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6:25 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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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller has powerful new House allies as he bears down on Trump  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to emerge from his midterm campaign hibernation period with a powerful new ally as House Democrats surged back to the majority in Tuesday's elections.  —  The lead Russia investigator …
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Here come the subpoenas: What House Democrats plan for their Russia probe  —  In January, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee will be able to compel testimony, and perhaps to force the release of Mueller's report.  —  WASHINGTON — When Democrats assume control of the House …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
Mueller Readies Next Steps for Trump Probe With Uncertainty at DOJ
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Trump says government will halt if Dems investigate him
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
Bre Payton / The Federalist:   WATCH: Joy Behar Claims Democrats Lost Senate Races Due To Gerrymandering
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
Washington Post:
Trump vows ‘beautiful’ deals with Democrats but threatens ‘warlike’ retaliation to probes
Discussion: Blue Virginia and The Daily Caller
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
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.
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
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, Vox, ABC News and Axios
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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Michigan Just Made It A Lot Easier To Vote  —  The state now has automatic and same-day registration, in addition to a slew of other voting reforms.  —  Michigan voters on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment intended to make it drastically easier to cast a ballot in the state.
Discussion: Mother Jones and miamiherald
 
 
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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Missouri Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hike
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Sara Murray / CNN:
Two Roger Stone associates go before Mueller's grand jury
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
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
In #MeToo era, at least 4 Democrats elected despite misconduct allegations
Discussion: Townhall
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