It’s Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Here’s what you need to start your day:
1. Latest on missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
It’s been two weeks since Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, and Monday investigators were finally allowed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Turkish officials said Khashoggi was murdered.
Turkish sources claim they have tapes that prove the journalist was “interrogated, tortured and then murdered,” but the Saudis have so far denied the accusations. CNN reported the Saudis may admit that Khashoggi’s death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong.
“If that is the play by the Saudis, I think many people will be enormously dissatisfied with the idea that something went wrong,” ABC News Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell tells us. “It looks premeditated.”
2. Warren releases DNA test, Democrats campaign in Iowa
The midterms are three weeks from Tuesday, but some Democratic lawmakers already have their eyes on 2020.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released a campaign video and the results of a DNA test Monday to push back on President Donald Trump’s attacks for claiming Native American ancestry. Later this month, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is planning a campaign trip to Iowa just weeks after Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J, made his debut in the state.
Some within the party are questioning whether the 2020 hopefuls should be more focused on the midterms, according to ABC News Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks: “What if Democrats don’t win back majority in the House? … They might be totally out of the game before the game’s even really started.”
3. Viral video shows white woman blocking black man from entering his apartment building
In a confrontation caught on video, a white woman tried to block a black tenant from entering a St. Louis apartment building, demanding to know who he was there to see. D’Arreion Toles recorded the encounter on his cellphone as she followed him up to his apartment and saw him open the door with his key.
Thirty minutes later, Toles said police knocked on his door after receiving a call that the woman was uncomfortable with him being there.
Toles said he doesn’t wish any negativity on this woman, who was fired from her job.
ABC News’ Linsey Davis says of the encounter, “This one escalates in a way that we haven’t seen in the past.”
4. How ‘Juiced’ turned a personal grievance into baseball’s steroid controversy
In the mid-2000s, former Oakland A’s star Jose Canseco helped jumpstart the sport’s steroid inquisition with his book, “Juiced.”
Our partners at ESPN are out with an episode of their “30 for 30” podcast series focused on how the book came to be and the effects it had on the sport.
ESPN’s Jody Avrigan and Andrew Mambo say you can draw a direct line from Canseco’s book to the congressional hearings on steroids in 2005.
In other news:
Russia investigation: For wife of former Trump adviser, a doctored passport photo stokes new questions: Last week, in an effort to beat back accusations that she has lied about her identity, Simona Mangiante provided ABC News with a photograph of her Italian passport. But rather than quiet widespread speculation that the wife of the former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was perhaps not who she presented herself to be, that passport photo has now raised more questions than it has answered.
Cop arrested: Police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman during traffic stop: A Maryland police officer has been arrested after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop, his department said. The driver claimed that the officer was on duty, in uniform and in a marked cruiser when he sexually assaulted her around