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12:05 PM ET, November 14, 2018


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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Conservative Lawyers Say Trump Has Undermined the Rule of Law  —  WASHINGTON — The annual convention of the Federalist Society, the conservative legal group, has long been a glittering and bustling affair.  In the Trump era, though, the group has become more powerful than ever …
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 -  ·
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's post-election rage, and what it suggests about his alternate reality  —  President Trump is in a sour mood — and apparently has been ever since his party suffered its worst House losses since Watergate last week.  It started with him repeatedly snapping at reporters and continued during …
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Justice Department OLC Opinion Claims Matt Whitaker's Attorney General Appointment Is Legit  —  The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel was consulted before Jeff Sessions resigned.  —  WASHINGTON The Justice Department's quasi-judicial Office of Legal Counsel told President Donald Trump …
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Top Dems Launch Investigation of Acting Attorney General's Involvement in Company Charged with Bilking Consumers of Millions of Dollars  —  “On November 7, 2018, President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and put in his place Matthew G. Whitaker to serve as Acting Attorney General,” the Members wrote.
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Justice Department Memo Declares Matt Whitaker Appointment Is Legal  —  Democrats contend that he needed to be in a Senate-confirmed position to take over as acting attorney general.  —  Betsy Woodruff By Betsy Woodruff  —  The Justice Department's powerful Office of Legal Counsel went …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed News:
The Justice Department Says That Trump's Acting Attorney General Appointment Is Legal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Scientists acknowledge key errors in study of how fast the oceans are warming  —  A major study claimed the oceans were warming much faster than previously thought.  But researchers now say they can't necessarily make that claim.  —  Scientists behind a major study that claimed the Earth's oceans …
Joshua Emerson Smith /
Climate contrarian uncovers scientific error, upends major ocean warming study  —  Scripps Pier at after sunset in La Jolla on Wednesday (Hayne Palmour IV / San Diego Union-Tribune)  —  Researchers with UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Princeton University recently walked …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Burn More Coal
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Fox News backs CNN in lawsuit against Trump White House  —  Fox News is supporting CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration over the White House's revocation of Jim Acosta's press pass and plans to file an amicus brief in the case, according to a statement from the network's president Jay Wallace.
David R. Lurie / Slate:
CNN Will Win Its Lawsuit to Have Jim Acosta's White House Press Pass Restored  —  On Tuesday morning, CNN announced it has filed suit against the Trump administration, arguing that the revocation of Jim Acosta's White House credentials “violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press …
Associated Press:   Trump to back major rewrite of sentencing laws
DC Neo-Nazi Who Called Pittsburgh Murders A ‘Dry Run’ Arrested; Has Deep Ties To ‘Alt Right’  —  Jeffrey Clark wasn't shy about being a white supremacist.  But it was only after his family reported him that authorities arrested him on gun charges.  —  WASHINGTON Jeffrey Clark …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
D.C. man arrested on gun charge after relatives alert police to his alleged white nationalist outbursts
Associated Press:
The Latest: Palm Beach machines overheat, miss recount votes  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local):  —  The Palm Beach County elections supervisor says aging equipment has overheated, causing mismatched results in the recount of ballots in Florida's U.S. Senate race.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump meddles in McCarthy-Jordan leadership brawl  —  On the eve of Kevin McCarthy's long-awaited defeat of his nemesis, Rep. Jim Jordan, President Donald Trump is jumping into the fray to play peacemaker.  —  Trump has privately urged the House majority leader to strike a deal …
Michel Rose / Reuters:
France says Trump should have shown ‘decency’ on Paris attacks anniversary  —  PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who attacked his French counterpart in a series of tweets on Tuesday, should have shown “common decency” instead since the country was mourning the anniversary …
Sasha Issenberg / New York Magazine:
Divided We Stand The country is hopelessly split.  So why not make it official and break up?  —  The year is 2019.  California's new governor, Gavin Newsom, recently elected on a platform that included support for the creation of a single-payer health-care system, now must figure out how to enact it.
