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12:40 AM ET, November 14, 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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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Staff anger spills over at White House  —  Bottled-up hostility in President Donald Trump's administration flowed to the surface Tuesday during a remarkable 12-hour period following an awkward midterm détente and tense trip to Paris over which the president is still seething.
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 …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
How Trump's move to put a loyalist over Mueller is already backfiring  —  In choosing Matthew Whitaker to temporarily succeed ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump has placed a loyal ally who has been critical of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation in a position to oversee it.
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Reuters:
U.S. Senator Graham says supports Mueller bill, urges vote  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday he supported a bill that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any politically motivated firings and would urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on it.
Discussion: Political Wire
Rose Minutaglio / ELLE:
What Went Through CNN Reporter Abby Phillip's Head After Trump Called Her Question ‘Stupid’
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Parties barrel toward clash over Mueller's job security
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Five days of fury: Inside Trump's Paris temper, election woes and staff upheaval  —  The president's post-election outbursts during his Paris trip include a testy call with the British prime minister and threats to fire aides.  — Josh Dawsey, Philip Rucker -  · - 1 hour ago -  ·
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
Whitaker abandoned taxpayer-funded project in Iowa in 2016  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — While in private business, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker walked away from a taxpayer-subsidized apartment-rehabilitation project in Iowa after years of cost overruns, delays and other problems, public records show.
Discussion: Political Wire
Los Angeles Times:
Democrat Katie Porter overtakes GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County House ballot count  —  After clinging for a week to a slim lead in her run for reelection, Republican Rep. Mimi Walters fell 261 votes behind her Democratic challenger, Katie Porter, as Orange County's latest ballot count …
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and The Week
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Grace Panetta / Business Insider:   California Rep. Mimi Walters' campaign accuses Democrats of planning to ‘steal’ …
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 …
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Mitch McConnell / Fox News:
Will Dems work with us, or simply put partisan politics ahead of the country?  —  Last Tuesday I was proud to see that the American people voted keep Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate.  But we also learned that, come January, the Republican Senate majority will be dealing with a House …
Washington Post:
D.C. man arrested on gun charge after relatives alert police to his alleged white nationalist outbursts  —  A D.C. man who described himself as a white nationalist to law enforcement officers and became a follower on social media of the accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter has been arrested …
Discussion: Splinter
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: The Week and Raw Story
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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Only on AP: Bloomberg charts aggressive timeline on 2020 bid  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Having spent a fortune to help elect Democrats this fall, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared lifetime allegiance to the Democratic Party on Tuesday and outlined an aggressive timeline for deciding whether to run for president.
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
I Take Back My Praise of Jeff Flake's Book  —  He's a class act with a faint heart.  —  At some point or another, all book critics agonize over whether they've taken the wrong measure of a book.  They've overpraised; they've underpraised; they've dwelled too long on imperfections that hardly deserved the molecular scrutiny.
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Ocasio-Cortez claims she can't afford DC apartment, but records show she has at least $15,000 in savings  —  Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that she's unable to afford an apartment in Washington, D.C., until she begins collecting her congressional salary …
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens freshman orientation by leading protest at Nancy Pelosi's office
Discussion: Breitbart, LifeZette and Salon
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
How Martha McSally could end up in the Senate even though she lost the election  —  Rep. Martha McSally received widespread praise from people on both sides of the political aisle for her concession speech Monday night in which she bowed out of the tight race for Arizona's Senate seat.
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Elana Schor / Politico:
Kyl: No decision on how long to serve in Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Politico:
California Rep. Denham ousted  —  Rep. Jeff Denham has become the latest California Republican to lose his seat.  —  The Associated Press on Tuesday night declared Josh Harder the winner in the race in California's 10th District in the state's Central Valley east of San Jose.
Alexandra Seltzer / Palm Beach Post:
BREAKING: Florida election: Judge orders recount extended for PBC to Nov. 20  —  A Leon County circuit judge has ruled that recounts in Palm Beach County for all state races in question be extended to Nov. 20, about five days after the original 3 p.m. Thursday deadline.
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Washington Post:
Key contests in Florida and Georgia remain mired in uncertainty amid expanding legal fights over ballot counts
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and Florida Politics
FiveThirtyEight:
The 2018 Midterms, In 4 Charts  —  This midterm election saw an unusual trend, though it wasn't unprecedented.  The chambers “swung” in opposite directions, as Democrats gained seats in the House (they're on track for a net gain of 38 by our estimates) and lost seats in the Senate …
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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WFTV:
Back at it: Disney passholder displays pro-Trump signs at park, gets banned again  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - A man who was banned from Disney World several weeks ago for unfurling a giant Donald Trump banner in the Magic Kingdom has been banned again.  —  He said after Disney officials took away …
Discussion: WTVR-TV, Daily Wire and HuffPost
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WOFL:
Man banned from Walt Disney World after waving Trump 2020 banner while on ride
Discussion: Raw Story and TheBlaze
New York Times:
A Week After the Midterms, Trump Seems to Forget the Caravan  —  WASHINGTON — For weeks before the midterm elections, President Trump warned ominously about the threat from a caravan of migrants streaming from Central America toward Mexico's border with the United States.
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.
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine Veteran Austin Tice Is Still Alive After Years Of Captivity, US Official Says  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than six years after Austin Tice was taken hostage in Syria, the U.S. government is confident that the Marine veteran and journalist is still alive, the State Department's special envoy for hostage affairs said on Tuesday.
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
New York Times:
Trump's Tax Cut Was Supposed to Change Corporate Behavior.  Here's What Happened.  —  Nearly a year after the tax cut, economic growth has accelerated.  Wage growth has not.  Companies are buying back stock and business investment is a mixed bag.  —  The $1.5 trillion tax overhaul …
Discussion: Splinter and Shareblue Media
Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is Right About Nationalism  —  It's not just about interests or even values.  Americans cherish our country's shared history and character.  —  In commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Meet the Native American Woman Who Beat the Sponsor of North Dakota's ID Law  —  In the end, the Native American tribes of North Dakota could not save their preferred candidate, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, from a double-digit loss.  —  But, galvanized by anger over the state's voter ID law …
Popular Information:
After lynching comments, Google donates $5000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith  —  U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) was caught on tape “joking” about her willingness to attend a lynching at a campaign event in November.  “If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith said on November 2.
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
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Top AMI lawyer out amid David Pecker feud  —  The top lawyer at American Media Inc. is out, apparently after clashing with the company's embattled CEO, David Pecker.  —  Sources said that there was a stormy encounter at lunch last Wednesday between Cameron Stracher, a media and libel law specialist, and Pecker.
 
 
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Alex Gangitano / Roll Call:
A Father Drops Off His Son for Congress' Freshman Orientation
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Stung by election losses, House GOP weighs leadership choice
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats To Investigate Voter Suppression In Georgia Governor Race And Other 2018 Midterms
Discussion: Stacey Abrams
New York Times:
A Search in Fire-Ravaged California for What No One Wants to Find
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Weak Spots in Democrats' Strong Midterm Results Point to Challenges in 2020
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida recount gives Bondi a new shot at Trump's inner circle
Washington Post:
Trump names retired general John Abizaid to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia
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John Harwood / CNBC:
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Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Requires Six Broadcast Television Companies to Terminate and Refrain …
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Hate crimes rose 17 percent last year, according to new FBI data
Monica Lewinsky / Vanity Fair:
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