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5:25 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 …
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.
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 and TheBlaze
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:
First lady Melania Trump's office calls for firing of White House national security official  —  The office of first lady Melania Trump is calling for the ouster of deputy national security adviser Mira R. Ricardel, amid reports of tensions between Ricardel and White House officials.
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.
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 …
Melania Trump Says Bolton Deputy Ricardel Should Be Ousted  — President may be mulling shakeup of Cabinet, media reports say  — DHS Secretary Nielsen reported to be departing government  —  First lady Melania Trump demanded the ouster of National Security Adviser John Bolton's top deputy …
Discussion: New Republic and Raw Story
Tim Marcin / Newsweek:
White House Creates ‘Policy Time’ to Get Donald Trump to Focus on Work Instead of ‘Executive Time’
Discussion: Washington Press and The Root
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump planning shakeup, eyeing new chief of staff and DHS secretary: Sources
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and Political Wire
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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Jerome Corsi Reveals Why He Is In Mueller's Crosshairs  — In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Jerome Corsi acknowledges that he told associates in August 2016 that he believed Wikileaks planned to release John Podesta's emails.
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.
Wall Street Journal:   Defunct Patent Firm That Matthew Whitaker Advised Posted Video Featuring Trump
John Yoo / The Atlantic:
Whitaker's Appointment Is Unconstitutional
Discussion: Vox, CNN and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Josh Barbanel / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon's Move to Long Island City Sparks Condo Frenzy
Discussion: Bloomberg, Curbed NY and New York Times
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties … For weeks this fall, an ebullient President Trump traveled relentlessly to hold raise-the-rafters campaign rallies — sometimes three a day — in states where his presence was likely to help Republicans on the ballot.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Ricochet:   5 Reasons Why Sinema Won Arizona
NBC News:   Trump has remade the GOP in his own image. It's costing them.
Aris Folley / The Hill:
Federal judge finds Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act by rejecting ballots  —  A federal judge on Tuesday found that Gwinnett County violated the Civil Rights Act in its handling of absentee ballots during last week's midterm elections, a ruling that will likely delay the overall vote tally …
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.
Laura Nahmias / Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez lashes out at Amazon's plan to locate HQ2 in Queens
Discussion: Vox, Power Line and RedState
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
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: The Nation and Raw Story
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Requires Six Broadcast Television Companies to Terminate and Refrain From Unlawful Sharing of Competitively Sensitive Information  —  Proposed Settlement Preserves Competition in Broadcast Television Advertising Markets Across the United States and Requires Cooperation in Ongoing Antitrust Division Investigation
Adam Rubenstein / New York Times:
Steve King Called Me a ‘Junk Yard Dog’  —  What his press strategy tells us about the Republican Party and its base.  —  Mr. Rubenstein is assistant opinion editor at The Weekly Standard.  —  It's a strange thing to be called a junk yard dog.  It's especially strange when the person calling …
Discussion: WHOTV, NPR and The Root
Emily Sullivan / NPR:
Police Fatally Shoot Black Security Guard Who Detained Shooting Suspect  —  When police arrived after reports of a shooting over the weekend at a bar outside Chicago, witnesses say Jemel Roberson, a 26-year-old security guard who worked there, had already subdued the alleged assailant, pinning him to the ground.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Tool of Autocrats  —  Marco Rubio and other top Republicans would rather undermine democracy than lose fairly.  —  Modern autocrats don't tend to announce themselves as autocrats.  They claim to be democrats, and they portray their opponents as illegitimate.
Jesus Rodriguez / Politico:
Trump nominates deregulation ace to fill Kavanaugh's seat on D.C. court  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the nomination of Neomi Rao, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to fill the vacancy left in the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals …
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
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Jonathan Kauffman / San Francisco Chronicle:
La Taqueria family buys its building, ending uncertainty surrounding its future
Peggy McGlone / Washington Post:
Trumps decline — again — to attend the Kennedy Center Honors
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Reeves Wiedeman / The Cut:
The Watcher A family bought their dream house. …
Discussion: Gothamist and
Alexandra Seltzer / Palm Beach Post:
BREAKING: Florida election: Judge orders recount extended for PBC to Nov. 20
More Information About Last Week's Takedowns
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors drop investigation of wife of Bernie Sanders, adviser says
Discussion: Politico
Benjamin Wood / Salt Lake Tribune:
Ben McAdams holds a 1,020 vote lead over Rep. Mia Love after update in Utah County totals.
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Republicans used redistricting to build a wall around the House. Trump just tore it down.
Amber Athey / The Daily Caller:
CNN Gets Several Things Wrong In Its Lawsuit Against The White House
New York Times:
Trump's Tax Cut Was Supposed to Change Corporate Behavior. Here's What Happened.
Kyle Whitmire /
Trump's southeast regional EPA administrator indicted on Alabama ethics charges
Discussion: Mother Jones, Raw Story and WHNT-TV
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
One Week Later: The Midterms Don't Look So Good For the GOP
Discussion: The Root, CNN and Florida Politics
Kate Julian / The Atlantic:
Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Gavin McInnes Whines His Fellow Rich Neighbors Don't Like Him
Discussion: Raw Story