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1:55 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 …
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.
Associated Press:   Trump to back major rewrite of sentencing laws
CNN:   Trump argues in court filing that he can limit journalists' access to White House
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: Mother Jones and The Daily Signal
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 …
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 …
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 -  ·
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump's post-election rage, and what it suggests about his alternate reality
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A frightful portrait of a president out of control
Discussion: Mediaite and ELLE
The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump Says Decision On Nielsen Happening ‘Shortly’  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump expects to make a decision on the future of his Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “shortly,” he told The Daily Caller in an exclusive Oval Office interview Wednesday.
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Staff anger spills over at White House
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 …
Summer Concepcion / Associated Press:
France: Trump Lacked ‘Common Decency’ When We Were In Mourning
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
The Best of the Biggest U.S. Airports  —  The first WSJ U.S. Airport Rankings uses 15 metrics to determine which of the 20 largest airports treat travelers better  —  Call it the Mile-High Miracle: Denver International Airport is the best airport in the U.S. in the first-ever Wall Street Journal U.S. Airport Rankings.
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
Des Bieler / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio roasted for ‘3 pt kick’ tweet about Florida election
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
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 …
Li Zhou / Vox:
Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell hang on to their Senate leadership roles  —  Republicans also added a woman to their ranks for the first time since 2010.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will both hang on to their leadership roles in Congress's new upcoming term.
Discussion: Politico
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Ernst joins GOP Senate leadership
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.
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
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Public Wants Congress to be a Check on Trump  —  Few support re-electing the president in 2020; not too keen on Pelosi, McConnell as leaders  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Nearly 6-in-10 Americans say they would like to see someone other than Donald Trump elected president in 2020 …
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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.
Laura Meckler / Washington Post:
Betsy DeVos set to bolster rights of accused in rewrite of sexual assault rules  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to release a sweeping overhaul of how colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment, giving new rights to the accused including …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Israel says shot Gaza angler was close to fence  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers (all times local):  —  The Israeli military says a Gaza fisherman killed by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip was illegally advancing toward …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Israel Defence Minister Lieberman resigns over Gaza ceasefire
Discussion: TheBlaze
Yes, It Was A Blue Wave  —  Welcome to FiveThirtyEight's weekly politics chat.  The transcript below has been lightly edited.  —  sarahf (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): So we're here today to talk about the midterm elections and the BLUE WAVE ... or blue trickle?  Which is it, team!?!
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Russ Choma / Mother Jones:
Trump Campaign Paid Millions to Trump Businesses During Midterms  —  The president's fundraising was unprecedented.  —  Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign raised and spent an unprecedented sum of money during the midterm elections.  But much of that cash wasn't used …
Discussion: New Republic
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Eric Umansky / Trump, Inc.:
The Emolument Suit Against Trump That Is Moving Ahead
Margi Murphy / Telegraph:
Privacy concerns as Google absorbs DeepMind's health division
NBC News:
Lawyers seek ‘Apprentice’ tapes in Trump immigration suit for evidence of racism
Discussion: Jezebel
Washington Post:
U.S. military edge has eroded to ‘a dangerous degree,’ study for Congress finds
Discussion: Shakesville and The Week
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pelosi swats at Moulton and guarantees she'll be speaker
Discussion: Political Wire
Video shows group climbing border fence
Signal Problems:
HQ2 isn't the problem.
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Top Census Scientist's Testimony Casts Doubt On Motives For Study On Citizenship Question
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Morale Takes a Tumble Along With Stock Price
Charles Stewart III / Washington Post:
Why we're still waiting for election results from Florida and Georgia — and why newly counted ballots favor Democrats
Erin McGroarty / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Latest ballot count puts two Democrats ahead of GOP candidates in Fairbanks legislative races
Chris Megerian / Los Angeles Times:
Adam Schiff wants ‘comity’ for the House Intelligence Committee. It won't be easy.
New York Times:
A Week After the Midterms, Trump Seems to Forget the Caravan