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8:15 AM ET, November 8, 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: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Slate
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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 …
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,
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Trump's acting attorney general was part of firm US accused of vast scam  —  Matthew Whitaker sat on advisory board of World Patent Marketing, which was ordered to pay $26m settlement in May  —  Donald Trump's new acting attorney general was part of a company accused by the US government of running a multimillion-dollar scam.
Just Security:   A Thousand Cuts: How the Acting Attorney General Could Kill Russia Investigations Without Firing …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Sessions Out, Whitaker In — For Now, and Maybe for Good
Discussion: demwritepress.com, CNN and emptywheel
Des Moines Register:
Matthew Whitaker's troubling opinion: Judges need a biblical view
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump delivers first Dem probe on a silver platter
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:   Matthew Whitaker, Acting Attorney General, Once Used His Justice Bona Fides to Tout ‘Scam’ Business
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Matt Whitaker's Small Russia Probe World
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kaelyn Forde / ABC News:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request
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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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 …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Jim Acosta violated one of the oldest rules of journalism
Washington Post:
Breaking: 13 dead including deputy, gunman, in bar filled with college students in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Dozens injured.  —  Authorities in Thousand Oaks, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles, reported 13 fatalities at a bar and dance hall late Wednesday after multiple shots were fired by a man inside.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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New York Times:
Gunman Kills at Least 12 at Thousand Oaks Bar  —  THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — At least 11 bar patrons and a sheriff's deputy were killed late Wednesday in a shooting at a country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., that was holding an event for college students, officials said.
Discussion: Splinter
NBC News:   Mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California
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
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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
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The two Americas just lurched further apart  —  (CNN)With Tuesday's House wins, Democrats have established a commanding position in diverse, white-collar, information-age suburban seats around the country.  Conversely, after the election, the Republican caucus now tilts even more preponderantly …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Lasting Implications for the Courts as Republicans Gain in the Senate
Discussion: National Review
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Democrats' Gain Was More Impressive Than It Appears
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.
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Joseph A. Wulfsohn / Mediaite:
Mob Gathers Outside Tucker Carlson's Home: ‘We Know Where You Sleep at Night!’
Discussion: The Federalist
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 …
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Washington Post:
Washington in battle mode as Trump vows retaliation against Democratic probes
Discussion: Politico and VICE News
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
David Siders / Politico:
Decision time arrives for Democrats mulling 2020 bids  —  The midterms are over.  So when will top-tier 2020 contenders announce, already?  —  The Democratic Party's victory in the House on Tuesday removed a major barrier for many likely candidates, who'd been waiting out the midterms …
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
‘None of the above’ tops list of potential 2020 Dems, poll shows
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Wall Street Journal
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 …
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
 
 
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