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2:40 PM 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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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 …
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 …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Is Roger Stone Scheming Another ‘Brooks Brothers Riot’ in Florida?
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Rick Scott Falsely Accuses Democrats of Trying to Steal Florida Senate Race, Seeks Law Enforcement Intervention
Discussion: Townhall, Tampa Bay Times and NPR
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Gillum statement stokes intrigue as Florida vote margin tightens
Discussion: NPR, IJR and ThinkProgress
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.
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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 …
CNN:
Whitaker backlash prompts concern at the White House
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judges order Mueller to explain impact of Sessions-Whitaker DOJ shakeup
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
It's Probably Too Late to Stop Mueller
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don't Show ‘Respect’  —  President Trump said on Friday that he might revoke the credentials of additional White House reporters if they do not “treat the White House with respect,” lobbing another threat at the news media two days …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders promotes an altered video of CNN reporter, sparking allegations of visual propaganda
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
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
John Bowden / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: 'I'd never forgive' Trump for ‘birther’ conspiracy
Discussion: Daily Wire, TheBlaze and Mediaite
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 and Law & Crime
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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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 …
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
The Latest: Burns prevent immediate IDs of 5 dead from fire  —  PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local):  —  Sheriff's officials in Northern California say the five people found dead in vehicles torched by a wildfire's flames could not immediately …
Discussion: USA Today, CNN and The Week
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NBC News:   20,000-acre wildfire all but destroys Paradise, California
Reuters:
Supreme Court justice Ginsburg ‘up and working’ after fall  —  WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is already up and working in her hospital room, a day after breaking three ribs in a fall, her nephew said late on Thursday at the Hollywood premiere of a film about her life.
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Reuters:
Justice Ginsburg ‘up and working’ after breaking ribs, nephew says
Discussion: Breitbart and Above the Law
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.
Manal al-Sharif / Washington Post:
I'm a Saudi activist.  Twitter put my life in danger.  —  Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi women's rights activist, is the author of “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening.”  —  In May 2011, the secret police took me from my home in Saudi Arabia in the middle of the night, while my 5-year-old son was sleeping.
 
 
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CBS San Francisco:
Actor James Woods Aids In Search For Camp Fire Missing
TMZ.com:
Thousand Oaks Bar Shooter Ian Long Posted on Instagram During Killings
Discussion: Breitbart and CNN
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
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Republican lawmakers consider limiting incoming Gov. Tony Evers' power over state rules
 Earlier Items: 
Danielle Garrand / CBS News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she can't afford Washington apartment before job in Congress starts
Discussion: RedState, ThinkProgress and CNN
CBS News:
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulls ahead in razor-close Arizona Senate race
Discussion: The Daily Caller, TheBlaze and Politico
Caitlin Byrd / Post and Courier:
Katie Arrington blames Mark Sanford and his supporters for her defeat in SC
Discussion: Political Wire
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
Doesn't anybody here respect us journalists?
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Florida teacher finds ‘provisional ballot box’ in storage area
Discussion: The Federalist and Geller Report