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11:00 AM ET, November 13, 2018


 Top Items: 
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.
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 …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump planning shakeup, eyeing new chief of staff and DHS secretary: Sources
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Day One / 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.
New York Times:
‘Tell Your Boss’: Recording Is Seen to Link Saudi Crown Prince More Strongly to Khashoggi Killing  —  ‘Tell Your Boss’: Recording Is Seen to Link Saudi Crown Prince to Khashoggi Killing  — Shortly after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations  —  E-commerce giant is expected to make announcement on HQ2 cities as soon as Tuesday  —  New York City and Northern Virginia will be the homes for Inc.'s AMZN -4.41% second and third headquarters …
Robert Reich / American Prospect:   Amazon and America's Real Divide
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Amazon's imminent arrival in Queens
Discussion: Politico and
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.
Pete Williams / NBC News:
State of Maryland asks judge to declare Rosenstein acting attorney general  —  Trump bypassed Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who is overseeing the special counsel investigation, in favor of Matt Whitaker for acting AG.  —  WASHINGTON — The state of Maryland plans to ask a federal judge …
Whitaker consulting ‘ethics officials’ on possible recusal from Mueller probe  —  Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is consulting with ethics officials regarding possible recusal from overseeing the special counsel's Russia investigation, the Justice Department said on Monday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: Welcome back ... Trump wants to oust DHS Secretary Nielsen
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general is unlawful, Maryland says
Discussion: USA Today and Fox News Insider
5 Reasons Why Sinema Won Arizona  —  Jon Gabriel, Ed.  —  Outsiders think of Arizona as one of the reddest states.  From Barry Goldwater to anti-immigration hawks like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, our most famous politicians tend to be Republicans.  But traditionally, Arizona is rather purple and regularly features tight statewide elections.
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Kyrsten Sinema Declared Winner in Arizona Senate Race
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Judge orders review of provisional ballots in Georgia election  —  A federal judge on Monday ordered election officials to review thousands of provisional ballots that haven't been counted in Georgia's close election for governor.  —  U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg's order calls for a hotline …
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Federal Judge Delays Certification of Georgia Election Results  —  ATLANTA — A federal judge on Monday ordered a delay in the certification of Georgia's election results, citing concerns about the state's voter registration system and the handling of provisional ballots.
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:   In Georgia, Now Stacey Abrams Wants a Federal Judge to Change the Election Rules
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia secretary of state tells election officials to count absentee ballots
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
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: Spectator USA and Raw Story
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
Can Marine One Fly in the Rain?  —  Why, exactly, did Donald Trump not join Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, and Justin Trudeau at Saturday's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the original Armistice Day?  I don't know, and I don't think anyone outside the White House does at this point.
Mike Gallagher / The Atlantic:   How to Salvage Congress
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
No ‘blue wave,’ but Democrats' midterm success sinking in  —  NEW YORK (AP) — No it wasn't a blue wave.  But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on Election Night.  —  As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked …
Discussion: Washington Press
Associated Press:
Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 White House bids
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
In a morning tweetstorm, Trump takes repeated aim at France's Macron  —  President Trump unleashed verbal attacks Tuesday on French President Emmanuel Macron, taking aim at his approval rating, his country's employment rate, its trade policies on wine and his vision for the military.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, CNN and Associated Press
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.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pelosi warns against ousting a woman  —  Nancy Pelosi is making gender a central part of her bid to reclaim the speaker's gavel — leaning hard into the pitch that Democrats cannot oust the only woman at their leadership table following a historic election for women.
Washington Post:
Pelosi moves aggressively to snuff out challenge to her bid for House speaker
Discussion: Power Line and Political Wire
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
2017 Hate Crime Statistics Released  —  Report Shows More Departments Reporting Hate Crime Statistics  —  The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased about 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) …
Kansas City Health Department pours bleach on food meant for homeless people  —  KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI (Fox 32 News) - The Kansas City Health Department threw away and poured bleach on food meant for homeless people.  —  The food was going to be distributed by a group called Free Hot Soup KC.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump knows the true meaning of sacrifice  —  “We are the Dead.  Short days ago  —  We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie,  —  In Flanders fields.  remembering the sacrifice of fellow  —  World War I troops.  —  “We're getting drenched.”
Discussion: France 24
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 …
Adeel Hassan / New York Times:
Photo of More Than 60 Students Giving Apparent Nazi Salute Is Being Investigated  —  Police and school officials in a small town in Wisconsin are investigating a photograph taken last spring of about 60 male high school students, many of them making what appears to be a Nazi salute.
Discussion: Raw Story, NPR and Boing Boing
New York Times:
Trump Dreams Up Another Immigrant Crisis  —  The president turns to an old ploy to justify a new ban on people seeking refuge.  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Discussion: HuffPost and Front Page Magazine
Washington Post:
U.S. says audio recording of Khashoggi killing does not implicate Saudi crown prince  —  SINGAPORE — U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death inside an Istanbul consulate did not appear to provide any link between …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
China's Communist Party Expands Control Under Xi  —  Party taking over government, report says  —  China's Communist Party under Xi Jinping is expanding control over the Chinese government while increasing the use of covert action influence operations, according to a forthcoming congressional report.
Discussion: Instapundit
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Dems Priority List Includes Attacks On Free Speech And Gun Rights  —  Election 2018: Democrats took control of the House by talking endlessly about health care.  But it turns out their actual priorities are things that they didn't talk about much on the campaign trail.  Now we know why.
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
2018 rewrote the main rule of US politics
Washington Post:
For Trump, even disaster response is colored in red and blue
Samuel Earle / New Republic:
Enter Boris?  —  Boris Johnson—former mayor of London …
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
The right lessons and the wrong ones from 2018
Discussion: Raw Story
German Lopez / Vox:
I looked for a state that's taking gun violence seriously. I found Massachusetts.
Asma Khalid / NPR:
A Third Rail No More: Incoming House Democrats Embrace Gun Control
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Voters just approved the biggest expansion of the voting franchise in half a century
Discussion: The Federalist
Remy Smidt / BuzzFeed News:
Doctors Are Sharing Gruesome Photos Of What It's Like To Treat Gun Violence Victims
Discussion: Washington Post and Salon
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Midterms Point to Reshaped Map for 2020 Presidential Campaign
This Is All Donald Trump Has Left
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Death toll rises to 42 in California's Camp Fire, making it the deadliest wildfire ever in the state
New York Times:
Facebook Failed to Police How Its Partners Handled User Data