Discussion: Splinter
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Democrat Josh Harder Defeats GOP U.S. Rep. Denham in California House Race  —  (LOS ANGELES) — First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California's farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
NeverTrump's Billionaire Leftist Benefactors  —  Just hours after Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general last Wednesday at the president's behest, #TheResistance found its newest target for destruction: Sessions' interim replacement, Matthew Whitaker.  —  Negative coverage …
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Forget Impeachment.  Mueller's Real Threat to Trump Is in 2020.  —  Even before the new Democratic House arrives in Washington, the narrative has already been set: Angry Trump-hating Democrats are going to risk their party's standing by forcing their leaders to impeach President Trump.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Morale Takes a Tumble Along With Stock Price  —  Employee surveys show weaker optimism about future, confidence in platform's mission  —  Facebook Inc.'s FB .43% difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn …
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 and Vox
Matt Dixon / Politico:
Federal prosecutors reviewing altered election documents tied to Florida Democrats  —  TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting “irregularities” it has flagged in the wake of the 2018 elections.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Marco Rubio, Trumpified  —  The Florida senator is promoting false conspiracy theories for partisan gain.  —  Senator Marco Rubio wasn't very pleased with yesterday's edition of this newsletter.  —  “Left wing commentators have no shame just making things up,” he tweeted, along with a link to the newsletter.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Florida Politics
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 …
Dan Crenshaw / Washington Post:
SNL mocked my appearance.  Here's why I didn't demand an apology.  —  Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, is a Republican representative-elect from Texas.  —  The past couple of weeks have been unusual for me, to say the least.  After a year of hard campaigning for Congress in Texas …
Discussion: HuffPost
Charles Stewart III / Washington Post:
Why we're still waiting for election results from Florida and Georgia — and why newly counted ballots favor Democrats  —  It's been a week since Election Day, and we're still awaiting results from Florida and Georgia, where nationally prominent races are too close to call.
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 …
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.
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Adam Schiff wants ‘comity’ for the House Intelligence Committee.  It won't be easy. … As midterm election results rolled in on Nov. 6, Rep. Adam B. Schiff was at the rooftop patio of the Burbank Bar & Grille “trying to exorcise the ghost of two years ago,” when he watched Hillary Clinton lose …
Nigel Jaquiss / Willamette Week:
Oregon's junior senator wants to be able to run for president without giving up his U.S. Senate seat.  —  U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is openly mulling a run for president.  But a bid for the White House carries risks: By state law, he would have to give up his Senate seat to run.
Discussion: The Guardian
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Top Census Scientist's Testimony Casts Doubt On Motives For Study On Citizenship Question  —  The researcher says he outlined the cost and harm of adding the question.  It didn't matter.  —  NEW YORK The Census Bureau's top scientist testified Tuesday that neither he nor …
Erin McGroarty / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Latest ballot count puts two Democrats ahead of GOP candidates in Fairbanks legislative races … Democratic candidates for Senate District A Scott Kawasaki, left, and House District 1 Kathryn Dodge, right, watch as question ballots are tallied at the Fairbanks Division of Elections downtown Tuesday afternoon, November 13, 2018.
My turn: GOP is dead in California.  A new way must rise  —  The California Republican Party isn't salvageable at this time.  The Grand Old Party is dead - partly because it has failed to separate itself from today's toxic, national brand of Republican politics.
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
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Benjy Sarlin / NBC News:
Key ‘resistance’ group plots how newly elected reps can take on Trump — and House Democratic leaders
Discussion: Indivisible
Vann R. Newkirk II / Columbia Journalism Review:
Diversity as a Second Job
NBC News:
With Pelosi, Democrats are stuck between a gavel and a hard place
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
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Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
462 Financial Journalists Were Asked Their Political Leanings.  Guess How Many Said They Were Conservative.
Anna Edgerton / Bloomberg:
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Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is Right About Nationalism
John Harwood / CNBC:
A week later it's clear the midterms did produce a blue wave …