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10:10 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:
Julian Assange Is Secretly Charged in U.S., Prosecutors Mistakenly Reveal
Discussion: Axios
The Daily Beast:
Top Cheney Aide in Mueller's Sights as Probe Expands  —  Mueller's investigators have examined an array of operatives with ties to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the UAE—including John Hannah, Dick Cheney's former national security adviser.  —  Dick Cheney's former top national security aide …
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Wilbur Ross leaving? Mulvaney is waiting.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
GOP pushes Trump for new attorney general amid Mueller uproar
Associated Press:   AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: A way for Pelosi to win
Associated Press:
Only on AP: Abrams prepares push for new Georgia Gov. vote  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Stacey Abrams' campaign and legal team is preparing an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor's race that could leave the state's Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   CONTINUING COVERAGE: Kemp holds steady lead, while Abrams considers longshot legal challenge
Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
Sheryl Sandberg and the emptiness of leaning in  —  Sheryl Sandberg leaned way, way in — to shut the rest of the country out.  —  A recent report in the New York Times details how Facebook hushed up Russian interference on its platform, and how chief operating officer Sandberg led the charge to hush up the hush-up.
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:   ‘No Morals’: Advertisers React to Facebook Report
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
U.S. Marshals Service spending millions on DeVos security in unusual arrangement  —  The cost to taxpayers could be as much as $19.8 million through next year, according to figures provided to NBC News.  —  WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos began receiving around-the-clock security …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo News:
George Conway: Republican Party has become a ‘personality cult’ under Trump  —  WASHINGTON — George T. Conway III, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said the Republican Party has become “a personality cult” under President Trump and that he would “move to Australia” rather than vote for the president again.
“I dont feel comfortable being a Republican anymore” |  Skullduggery on acast  —  In this episode of Skullduggery, co-hosts Michael Isikoff and Dan Klaidman sit down for an exclusive and highly sought after interview with George T. Conway III, husband to the Counselor of the President, Kellyanne Conway.
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.
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Camp Fire's destruction in Northern California leaves rescue teams sifting through debris for human remains
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Los Angeles Times:
Made homeless by flames, Camp fire evacuees face hardship, disease and desperation
Discussion: Shakesville and The Guardian
Alene Tchekmedyian / Los Angeles Times:
Camp fire death toll climbs to 63; number of missing jumps to 631
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Week
Willa Frej / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Says Voter Suppression Is A ‘Great Idea’  —  Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) said it should be harder for “liberal folks” to vote.  —  Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) appeared to endorse voter suppression during a campaign stop this month, saying efforts to undermine voting among liberals …
Discussion: CNN, The Week and Raw Story
Alec MacGillis / New York Times:
Why the Perfect Red-State Democrat Lost  —  Taylor Sappington is exactly the kind of candidate his party should want in Ohio.  But he couldn't get union support.  —  Mr. MacGillis is a political reporter.  —  Taylor Sappington heard the call like so many other Democrats in the year after Nov. 8, 2016.
Washington Post:
Does Pelosi have the votes to become Speaker?  —  As House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi works to shore up support for her bid to be become Speaker of the House in the 116th Congress, The Fix is analyzing whether she has the votes to win the position.  Right now, it's not clear that she does.
Kevin Alexander / Thrillist:
I Found the Best Burger Place in America.  And Then I Killed It.  —  n my office, I have a coffee mug from Stanich's in Portland, Oregon.  Under the restaurant name, it says “Great hamburgers since 1949.”  The mug was given to me by Steve Stanich on the day I told him that …
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.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
After the Midterms, Robert Mueller's Got a New Wingman on Capitol Hill  —  President Trump is back to threatening the special counsel's “witch hunt,” but he hasn't reckoned with Adam Schiff and the Democratic House.  —  From September 17th until Election Day, President Trump tweeted nothing at all about the …
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Man Who Shouted ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump’ at Play Was Actually Very Drunk and Hates Trump  —  It seems that the man who disrupted a recent production of Fiddler on the Roof with pro-Donald Trump outbursts is actually a critic of the president.  —  There was a commotion in Baltimore …
Keith Kloor / Politico:
Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory  —  In the sweaty, waning days of August, I went to a Cheesecake Factory in the Virginia suburbs to learn about a conspiracy that would rock the FBI, if true.  The two men who met me for lunch, a retired CIA agent and a former National Security Council official …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
New York Times:
Two Years In, Trump Struggles to Master Role of Military Commander  —  WASHINGTON — He canceled a trip to a cemetery in France where American soldiers from World War I are buried.  He did not go to the observance at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day.  He has not visited American troops in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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
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.”
Patrick Collison / The Atlantic:
Science is Getting Less Bang for Its Buck  —  The writer Stewart Brand once wrote that “science is the only news.”  While news headlines are dominated by politics, the economy, and gossip, it's science and technology that underpin much of the advance of human welfare and the long-term progress of our civilization.
Bess Levin / Vanity Fair:
Trump Picks Mar-a-Lago Member/Handbag Designer for Ambassador to South Africa  —  Lana Marks, despite speaking Afrikaans and Xhosa, may have some difficulty getting confirmed by the Senate.  —  To be fair, almost all of Donald Trump's high-level officials believe that the primary purpose of their office is to enrich themselves.
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
Trump Names Mar-A-Lago Member And Handbag Designer As Ambassador
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Washington Post:
Saudi Arabia's latest account of Khashoggi's death is shocking in its audacity  —  THE NEW account of Jamal Khashoggi's death offered by Saudi Arabia on Thursday was shocking in its audacity.  Having previously acknowledged that the journalist was the victim of premeditated murder …
NBC News:
To ease Turkish pressure on Saudis over killing, White House weighs expelling Erdogan foe
NBC News:
Video shows white Kansas official telling a black woman he is ‘part of the master race’  —  Colleagues call on Kansas' Leavenworth County Commissioner to resign after telling African-American constituent “You have a gap in your teeth.  We are part of the master race, don't you forget that.”
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
The ‘caravan’ faded from the news. Obama predicted this would happen.
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
White House, McConnell omit promised tax cut from recap of lame-duck agenda
Hannah Beech / New York Times:
Khmer Rouge's Slaughter in Cambodia Is Ruled a Genocide
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Rise of the Resentniks  —  And the populist war on excellence.
Eddy Wax / Politico:
PM May refuses to say DUP will back her Brexit deal in parliament
Discussion: One America News Network and LBC
Associated Press:
North Korea tests new weapon amid stalled nuclear diplomacy
Ned Ryun / American Greatness:
Florida Recount Fight Is a Preview of 2020 Lawlessness
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The White House bickering endangers national security
Washington Post:
GOP leaders aim to avert shutdown over wall funding, but Trump makes no promises
Amazon deal will disrupt plans for affordable housing on Long Island City sites
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
High snobbery from the Washington Post
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Richards / Washington Post:
Is Trump sending a message by awarding the Medal of Freedom to Elvis? Yes.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republican senator claims ‘the left’ will start a civil war unless federal highway system abolished
John Harwood / CNBC:
These charts show how Democrats represent the growing modern economy - and how Republicans are left behind
Discussion: Washington Monthly