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9:50 AM ET, November 9, 2018


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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Ben White / Politico:
Sessions' job is hard to fill.  Enter Chris Christie.  —  The shadow of special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation is complicating President Donald Trump's search for a new attorney general.  —  Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has told associates he is unlikely to accept the job …
New York Times:
Trump's Appointment of the Acting Attorney General Is Unconstitutional
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
Casting Out a Man of Honor and Achievement
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Sun-Sentinel
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Gillum statement stokes intrigue as Florida vote margin tightens  —  The Democratic governor candidate is less than 43,000 votes behind Republican Ron DeSantis and ballots are still being tallied.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Florida — All eyes were on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Thursday …
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Rick Scott Cites Rampant Fraud in Florida, as Senate and Governor Races Tighten
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida readies for massive recount
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.
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
There's a New Electoral Map in Town  —  The political realignment of the Donald Trump era — the new leftward lean of the suburbs, the deepening red tint of much of rural America — gave way this week to the new Democratic House of Representatives, the GOP's stronger hold on the Senate …
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
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
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
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 …
Alex Guillén / Politico:   Judge tosses Trump's Keystone XL approval over climate change
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders promotes an altered video of CNN reporter, sparking allegations of visual propaganda
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Snoop Dogg smokes blunt outside White House: ‘F— the president’
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Jezebel
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 …
Rob O'Dell / Arizona Republic:
How many votes left to count in the McSally-Sinema race? Here's our latest estimate
Kyrsten Sinema takes slight lead in Senate race over Martha McSally
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
Sacramento Bee:
'It's pretty grim': Paradise burns as Camp Fire rips through town
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and NPR
Will Oremus / Slate:
No, It's Not OK That Leftists Threatened Tucker Carlson's Family at His D.C. Home  —  On Wednesday evening, about 20 protesters from the leftist group Smash Racism D.C. gathered in the dark outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  They rang his doorbell and chanted threats such as “Tucker Carlson, we will fight!
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
Doesn't anybody here respect us journalists?  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The snowflake disease is catching.  Donald Trump, of all people, tried to teach a couple of White House reporters a little needed manners this week and you might have thought he had repealed the First Amendment with an executive order.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Zinke prepares to leave Trump's Cabinet  —  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been exploring potential roles with Fox News, the energy industry or other businesses amid growing signs that he will leave President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he faces investigations into his ethics, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions.
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Florida teacher finds ‘provisional ballot box’ in storage area  —  A teacher in Florida found a container labeled “Provisional Ballot Box” in a storage area of her elementary school on Thursday.  —  Lakeisha Williams, of Broward County, said she discovered the ballot box two days after Election …
Discussion: The Federalist
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Somali Pirates, a Kidnapping, Then a Facebook Message
Tom Steyer / New York Times:
Why Democrats Must Impeach the President
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Breitbart and Raw Story
Francois Murphy / Reuters:
Austrian colonel spied for Russia for decades, Vienna says
Discussion: Politico
Supreme Court justice Ginsburg ‘up and working’ after fall
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
The White House is letting a Russian ultra-nationalist in to the U.S. — despite sanctions
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
The Satanic Temple sues Netflix for $150 million for using a statue of a demon god in 'The …
Elaine Ganley / Associated Press:
Interpol: Rules forbid probe of ex-president's fate in China
Peter Stone / The Guardian:
Konstantin Kilimnik: elusive Russian with ties to Manafort faces fresh Mueller scrutiny
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
After Losing, Dem Politicians Now Say They Can Be Truthful
Discussion: RedState
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Democrats, Don't Forget About Wilbur Ross
Opposition to Pelosi hardens
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democrats rack up more gains in House as key tight races are called
David Wood / Houston Chronicle:
Following investigation, Houston Chronicle retracts eight stories