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7:30 PM ET, November 13, 2018


 Top Items: 
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Melania Trump Says Bolton Deputy Ricardel Should Be Ousted
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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Woodward on CNN: Remedy isn't a lawsuit, 'it's more serious reporting'
Discussion: RedState, Mediaite and
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The White House is changing its tune on why it yanked Jim Acosta's press pass
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
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: Eschaton and Raw Story
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.
John Yoo / The Atlantic:
Whitaker's Appointment Is Unconstitutional  —  President Donald Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general last week, despite the fact that he cannot legally hold the office.  While the president could fix his mistake with any lesser official and in any normal time …
Discussion: Vox, CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:   Defunct Patent Firm That Matthew Whitaker Advised Posted Video Featuring Trump
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Whitaker's Appointment as Acting Attorney General Faces Court Challenge
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.
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.
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.
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
2017 Hate Crime Statistics Released
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Roosevelt Room / The White House:   Remarks by President Trump at Diwali Ceremonial Lighting of the Diya
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: CBS Pittsburgh
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Press
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.
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.
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: Shareblue Media
Mark Sanford / New York Times:
A Wake-Up Call for the G.O.P.  —  My South Carolina district hadn't voted for a Democrat in 40 years.  What happened?  —  Mr. Sanford is a Republican representative from South Carolina.  —  In sports, the team that loses is the team that studies the game-day tapes the hardest.
Discussion: Raw Story
Akbar Shahid Ahmed / HuffPost:
Republicans Launch Surprise Bid To Prevent Debate On U.S. Support For Bloody Saudi War  —  Critics of the war in Yemen said the move will make them more determined to have Congress tackle what the U.N. calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.  —  WASHINGTON Republican leadership …
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
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
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
Kate Julian / The Atlantic:
Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?  —  These should be boom times for sex.  —  The share of Americans who say sex between unmarried adults is “not wrong at all” is at an all-time high.  New cases of HIV are at an all-time low.  Most women can—at last—get birth control for free …
Jonathan Kauffman / San Francisco Chronicle:
La Taqueria family buys its building, ending uncertainty surrounding its future  —  On the morning of Nov. 13, in the hallway outside a San Francisco courtroom, the fate of the Mission District's most famous taqueria was secured in a scrum of suits.  It took only a few minutes …
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
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 …
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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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
‘Today’ Ratings Climb After Megyn Kelly Departs
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Babylon Bee:
Hillary Clinton Receives Large Cash Advance For ‘What Happened 2’ Ahead Of 2020 Presidential Run
John Harwood / CNBC:
A week later it's clear the midterms did produce a blue wave …
The Harvard Crimson:
Guillaume to Lead The Crimson's 146th Guard
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer sees Nelson victory after recount
Discussion: Florida Politics and Breitbart
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
More Information About Last Week's Takedowns
Discussion: Bloomberg and KAJ-TV
 Earlier Items: 
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Federal prosecutors drop investigation of wife of Bernie Sanders, adviser says
Discussion: Politico and The Gateway Pundit
Jesus Rodriguez / Politico:
Trump nominates deregulation ace to fill Kavanaugh's seat on D.C. court
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Republicans used redistricting to build a wall around the House. Trump just tore it down.
How Miami-Dade won the Florida recount race, and why Broward is losing it.
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times and
Adam Rubenstein / New York Times:
Steve King Called Me a ‘Junk Yard Dog’
Discussion: WHOTV, The Root and NPR
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
2018 rewrote the main rule of US politics
Discussion: Washington Monthly