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9:30 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.
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.  —  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 …
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.
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
GOP pushes Trump for new attorney general amid Mueller uproar
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook: A way for Pelosi to win
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham says Whitaker assured him on fate of Mueller probe
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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  —  Democrat Stacey Abrams is fast running out of options to close a deficit in the race for Georgia governor.  Republican Brian Kemp has already moved on - and has a transition office under the Gold Dome to prove it.
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: The Daily Caller
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
Los Angeles Times:   Made homeless by flames, Camp fire evacuees face hardship, disease and desperation
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.
Molly Roberts / Washington Post:
Sheryl Sandberg and the emptiness of leaning in
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:   ‘No Morals’: Advertisers React to Facebook Report
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 …
Willa Frej / HuffPost:
GOP Senator Says Voter Suppression Is A ‘Great Idea’
Discussion: CNN and The Week
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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
Ned Ryun / American Greatness:
Florida Recount Fight Is a Preview of 2020 Lawlessness  —  If you think what's taking place in Florida right now with the recounts is just about 2018 results, you'd be sadly mistaken.  Yes, of course, the fight is about ensuring that Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott taking their rightful seats as governor and senator.
Ana Ceballos / Naples Daily News:
Florida Dems planned to use altered forms to fix mail ballots across state after deadline
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.
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
GoFundMe campaign to help homeless vet was ‘predicated on a lie,’ prosecutor says  —  The “heartwarming tale” of a New Jersey couple helping drug-addicted homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt took a stone-cold twist Thursday when a prosecutor said it was “predicated on a lie” …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, The Week, IJR and Instapundit
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
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 …
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Khmer Rouge's Slaughter in Cambodia Is Ruled a Genocide
Keith Kloor / Politico:
Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory
Discussion: Raw Story
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
NBC News:
Video shows white Kansas official telling a black woman he is ‘part of the master race’
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
High snobbery from the Washington Post
Discussion: Washington Post
Bruce Ritchie / Politico:
Lawyers for Caldwell, Snipes battle over late ballot claims
Discussion: Naked Politics and The Capitolist
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Drops Radio Show for Podcast, Citing Family
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Feds Request Pretrial Detention For Neo-Nazi Linked To Pittsburgh Shooter
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Republican senator claims ‘the left’ will start a civil war unless federal highway system abolished
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Trump's Rages and the Case for Optimism