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12:10 AM ET, November 13, 2018


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Washington Post:
Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides say  —  President Trump has told advisers he has decided to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and her departure from the administration is likely to occur in the coming weeks, if not sooner …
David Edwards / Raw Story:
White House confirms Trump will not visit Arlington cemetery on Veterans Day as rain is expected
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Kyrsten Sinema Declared Winner in Arizona Senate Race  —  PHOENIX — Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and former social worker, scored a groundbreaking victory in the race for a Senate seat in Arizona, defeating her Republican opponent after waging a campaign in which she embraced …
Arizona Republic:
Sinema vs. McSally … Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's unbreakable hold on Maricopa County, along with overwhelming support for her from Martha McSally's Tucson-based congressional district, gave her an electoral edge Republicans could not erase in the race for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat.
Khorri Atkinson / Axios:
Kyrsten Sinema has flipped Jeff Flake's Senate seat to the Democrats  —  Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has picked up an insurmountable lead over Republican opponent Rep. Martha McSally, handing Democrats a seat Republicans have held since 1994, the AP projects.
NBC News:
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona Senate race after nail-biter against Martha McSally
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, ABC News and CNN
Rachel Leingang / Arizona Republic:
Sinema vs. McSally
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump is cracking  —  President Trump is back in the United States — and back to attacking democracy.  He tweets: … We should note that this is the talk of authoritarians; it shows contempt for the office of the president, whom the Constitution designates to “to take care” that the nation's laws are faithfully executed.
Discussion: CBS Miami, Mic, Salon and Raw Story
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Gillum bets future on defending Floridians' right to vote
Discussion: The Nation and
Chris Sommerfeldt / New York Daily News:   President Trump effectively demands soldiers stationed abroad be excluded from voting in Florida midterms
New York Times:
In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception
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, Mediaite and Axios
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
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 …
Dan Mangan / CNBC:   Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen takes the train to Washington to talk to special counsel Robert Mueller's team
The Hill:
Stone associate says he expects to face Mueller indictment in next couple of days
Discussion: The Guardian and Splinter
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 …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
No ‘blue wave,’ but Democrats' midterm success sinking in  —  NEW YORK (AP) — No it wasn't a blue wave.  But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on Election Night.  —  As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked …
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
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Can Marine One Fly in the Rain?  —  Why, exactly, did Donald Trump not join Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, and Justin Trudeau at Saturday's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the original Armistice Day?  I don't know, and I don't think anyone outside the White House does at this point.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Death toll rises to 42 in California's Camp Fire, making it the deadliest wildfire ever in the state  —  BREAKING: Death toll rises to 42 in California's Camp Fire, making it the deadliest wildfire ever in the state.  —  PARADISE, Calif. — The thing about Paradise is that people expected to live out their lives here in the hills.
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.
Associated Press:
Ousted Republican faults McCain for losing House
Discussion: Politico
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia secretary of state tells election officials to count absentee ballots  —  Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden instructed county election officials Monday to count absentee ballots even if they lack a voter's date of birth, as long as the voter's identity can be verified.
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Splinter
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Fox News Twitter Account Remains Dark for Fourth Day Over Tucker Carlson Protest  —  Fox News continued its Twitter boycott for a fourth day on Monday in an apparent attempt to protest how the social media platform handled tweets surrounding a recent rally against Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
New York Times:
Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data  —  Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Democrats Gain Veto-Proof Majority in California Legislature  —  Democrats win two Senate seats in California's Central Valley, gain veto-proof supermajorities in state Legislature.  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley …
Washington Post:
Amazon picks Northern Virginia and New York for its additional headquarters after year-long, high-profile search  —  According to people with knowledge of the decision, the company has chosen the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va., and the Long Island City neighborhood in New York …
Washington Post:
Pelosi moves aggressively to snuff out challenge to her bid for House speaker  —  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is moving aggressively to snuff out a challenge from some lawmakers who are demanding new party leadership, while powerful allies outside Congress are helping rally support for her bid for speaker.
Discussion: Power Line and Political Wire
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Kat Timpf Chased Out of Brooklyn Bar  —  Fox News personality and National Review contributor Kat Timpf was forced to leave a bar in Brooklyn over the weekend after a woman she had never met became enraged upon learning she worked in conservative media.  —  Timpf, who has twice previously …
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.
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.
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New York Times:
Bipartisan Sentencing Overhaul Moves Forward, but Rests on Trump
Washington Post:
How a badly designed ballot might have swayed the election in Florida
Discussion: Chalkbeat and Wall Street Journal
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Shops Around for a Cable News Gig
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Mediaite
Ian Bassin / New York Times:
We're Suing the Florida Governor. He Should Not Oversee His Own Election.
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Mississippi senator deflects questions about ‘public hanging’ comment
Discussion: Raw Story
Adam Beam / Associated Press:
Kentucky House leader files to raise money for governor
Discussion: Raw Story
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Biden, Bernie, Beto lead 2020 Dem field
 Earlier Items: 
McKenna Oxenden / Tampa Bay Times:
Naked Florida man revealed on video sneaking into restaurant and munching on ramen
Kim Hart / Axios:
Poll: Majority of Democrats think Republicans are “racist,” “bigoted” or “sexist”
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Steve King dared a conservative outlet to release audio of him calling immigrants ‘dirt.’ It did.
Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Dead at 95
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Meet the New House Democrats: They Could Be a Management Headache
Discussion: Politico