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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: Slate and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“The President Is Very Depressed”: With Don Jr. Facing Possible Indictment, and Endless House Investigations Forthcoming, No Wonder Trump Is in a Bad Mood  —  He finally got rid of Jeff Sessions—but Donald Trump's life is about to get much harder.  —  BY - GABRIEL SHERMANNovember 7, 2018,
The Daily Beast:
Jeff Sessions' Replacement, Matthew Whitaker, Led Secretive Anti-Dem Group  —  Acting AG Matthew Whitaker ‘is on record as being more interested in propping up Trump than in upholding the rule of law,’ one Justice Department lawyer says.  —  Acting Attorney General Mark Whitaker …
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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Installs a Critic of the Mueller Investigation to Oversee It  —  WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the attorney general's chief of staff, jockeyed over the last two months to replace his boss by forging a close relationship with the White House, where he was seen as a reliable political ally.
Lawfare:
Jeff Sessions's Firing, Matthew Whitaker's Rise and the Attorney General's Role In the Mueller Investigation
Annie Karni / Politico:
After Sessions, who will Trump dump next?
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Whitaker's Small Russia Probe World
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Intercept
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:   Matthew Whitaker, Acting Attorney General, Once Used His Justice Bona Fides to Tout ‘Scam’ Business
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sessions might run for old Senate seat in Alabama
Washington Post:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's new acting attorney general once mused about defunding Robert Mueller
Brian Stelter / CNN:
White House pulls CNN's Jim Acosta's pass after contentious news conference  —  (CNN Business)Breaking news update:  —  In a stunning break with protocol, the White House said Wednesday night that it's suspending CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's hard pass “until further notice.”
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Bars CNN's Acosta From the White House  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump took the exceedingly rare step of suspending the White House credentials of Jim Acosta, the chief White House correspondent for CNN, on Wednesday after an intense verbal clash at a news conference earlier in the day.
Washington Post:
Washington in battle mode as Trump vows retaliation against Democratic probes
Discussion: Chicago Tribune, Politico and Politico
CBS News:
Combative Trump brawls with media and slams his own party
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump gets in heated argument with CNN's Jim Acosta
Discussion: Breitbart and Axios
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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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Lasting Implications for the Courts as Republicans Gain in the Senate
Discussion: National Review
The Hill:
The blue wave ran into Trump's red wall
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 …
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 …
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
A Mob Showed Up Outside Tucker Carlson's House And Ordered Him To ‘Leave Town’  —  MEDIA  —  A left-wing mob showed up outside Fox News host Tucker Carlson's house Wednesday evening, posted pictures of his address online and demanded that he flee the city of Washington, D.C.
Arizona Republic:
Election Day in Arizona: Ballots are processed … With the U.S. Senate seat hanging in the balance, the Yuma, Navajo, Apache and Maricopa County Republican parties filed a lawsuit against all Arizona county recorders and the Secretary of State late Wednesday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed News
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 and TheBlaze
Sun-Sentinel:
Broward still counting votes, but elections supervisor doesn't know how many are left  —  Republican Rick Scott declared victory in Florida's U.S. Senate race, but with a such a slim lead over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson, the race may be headed toward a recount.  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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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Mark Niesse / politics.myajc:
Why did some voting machines sit unused on busy Election Day?  —  Metro Atlanta voters stood in long lines Tuesday, amid a surge in turnout that made the midterm election resemble a presidential contest.  —  As they waited — some for hours — hundreds of voting machines sat unused …
New York Times:
A Trump-Fueled ‘Wipeout’ for House Republicans in Northeast  —  In New Jersey, voters slashed the number of Republicans in Congress from five down to two, and possibly only one.  —  In New York, Democrats declared victory in three congressional races in President Trump's home state …
Jonathan Vankin / Yahoo News:
Florida Governor Race Recount Now Likely, Andrew Gillum Claims Vote Gap Down To 15,000 Votes Behind DeSantis  —  As the United States Senate race in Florida headed to a recount, the governor's race there on Wednesday morning also looked likely to go to a recount of its own even though Democrat Andrew Gillum, as
The Daily Beast:
Former Rep. Steve Stockman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison  —  Former Rep. Stephen Stockman (R-TX) was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for orchestrating a scheme to defraud donors and using the money for personal and campaign use, according to a Justice Department press release.
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.  —  Lest his groupies wallow for long in defeat, they should know there's a lot for them to like about his loss …
Jesse Westbrook / Bloomberg:
Deutsche Bank's Trump Ties Will Get Scrutiny, Maxine Waters Says  — She says Democrats want to know more about loans to president  — California lawmaker also promises examination of Wells Fargo  —  Deutsche Bank AG's lending to President Donald Trump is likely to be a focus …
 
 
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Republicans abandon the fight to repeal and replace Obama's health care law
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Post-Election Day, Pentagon drops name for border support mission
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Will Oremus / Slate:
Why Social Media's Misinformation Problem Will Never Be Fixed
The White House:
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Gus Bova / The Texas Observer:
Say Adiós to Matt Rinaldi, the Texas Lawmaker Who Called ICE to Report Latino Protesters
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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CBS New York:
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The Charlotte Observer:
Democrat Dan McCready concedes to Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District
BuzzFeed News:
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
‘None of the above’ tops list of potential 2020 Dems, poll shows
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Anti-Defamation League:
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NBC News:
Paul Manafort's ex-son-in-law Yohai charged with another real estate scam in LA
Jim Nelson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin recount law changed by Gov. Scott Walker - who may be seeking a recount after loss to Evers