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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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Whitaker's Small Russia Probe World  —  It's a small world.  Our new Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker turns out to be a close friend of Sam Clovis.  They ran in the same conservative Iowa political circles for years.  Whitaker was even the campaign chairman of Clovis's campaign for Iowa State Treasurer back in 2014.
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:   Matthew Whitaker, Acting Attorney General, Once Used His Justice Bona Fides to Tout ‘Scam’ Business
Lawfare:
Jeff Sessions's Firing, Matthew Whitaker's Rise and the Attorney General's Role In the Mueller Investigation
Washington Post:
In Matthew Whitaker, Trump has a loyalist at the helm of the Justice Department
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Mueller Readies Next Steps for Trump Probe With Uncertainty at DOJ
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and BloombergQuint
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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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,
Discussion: Hot Air
Annie Karni / Politico:
After Sessions, who will Trump dump next?  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have been the first Trump Cabinet-level member purged in the wake of the midterm elections — but he is unlikely to be the last.  —  Several Trump Cabinet officials and senior aides are on the ropes and could be pushed …
Discussion: Washington Post
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sessions might run for old Senate seat in Alabama  —  Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering running for his old Alabama Senate seat in 2020, according to two people familiar with his thinking.  —  Sessions was fired as attorney general Wednesday, less than 24 hours …
Washington Post:
Washington in battle mode as Trump vows retaliation against Democratic probes  —  Washington plunged into political war on Wednesday in the wake of a split decision by voters in the midterm elections, with President Trump ousting his attorney general and threatening to retaliate against Democrats …
Discussion: Politico and Politico
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
New York Times:
Trump Forces Out Jeff Sessions as He Cleans House After the Midterms
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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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
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 …
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 …
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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The Hill:
The blue wave ran into Trump's red wall
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Some Democrats are complaining about the ‘Senate popular vote.’ It's still not a thing.
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
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
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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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 …
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.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Why Social Media's Misinformation Problem Will Never Be Fixed  —  Facebook and others have gotten more serious about hoaxes, hate speech, propaganda, and foreign election interference.  Here's how it helped in the midterms—and why they aren't going away.  —  On Facebook, right-wing hoaxes …
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Post-Election Day, Pentagon drops name for border support mission  —  The day after a mid-term election in which President Trump played up the Pentagon's mission to provide logistical support along the southern border, the Pentagon said Wednesday it will no longer publicly refer to the mission as Operation Faithful Patriot.
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
 
 
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Republicans abandon the fight to repeal and replace Obama's health care law
Discussion: New York Magazine and ABC News
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump in Press Conference After Midterm Elections
Discussion: Washington Post
Gus Bova / The Texas Observer:
Say Adiós to Matt Rinaldi, the Texas Lawmaker Who Called ICE to Report Latino Protesters
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Vote For the Dead Brothel Owner. It's Important!
Discussion: NBC News, Breitbart and The Week
CBS New York:
Fowl Play? Rare Mandarin Duck Missing From Central Park
Discussion: Jezebel
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
Trump “Seriously” Considering Declassifying Key Russia Investigation Documents
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pelosi looks to grind out bid for speaker
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Beto's consolation prize: Running for president
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Google Plans Large New York City Expansion
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Cancels Nuclear Talks With Pompeo
Discussion: BuzzFeed News and CNBC
The Charlotte Observer:
Democrat Dan McCready concedes to Republican Mark Harris in the 9th District
Wall Street Journal:
Vice Media to Shrink Workforce by as Much as 15% as Growth Stalls
J.D. Simkins / Army Times:
This Green Beret is battling cancer — and the government — after Army medical's ‘gross malpractice’
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
America's Problem Isn't Tribalism—It's Racism
Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Alyssa Milano Refuses to Speak at Next Women's March, Cites Anti-Semitism