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9:35 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 …
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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 …
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
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.
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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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
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
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
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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.
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.
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Valerie Jarrett / CNN:
Nancy Pelosi has the toughness Democrats need
Discussion: CBS San Francisco and KAJ-TV
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 …
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
California Rep. Mimi Walters' campaign accuses Democrats of planning to ‘steal’ her seat as her opponent takes the lead in tough reelection bid  — Republican Rep. Mimi Walters of California claimed that Democrats would attempt to force a recount to “steal” her seat in multiple fundraising emails obtained by INSIDER.
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Los Angeles Times:
Democrat Katie Porter overtakes GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in Orange County House ballot count
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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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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.
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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.
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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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
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.
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Federal Bureau of Investigation:
2017 Hate Crime Statistics Released
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.
Rose Minutaglio / ELLE:
What Went Through CNN Reporter Abby Phillip's Head After Trump Called Her Question ‘Stupid’  —  “I'm not concerned whether he thinks it's smart or stupid.”  —  It was a rainy Friday morning, and CNN's Abby Phillip was among a gaggle of reporters gathered outside the White House for a 20-minute long Q&A session with Donald Trump.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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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.
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer sees Nelson victory after recount  —  Sen. Bill Nelson is down by more than 12,000 votes as his re-election campaign heads into a recount.  But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says if all the votes are counted, Nelson is the favorite to win re-election.
Discussion: Florida Politics and Breitbart
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Marc Caputo / Politico:   Florida recount gives Bondi a new shot at Trump's inner circle
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
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: WOFL, HuffPost and Daily Wire
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
Washington Post:
Trump names retired general John Abizaid to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia  —  President Trump announced Tuesday that he will nominate retired Army Gen. John Abizaid to become the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a vacancy that was spotlighted by the difficult diplomacy between …
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
 
 
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Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Parties barrel toward clash over Mueller's job security
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Trump receptive to compromise criminal justice overhaul backed by Kushner
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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