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7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2018


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Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
'He's a F*cking Fool': Justice Department Officials Trash Matt Whitaker, Their New Boss  —  The new, acting attorney general will have profound powers on things not just related to the Russia probe.  —  The appointment this week of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general …
Murray Waas / Vox:
Exclusive: Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was counseling the White House on investigating Clinton  —  Whitaker advised the president on invesigating Hillary Clinton while working as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  —  Matthew Whitaker, whom President Donald Trump named …
Washington Post:
Federal investigators scrutinized Whitaker's role in patent company accused of fraud, according to people with knowledge of case  —  Federal investigators last year looked into whether Matthew G. Whitaker, as an advisory board member of a Miami patent company accused of fraud by customers …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Trump's acting attorney general involved in firm that scammed veterans out of life savings  —  Donald Trump's new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, was involved in a company that scammed US military veterans out of their life savings, according to court filings and interviews.
Discussion: New Republic and BloombergQuint
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
It's Probably Too Late to Stop Mueller  —  At the end of last month, with the midterms looming, I gave a talk before a small private audience in California in which I argued for optimism because—among other things—the moment for firing Robert Mueller had passed.
John R. Schindler / Observer:
Team Mueller is Holding ‘Dozens of Sealed Indictments,’ According to Intel Source  —  For every day of his presidency—657 so far, if you're counting—the issue of Donald J. Trump's ties to Russia has darkened the Oval Office door.  Since May 17, 2017, when former FBI director Robert S. Mueller …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Momentum builds against acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker
Associated Press:
Trump on new acting AG: 'I don't know Matt Whitaker'
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Top Senate Democrat challenges Trump on Whitaker appointment
Discussion: The Week
Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal  —  Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence of the president's participation in deals to buy the silence of a former adult-film actress and an ex-Playboy model.  The deals have led Trump's former lawyer …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's authoritarian response to Florida shenanigans hints at worse to come  —  In the run-up to Election Day in 2016, Donald Trump repeatedly and flatly declared that the outcome of the election would be legitimate only if he won.  The claim, stripped down to its essence …
Nathaniel Rakich / FiveThirtyEight:
Something Looks Weird In Broward County.  Here's What We Know About A Possible Florida Recount.  —  The Florida U.S. Senate race is still too close to call.  According to unofficial results on the Florida Department of State website at 11:45 a.m. Eastern on Friday, Nov. 9 …
Discussion: USA Today, ABC News, CBS News and NPR
Rick Scott sues Broward, Palm Beach elections supervisors over ballot delays
Washington Post:
Trump administration to end refueling for Saudi coalition aircraft in Yemen  —  The Trump administration is ending the practice of refueling Saudi coalition aircraft, halting the most tangible and controversial aspect of U.S. support for the kingdom's three-year war in Yemen, people familiar with the situation said.
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Trump Administration to Punish Saudis in Moves That Could Stop Tougher Acts by Congress
Discussion: Deadspin
Mohammed Ali al-Houthi / Washington Post:   Houthi leader: We want peace for Yemen, but Saudi airstrikes must stop
Manal al-Sharif / Washington Post:   I'm a Saudi activist. Twitter put my life in danger.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Plan to Pursue Most Aggressive Gun-Control Legislation in Decades  —  Focus spurred by an incoming class of lawmakers with ‘F’ NRA ratings who campaigned on the issue  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats say they will pass the most aggressive gun-control legislation in decades when they become …
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Tensions rising between Mueller, Manafort over level of cooperation: Sources  —  Talks between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have grown increasingly tense over Manafort's apparent lack of cooperation with the investigation, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
Washington Post:
Zinke is the Cabinet official most vulnerable to Democratic probe, White House fears  —  White House officials have identified Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke as the Cabinet member most vulnerable to a congressional probe under a Democratic majority in January, putting the colorful secretary closer …
Jennifer A Dlouhy / Bloomberg:
Zinke Says He Loves His Job, Even With 2 A.M. Calls From Trump
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
I was at the protest outside Tucker Carlson's house.  Here's what actually happened.  —  About a dozen protesters visited Tucker Carlson's home Wednesday evening with signs, a megaphone, and a tambourine.  —  The incident, video of which was taken offline shortly after being posted …
Discussion: Townhall, New York Post, Shadowproof and IJR
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Trump is telling people he wants to replace Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by the end of the year  — President Donald Trump is telling people he wants to replace Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by the end of the year, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Law & Crime and Political Wire
Anna Silman / The Cut:
We Thought We Knew Faith, Until We Didn't The making of a white-nationalist poster girl.  —  Long before Faith Goldy became a poster girl for white nationalism, she was one of the most popular students at our all-girls private school in Toronto, Havergal College.
