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4:35 PM ET, November 13, 2018

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NBC News:
After clashes with first lady and others, Kelly may soon exit White House  —  The White House Chief of Staff has had an array of disputes with officials from the NSC and the East Wing in recent months.  —  ­ WASHINGTON — John Kelly, mired in conflicts with a widening array of officials …
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN sues President Trump and top White House aides for barring Jim Acosta  —  New York (CNN)CNN is filing a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's access to the White House.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Has Decided To Remove Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen  —  Nielsen's ouster may be first in series of Trump Administration shakeups  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is considering high-level staff change in his administration—including discussing potential replacements for White House Chief …
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 …
CNN:
In a stunning move, Melania Trump calls for ouster of a top national security aide  —  (CNN)First lady Melania Trump, in a remarkable move carried out by her spokeswoman, publicly pushed for the ouster of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel.  —  “It is the position of the Office …
Discussion: Axios
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Trump considers tough-talking former ICE director for DHS chief  —  President Donald Trump is considering Thomas Homan, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to succeed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, three people familiar with the process told POLITICO.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Bloomberg:
Melania Trump Says Bolton Deputy Should Be Ousted
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump planning shakeup, eyeing new chief of staff and DHS secretary: Sources
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Political Wire
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The Guardian:
Mueller seeking more details on Nigel Farage, key Russia inquiry target says  —  Robert Mueller is seeking more information about Nigel Farage for his investigation into Russian interference in US politics, according to a target of the inquiry who expects to be criminally charged.
Discussion: Raw Story
US Day One Blog:
Amazon selects New York City and Northern Virginia for new headquarters  —  Amazon to invest $5 billion and create more than 50,000 jobs across the two new headquarters, and announces Nashville as new Operations Center of Excellence with more than 5,000 jobs.
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Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Move to Long Island City Sparks Condo Frenzy
Discussion: Curbed NY
Laura Nahmias / Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez lashes out at Amazon's plan to locate HQ2 in Queens
Discussion: Power Line, New Republic and Townhall
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Whitaker's Appointment as Acting Attorney General Faces Court Challenge  —  WASHINGTON — In the days since President Trump ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and declared that he was installing Matthew G. Whitaker as the acting attorney general, many critics have challenged Mr. Whitaker's fitness for the job.
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Wall Street Journal:   Defunct Patent Firm That Matthew Whitaker Advised Posted Video Featuring Trump
Monica Lewinsky / Vanity Fair:
“Who Gets to Live in Victimville?”:  Why I Participated in a New Docuseries on The Clinton Affair  —  Reliving the events of 1998 was traumatic, yes—but also worth it, if it helps another young person avoid being “That Woman"-ed.  —  It's the fall of 2018.  I'm sitting on the floor of my mom's apartment surrounded by My Past.
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Nikki Schwab / New York Post:
How Monica Lewinsky finally noticed that stain on her dress
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Judge orders review of provisional ballots in Georgia election  —  A federal judge on Monday ordered election officials to review thousands of provisional ballots that haven't been counted in Georgia's close election for governor.  —  U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg's order calls for a hotline …
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Aris Folley / The Hill:   Federal judge finds Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act by rejecting ballots
Associated Press:
Remember the caravan?  After vote, focus on migrants fades  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Did someone say caravan?  —  One week after Election Day, President Donald Trump's daily drumbeat of warnings about a caravan of “bad thugs” and potential terrorists intent on invading the U.S. from Mexico has largely fallen silent.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Democrats' blue wave was much larger than early takes suggested  —  With all votes counted, it's a larger landslide than 1994 or 2010.  —  The narrative that congealed election night before polls had even closed on the West Coast was that while Democrats may have taken the House …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
2018 rewrote the main rule of US politics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Hate crimes rose 17 percent last year, according to new FBI data  —  Hate crimes in America rose 17 percent last year, the third consecutive year that such crimes increased, according to newly released FBI data.  —  Law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crimes occurred in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016.
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds bluntly tells Steve King to decide future amid racism allegations  —  Rep. Steve King nearly halted his visit to an Iowa candidate forum after a man asked about similarities between King and the alleged synagogue shooter  —  OTTUMWA, Ia.
Discussion: Political Wire
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Republicans used redistricting to build a wall around the House.  Trump just tore it down.  —  For years, some Democrats said gerrymandering was an insurmountable roadblock to the House majority that couldn't be cleared until after the 2020 census.  —  Then along came President Donald Trump.
