Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.
• President Trump, after a call with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, speculated that “rogue killers” might be behind the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and said he would send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with the king. Read the story.
• Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts released DNA results showing that she has some Native American ancestry, hitting back at Mr. Trump’s mocking of her claims about her heritage and signaling her intent to run for president in 2020.
• Mr. Trump visited Florida on Monday to tour the damage from Hurricane Michael. Read how the president handles the recurring barrage of disastrous storms.
• James A. Wolfe, a former Senate Intelligence Committee aide, pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his contact with a journalist during an investigation into leaks of classified information related to coverage of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
• A Christian Democrat in California has been portrayed by his Republican opponent as an Islamic terrorist sympathizer. Similar allegations have been tossed at candidates in Ohio, New Jersey and Virginia. The tactic is gaining momentum ahead of the midterms.
• Keith Ellison, Democratic candidate for Minnesota’s attorney general, is losing his lead after accusations of emotional and physical abuse from an ex-girlfriend. Now, Republicans have taken up her cause.
• Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke will meet today for what could be their last debate in the race for a Texas Senate seat. But Democrats are already pleading with Mr. O’Rourke to redirect millions of dollars in donations to candidates who may have a better chance at winning.
• By Monday, congressional candidates had to reveal how much they had raised and spent through September. Find out how much money is behind the most competitive House races.
Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Margaret Kramer in New York.
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