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"This has always been about power. It's always been about who gets to control life in this country ... And so the more people you have coming into the electorate, the more you dilute the current power structure." — Loretta Lynch on voter suppression.

The reports of what went on in the Istanbul consulate range from the horrific to the grotesque. Chris says Trump is helping the Saudis in a cover-up.

TONIGHT: With the midterm elections on the horizon, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch sits down with Chris to discuss voting rights. Tune in tonight at 7PM ET.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is raising the alarm about the deficit but blaming it on entitlements and not on the Republican $1.5 trillion tax cuts. But deficits have ballooned under Republican control for the last two years and have reached a 6 year high.

"We should be clear about the need for human rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech. These are essential elements for freedom in the western world. It's what our people went and fought and died for." @johnkasich on Trump defending Saudi Arabia.

“He has no moral compass. He likes people who like him. He likes people who invest in them. And guess what, I just described to you the Saudis." @RepSwalwell on Trump’s cozy relations with Saudi Arabia.
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Saudi Arabia’s government is discussing a plan to admit that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, three people with knowledge of the situation tell NBC News.

With this fall's midterm now just 21 days away, President Trump has been hitting the campaign trail for Republicans across the Midwest, hoping to stave off embarrassing losses in states he carried in 2016.
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The RealClear average of polls in each of those states shows the Democratic incumbents (Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania) all surging ahead of their Republican opponents.

TOMORROW: MSNBC’s Headliners offers an in-depth look at former President Jimmy Carter through an intimate conversation with Chris Matthews, who was a speechwriter during the Carter administration. They discuss President Carter’s administration, his life’s work, and reflect on both his successes and failures. Watch tomorrow at 9PM Eastern on MSNBC.

SUNDAY: MSNBC’s Headliners offers an in-depth look at former President Jimmy Carter through an intimate conversation with Chris Matthews, who was a speechwriter during the Carter administration. They discuss President Carter’s administration, his life’s work, and reflect on both his successes and failures. Watch the special hour Sunday at 9PM Eastern on MSNBC.

According to Vote.org nearly 65,000 people nationwide between the ages of 18 and 29 registered since @taylorswift’s Instagram post Sunday night.

SUNDAY: MSNBC’s Headliners offers an in-depth look at former President Jimmy Carter through an intimate conversation with Chris Matthews, who was a speechwriter during the Carter administration. They discuss President Carter’s administration, his life’s work, and reflect on both his successes and failures. Watch the special hour Sunday at 9PM ET on MSNBC.

"How can you not be impressed that Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota declared that she will vote against confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court? It takes character to vote against the way the wind is blowing back home. We'll see how other Senators vote." -- Chris Matthews

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