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8:35 PM ET, November 7, 2018

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Brittany Shammas / Miami New Times:
Trump's Acting Attorney General Was Part of Miami-Based Invention Scam Company … Today, President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and announced that his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, would become acting attorney general.  Whitaker is a former U.S. attorney in Iowa …
Discussion: The Guardian and Hill Reporter
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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 …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Incoming Democrat Chairman: Dems Will Go ‘All-In’ On Russia, Impeach Kavanaugh For ‘Perjury’  —  Also laments that elite Republicans are joining Democrats.  —  Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., revealed plans for House Democrats to investigate …
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 …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
What Sessions's Resignation Means for Robert Mueller  —  President Donald Trump has forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions just one day after the midterm elections and after nearly a year of berating him for recusing himself from the Justice Department's Russia investigation.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN, emptywheel and NBC News
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.
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: Washington Post and Axios
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 …
Politico:   After Sessions, who will Trump dump next?
Washington Post:
Washington in battle mode as Trump vows retaliation against Democratic probes
Discussion: Politico
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:   “The President Is Very Depressed”: With Don Jr. Facing Possible Indictment, and Endless House …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Here come the subpoenas: What House Democrats plan for their Russia probe
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, NPR and Breitbart
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Mueller Readies Next Steps for Trump Probe With Uncertainty at DOJ
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Incoming AG Whitaker Has Close Ties With Former Trump Adviser Sam Clovis
Discussion: The Intercept and Washington Post
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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Some Democrats are complaining about the ‘Senate popular vote.’ It's still not a thing.
Bre Payton / The Federalist:   WATCH: Joy Behar Claims Democrats Lost Senate Races Due To Gerrymandering
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
The first five things the Democrats should do with their House majority
Discussion: AOL
The Daily Beast:
A White Nationalist Leader Just Posted Pics From His White House Visit  —  The Trump White House has yet to explain how Identity Evropa's Patrick Casey apparently ended up on the grounds.  —  The leader of a white nationalist group whose members marched in the 2017 white supremacist rally …
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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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
America's Problem Isn't Tribalism—It's Racism
Carol Anderson / The Atlantic:
Brian Kemp's Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk
Des Moines Register:
Matthew Whitaker's troubling opinion: Judges need a biblical view  —  Editor's note: This column was originally published on May 4, 2014.  —  “I'd like to see things like their world view, what informs them.  Are they people of faith?  Do they have a biblical view of justice?”
Discussion: Raw Story
Keri Blakinger / Houston Chronicle:
Promise not to kill anyone?  After losing election, TX judge wholesale releases juvenile defendants  —  After losing his bench in a Democratic sweep, Harris County Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Devlin released nearly all of the youthful defendants that appeared in front him on Wednesday morning …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Beto's consolation prize: Running for president  —  Beto O'Rourke dodged a bullet.  The Texas congressman came dangerously close to beating Ted Cruz on Tuesday night.  —  Lest his groupies wallow for long in defeat, they should know there's a lot for them to like about his loss …
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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 …
New York Times:
How the House Fell: Republican Chaos and Democratic Focus  —  The message from Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House majority leader, was urgent and unsparing.  In a meeting with Republican lawmakers before they left Washington for the August congressional recess, Mr. McCarthy warned …
Anti-Defamation League:
How Extremist Candidates Fared in the Midterms  —  The 2018 midterms were not kind to most of the country's extremist and bigoted candidates, but a number of them did garner disturbingly high vote counts.  More than 1.8 million Americans voted for known extremists and bigots who were running for national offices.
Discussion: Algemeiner.com
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 …
J.D. Simkins / Army Times:
This Green Beret is battling cancer — and the government — after Army medical's ‘gross malpractice’  —  Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, in 2004 when he was shot by a sniper.  The round, which he kept as a souvenir, pierced his left lung and nearly killed him.
The Charlotte Observer:
Democrat Dan McCready concedes to Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District  —  Democrat Dan McCready conceded defeat in the 9th Congressional District Wednesday, almost 24 hours after polls closed and long after Republican Mark Harris had already declared victory.
BuzzFeed News:
Democrats See A 2020 Path In The Midwest With Amy Klobuchar And Sherrod Brown  —  Staring down statewide losses Tuesday from big progressive stars in Florida, Georgia, and Texas, Democrats are suddenly getting more excited about Midwesterners who might appeal to working class white voters in the 2020 presidential election.
Wall Street Journal:
Vice Media to Shrink Workforce by as Much as 15% as Growth Stalls  —  Workforce reduction will happen through hiring freeze and attrition  —  Vice Media plans to shrink its workforce by as much as 15% through attrition and cut its selection of digital sites by at least half …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Plans Large New York City Expansion  —  Nears office property deal in Manhattan's West Village for enough space to multiply city workforce  —  Google is gearing up for an expansion of its New York City real estate that could add space for more than 12,000 new workers …
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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Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ calls on Tanzania authorities to release staff Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Cancels Nuclear Talks With Pompeo
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and CNBC
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
‘None of the above’ tops list of potential 2020 Dems, poll shows
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Missouri Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hike
Discussion: Splinter
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Virginia Senate election loss leaves Corey Stewart with uncertain future
Robert Sanchez / 5280:
Tom Sullivan Wins an Unlikely Campaign for a Colorado House Seat
Sara Murray / CNN:
Two Roger Stone associates go before Mueller's grand jury
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and emptywheel
 Earlier Items: 
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Montana's Jon Tester Beats Back the Trump Cavalry to Win Another Term
Discussion: Daily Wire
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Michigan Just Made It A Lot Easier To Vote
Discussion: miamiherald and Mother Jones
William Cummings / USA Today:
President Trump calls media ‘hostile,’ says of CNN reporter Jim Acosta: ‘You are a rude, terrible person’
Discussion: Townhall, Rolling Stone and TVNewser
John Harwood / CNBC:
Republicans declared war on Nancy Pelosi — and she won