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2:30 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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Gillum statement stokes intrigue as Florida vote margin tightens
Discussion: NPR, IJR and Politico
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
Benjamin Wittes / The Atlantic:
10 Reasons Not to Panic About the Mueller Probe
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Daily Kos
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Judges order Mueller to explain impact of Sessions-Whitaker DOJ shakeup
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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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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, The Week and CNN
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NBC News:   20,000-acre wildfire all but destroys Paradise, California
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.
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
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.
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.”
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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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: ThinkProgress, CNN and Daily Wire
Craig Butt / The Age:
As it happened: terror suspect known to ASIO dies after stabbing rampage
Discussion: Breitbart
CBS News:
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulls ahead in razor-close Arizona Senate race
Discussion: The Daily Caller, TheBlaze and Politico
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Florida teacher finds ‘provisional ballot box’ in storage area
Discussion: The Federalist and Geller Report