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7:30 AM ET, November 15, 2018


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Michael Avenatti Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence, Confident He'll Be Exonerated  —  5:50 PM PT — Avenatti bailed out and held a brief news conference, saying, “I have never struck a woman.  I will never strike a woman.”  He added he's looking forward to the investigation and is confident he'll be “fully exonerated.”
BuzzFeed News:
Stormy Daniels' Attorney Michael Avenatti Has Been Arrested On Suspicion Of Domestic Violence  —  Avenatti, a fixture on cable news and a frequent Trump critic, was in Los Angeles police custody as of Wednesday afternoon.  In a statement, he said, “I have never been physically abusive in my life.”
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Official: Michael Avenatti in Los Angeles police custody
Discussion: Breitbart
Los Angeles Times:
Michael Avenatti arrested by LAPD on suspicion of domestic violence
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti arrested for alleged felony domestic violence
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis  —  Sheryl Sandberg was seething.  —  Inside Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg.  It was September 2017 …
Anna Schecter / NBC News:
Exclusive text messages show Roger Stone and friend discussing WikiLeaks plans  —  “Big news Wednesday ... Hillary's campaign will die this week,” Randy Credico appears to have texted Stone six days before WikiLeaks email dump.  —  Six days before WikiLeaks began releasing Hillary Clinton …
Wall Street Journal:
Mueller Probes Possible Witness Intimidation by Roger Stone  —  Former Trump adviser angry that radio personality Randy Credico denies being WikiLeaks conduit  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is exploring whether longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone tried to intimidate and discredit …
Trump's mood takes a foul turn: 'He's pissed — at damn near everyone'  —  Washington (CNN)A political clobbering, bickering aides and now a public grenade launched across the White House by the first lady have placed President Donald Trump in a position he loathes: backed into a corner.
Washington Post:
A White House aide picked a fight with Melania Trump. The first lady won.
Discussion: NPR and CNN
Washington Post:
‘He was yelling’: Whitaker pushed back against early fraud complaints about company he advised  —  Acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker received early warnings that customers were complaining that an invention-marketing company he advised might be a fraud, according to several people familiar …
Discussion: Splinter and The National Memo
VICE News:
Acting AG Matt Whitaker worked for a company that hawked “time travel” technology and other insane products  —  Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general of the United States, spent over a year on the advisory board of an “invention-promotion scam” firm that hawked Bigfoot paraphernalia …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Jezebel
Washington Post:
Whitaker's unusual path to Justice Department included owning day-care center, trailer maker and concrete supplier  —  He was a local lawyer in Iowa who rose to become one of the most important figures in the nation's capital.  But Matthew G. Whitaker's path to the top of the Justice Department was decidedly offbeat.
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for five suspects in killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi  —  ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia said Thursday it has indicted 11 people in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month and that it is seeking the death penalty against five …
Discussion: Townhall
Borzou Daragahi / The Independent:
Jamal Khashoggi's killers carried syringes, electro-shock devices and cutting tools as they left Istanbul, says report  —  Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt becomes highest-ranking UK official to meet with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman since killing of Washington Post journalist
Conor Finnegan / ABC News:
House blocks bill to end support for Saudi coalition in Yemen as UK yields diplomatic progress  —  The House of Representatives voted to block the passage of a bill that would have ended U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
Benny Johnson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: President Trump Calls For Brenda Snipes To Be Fired  —  President Donald Trump believes that the embattled Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is a “disgrace” and that she should be fired and removed from office.  —  President Trump spoke to The Daily Caller in an exclusive …
New York Times:
In Florida Recount, Sloppy Signatures May Disqualify Thousands of Votes  —  RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — The nuns at Zina Rodriguez's Catholic school in the Bronx thwacked her knuckles to punish sloppy handwriting, so she was shocked when her mail-in ballot in Florida was rejected because her signature …
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Theresa May buffeted by resignations over her Brexit deal  —  LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a slew of resignation from her Cabinet on Thursday in protest of her Brexit deal, complicating her efforts to sell it to the House of Commons and the British public and possibly jeopardizing her hold on office.
