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11:40 AM ET, November 17, 2018


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Washington Post:
CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi's assassination  —  The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government's claims that he was not involved in the killing …
Washington Post:
Trump says he'll speak with CIA about Khashoggi killing  —  President Trump said Saturday that he would speak with the CIA about its finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.  The Washington Post first reported on Friday …
Washington Post:   Woman says she married Khashoggi in ceremony kept secret from his fiancee and some in his family
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
C.I.A. Concludes That Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killed
Discussion: The Week
Sacramento Bee:
Camp Fire refugees create new town of ‘Wallywood’ as officials struggle with housing crisis  —  As searchers sift through dirt and ash for remains of the dead in the Northern California foothills Friday, officials struggled with a growing crisis: How to help the living, many of whom are now homeless.
Discussion: Vox
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
Smoke Days Are Now California's Snow Days  —  The particulates in smoke don't destroy homes.  They don't down trees.  But in the case of wildfires, smoke's impacts—and dangers—can reach hundreds of miles further than the flames themselves.  As of Friday evening, the Camp Fire raging in Butte County …
New York Times:
List of Missing in California Fire Is Over 1,000 People.  Here Is How They're Being Counted.  —  As the death toll continues to rise in the deadliest wildfire in California history, the sheriff of the Northern California county where the fire still rages said on Friday that more than 1,000 people …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
As Inmates, They Fight California's Fires. As Ex-Convicts, Their Firefighting Prospects Wilt.
Discussion: Axios
Los Angeles Times:
Going, going ... with midterm wipeout, California Republican Party drifts closer to irrelevance  —  For a party in freefall the last two decades, California Republicans learned that it's possible to plunge even further.  —  The GOP not only lost every statewide office in the midterm election …
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
RIP, California GOP: Republicans lash out after midterm election debacle  —  LOS ANGELES — In the wake of a near-political annihilation in California that has left even longtime conservative stronghold Orange County bereft of a single Republican in the House of Representatives …
New York Times:
How the Trump Administration Stepped Up Pursuit of WikiLeaks's Assange  —  WASHINGTON — Soon after he took over as C.I.A. director, Mike Pompeo privately told lawmakers about a new target for American spies: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.  —  Intent on finding out more about Mr …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
This prosecutor's cut-and-paste mistake revealed case against WikiLeaks founder  —  Any writer's nightmare is a copy-and-paste error that goes into print.  —  But it's the rare typo that makes international news.  —  That's what happened to Kellen Dwyer, an assistant U.S. attorney …
Discussion: Mashable
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Booting Jim Acosta from the White House was bad for press rights.  Charging Julian Assange might be worse.
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
A Gay Councilman in Texas, Ousted From Office, Says He Was Blackmailed With Naked Photos  —  This month's midterm elections resulted in the election of more openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people than ever before.  But for Cross Coburn, who served as an openly gay councilman …
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Democratic Rep. Moulton draws fire for campaign to deny Pelosi speaker's job  —  Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, the hard-charging Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq is leading the challenge to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her bid for speaker — and is suddenly taking incoming fire from all quarters.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
CNN:   Democrats, think twice before you reject Nancy Pelosi
David E. Bernstein / Reason:
American Civil Liberties Union, RIP  —  The ACLU no longer even pretends to believe in civil liberties.  —  In the late 1960s, the ACLU was a small but powerful liberal organization devoted to a civil libertarian agenda composed primarily of devotion to freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, and the rights of accused criminals.
Pilar Melendez / The Daily Beast:
Lou Dobbs Loses His Mind After CNN Defeats White House Over Acosta's Press Access  —  Once again, the pro-Trump host openly contradicts his own network bosses, bashing CNN's win against the White House as ‘outrageous.’  —  Minutes after a federal judge ordered the White House …
Discussion: Mediaite and IJR
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Tucker Carlson claimed his door was ‘cracked’ by Antifa protesters. The police saw no sign of that.
Discussion: The Atlantic
New York Times:
Matthew Whitaker and the Corruption of Justice  —  The real question isn't whether the acting attorney general's appointment is lawful, but whether it is part of a broader attempt to subvert the rule of law.  —  By forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointing Mr. Sessions's chief of staff …
Noor Al-Sibai / Raw Story:
Authorities find a rocket launcher and pipe bombs during massive Florida white supremacist sting  —  Thirty-nine members of the United Aryan Brotherhood and Unforgiven neo-Nazi groups were arrested in a Florida drug trafficking sting — and one had functional pipe bombs in his home.
