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9:20 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.
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
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
Peter Geoghegan / openDemocracy:
Brexit bankroller Arron Banks, Cambridge Analytica and Steve Bannon - explosive emails reveal fresh links
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
Reuters:   Trump calls CIA assessment of Khashoggi murder premature but possible
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
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
Fresh sanctions on Iran are already choking off medicine imports, economists say  —  ISTANBUL — New U.S. sanctions on Iranian financial firms, including a bank that until recently handled most payments for Iran's imports of humanitarian goods, are having a chilling effect on foreign companies …
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was forgotten once, but never again  —  GETTYSBURG, PA — In the days that followed Abraham Lincoln's 272-word speech to thousands of onlookers in this small Pennsylvania farm town, few newspapers in the country immediately reported on the speech.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Republicans battle to defend Trump from threat of impeachment  —  The audition to become President Donald Trump's most visible defender in Congress — and lead the fight against any impeachment proceedings — is in full swing.  —  One of Trump's fiercest allies, Rep. Jim Jordan …
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Mother Jones
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
The Obamas are ‘Becoming’ a billion-dollar brand … The Obamas are “Becoming” — billionaires.  —  SEE ALSO  —  The launch of Michelle Obama's cross-country book tour for her new memoir, “Becoming,” last week is just the latest marker on the road to fabulous wealth for the former first couple …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America  —  NORTH WATERBORO, Maine — The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, 46, sat down at a keyboard and started to type.  His wife had left for work and his children …
Andrew Gillum:
Marc Caputo / Politico:
DeSantis wins Florida gubernatorial race as Gillum concedes
James Randerson / Politico:
Dominic Raab: Restart Brexit talks and say UK won't be ‘bullied’  —  Britain should reopen Brexit negotiations with the EU and show that it will not be “blackmailed and bullied,” former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said today in an interview with the Sunday Times.
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 and Townhall
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.”
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Robert Mueller Has More Questions for Longtime Roger Stone Acquaintance Randy Credico  —  Randy Credico, a lefty comedian and activist who has known Stone for decades, testified before Mueller's grand jury in September, but his work with the Mueller probe is not done.  —  Betsy Woodruff
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
Joshua Kurlantzick / Washington Post:
Unfixable?  —  Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen.  It was never the same.  —  In April, aided by massive gerrymandering, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling coalition crushed opposition in Hungary's national elections, claiming a supermajority in the parliament.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Stanley B. Greenberg / New York Times:
Trump Is Beginning to Lose His Grip  —  It isn't just white suburban women who switched to Democrats.  Parts of rural and white working class America peeled off too.  —  Mr. Greenberg is a Democratic pollster.  —  America's polarized citizenry took a break from intense partisan bickering …
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Trump Proposes a New Way Around Birth Control Mandate: Religious Exemptions and Title X
Discussion: Mother Jones
Channel NewsAsia:
Sumatran elephant found dead with missing tusks in Indonesia
Los Angeles Times:
California fire: Death toll in and around Paradise grows to 76 with 1,276 still missing as Trump visits
Discussion: The Mahablog
Jim Carlton / Wall Street Journal:
Facing Deadlier Fires, California Tries Something New: More Logging
New York Times:
Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison
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
 Earlier Items: 
David J. Lynch / Washington Post:
‘This would be a very good time to do a shutdown,’ Trump says
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Political Wire
Libby Torres / The Daily Beast:
The White Instagram Influencers Pretending to Be Black: ‘My Style Is My Own’
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
In Mississippi, Republican concern rises over a U.S. Senate runoff that should have been a romp
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and ABC News
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Sotomayor says Kavanaugh a part of the Supreme Court ‘family’
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?
Discussion:, Instapundit and TalkLeft
Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times:
California fire: If you stay, you're dead. How a Paradise nursing home evacuated
Greg P. /
‘Active criminal investigation’: No big deal, just Florida Dems lawyering up as feds …