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6:55 PM ET, November 15, 2018


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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’ …
Haley Britzky / Axios:
White House considers expelling Erdogan enemy to ease pressure on Saudis
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for five suspects in killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
2 big new stories show the Trump administration's aversion to blaming Saudi royals for Khashoggi's death
Discussion: U.S. Department … and The Week
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 …
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 …
Emily Mahoney / Tampa Bay Times:   Machine recount confirms: Ron DeSantis is Florida's next governor
David Smiley / miamiherald:
Florida orders first statewide hand recounts as legal fights continue
Discussion: Roll Call
Washington Post:
Florida recount: Hand recount ordered in U.S. Senate race in Florida
Alex Harris / miamiherald:
Broward County finishes machine recount with minutes to spare
Discussion: Bloomberg
Laura Ingraham / Fox News:
If election chaos isn't cleaned up, the GOP can kiss 2020 goodbye
Discussion: Daily Wire
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 …
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 VICE News
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.
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Is a Storm Brewing? The Likely Reason Trump Chose Now to Trash the Mueller Probe All Over Again
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
‘Preparing for the worst’: Mueller anxiety pervades Trump world
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Roll Call and Deadline
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.
Discussion: Political Wire
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi Says She Has the Votes to Become House Speaker
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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.
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 …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Democrat Jared Golden beats GOP's Poliquin in Maine
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
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.
Morry Gash /
Scott Walker on election loss: 'In no way did I see it as a rejection;" may change 2020 presidential primary date  —  Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he is considering legislative changes to Wisconsin's 2020 presidential primary date — a move that could help his conservative Supreme Court appointee, Daniel Kelly, win re-election.
Carrie Johnson / NPR:   Trump Is Reshaping The Judiciary. A Breakdown By Race, Gender And Qualification
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Texas businessman challenges acting AG's legality  —  A Texas businessman facing a federal criminal case over distribution of substandard pet food ingredients is mounting a novel challenge to President Donald Trump's hotly debated appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
Walter M. Shaub Jr / Slate:
This Is the Saturday Night Massacre
Discussion: Raw Story
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:
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, NY State of Politics, Jezebel 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 …
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
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
A Blueprint for Content Governance and Enforcement  —  My focus in 2018 has been addressing the most important issues facing Facebook.  As the year wraps up, I'm writing a series of notes about these challenges and the progress we've made.  The first note was about Preparing for Elections and this is the second in the series.
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Tom Cotton / USA Today:
Lame-duck Congress' rush for criminal justice reform plan will hurt, not help
Discussion: Politico
Jack Detsch / Al-Monitor:
Trump taps unconventional US general with history of engagement with Iran for Saudi posting
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Michelle Obama's money-making hypocrisy is laughable
Discussion: The Root
Josh Barro / New York Magazine:
Why Amazon Gets Whatever It Wants
Discussion: Mediaite and Wall Street Journal
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tax Cut to Be Eroded Next Year by Inflation Switch
Dave McKenna / Deadspin:
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Discussion: The Guardian and Balloon Juice
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Courtney McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Nominate Handbag Designer as Ambassador to South Africa
Discussion: HuffPost
Ben White / Politico:
The looming threat to Trump's booming economy
Discussion: Vox