Discussion: VICE News
The Texas Tribune:
How the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke became the closest in Texas in 40 years  —  Two years ago, Beto O'Rourke was a little-known congressman from El Paso and Ted Cruz's re-election was considered a foregone conclusion.  Then everything changed. … “Who?”
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Flake floats GOP primary run against Trump: ‘Somebody needs to run’  —  Jeff Flake said Friday that a Republican needs to challenge Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020.  And it might be him.  —  Flake gave at least some credence to the widespread speculation …
Discussion: RedState, TheBlaze and Political Wire
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Leak: Axios Editor Concedes Problems With HBO ‘S**tshow’ But Assures Staff That Haters Are Just Jealous  —  “They hate ya cause they ain't ya,” one employee wrote.  —  Their weekly staff meeting had become a crisis debriefing, and Axios employees were wondering where things had gone wrong.
Will Oremus / Slate:
A Vox Co-Founder Got Doxed on Twitter by a Hate-Spewing Incel, and Twitter Allowed It  —  If verified users with huge followings can't get Twitter to enforce its safety rules, what hope does everyone else have?  — It Took Me Less Than an Hour to Find Illegal Animal Products at a Chinese Traditional Medicine Market
Discussion: Bearing Arms and Breitbart
Malibu, CA:
Fire is burning out of control, heading into populated areas of Malibu.  All residents evacuate now  —  Fire is now burning out of control and heading into populated areas of Malibu.  All residents must evacuate immediately.  Follow all instructions from emergency personnel.
Discussion: Joe.My.God., KTLA, and
Kimberly Pierceall / Virginian-Pilot:
Owner of The Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press offers buyouts to newsrooms  —  Days after reporting a losing third quarter and as it entertains bids to buy its newspapers, Tribune Publishing is planning to offer buyouts to full-time non-unionized workers who have been with the company for at least 10 years.
Spiegel Online:
'We Can't Stop Brexit'  —  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn believes that politics have left young people behind.  In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he speaks about Brexit, the crisis of social democracy in Europe and the uphill battle to unite his party.  —  The man upon whom the hopes …
Discussion: Jo Johnson, Politico and The Guardian
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
Exit polling gives Golden an edge in 2nd District ranked-choice count.  See each candidate's road to victory.  —  AUGUSTA, Maine — Assistant Maine House Majority Leader Jared Golden is favored to beat U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in a ranked-choice voting count that could decide the tight race …
Discussion:, Political Wire and KAJ-TV
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz assembles an elite PR team as he considers running for president
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Trump says Macron's “EU army” plan is “insulting”
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and Washington Post
Kyle Almond / CNN:
The unbridled joy of dogs catching treats
Los Angeles Times:
Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom names former Clinton advisor his chief of staff
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Four ways the midterm results challenged conventional wisdom
Discussion: Political Wire
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
America's Fever Is Still Rising
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Emma Roller / HuffPost:
Scott Walker Tried To Get Me Fired. Now He's Out Of A Job.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
CBS San Francisco:
Actor James Woods Aids In Search For Camp Fire Missing
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don't Show ‘Respect’
Thousand Oaks Bar Shooter Ian Long Posted on Instagram During Killings
Discussion: Breitbart
Justice Ginsburg ‘up and working’ after breaking ribs, nephew says
The White House:
Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Republicans Freak Out as New Ballots Threaten Florida Senate Win