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6:45 PM ET, November 12, 2018


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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Trump, without evidence, calls Florida ballots ‘massively infected,’ demands end to recounts  —  Just after returning from his trip to Europe, President Donald Trump on Monday morning turned back to the increasingly bitter battle over recounts in the Senate and governor's races in Florida …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
What's Happening in Florida Is a Nightmare.  2020 Could Be So Much Worse.  —  With Florida set this week to undertake a massive and massively politicized recount in the critical races for governor and senator, the way that election fight has played out so far has been an absolute nightmare.
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Washington Post, CNN and NPR
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:
President Trump effectively demands soldiers stationed abroad be excluded from voting in Florida midterms  —  What a way to honor the nation's men and women in uniform.  —  President Trump demanded Monday that Florida's contentious midterm elections be determined by the number of ballots counted …
CBS Miami:
Broward Judge Will NOT Issue Injuction In Rick Scott Motion To Impound Broward Election Equipment & Records  —  FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - Injunction denied.  That's the decision Monday from a Broward Circuit Court judge at an emergency hearing involving a lawsuit filed by Florida Governor Rick Scott …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Gillum bets future on defending Floridians' right to vote
Discussion: The Nation and
Kirby Wilson / miamiherald:
In 26 recounts in major races around the nation since 2000, only 3 outcomes changed
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:   Florida judge sees no evidence of vote-counting fraud in Broward County
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Republican Gov. Rick Scott Was Just Sued Over His Role In The Florida Recount
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and VICE News
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Special counsel witness says he expects to be charged in Mueller probe  —  The former Infowars Washington bureau chief, who recently testified before a federal grand jury in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election …
Discussion: Washington Times, Axios and Mediaite
Shannon K. Crawford / ABC News:
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, mysteriously arrives in Washington, D.C.  —  Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney and close associate, arrived in Washington, D.C., Monday morning, accompanied by one of his own criminal defense lawyers.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen takes the train to Washington to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller's team  — Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, took a train to Washington from New York City with his lawyer Guy Petrillo to talk to investigators …
Wall Street Journal:   Conservative Activist Jerome Corsi Says He Expects to Be Indicted in Mueller Probe
Washington Post:   Conservative author and Stone associate Jerome Corsi said he expects to be indicted by special …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
White House confirms Trump will not visit Arlington cemetery on Veterans Day as rain is expected  —  The White House on Monday confirmed that President Donald Trump will not visit Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day.  —  According to Washington Post correspondent Josh Dawsey …
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is weighing a presidential run  —  WASHINGTON, D. C.  - After comfortably winning re-election to his U.S. Senate seat last week in a state that President Donald Trump won comfortably two years ago, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is weighing a run for president.
New York Times:
In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception  —  WASHINGTON — North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed …
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
Here's What Happened When a Conservative Tried to Convince a Top House Democrat That Trump Should be Impeached  —  We are living in an upside-down world marked by a dangerous new level of division where most of the country has views of reality which are so divergent that it is literally impossible …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   As Dems consider impeaching Trump, GOP leaders regret pursuing Clinton
Officer shoots, kills armed security guard outside south suburban bar  —  Share Update: … For the latest updates on this story, click here.  —  ROBBINS, Ill. — Witnesses say a Midlothian police officer responding to a shooting inside a south suburban bar shot and killed the wrong person early Sunday morning.
Jason Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
Who Lost The House?  John McCain  —  His July 2017 vote killed ObamaCare repeal and made Democratic lies impossible to refute.  —  The Republican Party lost its House majority on July 28, 2017, when Sen. John McCain ended the party's seven-year quest to repeal ObamaCare.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Jason Lewis blames House GOP defeat on John McCain
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Dead at 95  —  Stan Lee, the man responsible for much of the Marvel Universe, has died ... Stan's daughter tells TMZ.  —  We're told an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Peter Overby / NPR:
Democrats Say Their First Bill Will Focus On Strengthening Democracy At Home  —  Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Wire and Unfogged
New York Times:
‘Tell Your Boss’: Recording Is Seen to Link Saudi Crown Prince More Strongly to Khashoggi Killing  —  WASHINGTON — Shortly after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to …
Discussion: Middle East Eye
Financial Times:   Saudi crown prince faces attempts to rein in his powers
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed News:
Baraboo High School Students Did The Nazi Salute In Their Prom Photo And Police Are Investigating  —  A Wisconsin school district and local police are investigating an incident in which male high school students appeared to be doing the Nazi salute in their prom photo.
