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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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Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
A Thousand Cuts: How the Acting Attorney General Could Kill Russia Investigations Without Firing Mueller—and Only “Norms” Could Stop Him  —  The Acting Attorney General is in a position to seriously undermine the Russia investigation.  He could potentially take several steps behind closed doors without …
Discussion: emptywheel, CNN and KTLA
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Trump delivers first Dem probe on a silver platter  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  BREAKING OVERNIGHT ... 13 DEAD IN MASS SHOOTING IN CALIFORNIA ... L.A. TIMES: “13 dead in mass shooting at Thousand Oaks bar packed with college students”: “At least 13 people are dead …
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.
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Sessions Out, Whitaker In — For Now, and Maybe for Good
Des Moines Register:
Matthew Whitaker's troubling opinion: Judges need a biblical view
Discussion: Raw Story
Marty Lederman / Just Security:
A Quick Primer on the Legality of Appointing Matthew Whitaker as “Acting” …
Washington Post:
Washington in battle mode as Trump vows retaliation against Democratic probes
Discussion: Politico and VICE News
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 and abc7.com
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Los Angeles Times:
Gunman kills 12 in ‘horrific’ mass shooting at Thousand Oaks bar packed with college students  —  A gunman threw smoke bombs and rained bullets on a crowd of hundreds inside a Thousand Oaks bar that is popular with college students Wednesday night, leaving 12 dead including a Sheriff's sergeant shot trying to stop the carnage.
New York Times:
12 Killed in California Shooting; Gunman Targeted Bar in Thousand Oaks  —  THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — A armed man dressed in black opened fire late Wednesday night inside a crowded country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., killing at least 12 people, including a sheriff's deputy who had responded to the scene.
Discussion: Splinter
NBC News:
Mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California  —  Several hundred people were inside the venue at the time, police said.  The gunman later was confirmed dead.  —  Twelve people including a police officer were killed by a gunman at a crowded bar in Thousand Oaks, California, late Wednesday, officials said.
Associated Press:
The Latest: 29-year-old used smoke, .45-caliber handgun
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
13 dead including gunman in shooting at California bar
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Beast
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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Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Jim Acosta violated one of the oldest rules of journalism  —  By producing a split decision, the election that was supposed to end all elections turned out to be fairly predictable.  But it's the day after that was unlike any other.  —  The Republican president, the likely speaker …
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 …
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
‘They were threatening me and my family’: Tucker Carlson's home targeted by protesters  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson was at his desk Wednesday evening, less than two hours before his 8 p.m. live show, when he suddenly started receiving multiple text messages.
Discussion: Axios and Chicks On The Right
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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.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn / Mediaite:
Mob Gathers Outside Tucker Carlson's Home: ‘We Know Where You Sleep at Night!’
Discussion: The Federalist
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
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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
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
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EndPlay / WSB-TV:
Karen Handel concedes 6th District race to Lucy McBath  —  ATLANTA - Karen Handel has conceded the Georgia's 6th Congressional District race to Lucy McBath Thursday morning.  —  In a letter to Channel 2 Action News, Handel said, “After carefully reviewing all of the election results data …
Discussion: 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 …
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
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
The two Americas just lurched further apart  —  2018 could leave us more divided than ever  —  (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 …
 
 
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“We'll Be Further Apart as a Country”: Trump, the Midterm Elections, and Why the Really Crazy Times …
New York Times:
For Both Parties, a Political Realignment Along Cultural Lines
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Midterm Results Are a Warning to the Democrats
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David Siders / Politico:
Decision time arrives for Democrats mulling 2020 bids
Politico:
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
What the Midterm Results Mean
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Associated Press:
Arkansas man accused of making threatening calls to CNN
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Jesse Westbrook / Bloomberg:
Deutsche Bank's Trump Ties Will Get Scrutiny, Maxine Waters Says
New York Times:
A Trump-Fueled ‘Wipeout’ for House Republicans in Northeast
Discussion: Hit & Run and Wall Street Journal
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Lasting Implications for the Courts as Republicans Gain in the Senate
Discussion: National Review
The Daily Beast:
Former Rep. Steve Stockman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Beto's consolation prize: Running for president
New York Times:
How the House Fell: Republican Chaos and Democratic Focus
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill