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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Jr. Expecting to Be Indicted by Mueller Soon  —  Last year, Donald Trump Jr. testified that he never informed his father of a meeting with Russian officials promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.  It seemed hard to believe that the ne'er-do-well son would neglect to seek credit …
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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Submitted His Resignation To Trump  —  Sessions was one of President Trump's earliest supporters during the campaign.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump …
New York Times:
Trump Forces Out Jeff Sessions as He Cleans House After the Midterms  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, ending a partnership that soured almost from the start of the administration and degenerated into one of the most acrimonious public standoffs between …
Kaelyn Forde / ABC News:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request  —  Jeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general effective immediately after being asked to do so by President Trump, sources told ABC News.  —  “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in an undated letter to the president.
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump gets in heated argument with CNN's Jim Acosta  —  President Donald Trump tussled with CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday, calling him a “rude, terrible person” after he asked about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation during a volatile news conference at the White House.
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's new acting attorney general once mused about defunding Robert Mueller  —  This post was originally published in October and has been updated with Whitaker's installment.  —  Matthew Whitaker has been appointed acting attorney General after Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday at President Trump's request.
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Sessions Is Forced Out After Months of Trump Abuse Over Mueller  — Attorney general went from early close adviser to outcast  — Whitaker, a Mueller critic, is named acting attorney general  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the request of President Donald Trump …
Washington Post:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at President Trump's request, ending the tenure of a beleaguered loyalist whose relationship with the president was ruined when Sessions recused himself from control of the investigation …
Laura Jarrett / CNN:
Jeff Sessions out as attorney general  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  —  “At your request I am submitting my resignation,” Sessions wrote in a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly.  —  Matthew Whitaker …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
What Sessions's Resignation Means for Robert Mueller
Discussion: New York Times, Politico and NBC News
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:   Mueller Readies Next Steps for Trump Probe With Uncertainty at DOJ
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Republicans are paying the Trump tax  —  Trump's political strategy is failing.  —  At this point, Democrats look certain to take back the House.  But due to geography and gerrymandering, their majority in the chamber will fall far short of their majority at the polls.
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Democrats' Gain Was More Impressive Than It Appears  —  They are poised to win more seats this year than they did in 2006, despite far fewer opportunities.  —  It wasn't necessarily the night of either party's dreams.  The Democrats are poised to gain around 35 seats after Tuesday's elections.
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Trump says government will halt if Dems investigate him
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Some Democrats are complaining about the ‘Senate popular vote.’ It's still not a thing.
Axios:
Two Americas: amplified, tearing apart
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:   The first five things the Democrats should do with their House majority
Washington Post:
Trump vows ‘beautiful’ deals with Democrats but threatens ‘warlike’ retaliation to probes
Discussion: Blue Virginia and The Daily Caller
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump calls for bipartisanship but warns against Democratic investigations
Discussion: Political Wire
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Harsh Truth Exposed by the Midterm Elections
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
House GOP fight begins: Jordan challenges McCarthy  —  Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hours after Democrats regained control of the lower chamber.  —  “I plan to run for minority leader …
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Conservatives now wonder if transactional Trump might leave them in the cold
John Wagner / Washington Post:
McConnell calls for bipartisan work on fixing the Affordable Care Act
Discussion: Political Wire
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams still hoping for a runoff as Brian Kemp's lead narrows in Georgia governor's race  —  ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, continued Wednesday to hold out hope for a runoff with Republican Brian Kemp, who saw his lead shrink a bit overnight …
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Carol Anderson / The Atlantic:
Brian Kemp's Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
America's Problem Isn't Tribalism—It's Racism
Michelle L. Price / Associated Press:
Dead brothel owner wins election for Nevada legislative seat  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate has won a heavily GOP state legislative district.
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Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Meet the Republican Party's Newest Rising Star: a Nevada Brothel Owner Who's Been Dead for Three Weeks
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun and TheBlaze
Jim Nelson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin recount law changed by Gov. Scott Walker - who may be seeking a recount after loss to Evers  —  If the election for the governor of Wisconsin goes to a recount — a prospect raised by supporters of Gov. Scott Walker who lost to Tony Evers by more than 30,000 votes …
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Tony Evers denies Scott Walker a third term as Wisconsin's governor  —  MADISON - After upending Wisconsin politics and infuriating liberals across the country, Gov. Scott Walker narrowly lost his bid for a third term Tuesday to Tony Evers, the leader of the education establishment Walker blew up eight years ago.
The Daily Beast:
Dana Rohrabacher, Putin's Favorite Congressman, Loses his Seat to Democrat Harley Rouda  —  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher—the pro-Russia Republican who once boasted about a drunken arm-wrestling contest with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the 1990s—has lost his seat to Democrat Harley Rouda.
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Nelson, Scott race headed to recount  —  The razor-thin Florida Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and the state's Republican Gov. Rick Scott is headed to a recount, Nelson's campaign announced Wednesday morning.  —  With more than 8 million votes cast, the two candidates …
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Orlando Sentinel:
Florida U.S. Senate race could be heading for recount
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel, Daily Wire and Breitbart
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Nelson calls for recount in Florida Senate race
Discussion: Splinter, The Daily Caller and The Week
NBC News:
Paul Manafort's ex-son-in-law Yohai charged with another real estate scam in LA  —  Jeffrey Yohai was out on bond while awaiting sentencing when he committed the new crimes, say federal prosecutors.  —  LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors allege Paul Manafort's former son-in-law engaged …
Wendy Underhill / ncsl.org:
A Modest Shift to the Dems  —  Democrats scored significant wins Tuesday in 2018 legislative elections—but it was hardly a blowout.  Republicans continue to have a robust advantage in legislative and state control, as they have since 2010.  And the elections held few surprises.
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Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Alyssa Milano Refuses to Speak at Next Women's March, Cites Anti-Semitism  —  Actress Alyssa Milano said in a recent interview that she does not intend to support the Women's March so long as it defends “bigotry or anti-Semitism.”  —  In an interview with The Advocate, a gay community magazine …
 
 
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Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
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 Earlier Items: 
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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
This is how Republicans lost the House
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
When Trump's Blessing Is A Curse: Here's A List Of Trump-Backed Candidates Who Lost
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Splinter
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The battle with Trumpism is just beginning
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
How to explain to someone living abroad that Democrats can have over 10 million more Senate votes and still lose
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