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11:50 AM ET, November 9, 2018

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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Freak Out as New Ballots Threaten Florida Senate Win  —  New ballots in Broward County have conspiracy theorists — including the state's top elected officials — calling for an investigation of Democrats.  —  As the Republican margin in the Florida Senate race narrowed …
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WPLG-TV:
Broward County elections supervisor explains why it's taking so long to count ballots  —  'Don't try to turn it around to make it seem like I'm making comedy out of this'  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - As Broward County appears to be at the epicenter of another recount, Supervisor of Elections …
CBS News:
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulls ahead in razor-close Arizona Senate race  —  Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulled ahead of Republican Martha McSally on Thursday in the Arizona Senate race by a margin of 2,000 votes.  This marked the first time that Sinema has pulled ahead of McSally in the days since the election.
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Gillum statement stokes intrigue as Florida vote margin tightens
Discussion: ThinkProgress, TheBlaze and Rewire.News
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida readies for massive recount
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Rick Scott Cites Rampant Fraud in Florida, as Senate and Governor Races Tighten
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Florida teacher finds ‘provisional ballot box’ in storage area
Discussion: The Federalist
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Sessions, in Last-Minute Act, Sharply Limits Use of Consent Decrees to Curb Police Abuses  —  WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drastically limited the ability of federal law enforcement officials to use court-enforced agreements to overhaul local police departments accused …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Splinter
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Pressure mounts over acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker  —  Matt Whitaker has been acting attorney general for just one full day but he's already under extreme pressure.  —  Why it matters: President Trump, who shocked even some of his senior most staff with the hasty timing of his firing …
CNN:
Whitaker backlash prompts concern at the White House  —  (CNN)There is a growing sense of concern inside the White House over the negative reaction to Matthew Whitaker being tapped as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions' abrupt firing.  —  Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff …
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 …
Judith Miller / Wall Street Journal:   Jeff Sessions's Exit Interview
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama blasts President Donald Trump in her new book, recalling how she reacted in shock the night she learned he would replace her husband in the Oval Office and tried to “block it all out.”
Discussion: Althouse and Axios
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
In revealing new memoir, Michelle Obama candidly shares her story  —  As Michelle Obama's highly anticipated memoir “Becoming” arrives, it's clear that the former first lady is occupying a space in the culture beyond politics.  With an arena book tour featuring A-list special guests …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls
Discussion: Axios
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Why Aren't Democrats More Excited About the 2018 Results  —  For a party that had a great night on Tuesday, Democrats aren't really acting like it.  Yes, they lost at least three Senate incumbents, but given the exposure they were up against, this is not such a bad result.
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Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
There's a New Electoral Map in Town
Discussion: New Republic and FiveThirtyEight
Kansas City Star:
Inside Kris Kobach's losing Kansas campaign: ‘Check logic and reason at the door’  —  Kris Kobach blamed money.  He blamed history.  He didn't blame himself for losing a race for governor in a state where Republicans outnumber Democrats nearly 2 to 1.  —  “Obviously, if we'd had more money …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline  —  A federal judge blocked the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline Thursday, saying the Trump administration's justification for approving it last year was incomplete.  —  In a major victory for environmentalists and indigenous rights groups …
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Washington Post:
Federal judge blocks Keystone XL pipeline, saying Trump administration review ignored ‘inconvenient’ climate change facts  —  A federal judge temporarily blocked construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, ruling late Thursday that the Trump administration had failed to justify …
Alex Guillén / Politico:   Judge tosses Trump's Keystone XL approval over climate change
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Judge Blocks the Disputed Keystone XL Pipeline in a Setback for Trump's Energy Agenda
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Verge
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Matthew Whitaker is a crackpot  —  The acting attorney general of the United States is a crackpot.  —  Matthew G. Whitaker, installed in the job by President Trump to replace Jeff Sessions, was asked in 2014, during an ill-fated run in the Republican senatorial primary in Iowa, about the worst decisions in the Supreme Court's history.
CBS Los Angeles:
Thousand Oaks Gunman's High School Coach Speaks About Sexual Assault  —  NEWBURY PARK (CBSLA) — The Thousand Oaks shooter's high school track coach says that he assaulted her.  —  “I turned on the news and I was watching it and when they said his name my jaw just dropped,” said Dominique Colell.
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CNN:
Thousand Oaks gunman was a Marine veteran who often visited the site of the shooting
The White House:
Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States  —  The United States expects the arrival at the border between the United States and Mexico (southern border) of a substantial number of aliens primarily from Central America who appear …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Claims New Power to Bar Asylum for Immigrants Who Arrive Illegally
Discussion: Fox News, Daily Wire and Jezebel
Associated Press:
Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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Sacramento Bee:
'It's pretty grim': Paradise burns as Camp Fire rips through town
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and NPR
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
McSally vs. Sinema ballot update: About 2,000 votes separate the candidates, with Sinema in the lead  —  Hundreds of thousands of votes are still left to be counted.  Here's how the Arizona Republic ended up at that number.  —  CONNECT  —  Suspense and uncertainty now hang over the U.S. Senate race …
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Rob O'Dell / Arizona Republic:
How many votes left to count in the McSally-Sinema race? Here's our latest estimate
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Fresh Off Re-Election, Gillibrand Says She Is Giving ‘Long, Hard Thought’ to 2020 Run  —  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday gave her strongest public indication yet that she was contemplating a run for president in 2020, telling the late-night show host Stephen Colbert she would “give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”
Discussion: Political Wire and The Daily Beast
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Katie Arrington blames Mark Sanford and his supporters for her defeat in SC  —  Eight hours after Republican Katie Arrington lost her South Carolina congressional race, she blamed her shocking defeat on U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, the outgoing Republican congressman she bested in the primary.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Will Oremus / Slate:
No, It's Not OK That Leftists Threatened Tucker Carlson's Family at His D.C. Home
Discussion: New York Post, Breitbart and AOL
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
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Discussion: The Guardian
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
Konstantin Kilimnik: elusive Russian with ties to Manafort faces fresh Mueller scrutiny
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story