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8:50 PM ET, November 15, 2018


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Ana Ceballos / Naples Daily News:
Florida Dems planned to use altered forms to fix mail ballots across state after deadline  —  Senator Bill Nelson has called for a recount.  Do the vote margins in his race against Rick Scott call for one?  —  CONNECT  —  TALLAHASSEE — A day after Florida's election left top state races …
Emily Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:
Machine recount confirms: Ron DeSantis is Florida's next governor  —  The results of the statewide machine recount which rolled by the Thursday 3 p.m. deadline, solidified what was expected: Ron DeSantis is (probably) Florida's next governor.  —  Nine days after Election Day …
Florida recount: Andrew Gillum won't concede, gains just 1 vote on Ron DeSantis  —  Orlando Sentinel  —  TALLAHASSEE — Nine days after Florida's Election Day, the deadline for machine recounts of three statewide races came and went Thursday, but Andrew Gillum refused to concede …
Laura Ingraham / Fox News:
If election chaos isn't cleaned up, the GOP can kiss 2020 goodbye
Discussion: Daily Wire
Alex Harris / miamiherald:
Broward County finishes machine recount with minutes to spare
Discussion: Townhall and Bloomberg
New York Times:
Recount Ordered in Florida Senate Contest; Republican Holds Lead in Governor's Race
Discussion: CNN
NBC News:
White House weighs booting Erdogan foe from U.S. to appease Turkey  —  “Once they realized it was a serious request, the career guys were furious,” a U.S. official said of request tied to Khashoggi killing.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy …
Business Insider:
Trump administration's reported effort to ‘barter’ a US resident to convince Turkey to ramp down Khashoggi probe stuns foreign-policy veterans  — National-security and foreign-policy veterans were floored by a bombshell report that the US weighed extraditing one of Turkish President Recep …
Peter Zimonjic / CBC News:   Canada considering sanctions against Saudis over murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Is Optimistic It Will Prosecute Assange  —  Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against the WikiLeaks founder  —  The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is increasingly optimistic …
Zack Colman / Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez gets in closed-door fight with veteran lawmaker over climate change  —  A fight broke out in a closed-door meeting of House Democrats over climate change as a powerful veteran lawmaker fought with freshman star Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members-elect over the creation of a special panel for the issue.
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
Marcia Fudge, Toying With Speaker Run, Slams Nancy Pelosi
Black caucus members back Pelosi for speaker over their former chair
Discussion: Axios and Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
‘Where are we recognized?’: Fudge emerges as potential challenger to Pelosi
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
‘Preparing for the worst’: Mueller anxiety pervades Trump world  —  Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. insist they aren't worried about special counsel Robert Mueller.  —  But half a dozen people in contact with the White House and other Trump officials …
Washington Post:
U.S. judge refuses to toss out Mueller probe case against Russian firm owned by 'Putin's chef'  —  A federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss the indictment of a Russian firm accused by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III of funding part of a Russian effort to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
What Trump's Latest Outburst About Mueller Could Mean  —  With his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen meeting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team this week, and with his son, Donald Trump Jr., speculating that he himself will soon be indicted, President Donald Trump apparently couldn't contain himself anymore.
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
Judge rules Mueller can proceed with case against Russian firm linked to alleged troll farm
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Is a Storm Brewing? The Likely Reason Trump Chose Now to Trash the Mueller Probe All Over Again
John Harwood / CNBC:
These charts show how Democrats represent the growing modern economy - and how Republicans are left behind  —  Among other results, this year's midterm elections affirmed this much: in Washington, the two parties now speak for dramatically different segments of the American economy.
Christina Tkacik / Baltimore Sun:
Man shouts ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ during intermission of Baltimore performance of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’  —  The audience reacts after a man interrupts the “Fiddler on the Roof” performance at the Hippodrome Theatre.  (Video courtesy of Rich Scherr)  —  A man shouted a pro-Nazi …
Washington Post:
Whitaker told Trump he has concerns over sentencing reform bill  —  Acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker has privately voiced concerns directly to President Trump about a new bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, according to a GOP senator Whitaker met with Thursday …
Washington Post:
Warner intensifies call for Whitaker to recuse himself from special counsel probe, citing friendship with key witness
Discussion: USA Today
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Texas businessman challenges acting AG's legality
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Mark Zuckerberg Claims He Didn't Know About Facebook's Crisis PR Operation  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed during a press call on Thursday that he wasn't aware of the company's relationship with Defenders, a Washington D.C.-based consulting and PR company that was doing crisis PR work …
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Donald Trump Becomes Twitter Laughingstock Over ‘Envy Of The World’ Boast  —  “Take it from an outsider: we feel sorry for Americans.”  —  Donald Trump on Thursday sought to stifle media reports that his administration is engulfed “in chaos” and “in meltdown” by claiming that the U.S. under his presidency was “the envy of the world.”