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Whitaker's Unofficial Role as Adviser to Trump Campaign is a Clear Red Line  —  The most concerning question involving Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's relationship to Sam Clovis, the national co-chairman of the 2016 Trump campaign, has been missed by many.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Kerry Howley / The Cut:
Everyone Believed Larry Nassar The predatory trainer may have just taken down USA Gymnastics.  How did he deceive so many for so long?  —  Larissa Boyce was 10 when her coach, John Geddert, forced her legs into a split so hard she cried.  He pulled her right leg up toward his torso …
Discussion: Boing Boing
New York Times:
They Were Stopped at the Texas Border.  Their Nightmare Had Only Just Begun.  —  After crossing the Rio Grande, three immigrant women were picked up by a Border Patrol agent.  Their relief soon turned to terror.  —  MCALLEN, Tex. — The Border Patrol agent, she remembers …
Discussion: Jezebel
Chris Kitching /
Men burnt alive by mob after false WhatsApp messages accuse them of child kidnap  —  WARNING - DISTRESSING CONTENT: The men were dragged out of a jail cell and killed as hundreds cheered  —  Two innocent men were dragged out of a jail cell and burned alive by a cheering mob as rumours of child abductors spread rapidly on WhatsApp.
Phil McCausland / NBC News:
Veterans haven't received GI Bill benefits for months due to ongoing IT issues at VA  —  “This is — to be kind — a train wreck,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.  —  Shelley Roundtree departed the U.S. Army in 2013 after seeing friends …
Discussion: CityLab, POLITICUSUSA and TheBlaze
David Marchese / Vulture:
In Conversation: Alex Trebek The Jeopardy! icon on retirement, his legacy, and why knowledge matters.  —  Alex Trebek, dressed in a chambray shirt and blue jeans, walks into the plushly carpeted, book-lined study of his rambling Los Angeles home and plops down in an easy chair, draping a leg over an armrest.
Wale Aliyu / NBC New York:
Woman Beaten in Subway Station by Man Yelling Racially Charged Words: Family, Police  —  Woman Attacked in Subway Station in Possible Hate Crime  —  A woman was punched and stabbed when she got off the subway in Brooklyn by a man yelling racially charged words, her family and police said.
Discussion: The Root and Gothamist
What Happens if Elections Are No Longer Legitimate?  —  Two years ago, just a couple weeks before the 2016 presidential election, I asked what does it look like when citizens don't trust elections? … The answers are not good, and I used the examples of Thailand and Madagascar to make my point.
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Money troubles: The GOP's problem with cash  —  Mitch McConnell stood before a roomful of Republican donors on Wednesday night to thank them for their help in the midterms.  But the Senate leader also issued a dire warning: Democrats had just thumped them in the all-important online donor game, and the GOP badly needs to catch up.
Discussion: Splinter and Eschaton
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Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Mississippi US senator won't discuss ‘public hanging’ remark
Discussion: The Week
Kim Hart / Axios:
Poll: Majority of Democrats think Republicans are “racist,” “bigoted” or “sexist”
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Considers Asking Afghanistan to Suspend Presidential Election
Discussion: Axios
Te-Ping Chen / Wall Street Journal:
Cornering Your Boss, Snapping Pictures at Your Desk: It's Take Your Parents to Work Day
U.S. Car-Import Probe Advances as Trump Plans Trade Meeting
The Daily Beast:
Heather Nauert Isn't U.N. Ambassador Yet, but State Department Staff Say She's Got One Foot Out the Door
Discussion: Observer and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Aiden Pink / The Forward:
Rep.-Elect Ilhan Omar Backs BDS In New Interview
David Sharp / Associated Press:
New way of voting faces test in Maine congressional district
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Meet the New House Democrats: They Could Be a Management Headache
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Trial of ‘El Chapo’ Poses Unprecedented Challenges
Discussion: NBC News and The Daily Caller
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
New York Magazine's Sites Are Going Behind a Paywall
Los Angeles Times:
Camp fire's death toll mounts in Paradise as the search for victims continues
Discussion: BBC and The Daily Caller
NBC News:
Democrats had a good showing on Election Day. It's been even better for them since.
Steve Phillips / New York Times:
Do the Math. Moderate Democrats Will Not Win in 2020.
Discussion: Hullabaloo