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6:30 AM ET, November 16, 2018


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Washington Post:
Julian Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal in inadvertent court filing  —  WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing — a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference …
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 …
New York Times:
Prosecutors Have Prepared Indictment of Julian Assange, a Filing Reveals  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has prepared an indictment against the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, marking a drastic escalation of the government's yearslong battle with him and his anti-secrecy group.
Discussion: The Verge
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 …
Associated Press:
AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting.
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Wilbur Ross leaving?  Mulvaney is waiting.  —  To hear Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his allies tell it, rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.  —  Administration officials and close White House advisers say the 80-year-old Ross could be out of a job in a broader Cabinet shakeup …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Political Wire
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham says Whitaker assured him on fate of Mueller probe
Discussion: Politico and CANNONFIRE
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
High snobbery from the Washington Post
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Washington Post:
U.S. judge refuses to toss out Mueller probe case against Russian firm owned by 'Putin's chef'
Discussion: KAJ-TV and CNN
Washington Post:   Warner intensifies call for Whitaker to recuse himself from special counsel probe, citing friendship with key witness
Broward County recounted hundreds of thousands of votes for nothing  —  (CNN)It's a long-agonized-over machine recount total delivered two minutes too late.  —  But there's nothing ironic about it — this is, after all, Florida's Broward County, which has been plagued with issues in its vote-counting efforts for years.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Florida recount: Andrew Gillum won't concede, gains just 1 vote on Ron DeSantis  —  Orlando Sentinel  —  TALLAHASSEE — Amid a dizzying whir of legal action, questions over uncounted ballots and the failure of two South Florida counties to meet the deadline, a machine recount produced little change …
Ana Ceballos / Naples Daily News:
Florida Dems planned to use altered forms to fix mail ballots across state after deadline
Bruce Ritchie / Politico:
Lawyers for Caldwell, Snipes battle over late ballot claims
Discussion: The Capitolist
Laura Ingraham / Fox News:
If election chaos isn't cleaned up, the GOP can kiss 2020 goodbye
Discussion: Daily Wire
Emily Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:   Machine recount confirms: Ron DeSantis is Florida's next governor
David Smiley / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida orders first ever statewide hand-recounts as legal fights continue
Discussion: Breitbart and The Last Refuge
NBC News:
To ease Turkish pressure on Saudis over killing, White House weighs expelling Erdogan foe  —  “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 …
Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia's latest account of Khashoggi's death is shocking in its audacity
Eric Holthaus / Grist:
The bizarre and frightening conditions that sparked the Camp Fire  —  This story has been updated to reflect the fire's impact as of Thursday night, November 15.  —  The Camp Fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise, is now the most destructive to ever hit California and the deadliest wildfire in modern American history.
Discussion: CNN, KAJ-TV and Los Angeles Times
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
Camp fire death toll climbs to 63; number of missing jumps to 631
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money, The Week and CNN
Tim Craig / Washington Post:   Camp Fire's destruction in Northern California leaves rescue teams sifting through debris for human remains
Los Angeles Times:   Made homeless by flames, Camp fire evacuees face hardship, disease and desperation
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
What Did ‘Pod Save America’ Expect?  —  Don't put professional Republican smear men on your liberal podcast.  —  Until Wednesday night, at least, Tim Miller was known — if he was known at all outside Beltway circles — as the token Republican pet of Crooked Media, the distributor of the wildly popular “Pod Save America.”
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Democrat Porter flips GOP House seat in Southern California  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation.
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
New York Times:
A Look Inside the Tactics of Definers, Facebook's Attack Dog  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A small firm called Definers Public Affairs brought the dark arts of Washington's back-room politics to Silicon Valley when, while working for Facebook, it began disparaging other tech companies to reporters.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republican senator claims ‘the left’ will start a civil war unless federal highway system abolished  —  On Thursday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) delivered a speech to the conservative Federalist Society that would have been more at home on Alex Jones' radio show than at a gathering …
Richard Fontaine / The Atlantic:   Trump Gets NATO Backwards
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Black caucus members back Pelosi for speaker over their former chair  —  Lawmakers in the Congressional Black Caucus back Nancy Pelosi for speaker over one of their own members, Rep. Marcia Fudge — a bad sign for the former CBC chair who's considering a challenge to the California Democrat.
Discussion: Townhall and Axios
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Mississippi GOP Sen. Hyde-Smith calls voter suppression ‘great idea.’ Campaign: ‘Obviously’ joking.  —  The caught-on-camera comment surfaced days after her remark about attending a “public hanging” stirred controversy.  —  A video surfaced Thursday of Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith …
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
Michael Avenatti ‘still considering’ running for president after domestic violence arrest  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney Michael Avenatti says despite his run-in with the law Wednesday evening over an alleged domestic violence incident, he is still debating a bid for the White House.
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Chris Richards / Washington Post:
Is Trump sending a message by awarding the Medal of Freedom to Elvis? Yes.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Drops Radio Show for Podcast, Citing Family
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Trump Names Mar-A-Lago Member And Handbag Designer As Ambassador
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Talking Points Memo:
Feds Request Pretrial Detention For Neo-Nazi Linked To Pittsburgh Shooter
Dylan Lovan / Associated Press:
Hate-crime indictments returned in Kentucky grocery killings
New York Times:
Your Children's Yellowstone Will Be Radically Different
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Post:
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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
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