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5:15 PM ET, November 8, 2018

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New York Times:
Trump's Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional  —  The president is evading the requirement to seek the Senate's advice and consent for the nation's chief law enforcement officer and the person who will oversee the Mueller investigation.  —  Mr. Katyal and Mr. Conway are lawyers.
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Washington Post:
Trump's acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker, has no intention of recusing from Russia probe, associates say  —  Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election …
The Daily Beast:
Matthew Whitaker, Mueller's New Boss, Said There Was ‘No Collusion’ With Russia  —  The new attorney general spent a few years in right-wing media repeatedly making that claim.  —  A year-and-a-half before he took responsibility for overseeing the investigation into Russia's interference …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Marty Lederman / Just Security:
A Quick Primer on the Legality of Appointing Matthew Whitaker as “Acting” Attorney General, and Whitaker's Power to Influence the Russia Investigation  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned from his office yesterday afternoon, at President Trump's “request.”
Axios:
Why Trump could face legal challenges over Whitaker  —  President Trump's decision to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions with Matthew Whitaker is facing new questions, with two prominent attorneys — including the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway — suggesting that it may be illegal.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Trump reviewing his answers to Mueller as he changes who oversees the Russia investigation  —  Washington (CNN)As he was preparing to remove Jeff Sessions as attorney general, President Donald Trump had already begun reviewing with his lawyers the written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Acting Attorney General Once Declared Courts ‘Inferior’ and Criticized Supreme Court's Power  —  WASHINGTON — The acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, once espoused the view that the courts “are supposed to be the inferior branch” and criticized the Supreme Court's power …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Trump mulling whether to give written answers to Mueller, Giuliani says
Discussion: emptywheel
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Sessions replacement Matthew Whitaker called Mueller's appointment ‘ridiculous’ and ‘a little fishy’
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
A Thousand Cuts: How the Acting Attorney General Could Kill Russia Investigations Without Firing …
Discussion: emptywheel, Lawfare and The Atlantic
Haaretz:
Whitaker, Acting U.S. Attorney General, Was on Board of Firm That Threatened Duped Clients With ‘Israeli Special Ops’
Discussion: CNN and Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Welcome To The Dystopia: People Are Arguing About Whether This Trump Press Conference Video Is Doctored Or Not  —  A viral clip showing a confrontation between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a White House aide at a Wednesday press conference with President Trump has provided us with a handy example …
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Michelle Fields / The Atlantic:
Now I Know Why They Said I Lied  —  When I said that Corey Lewandowski, then Trump's campaign manager, had grabbed and bruised me at a rally in 2016, Trump World called me a liar.  —  “It's a hoax,” pro-Trump voices on Twitter and in parts of right-wing media claimed.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
White House shares doctored video to support punishment of journalist Jim Acosta  —  White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday night shared a video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta that appeared to have been altered to make his actions at a news conference look more aggressive toward a White House intern.
Sinéad Baker / Business Insider:
White House appears to share Jim Acosta mic grab video doctored by far-right Infowars
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Words and walkouts aren't enough. CNN should sue Trump over revoking Acosta's press pass.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump to ditch Washington restraints as 2018 closes
Discussion: Hmm Daily, Washingtonian and Breitbart
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Jim Acosta violated one of the oldest rules of journalism
Discussion: Hot Air
Shane Croucher / Newsweek:
Video: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Used Doctored InfoWars Footage to Justify Acosta Ban
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Guardian
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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New York Times:
Gunman Who Killed 12 in Thousand Oaks Shooting Is Identified  —  THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The gunman who fatally shot at least 12 people at a crowded country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., was identified on Thursday as a 28-year-old who had served in the Marine Corps.
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
Washington Post:
Breaking: 13 dead including deputy, gunman, in bar filled with college students in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Dozens injured.
Los Angeles Times:
Sheriff's sergeant called wife, then rushed into Thousand Oaks mass shooting scene.  ‘He died a hero’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   Shooting In California / No Use Of California's ‘Gun Violence Restraining Order’ Law
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.
