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4:45 AM ET, November 14, 2018


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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.
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: New Republic and Mediaite
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.
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
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.
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: Political Wire
Rose Minutaglio / ELLE:
What Went Through CNN Reporter Abby Phillip's Head After Trump Called Her Question ‘Stupid’
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Week and Political Wire
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:   California Rep. Mimi Walters' campaign accuses Democrats of planning to ‘steal’ …
John Parkinson / ABC News:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens freshman orientation by leading protest at Nancy Pelosi's office  —  Before she's even taken an oath of office, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined protesters at Nancy Pelosi's office and led a sit-in to protest climate change.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez storms into DC with environmental protest in front of Pelosi's office
Discussion: Politico
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: HuffPost
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 …
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: The Week and Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
The 2018 Midterms, In 4 Charts  —  This midterm election saw an unusual trend, though it wasn't unprecedented.  The chambers “swung” in opposite directions, as Democrats gained seats in the House (they're on track for a net gain of 38 by our estimates) and lost seats in the Senate …
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Was Amazon's headquarters search ‘a giant ruse’?  NYC, D.C. centers of power prevail  —  Amazon's selection of New York City and Arlington, Virginia, for its new headquarters - as well as Nashville, Tennessee, for a major investment - leaves major cities throughout the country wondering what could have been.
California Rep. Denham ousted  —  Rep. Jeff Denham has become the latest California Republican to lose his seat.  —  The Associated Press on Tuesday night declared Josh Harder the winner in the race in California's 10th District in the state's Central Valley east of San Jose.
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.
Washington Post:
Key contests in Florida and Georgia remain mired in uncertainty amid expanding legal fights over ballot counts
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox and Florida Politics
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: Daily Wire, HuffPost and
Man banned from Walt Disney World after waving Trump 2020 banner while on ride
Discussion: TheBlaze and Raw Story
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
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.
Elana Schor / Politico:
Kyl: No decision on how long to serve in Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Is Right About Nationalism  —  It's not just about interests or even values.  Americans cherish our country's shared history and character.  —  In commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, French President Emmanuel Macron said: “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida recount gives Bondi a new shot at Trump's inner circle  —  Florida's attorney general, Pam Bondi, doesn't oversee the recounts in the Senate and governor's races that are underway in the state.  —  But since the midterms, she has been serving as one of President Donald Trump's point people …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Schumer sees Nelson victory after recount
Discussion: Florida Politics and Breitbart
Alex Gangitano / Roll Call:
A Father Drops Off His Son for Congress' Freshman Orientation  —  Retiring Rep. Sander M. Levin drove away from the Courtyard Marriott in Southeast Washington, leaving his son on the curb in front of the hotel.  —  It was a true first day of school moment for Michigan Rep.-elect Andy Levin, who will be succeeding his father.
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 …
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.
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Dan Crenshaw / Washington Post:
SNL mocked my appearance. Here's why I didn't demand an apology.
Discussion: HuffPost
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Top AMI lawyer out amid David Pecker feud
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Stung by election losses, House GOP weighs leadership choice
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
Democrats To Investigate Voter Suppression In Georgia Governor Race And Other 2018 Midterms
Discussion: Stacey Abrams
New York Times:
A Search in Fire-Ravaged California for What No One Wants to Find
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Marine Veteran Austin Tice Is Still Alive After Years Of Captivity, US Official Says
Washington Post:
Trump names retired general John Abizaid to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia
 Earlier Items: 
John Harwood / CNBC:
A week later it's clear the midterms did produce a blue wave …
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Requires Six Broadcast Television Companies to Terminate and Refrain …
Sarah McGregor / Bloomberg:
U.S. Budget Deficit Jumps to $100 Billion at Start of Fiscal Year
Discussion: Political Wire
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds bluntly tells Steve King to decide future amid racism allegations
Benjamin Wood / Salt Lake Tribune:
Ben McAdams holds a 1,020 vote lead over Rep. Mia Love after update in Utah County totals.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump's Tax Cut Was Supposed to Change Corporate Behavior. Here's What Happened.
Discussion: Splinter and Shareblue Media

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Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Survey: 52% of US and 63% of UK respondents say they would be uneasy with news produced mostly using AI; 59% worry about false news content online, up 3% YoY

Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar's Inside Out 2 grosses $155M in the US and Canada, 2024's biggest opening weekend, and $295M globally, the biggest in history for an animated film

Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
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