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2:10 PM ET, November 9, 2018

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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 …
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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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 …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Is Roger Stone Scheming Another ‘Brooks Brothers Riot’ in Florida?  —  Republicans are having a freak-out moment as the potential for ballot recounts in Florida threaten Gov. Rick Scott's lead in Tuesday's midterm election for a U.S. Senate seat.  On election night, it appeared as if Scott …
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 …
Patricia Mazzei / New York Times:
Rick Scott Cites Rampant Fraud in Florida, as Senate and Governor Races Tighten  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Looming recounts in top Florida election contests, including the bitterly fought races for Senate and governor, erupted late Thursday into a fiery feud as Gov. Rick Scott …
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Rick Scott Falsely Accuses Democrats of Trying to Steal Florida Senate Race, Seeks Law Enforcement Intervention
Discussion: NPR, Vox and Politico
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Gillum statement stokes intrigue as Florida vote margin tightens
Discussion: NPR, IJR and ThinkProgress
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida readies for massive recount
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, Shakesville and Splinter
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Momentum builds against 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 …
Judith Miller / Wall Street Journal:
Jeff Sessions's Exit Interview  —  The departing attorney general leaves as gracious as ever, and doesn't regret his controversial recusal.  —  Jeff Sessions says he is “confident” that Robert Mueller's probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election will be handled “appropriately and with justification.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
CNN:
Whitaker backlash prompts concern at the White House
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judges order Mueller to explain impact of Sessions-Whitaker DOJ shakeup
Discussion: Associated Press
Shaun King / The Intercept:   Why It's a Big Deal That Four Black Candidates Won Their State Attorney General Races
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
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 …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama rips Trump in new book
Discussion: Althouse and Axios
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls
Discussion: Vox and 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
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: Political Wire
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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Claudia Rosenbaum / BuzzFeed News:   The Thousand Oaks Shooter Used A High-Capacity Magazine That Voters Outlawed In 2016
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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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders promotes an altered video of CNN reporter, sparking allegations of visual propaganda
NBC News:
20,000-acre wildfire all but destroys Paradise, California  —  “The whole lower side of Paradise is totally engulfed in flames right now ... Not one home will be left standing.  I'm devastated.”  —  A wildfire fueled by strong winds raced across communities in the Sierra foothills …
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Democrats could win 40 House seats, the most since Watergate  —  Democrats have won at least 33 seats, but they look poised to win closer to 40 — there are 13 races that are either not called or too close to call, and Democrats have a solid chance of winning seven of those.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politico
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Mueller Grand Jury Witness Cryptically Suggests He's In Legal Jeopardy  — Jerome Corsi, a journalist known for pushing the Obama “birther” conspiracy theory, suggested on Thursday that he could face prosecution in the Mueller probe.  — On his daily webcast, Corsi became emotional …
Discussion: emptywheel
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Sachs's Ex-CEO Lloyd Blankfein Met Malaysian at Center of 1MDB Scandal
Discussion: Politico
Dina Fine Maron / National Geographic:
Under poaching pressure, elephants are evolving to lose their tusks
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan Was Overlooked. Not Any Longer.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The caravan has all but vanished from cable news
Lucy Handley / CNBC:
The 'world's first' A.I. news anchor has gone live in China
New York Times:
‘Year of the Woman’ Indeed: Record Gains in the House
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Republican lawmakers consider limiting incoming Gov. Tony Evers' power over state rules
Danielle Garrand / CBS News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she can't afford Washington apartment before job in Congress starts
 Earlier Items: 
Craig Butt / The Age:
As it happened: terror suspect known to ASIO dies after stabbing rampage
Discussion: Breitbart
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Katie Arrington blames Mark Sanford and his supporters for her defeat in SC
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Florida teacher finds ‘provisional ballot box’ in storage area
Discussion: The Federalist and Geller Report