POLITICO
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK -- PELOSI’S CASH HAUL … PELOSI raised $34.2 million for Democrats in the third quarter, including $30.5 million directly for the DCCC. She held 250 fundraising events in 29 cities. That brings her total fundraising haul for the 2018 cycle to $121.7 million for Democrats.
Good Tuesday morning. 21 DAYS until Election Day.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will travel to Houston next week to campaign in the 10,000-seat NRG Arena for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Trump said he was going to choose the largest stadium in the state for the rally, but he did not.
REP. BETO O’ROURKE (D-TEXAS) will debate tonight in San Antonio.
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