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9:55 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 …
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.
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: Taylor Marsh
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 …
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: CNN and KTLA
Marty Lederman / Just Security:
A Quick Primer on the Legality of Appointing Matthew Whitaker as “Acting” …
Des Moines Register:
Matthew Whitaker's troubling opinion: Judges need a biblical view
Discussion: Friendly Atheist and Raw Story
Annie Karni / Politico:
After Sessions, who will Trump dump next?
New York Times:
Trump Installs a Critic of the Mueller Investigation to Oversee It
Washington Post:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request
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.
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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: RedState, POLITICUSUSA and abc7.com
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: AOL, CNN, Splinter and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
The Latest: 29-year-old used smoke, .45-caliber handgun  —  THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a bar in Southern California (all times local):  —  A law enforcement official says authorities have identified the gunman and the handgun he used to kill 12 people at a Southern California bar.
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles, Mediaite and The Week
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.
Brett Molina / USA Today:   ‘He died a hero’: Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus among those killed in bar shooting
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:   12 Killed in Mass Shooting at Thousand Oaks, California Bar; Gunman in All Black Threw Smoke Grenades
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
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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.”
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 …
Axios:
Trump uses CNN's Jim Acosta to act on longtime fantasy against media
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’
Ashley May / USA Today:
Mob chants outside Fox's Tucker Carlson's home, breaks door
Discussion: Fox News
Joseph A. Wulfsohn / Mediaite:
Mob Gathers Outside Tucker Carlson's Home: ‘We Know Where You Sleep at Night!’
Discussion: The Federalist
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
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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
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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Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
'Florida's Being Florida': Senate Race May Be Heading to, What Else? A Recount.
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Ex-Manafort family member arrested in fraud case
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
A 69-year-old man asks to be declared 49, claiming age is as fluid as gender
Discussion: Althouse
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Democrats prepare to investigate all aspects of Trump's foreign policy
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
“We'll Be Further Apart as a Country”: Trump, the Midterm Elections, and Why the Really Crazy Times …
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
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New York Times:
A Trump-Fueled ‘Wipeout’ for House Republicans in Northeast
Discussion: Hit & Run and Wall Street Journal
The Daily Beast:
Former Rep. Steve Stockman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Keri Blakinger / Houston Chronicle:
Promise not to kill anyone? After losing election, TX judge wholesale releases juvenile defendants
Discussion: Raw Story and TheBlaze
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Incoming Democrat Chairman: Dems Will Go ‘All-In’ On Russia, Impeach Kavanaugh For ‘Perjury’
New York Times:
How the House Fell: Republican Chaos and Democratic Focus
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill