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9:35 AM ET, November 14, 2018


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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 -  ·
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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.
Julie Kelly / American Greatness:
NeverTrump's Billionaire Leftist Benefactors
Discussion: Vox and CNN
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Forget Impeachment. Mueller's Real Threat to Trump Is in 2020.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Examiner:
Amazon follows the money — to the Swamp  —  THE SWAMP — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won't be the only one setting up home bases in both Queens and the Beltway.  The bartender-turned-congresswoman- elect will be joined by the world's richest man: Jeff Bezos.  Bezos's retail giant Amazon announced Tuesday …
Veronique De Rugy / National Review:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Right about Amazon's Corporate Welfare
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Was Amazon's headquarters search ‘a giant ruse’? NYC, D.C. centers of power prevail
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens freshman orientation by leading protest at Nancy Pelosi's office
Discussion: Washington Post, Salon and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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 …
HuffPost:   DC Neo-Nazi Who Called Pittsburgh Murders A ‘Dry Run’ Arrested; Has Deep Ties To ‘Alt Right’
NBC News:
With Pelosi, Democrats are stuck between a gavel and a hard place  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats face a dilemma when it comes to Nancy Pelosi's quest to regain the speaker's gavel next year.
Discussion: Breitbart
The Daily Beast:
Melania Trump Exploits the John Kelly Power Vacuum  —  He was a stately general called in to replace the omnishambles with order.  But since his first day as White House chief of staff, John Kelly's grasp on power in Trumpworld has been tenuous.  —  Now, as Trump enters the back end …
Discussion: Raw Story, Reuters, Vox and Political Wire
In a stunning move, Melania Trump calls for ouster of a top national security aide
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and HuffPost
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 …
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:   California Rep. Mimi Walters' campaign accuses Democrats of planning to ‘steal’ …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Paul Schwartzman / Washington Post:
In Crystal City, news of Amazon's arrival inspires yearnings for a facelift  —  To the legions of motorists who pass by every day on their way to Washington and beyond, Crystal City is a thicket of high-rises that look about as inviting as rows of oversized filing cabinets.
Discussion: New Republic
Ashe Schow / Daily Wire:
462 Financial Journalists Were Asked Their Political Leanings.  Guess How Many Said They Were Conservative.  —  Just about everything you would assume about journalists covering the financial industry is true, according to a new study.  —  Scholars from Arizona State University and Texas …
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 …
Discussion: CNN
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Inside Georgia's secret bid for Amazon's second headquarters  —  A state-funded academy to train Amazon's employees.  An exclusive lounge - with free parking - at the world's busiest airport.  An Amazon-dedicated car on MARTA.  And more than $2 billion worth of publicly-funded incentives.
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.
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: Splinter and Political Wire
Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
In Austin, Hillary Clinton honored for public service  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has played as consequential a role in American politics as anyone in her lifetime, received the inaugural In the Arena Award from the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Tuesday.
Emily Jashinsky / The Federalist:
VIDEO: Ohio State Protesters Chant 'John McCain's Dead' Outside Ben Shapiro Lecture  —  Students put on a shameful display Tuesday at Ohio State University, where conservative commentator Ben Shapiro appeared as part of his campus lecture tour.  Leftist protesters who gathered outside the doors …
Anna Edgerton / Bloomberg:
GOP to Pick Another Cheney to Help Party Find a Winning Message  — Vice president's daughter Liz Cheney to join House leadership  — Cheney will help lawmakers navigate party's embrace of Trump  —  House Republican leaders must decide how much to embrace President Donald Trump …
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
Emma Dumain / The State:
Detractors using racial ‘dog whistle’ tactics in House leadership race, Clyburn says  —  WASHINGTON  —  Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina on Tuesday accused detractors of using racially-charged “dog whistles” to undermine his bid for the No. 3 slot in House Democratic leadership.
Discussion: American Thinker
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: 72 percent say media ‘dividing Americans,’ spreading ‘hate’
Associated Press:
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Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
CNN v. Trump: Is There a Constitutional Right to a Press Pass?
US Department of State:
Rewards for Justice - Reward Offer for Information on Hamas and Hizballah Key Leaders
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
A Week After the Election, Democratic Gains Grow Stronger
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Barasch / Variety:
Robert De Niro Bashes Trump Again: ‘Down With This Motherf—er!’
Discussion: Breitbart
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
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Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats To Investigate Voter Suppression In Georgia Governor Race And Other 2018 Midterms
Discussion: Stacey Abrams
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine Veteran Austin Tice Is Still Alive After Years Of Captivity, US Official Says
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 …
Ted Hesson / Politico:
Trump considers tough-talking former ICE director for DHS chief