Isabel Rosales / WFTS:
39 suspected gang members charged in major drug, gun trafficking investigation in Pasco
Discussion: Washington Press and The Root
Ashton Pittman / Jackson Free Press:
Hyde-Smith Accepts $2,700 Donation from Notorious White Supremacist … JACKSON—U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith accepted a donation from Peter Sieve, a businessman in Washington state known for his white supremacist views, just days after a video published by Bayou Brief surfaced in which she says she would be …
D.C.'s Neo-Nazi Brothers Were Hiding In Plain Sight  —  A neighbor in Washington's Bloomingdale neighborhood warned a cop about extremists Jeffrey and Edward Clark.  It wasn't enough.  —  WASHINGTON By last summer, Kamau Bilal had heard enough.  When the Clarks became one of the first white families …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Mia Love pulls ahead of Democrat Ben McAdams as judge dismisses her lawsuit  —  Rep. Mia Love (R) pulled ahead of Democrat Ben McAdams in the vote count Friday in Utah's 4th Congressional District, a positive twist for the GOP lawmaker's campaign hours after a judge separately dismissed …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Salt Lake Tribune
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘Nelson has no path’: Democrats admit Scott beats Florida icon  —  Sen. Bill Nelson has run out of time, run out of favorable court rulings and is about to officially run out of votes.  —  After losing to Gov. Rick Scott on Election Day, losing after an automatic recount and appearing …
Dave Philipps / New York Times:
Decorated Navy SEAL Is Accused of War Crimes in Iraq  —  NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — Edward Gallagher was something special, even by the punishing standards of the Navy SEALs.  Both a lifesaving medic and a crack sniper, he was repeatedly decorated for valor and for coolheaded leadership during 19 years of combat deployments.
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Navy SEAL charged with murder, shooting at noncombatants
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Here's what a primary challenge to Trump would accomplish  —  “I think we have to go all out.  I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!”  — Otter, from 1978's “Animal House”  —  I confess that, for months now …
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan D. Salant / New Jersey Online:
The last Republican.  Chris Smith is the lone survivor of N.J.'s blue wave in Washington.  —  Rep. Chris Smith talks about his bill to stop human trafficking  —  WASHINGTON — Come January, Rep. Chris Smith will stand alone.  —  Alone in that he will be the only Republican among …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jonathan S. Tobin / National Review:
Why the Senate Shouldn't Grandstand on Mueller  —  Even if you think the special counsel should be protected, the bill is unconstitutional.  —  Jeff Flake may be leaving the Senate soon, but he's determined that his exit will be one of non-stop moral posturing.
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
More than 14,000 immigrant children are in U.S. custody, an all-time high  —  WASHINGTON — The number of undocumented immigrant children in government custody has topped 14,000 for the first time, a rise that shows no signs of slowing as the Trump administration enforces policies that are keeping them in government facilities longer.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Andrew Lawrence / Campus Reform:
GSU mandates ‘all students’ take ‘diversity and inclusion’ courses
Discussion: TheBlaze
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
Chuck Schumer Caved to Facebook and Donald Trump. He Shouldn't Lead Senate Democrats.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Carole Cadwalladr / NYR Daily:
Why Britain Needs Its Own Mueller
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Obama's memoir sells more than 725,000 copies
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, writing from prison, urges Mitch McConnell to move the criminal justice reform bill
Marissa J. Lang / Washington Post:
One of the oldest lesbian bars on the East Coast is to be demolished.  The city wants to put in a dog park.
W. James Antle III / The American Conservative:
When The ‘Good Guy With A Gun’ Is A Black Man
 Earlier Items: 
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Basta La Vista, Baby
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
The NRA Doesn't Seem So Invincible Anymore
Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats to Step Up Probe of Trump-Russia Ties
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Russians impersonating U.S. State Department aide in hacking campaign: researchers
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
I'm fine with women in power, just not this one specific woman currently in power
Ann Gibbons / Science:
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
Discussion: LewRockwell and The Daily Caller