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Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
How Bill Nelson could ultimately win the recount in Florida's Senate race  —  As the margin narrows, Democrats believe Nelson will overcome the gap between him and Republican Rick Scott.  Here's why, according to the Senator's election lawyer.  —  Just 21,888 votes (UPDATE: As of 2:10 p.m. …
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miamiherald:   It's not over yet: Gillum-DeSantis race for governor is likely headed to a recount
Steve Bousquet / Tampa Bay Times:
Recounts loom larger, legal action begins as margins tighten in key Florida races
Tim Mak / NPR:
Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Continues Receiving Threats, Lawyers Say  —  Christine Blasey Ford is still being harassed after leveling sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, her lawyers say.  —  “Justice Kavanaugh ascended to the Supreme Court …
Wall Street Journal:
Appeals Court Rules Against Trump on Cancelling DACA Protections  —  A U.S. appeals court has ruled that the Trump Administration can't cancel of rules—known as DACA— which protect undocumented immigrants who came to U.S. as children.
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Ted Hesson / Politico:
Appeals court upholds block on Trump's attempt to end DACA
Discussion: Vox and Washington Post
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
The Midterm Results Are a Warning to the Democrats  —  Derision gets you nowhere.  —  For months we've heard from sundry media apocalypticians that this year's midterms were the last exit off the road to autocracy.  On Tuesday, the American people delivered a less dramatic verdict about the significance of the occasion.
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 …
Politico:
Here's the Road Map to the Next Decade of American Politics  —  The country's Trump-era political realignment is finally starting to take shape.  —  We are two former White House political directors—one of us, Doug Sosnik, worked for Bill Clinton; one of us, Sara Fagen, worked for George W. Bush.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Abrams campaign says it will fight on  —  ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the race for Georgia governor (all times local):  —  Stacey Abrams' campaign says it will continue to fight to get all outstanding votes counted in the Georgia governor's race and won't accept former Secretary …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Progressives' plan for victory just took a gut-punch.  Now what do they do?  —  The Left has been eager to show it can build a winning coalition for 2020 and beyond.  But that didn't happen in the midterms.  —  Progressives were hoping Tuesday's elections would finally give them definitive proof …
Thomas H. Crown / T. Crown's Musings:
That Time I Was Sort of Banned From Twitter But Not Really But Really I Was  —  Nothing I write will appear on twitter.com ever again.  When I first started on Twitter in 2009, I used it as a place to gripe about experiences while driving very long distances.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Source: Eric Swalwell to run for president in 2020  —  Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell plans to run for president in 2020, according to a person close to the California congressman who is familiar with his plans.  —  “He's definitely running,” the source said.  —  Story Continued Below
 
 
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Bloomberg:
Trump Administration Moves to Restrict Asylum Claims by Migrants
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Treasury Sanctions Officials and Targets Entities Supporting Russia's Occupation of Crimea …
Bloomberg:
Democrats Plan to Revive House Climate Committee
Discussion: CNN
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Bernie Sanders Opens Up About New Democrats in Congress, Taking on Trumpism
Jamie Satterfield / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Jury: Jacobs Engineering endangered Kingston disaster clean-up workers
Discussion: New Republic and ThinkProgress
Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
How Tuesday's Sheriff Elections Dealt a Blow to ICE
Choire Sicha / New York Times:
Your Office Doesn't Have Nap Time Because You Are Not a Child
 Earlier Items: 
Azi Paybarah / New York Times:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Push Washington. Will Washington Push Back?
Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Down two, California Republicans could lose up to four more House seats
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Murphy / Raleigh News & Observer:
Republicans won 50.3 percent of NC's votes for Congress. They took 10 of 13 seats.
Discussion: The Guardian and Hullabaloo
WCBS Newsradio 880:
CBS News: Chris Christie Being Considered To Replace Jeff Sessions As Attorney General
Discussion: AOL
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