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Gary D. Robertson / Greensboro:
Excessive partisanship claimed in North Carolina maps lawsuit
Discussion: Political Wire
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
CNN Gets Several Things Wrong In Its Lawsuit Against The White House  —  CNN and Jim Acosta's lawsuit against the White House, which alleges First and Fifth Amendment violations, contains several factual inaccuracies.  —  CNN announced Tuesday morning that it was filing suit against the White House …
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Washington Post:
Trump supports democracy — except when he is losing  —  FLORIDA IS in a recount mess.  An incompetent elections administrator in Broward County is putting a face to the nation's widespread problems with unprepared voting staff, badly designed ballots and extended tallying delays.
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Terry Spencer / Associated Press:
Trump calls on Florida Democrat to concede, implies fraud
Discussion: Politico and Daily Wire
Alberto Nardelli / BuzzFeed News:
The Professor At The Heart Of The Trump-Russia Probe Wants To Testify Before The Senate, A Lawyer Claims  —  LONDON — A lawyer closely associated with Joseph Mifsud claims that the Maltese professor, who allegedly delivered word of Hillary Clinton's stolen emails to Donald Trump's campaign, is willing to testify to the US Senate.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
One Week Later: The Midterms Don't Look So Good For the GOP  —  Making the click-through worthwhile: the latest on the Florida recount shenanigans, including one county just deciding to improvise the rules in violation of state law; why the outlook for Donald Trump and the Republicans looks darker today …
Discussion: The Root, CNN and Florida Politics
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Ricochet:
5 Reasons Why Sinema Won Arizona  —  Jon Gabriel, Ed.  —  Outsiders think of Arizona as one of the reddest states.  From Barry Goldwater to anti-immigration hawks like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, our most famous politicians tend to be Republicans.  But traditionally, Arizona is rather purple and regularly features tight statewide elections.
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NBC News:
Trump has remade the GOP in his own image. It's costing them.
Scott Thistle / Press Herald:
Poliquin sues in federal court to stop ranked-choice count  —  As Maine's Secretary of State continues the process to determine winner in the 2nd Congressional District, attorneys for the campaigns of Jared Golden and Bruce Poliquin head to court.  —  AUGUSTA - Republican 2nd District …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks.  —  After months of research …
Sarah McGregor / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Deficit Jumps to $100 Billion at Start of Fiscal Year  —  The U.S. recorded a $100.5 billion budget deficit in October, an increase of about 60 percent from a year earlier, as spending grew twice as fast as revenue.  —  The deficit widened from $63.2 billion in the same month last year …
Discussion: Political Wire
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
US joins Russia, North Korea in refusing to sign cybersecurity pact  —  Once again, America is retreating from the global stage under Trump's leadership.  And once again, Russia stands to benefit from it.  —  More than 50 countries signed onto a historic cybersecurity pact Monday as part …
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Axios:
The Trump-GOP 2020 doomsday scenario  —  In private conversations after the midterms, many top Republicans and Democrats said that President Trump seemed to be heading into his 2020 re-election race in a relatively strong position.  —  The big picture: They couldn't be more wrong.
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Wood / Salt Lake Tribune:
Ben McAdams holds a 1,020 vote lead over Rep. Mia Love after update in Utah County totals.  More results expected today.  —  Ben McAdams held his tenuous lead over Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, on Tuesday, following the addition of roughly 40,000 votes to Utah County's election totals.
Discussion: Political Wire
 
 
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Amy Harder / Axios:
EPA looks to tighten truck air pollution standards
Discussion: ABC News
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Requires Six Broadcast Television Companies to Terminate and Refrain …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors drop investigation of wife of Bernie Sanders, adviser says
Discussion: Politico
Jesus Rodriguez / Politico:
Trump nominates deregulation ace to fill Kavanaugh's seat on D.C. court
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Trump's Tax Cut Was Supposed to Change Corporate Behavior. Here's What Happened.
Evan MacDonald / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland.com culture reporter Nikki Delamotte found shot to death in Wood County
Discussion: AOL and fox8.com
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Whitmire / al.com:
Trump's southeast regional EPA administrator indicted on Alabama ethics charges
Discussion: Mother Jones, WHNT-TV and Raw Story
Kate Julian / The Atlantic:
Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?
Adam Rubenstein / New York Times:
Steve King Called Me a ‘Junk Yard Dog’
Discussion: WHOTV, NPR and The Root
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Gavin McInnes Whines His Fellow Rich Neighbors Don't Like Him
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
In a morning tweetstorm, Trump takes repeated aim at France's Macron