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1:35 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 …
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:
C.I.A. Concludes That Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killed  —  WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to American officials.
Washington Post:
Woman says she married Khashoggi in ceremony kept secret from his fiancee and some in his family
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:   CIA Concludes Saudi Journalist Was Killed on Crown Prince's Order
Hürriyet Daily News:   Turkey has second audio recording on Khashoggi killing: Columnist
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 HuffPost
Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta's press pass
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 …
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
WikiLeaks Helped Hackers Rifle Through Stolen Company Emails, Leaked FBI Docs Show  —  The revelation that U.S. prosecutors have prepared an indictment against Julian Assange, a fact the government inadvertently made public Thursday evening, has again fanned the flames of speculation …
Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Prosecuting WikiLeaks for publishing activities poses a profound threat to press freedom
Discussion: Common Dreams
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Georgia's Stacey Abrams Admits Defeat, Says Kemp Used ‘Deliberate’ Suppression To Win  —  Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia, with Democrat Stacey Abrams admitting Friday afternoon that there was no path to victory, following a bitter 10-day battle since Election Day.
New York Times:
Is Mike Pence Loyal?  Trump is Asking, Despite His Recent Endorsement  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's post-midterm election news conference at the White House last week took a surprising turn when a reporter asked about locking down his 2020 ticket.  —  “Mike, will you be my running mate?”
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
Pamela Brown / CNN:
Trump legal team balks at Mueller's questions on post-2016 election activity  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and his legal team have taken issue with some of the questions from special counsel Robert Mueller that cover the transition period after the 2016 election …
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump to meet with Florida's Bondi as he searches for new attorney general  —  WASHINGTON  —  President Donald Trump will meet with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi — who is on his short list be his next attorney general — while he vacations at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach …
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
There are dozens of sealed criminal indictments on the DC docket. Are they from Mueller?
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: The Root and Washington Press
Los Angeles Times:
Judge affirms order evicting Michael Avenatti's law practice from office in Newport Beach
Discussion: New York Post
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
W. James Antle III / The American Conservative:
When The ‘Good Guy With A Gun’ Is A Black Man  —  An African American stopped a shooting only to be killed by police.  This is the next big test for gun rights activists.  —  Jemel Roberson was a good guy with a gun.  The 26-year-old security guard at Manny's Blue Room Lounge took up arms …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Mark Meadows, Ruben Kihuen sanctioned over sexual harassment-related allegations  —  The House Ethics Committee has formally sanctioned two members — GOP Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) and Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen (Nev.) — over sexual harassment-related allegations, the latest sign that fallout …
Ann Gibbons / Science:
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’  —  Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: “536.”  Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe.  Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults.
Discussion: LewRockwell and The Daily Caller
Lara Seligman / Foreign Policy:
How the Generals Are Routing the Policy Wonks at the Pentagon  —  At stake is civilian control of the military.  —  Frustrated by lack of influence and disheartened by U.S. President Donald Trump's rhetoric, Department of Defense civilians are heading for the door, leaving key positions unfilled …
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
The NRA Doesn't Seem So Invincible Anymore  —  Friendly terrain is shrinking, and the culture is changing.  —  If you do a Google search of “NRA” and “political juggernaut,” you can keep yourself reading for days.  Like other cliches, the National Rifle Association's enormous power …
Discussion: The Trace
New York Times:   Gun Control Groups Eclipse N.R.A. in Election Spending
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 …
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 …
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 …
Melania Trump racked up $174,000 in hotel bills for a day trip to Toronto  —  US first lady Melania Trump ran up a six-figure hotel bill for a one-day trip to Toronto last year, according to federal spending records.  —  Government spending data show at least six separate Toronto hotel charges ranging …
Discussion: HuffPost and Refinery29
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.
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
I'm fine with women in power, just not this one specific woman currently in power  —  The first thing I need to make clear is that I love and support women.  I am eager to see more women rise to positions of power.  Hashtag pink wave!  Hashtag pink hat!  —  But I have to say …
Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats to Step Up Probe of Trump-Russia Ties  —  Intelligence panel's Adam Schiff wants to learn more about a deceased GOP activist who sought Hillary Clinton's private emails  —  WASHINGTON—House Democrats, poised to reactivate a probe of President Trump's campaign ties to Russia …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
For First Act in Power, Democrats Consider Making Their Own Agenda Impossible to Pass  —  This week, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled a list of new procedural rules that her caucus intends to implement when the next Congress is seated.  Most of these measures are unobjectionable “good government” reforms.
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: Salt Lake Tribune and Joe.My.God.
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Basta La Vista, Baby
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Trump EPA Official Who Fought Coal Cleanup Arrested On Criminal Ethics Charges
Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Russians impersonating U.S. State Department aide in hacking campaign: researchers
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
John Kelly makes final bid to save Kirstjen Nielsen's job
Discussion: Political Wire
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iran to Be Declared in Breach of Chemical Weapons Bans
Discussion: Daily Wire
Dave Burke /
Fury over rare white lion being auctioned off ‘to be shot by trophy hunters’
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
The ‘Heil Trump’ guy actually hates Trump (that's why he said 'Heil Trump')
Associated Press:
North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon
Tim Miller:
Setting the Record Straight on Regarding My Facebook Work
Tom Winter / NBC News:
Alleged Russian operative Mariia Butina negotiating with prosecutors
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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