NY-01: State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R) raised $131,000 in the two-month pre-primary period, while former SEC prosecutor George Demos (R) raised $59,000. Demos started his campaign with a personal donation of $2 million. Rep. Tim Bishop (D) raised $175,000 and has a significant cash advantage with more than $800,000 in the bank. (Hotline reporting)
NY-04: Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice (D) had a wide lead on her competitors in fundraising, taking in $644,000 in the pre-primary period, compared to Nassau County Legislator Bruce Blakeman‘s (R) $89,000 and attorney Frank Scaturro‘s (R) $36,000. (Hotline reporting)
NY-11: Rep. Michael Grimm (R) raised only $44,000 and spent $214,000, including $40,000 to his attorneys at Patton Boggs. Former New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D) raised $144,000 and had more than $1 million in cash. (New York Daily News)
NY-19: Rep. Chris Gibson (R) raised $353,000, while investor Sean Eldridge (D) raised $138,000. Both had roughly $1.5 million cash on hand; Eldridge donated $965,000 to his campaign earlier in the race. (Hotline reporting)
NY-21: Documentary filmmaker Aaron Woolf (D) raised $163,000, former George W. Bush White House aide Elise Stefanik (R) raised $114,000, and businessman Matt Doheny (R) raised $87,000. Woolf had a significant cash advantage, with $377,000 to Stefanik’s $184,000 and Doheny’s $172,000. Woolf has given his campaign about $211,000, Stefanik has given hers about $62,000, and Doheny has given his $250,500. (Hotline reporting)
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"National Security Adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that President Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris on Nov. 11, the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I. ...Bolton was in Moscow to meet with Putin about Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty, a move the Kremlin says 'will make the world more dangerous.'"
"Saudi Arabia said Saturday that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared more than two weeks ago, had died after an argument and fistfight with unidentified men inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Eighteen men have been arrested and are being investigated in the case, Saudi state-run media reported without identifying any of them. State media also reported that Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the deputy director of Saudi intelligence, and other high-ranking intelligence officials had been dismissed."
"Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is scrutinizing how a collection of activists and pundits intersected with WikiLeaks, the website that U.S. officials say was the primary conduit for publishing materials stolen by Russia, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Mueller’s team has recently questioned witnesses about the activities of longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone, including his contacts with WikiLeaks, and has obtained telephone records, according to the people familiar with the matter."
"Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections ... Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice." Mueller has faced pressure to wrap up the investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, said an official, who would receive the results of the investigation and have "some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released," if he remains at his post.