FOX NEWS FIRST: New poll suggests midterm 'blue wave' hopes may be going bust; U.S-bound migrant caravan grows

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Developing now, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

  • A new poll two weeks before the midterm elections shows Democrats' advantage narrowing and President Trump's approval rating rising
  • In an exclusive interview with FOX News' Bret Baier, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said Saudi activist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a 'rogue operation' and that the 18 suspects in the killing did not have close ties to the Saudi crown prince. Meanwhile, Khashoggi's fiancée has been given police protection, and Turkey said it will reveal the details of its investigation on Tuesday
  • The caravan of migrants heading from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border appeared to grow over the weekend as President Trump insisted U.S. officials are trying to stop the 'onslaught' of illegal aliens and called the caravans a 'disgrace to the Democratic Party'
  • National Security Adviser John Bolton is expected to meet with Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials on Monday after Trump announced the U.S. will pull out of the nuclear agreement with Russia
  • Will Hillary Clinton run for president again in 2020? Michael Goodwin, New York Post columnist and FOX News contributor, explains why she will

THE LEAD STORY - "BLUE WAVE" BUST? -  A new national poll a few weeks before the midterm elections shows the chances of a "blue wave" are far from a slam dunk for the Democrats ... The NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday shows 48 percent of registered voters would prefer having the Democrats in control of Congress, compared to 41 percent supporting the GOP. That 7-point gap has narrowed from the 12-point gap the Democrats had in September. The poll also showed President Trump’s approval ratings at their highest yet: 47 percent. The poll showed 49 percent disapprove. “The current data shows that the Democratic advantage has ebbed but still with a large advantage. And the GOP shows some life,” Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducted the poll alongside Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Hart Research Associates, told the Wall Street Journal.

Why are Democrats apparently losing ground? Troubled candidates and distractions may play a role. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., on Sunday evening, had to fend off allegations of domestic abuse during his debate against his GOP rival for state attorney general. In her debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., had to defend taking a DNA test in an attempt to prove her Native American heritage. Warren said that she took the DNA test in an effort to rebuild "trust in the government" through transparency. Critics remain dubious about Warren's Native American heritage and the jury is out of whether the Massachusetts senator rebuilt any trust.

ICYMI: FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE - SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER GRILLED ON ACTIVIST'S DEATH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister sent his condolences on Sunday to the family of Jamal Khashoggi but offered no new information on how - or why - the Saudi activist was killed in the country’s consulate in Turkey almost three weeks ago ... Speaking during an exclusive interview with FOX News’ Bret Baier, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that the country is currently investigating Khashoggi’s death and that the 18 people implicated in his slaying would be punished appropriately. He said Khashoggi was killed by operatives who went "rogue." "This was an operation that was a rogue operation," he said. "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had.  They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it."

Al-Jubeir added that none of those involved in Khashoggi’s death had close ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Al-Jubeir noted that the investigation was still in its early stages and said that Saudi officials currently don’t know the exact cause of Khashoggi’s death or where his remains are. Still, critics suspect Saudi authorities are trying to covering up the circumstances of Kashoggi's killing to shield the powerful crown prince.

President Trump says he wants to wait for the outcome of the Saudi investigation. Meanwhile, Turkey said it will announce details of its own investigation on Tuesday. Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancée, reportedly has been placed under Turkish police protection.

CARAVAN CAMPAIGN ISSUE: A growing caravan of Honduran migrants streamed through southern Mexico on Sunday heading toward the United States, after making an end-run around Mexican agents who briefly blocked them at the Guatemalan border ... They received help at every turn from sympathetic Mexicans who offered food, water and clothing. Hundreds of locals driving pickups, vans and cargo trucks stopped to let them clamber aboard. The caravan of Central American migrants has anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people — mainly from Honduras — according to estimates. President Trump tweeted on Sunday that border security officials continued their "full efforts ... to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens" attempting to travel to the U.S. southern border via a large migrant caravan — while also describing such caravans as "a disgrace to the Democrat Party."

GROWING TENSION WITH RUSSIA (WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ALLEGED COLLUSION?): National Security Adviser John Bolton is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other officials in Moscow Monday in the first of two days of talks ... The talks could be tense as they come after President Trump announced the U.S. will pull out of a decades-old bilateral nuclear agreement that he said Russia had been "violating for many years." Top Russian officials called the president's move a "very dangerous" provocation that would lead to "full chaos."

COMING IN 2020: HILLARY-TRUMP 2 - Will there be a presidential election rematch between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? Michael Goodwin, New York Post columnist and FOX News contributor, predicts it is inevitable ... The list of potential Democratic candidates to oppose President Trump is growing, but none are "compelling." That's why Clinton has never truly faded out of the spotlight. "Which is why Clinton, despite her enormous flaws and two presidential defeats, can’t be ruled out as the party’s best hope," Goodwin writes in his column on "God knows she wants it more than anybody else. It’s also why I have been saying for months that she was keeping her options open and might actually seek a rematch with Trump. And that was before she and Bill Clinton announced their six-month speaking tour."


'A DANGEROUS TIME FOR AMERICANS' -  "When you cross the border into these United States illegally, expect to be arrested. You do not have the right to come here. We did not invite you here. You cannot stay here. And on your way out, you can tell the Democrats, George Soros and the angry mob that's coming here [that] you either come the right way like everyone else or be ready to face the military and a one-way ticket back to where you came from."  – Judge Jeanine Pirro, in her "Opening Statement" on "Justice with Judge Jeanine," arguing that the issue of border protection is a security and safety issue and "not a left or right issue." WATCH

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