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
The Daily Beast:
Even Trump Can't Stop Mocking Sean Hannity's ‘Dumb’ Softball Questions  —  Trump craves friction to set off sparks and drama.  Hannity's slobbering extinguishes them.  —  Donald Trump's close relationship—on air and off—with Sean Hannity hasn't stopped the president from mocking …
The Trace:
The NRA Has Killed Free Coffee for Employees  —  The National Rifle Association is doing away with free coffee and water coolers for employees at its Fairfax, Virginia, headquarters — a cost-cutting move that has NRA insiders “freaking out,” The Trace has learned.
Discussion: Raw Story, Shareblue Media and Splinter
Kevin Miller / Press Herald:
Golden wins Maine's 2nd District race following historic ranked-choice count  —  Democrat Jared Golden won 50.5 percent of the vote versus 49.5 for incumbent Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin after the elections results were run through the ranked-choice tabulation software.
Ben Feuerherd / New York Post:
Homeless vet, couple allegedly made up story for GoFundMe scam  —  The New Jersey couple who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a viral charity campaign for a homeless man were allegedly working with the vagrant as part of an elaborate ruse, according to a new report.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Trump's Rages and the Case for Optimism  —  If Donald Trump were not so unbalanced, were he not exacting such immeasurable damage on the domestic welfare and the national security of the United States, you might find it in yourself to feel a tinge of sympathy for one so lost.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Taxpayers' cost for Trump Jr.'s business trip to India nearly $100K, documents show  —  Donald Trump Jr.'s lavish trip to India to sell his family's luxury condominium projects cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $100,000, documents obtained by The Washington Post show.
Discussion: CNN, Jezebel, NY State of Politics and Axios
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Trump's 2016 Showing Was the Most Important Factor in 2018 House Races  —  Not long after the November 2017 elections, I had lunch with David Petts, a Democratic pollster and longtime veteran of congressional campaigns.  He remarked that the Republican gubernatorial candidates in Virginia …
Jason Cherkis / Highline:
The Best Way To Save People From Suicide  —  It was still dark outside when Amanda woke up to the sound of her alarm, got out of bed and decided to kill herself.  She wasn't going to do it then, not at 5:30 in the morning on a Friday.  She told herself she would do it sometime after work.
The Daily Beast:
Navy SEALs, Marines Charged With Green Beret Logan Melgar's Murder  —  The victim allegedly discovered SEALs in Mali were stealing money from an informant fund and soliciting prostitutes.  —  The military has formally charged two Navy SEALs and two special-forces Marines in one of the most grisly cases …
Discussion: New York Times, AOL, ABC News and USNI News
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Full Transcript Of Trump's Oval Office Interview With The Daily Caller  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sat for an exclusive Oval Office interview Wednesday with The Daily Caller's Saagar Enjeti and Benny Johnson for approximately 31 minutes.  —  The transcript is as follows:
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Jack Crowe / National Review:
Vermont Dems Cancels Avenatti Speaking Appearances Due to Domestic Violence Allegations
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republican senator claims ‘the left’ will start a civil war unless federal highway system abolished
Kristen Soltis Anderson / Washington Examiner:
You can't explain our politics by talking about ‘red states’ and ‘blue states’
Kellen Browning / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Gray wolf population could lose federal protection under GOP bill
Discussion: Associated Press
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
As Long as Trump Is President, Blue Texas Could Actually Happen
Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
M.T.A. Warns of Fare Increases and Service Cuts as Budget Crisis Looms
Morry Gash /
Scott Walker on election loss: 'In no way did I see it as a rejection;" may change 2020 presidential primary date
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Cotton / USA Today:
Lame-duck Congress' rush for criminal justice reform plan will hurt, not help
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
New York Times:
California Today: When Fires Destroy the State's Most Treasured Places
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Michelle Obama's money-making hypocrisy is laughable
Discussion: The Root
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tax Cut to Be Eroded Next Year by Inflation Switch
Dave McKenna / Deadspin:
The Real Story Behind The Lewd Video And Bitter Feud That Tore Apart GW's Athletic Department
Beto O'Rourke / Beto O'Rourke:
I woke up after a good night's sleep. - Beto O'Rourke - Medium
Discussion: The Guardian and Balloon Juice