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12:35 AM ET, November 18, 2018


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Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times:
Democrat Gil Cisneros defeats Republican Young Kim, flipping last GOP House seat in Orange County  —  Gil Cisneros has defeated Republican Young Kim in the 39th Congressional District, putting the seat held by retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce into the Democrats' column.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Democratic Rout in Orange County: Cisneros's Win Makes It Four  —  California Democrats completed their sweep of the congressional delegation in Orange County on Saturday as Gil Cisneros defeated Young Kim, a Republican, to capture a fourth seat in what had once been one of the most conservative Republican bastions in the nation.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Democrat Cisneros nabs GOP House seat in Southern California  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California on Saturday, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state.
Discussion: Axios
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
RIP, California GOP: Republicans lash out after midterm election debacle
Los Angeles Times:   Going, going ... with midterm wipeout, California Republican Party drifts closer to irrelevance
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
New Evidence Emerges of Steve Bannon and Cambridge Analytica's Role in Brexit  —  For two years, observers have speculated that the June, 2016, Brexit campaign in the U.K. served as a petri dish for Donald Trump's Presidential campaign in the United States.  Now there is new evidence that it did.
Discussion: Raw Story
The Guardian:
Emails reveal Arron Banks' links to Steve Bannon in quest for campaign cash  —  Businessman sought Trump strategist's help to raise funds for Leave.EU in the US  —  The controversial businessman Arron Banks was keen to involve Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon in a scheme …
Peter Geoghegan / openDemocracy:
Brexit bankroller Arron Banks, Cambridge Analytica and Steve Bannon - explosive emails reveal fresh links
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Top White House Official Involved in Saudi Sanctions Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — A top White House official responsible for American policy toward Saudi Arabia resigned on Friday evening, a move that may suggest fractures inside the Trump administration over the response to the brutal killing of the dissident Jamal Khashoggi.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Ocasio-Cortez backs campaign to primary fellow Democrats  —  Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday threw her weight behind a new national campaign to mount primaries against incumbent Democrats deemed to be ideologically and demographically out of step with their districts.
Anand Giridharadas / New Yorker:   The New York Hustle of Amazon's Second Headquarters
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Nearly 3,000 Votes Disappeared From Florida's Recount.  That's Not Supposed to Happen.  —  Nearly 3,000 votes effectively disappeared during the machine recount of Florida's midterm races, according to election records, calling into question whether officials relied on a flawed process to settle the outcome of three statewide contests.
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and Breitbart
Sacramento Bee:
Trump cites ‘total devastation’ in Paradise, pushes plan to thin forests; death toll rises to 76  —  PARADISE  —  President Donald Trump toured the damage wrought by California's deadliest wildfire Saturday, visiting the ruins of a mobile home park and pressing his argument that the state's forests must …
Discussion: USA Today, Townhall and Vox
Jim Carlton / Wall Street Journal:   Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
In Mississippi, Republican concern rises over a U.S. Senate runoff that should have been a romp  —  JACKSON, Miss. — A U.S. Senate runoff that was supposed to provide an easy Republican win has turned into an unexpectedly competitive contest, driving Republicans and Democrats to pour …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Controversies hamper candidates in Mississippi Senate race
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Zuckerberg Defends Company in Friday Meeting With Employees  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg fiercely defended Facebook in a question-and-answer session with employees on Friday afternoon, pushing back against criticism of the company in the wake of a New York Times investigation into how it reacted to Russian influence operations.
Alex Stamos / Washington Post:
Yes, Facebook made mistakes in 2016. But we weren't the only ones.
Martin Cizmar / Raw Story:
‘God will not bless America’: Texas pastor curses nation after ‘Godless’ Democrats win midterms  —  A Texas pastor is reacting with rage to the result of the midterm elections, in which Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives.  —  Following the election …
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Abrams plans suit to seek cure to problems in Georgia's voting process  —  Her campaign for governor may be over, but Stacey Abrams is not going away.  —  She told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she's not ruling out a run for another public office, perhaps as early as 2020.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Andrew Gillum:
Marc Caputo / Politico:
DeSantis wins Florida gubernatorial race as Gillum concedes
New York Times:
Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?  —  Jewish communities stand more divided than ever on whether to embrace or denounce Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.  —  On election night in Beverly Hills, Jason Blum, the hot shot horror-movie producer, was accepting an award at the Israel Film Festival.
Discussion:, Instapundit and TalkLeft
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House GOP women confront a political crisis — their party is mostly men  —  About a half dozen House Republican women gathered this week for a somber, post-election dinner.  —  Exchanging thoughts about the brutal results for GOP candidates, they realized something depressing, according to one attendee.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Washington Post:
Fight for House speaker explodes into national political campaign  —  Music legend Barbra Streisand retweeted a list of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's biggest legislative achievements.  Film director Rob Reiner called her “the smartest, toughest strategic thinker in our party.”
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
What has President Trump learned from defeat?  —  All presidents suffer defeats and setbacks, whether through elections, legislative battles, international events or scandals.  Most learn from them and adapt.  Will President Trump be an exception?  —  That's the question ahead for the president …
David Knowles / Yahoo News:   Trump explains his no-show at Arlington: ‘I was extremely busy on calls’
New York Times:
Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison  —  Inmates expose themselves and threaten rape.  Male guards let them do it.  Women who complain are ‘pretty much blackballed.’  —  VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Makeup, earrings and perfume are off limits.  So are smiles.
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Los Angeles Times:
California fire: Death toll in and around Paradise grows to 76 with 1,276 still missing as Trump visits
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
American Oversight:
Letter to OGE Regarding Mathew Whitaker's Lack of Public Financial Disclosures
Discussion: Washington Press and Law & Crime
Washington Post:
Democrats plot response to Trump on immigration amid fears they could go too far
Billy Kenber / The Times & The Sunday Times:
Russian tipped to take over Interpol in Kremlin victory
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
‘This would be a very good time to do a shutdown,’ Trump says
Libby Torres / The Daily Beast:
The White Instagram Influencers Pretending to Be Black: ‘My Style Is My Own’
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
While Trump feasts on Thanksgiving, troops on the border eat rations and await Pancho Villa
Discussion: New York Times and The Mahablog
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Sotomayor says Kavanaugh a part of the Supreme Court ‘family’
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
California fire: If you stay, you're dead. How a Paradise nursing home evacuated
Yahoo News:
Subject of Mueller probe boasts of ties to acting AG Matt Whitaker
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Trump Says Extradition Of Erdogan Foe Is ‘Not Under Consideration’
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
Number of Witches in U.S. on the Rise, May Surpass 1.5 Million
David E. Bernstein / Reason:
American Civil Liberties Union, RIP
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
A Gay Councilman in Texas, Ousted From Office, Says He Was Blackmailed With Naked Photos