Financial Times:
Esther McVey and Dominic Raab resign over Brexit in blow to May
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
US says ex-Macedonian PM who fled to Hungary should face justice
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed News:
Mitch McConnell Just Blocked A Bipartisan Bill To Protect Robert Mueller  —  WASHINGTON — A bill that would make it harder for President Donald Trump to remove special counsel Robert Mueller was rejected on the floor of the Senate Tuesday.  —  Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and Democratic …
Discussion: Vox, Hot Air and
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Don't Forget Impeachment; It Must Be On The Table
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Republican senator threatens to vote against judges after GOP blocks vote on Mueller protection bill
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and Splinter
Walter M. Shaub Jr / Slate:
This Is the Saturday Night Massacre  —  With the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, America is in uncharted territory.  The last time a president made a personnel change to undermine an investigation of his associates, Congress forced him to resign.  That was when President Richard Nixon pushed …
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The #FiveWhiteGuys Are Offering a Sucker's Bet to Anti-Pelosi Democrats  —  There is no need for any of this.  —  The battle for the leadership of the incoming Democratic majority in the House of Representatives is already a mess.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.
Discussion: Roll Call and Political Wire
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Rep. Marcia Fudge weighing a bid for House Speaker  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge says she's considering challenging California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi for House Speaker.  —  Fudge said she does not believe Pelosi has enough votes to win the job …
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
Nancy Pelosi's Democratic Foes Prepare To Go Public
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
MacArthur loses New Jersey House race to Democratic challenger Andy Kim  —  Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) lost his seat to Democratic challenger Andy Kim on Wednesday, resulting in a near-wipeout for the GOP in the state, The Associated Press reported.  —  With MacArthur's loss …
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
N.J. Democrat Defeats Trump Ally, Leaving the State With Just 1 Republican in Congress
Discussion: The Week
John Bresnahan / Politico:
CBC votes no confidence in Democratic Chair Perez  —  The Congressional Black Caucus passed a vote of no confidence in Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Wednesday, the latest sign of lingering bad blood between lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the Democratic Party's top official.
Discussion: Breitbart
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
This 31-year-old had had enough.  So she ran.  And won.  —  What finally did it for Kathy Hoffman was watching the confirmation hearing of Betsy DeVos nearly two years ago.  —  Hoffman, then a 31-year-old speech therapist in a suburban Phoenix public school district …
Discussion: New York Times
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
WATCH: Al Jazeera host corners Trump supporter on president's lies like few American journalists ever have  —  Mehdi Hasan, the host of the show UpFront on Al Jazeera English, tweeted out on Wednesday a video of a recent interview that he conducted with Steven Rogers, an adviser to President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.
Discussion: HuffPost
Judge in CNN v. Trump case says he will rule on Thursday  —  Washington (CNN)The first hearing in CNN and Jim Acosta's federal lawsuit against President Trump and several top White House aides ended with the judge saying that he would rule on Thursday.  —  CNN and Acosta are alleging …
Artemisia L / The Wellesley News:
Title IX protects those who Emily Yoffe and Wellesley College disempower  —  Dear President Johnson, Wellesley administration, staff, and faculty; Wellesley community, and friends:  —  On Nov. 14, the Freedom Project plans to host Emily Yoffe — a contributing editor of The Atlantic …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Mia Love sues to halt vote count in Salt Lake County  —  Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) is filing a lawsuit against the Salt Lake County Clerk in a bid to stop the counting of votes until her campaign is allowed to challenge whether signatures on ballot envelopes match those on file …
New York Times:
First Wave of Migrants in Caravan Reaches U.S. Border in Tijuana  —  TIJUANA, Mexico — Hundreds of migrants in the caravan traveling from Central America have begun arriving in the northern Mexico border city of Tijuana, setting up a potential confrontation with the American authorities that has been brewing for weeks.
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Josh Lederman / NBC News:
U.S. says defendant in Elliott Broidy hacking case has diplomatic immunity
Discussion: Front Page Magazine
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Florida Recounts Are Going Nowhere
Wall Street Journal:
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EU Press Room:
Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Mark Hicks / Detroit News:
Name change eyed for Benjamin Carson High, other Detroit schools
Discussion: TheBlaze and
Anna M. Tinsley / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
‘This is not all of us.’ Call to remove Muslim from post divides Tarrant Republicans
Vince Cestone / KRON:
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New York Times:
In Florida Recount Fight, Democratic Lawyer Draws Plaudits and Fire
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Michael Hirsh / Foreign Policy:
Iran Was Closer to a Nuclear Bomb Than Intelligence Agencies Thought
VICE News:
Progressives unseated all 59 Republican judges up for re-election in Houston in the midterms
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Raccoons drunk on crab apples cause false rabies scare in West Virginia
Discussion: Gizmodo
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
White women saunter around in hoodies to prove Tennessee mall's policy targets black people
Discussion: The Root
‘Too short’ Tom Cruise to be replaced for Jack Reacher reboot
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Nelson will likely come up short in recount battle against Scott
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
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