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Huge turnout for Iowa caucuses

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The Iowa caucuses began Monday night after heavy campaigning by presidential candidates and the turnout is much higher than expected.

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  • Expressing confidence in recent days about the impact of his work for GOP candidates in the 2018 mid-term elections for Congress, President Donald Trump starts a swing out west on Thursday to help Republican efforts to maintain control of the U.S. Senate, as he tries to make the issue of illegal immigration more central to the final days of the 2018 campaign, as the President threatened to use U.S. military forces to closed down the southern border with Mexico. “Republicans must make the horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws, and the Border, a part of the Midterms!” the President tweeted on Wednesday, as he again blamed Democrats for a stalemate in Congress on immigration law changes. “Our laws are terrible,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “They’re a laughingstock all over the world.” Hours before leaving on a campaign swing which will take him to rallies in Montana, Arizona, and Nevada over the next three days, the President amplified his comments on immigration with a series of breakfast-time tweets on the subject on Thursday morning. “All Democrats fault for weak laws!” he concluded. I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018 ….In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018 ….The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA. Hopefully Mexico will stop this onslaught at their Northern Border. All Democrats fault for weak laws! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018 Both the President and Vice President have also publicly called for efforts by the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico to stop what the Trump Administration describes as a ‘caravan’ of illegal immigrants reportedly heading for the southern U.S. border. “When you look at the border, how bad it is, that’s because the Democrats want it to be bad,” the President told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “Back to one of his core wedge issues,” political expert Stuart Rothenberg said of the President and immigration. The President’s first stop will be a campaign rally on Thursday evening in Montana, where Republican Matt Rosendale is trying to knock off Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who is trying to win election to a third term in the Senate. As the Billings Gazette newspaper noted, this is the third trip to Montana for President Trump, an unusual amount of political attention for the state. . @realDonaldTrump 'apparently has taken a great deal of interest in (Montana's Senate) race. He likes Rosendale. I think he's annoyed by Tester.' #mtpol #mtal https://t.co/aOlDZXymb9 — Billings Gazette (@billingsgazette) October 17, 2018 On Friday the President will hold a rally in Mesa, Arizona, trying to boost the Senate bid of Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ). Mr. Trump will go to Elko, Nevada for a rally on Saturday night to help Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Next Monday, the President will stop in Houston, Texas, where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is in a hotly-contested race for re-election. Most of the President’s campaign rallies since Labor Day have been in areas where he won in 2016. The latest polls seem to give Republicans a good chance to hold on to their slim majority in the Senate – or even expand it – a bit different from the House, where Democrats seem to have an edge. “I think I’m helping people,” the President told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday, making the case that his campaign rallies and support will turn the tide for GOP candidates in a number of states. “I don’t believe anybody’s ever had this kind of impact,” Mr. Trump added, with Election Day now 19 days away.
  • Broken Arrow police say 71-year-old Vivian Louise McGuire, of Tulsa, was killed Monday evening in the northbound lanes of Aspen Avenue near Albany. Officers say 59-year-old Isiah Eugene Keys Jr., of Broken Arrow, crossed the center line and hit McGuire head-on. Keys for was arrested at the scene for suspicion of driving under the influence. Five cars were involved in the crash. None of the other drivers were seriously injured. Keys is charged with first degree manslaughter.
  • Top business executives are distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with many canceling their attendance at an upcoming investment conference that the country had hoped to use to boost its global image. With reports circulating of the writer’s torture and killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, executives who have been doing business with Saudi Arabia for years are in damage control mode. What was at first a trickle of cancellations from the Saudi event, due to be held in Riyadh on Oct. 23-25, has turned into a rush. The Future Investment Initiative was set up last year as a kind of “Davos in the Desert” for the world’s business elite to network. At last year’s inaugural event the country announced the creation of a whole new city in the desert that would showcase new technologies like renewable energies. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been trying to refocus the Saudi economy away from its traditional reliance on oil by investing in more innovative industries, including big firms like Uber.
  • In an indictment released on Wednesday, federal prosecutors charged an official in the Treasury Department with illegally leaking financial information about bank transactions by certain people involved in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, indicating that a series of leaks to one news organization took place over the last year about key figures in the case, as well as details of the underlying financial probe. “We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in a statement. In an 18 page criminal complaint released today, the feds charged Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, with leaking ‘Suspicious Activity Reports’ about certain financial transactions which were red-flagged by investigators. “Each of the SARs Disclosures related to matters relevant to investigations being conducted by the Office of the Special Counsel” and other units looking at the Russia investigation, “such as suspicious transactions relating to Paul Manafort, Richard W. Gates, Russian diplomatic accounts, and other matters,” the complaint stated, rattling off the name of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, and a top aide, both of whom are now cooperating with the probe led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. While the news organization was not named, it is reportedly Buzz Feed News, which has published a number of articles related to these SAR’s. The feds say they found evidence on Edwards’ cell phone, showing that she had ‘engaged in hundreds of electronic communications with Reporter-1, many via an encrypted application.” Prosecutors say the evidence was still on her cell phone, when she was arrested. “At the time of EDWARDS’s arrest, she was in possession of a flash drive appearing to be the flash drive on which she saved the unlawfully disclosed SARs, and a cellphone containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information to Reporter-1.” Fellow reporters: if you’re going to exchange encrypted messages with a govt source, that crypto will do you no good IF THE SOURCE SAVES ALL THE MESSAGES AND THE FEDS GET INTO THE PHONE. https://t.co/cwslzUjRIx — Cyrus Farivar (@cfarivar) October 17, 2018 The criminal complaint shows the feds were able to monitor messages being sent between the reporter and Edwards, after getting a court ordered ‘pen register,’ which records the numbers involved in communications, but not the actual details of those messages. The complaint also hints at other possible leakers – or at least employees within the Treasury Department who were in with the same reporter. “Initially, EDWARDS denied having any contact with any member of the news media, but indicated that she was aware that CC-1 and another FinCEN employee (“Employee-1″) were in contact with the news media,” the feds stated. There was no indication if other charges would be forthcoming. The 40 year-old Edwards faces two charges which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each – unauthorized disclosures of Suspicious Activity Reports, and one count of conspiracy to make such disclosures.