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6:45 PM ET, November 7, 2018

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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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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Here come the subpoenas: What House Democrats plan for their Russia probe
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Mueller Readies Next Steps for Trump Probe With Uncertainty at DOJ
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and BloombergQuint
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.
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas
Bre Payton / The Federalist:   WATCH: Joy Behar Claims Democrats Lost Senate Races Due To Gerrymandering
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Trump says government will halt if Dems investigate him
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
Axios:
Two Americas: amplified, tearing apart
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
The first five things the Democrats should do with their House majority
Discussion: AOL
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
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 …
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
NBC News:
Dennis Hof, the brothel owner who died last month, wins election  —  The reality TV star was found dead on Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday.  —  LAS VEGAS — A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself …
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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
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.
Politico:
‘Pretty ballsy’: How McConnell and Trump blew away Senate Democrats  —  The Senate leader made an early tactical decision not to contest several Midwestern states that voted for Trump.  —  Claire McCaskill and Chuck Schumer had a seemingly picayune run-in over the summer that spoke volumes …
Discussion: Power Line, Politico, ABC News, Axios and Vox
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
‘None of the above’ tops list of potential 2020 Dems, poll shows  —  With the 2018 midterms in the rearview mirror, several Democrats are gearing up for the 2020 presidential contest.  But so far, no Democrat has attracted broad support from the party's base, according to a new Hill.TV American Barometer poll.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
William Cummings / USA Today:
President Trump calls media ‘hostile,’ says of CNN reporter Jim Acosta: ‘You are a rude, terrible person’  —  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump had a number of confrontational exchanges with White House reporters Wednesday during a news conference to discuss the results of Tuesday's election.
Discussion: Rolling Stone, TVNewser and RedState
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 …
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 …
Antonio Olivo / Washington Post:
Virginia Senate election loss leaves Corey Stewart with uncertain future  —  The night Corey A. Stewart narrowly lost the Republican nomination for Virginia governor in 2017, he was already plotting his next big move: a “vicious, ruthless” campaign against Sen. Tim Kaine that Stewart vowed would torch the affable Democrat.
Robert Sanchez / 5280:
Tom Sullivan Wins an Unlikely Campaign for a Colorado House Seat  —  It's been six years and nearly four months since Tom Sullivan's son, Alex, was murdered in the Aurora theater shooting.  Now, the 62-year-old former postal worker will represent Colorado's House District 37.
 
 
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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Missouri Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hike
Discussion: Splinter
Sara Murray / CNN:
Two Roger Stone associates go before Mueller's grand jury
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and emptywheel
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
Republicans must move beyond the cult of Trump's personality
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Montana's Jon Tester Beats Back the Trump Cavalry to Win Another Term
Discussion: Daily Wire
ABC News:
Inside North Dakota's Senate race
Discussion: Vox
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Michigan Just Made It A Lot Easier To Vote
Discussion: miamiherald and Mother Jones
Leo Shane III / Military Times:
The number of vets in Congress appears headed down again
Discussion: IJR
 Earlier Items: 
John Harwood / CNBC:
Republicans declared war on Nancy Pelosi — and she won
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
When Trump's Blessing Is A Curse: Here's A List Of Trump-Backed Candidates Who Lost
Discussion: Splinter