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2:15 PM ET, November 18, 2018


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Adam Schefter / ESPN:
Browns want to interview Condoleezza Rice for head-coaching job  —  Browns general manager John Dorsey said last week that he was open to hiring a woman as Cleveland's next head coach, and one prominent name is on the team's wish list to interview.  —  The Browns would like to interview former Secretary …
Trump told Niinistö revealed raking being crucial part of fire prevention in Finland - The Finnish president says he never mentioned raking  —  Donald Trump pointed to Finland as an example of how to better maintain forests, citing president Sauli Niinistö.
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Remy Smidt / BuzzFeed News:
People From Finland Collectively Said “Excuse Me?”  After Trump Said The Country Rakes Its Forest To Prevent Fires  —  “I perhaps wouldn't compare Finland and California climate-wise...”  —  President Trump on Saturday said that Finland doesn't have an issue with fires because the people there “spend a lot of time on raking.”
Associated Press:   Finland's president rakes memory for source of Trump remark
Quint Forgey / Politico:   Finnish president denies ever discussing ‘raking’ with Trump
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Trump: 'I don't know' if Saudi prince lied  —  President Donald Trump said in an interview released Sunday that he didn't know whether Saudi Arabia's crown prince lied about his involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite evidence that he played a role.
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Trump says he wouldn't stop acting attorney general from curtailing Mueller probe
Discussion: Mediaite
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 11-18-18: Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Roy Blunt
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘Smoking gun’ would help implicate Saudi prince, Senate Republican says
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Power Line
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
California fire: What started as a tiny brush fire became the state's deadliest wildfire.  Here's how … Before there was a spark, there was the wind.  —  On the morning of Nov. 8, as the sun rose over the isolated mountains in the Sierra Nevada, gale-force winds tore through the canyon.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Balloon Juice
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Trump, in exclusive interview, suggests turning off Acosta's camera, reveals Obama's private guidance on greatest threat to the US  —  President Trump, speaking exclusively to Fox News' Chris Wallace in a wide-ranging interview, revealed what President Obama told him was the biggest challenge facing the U.S. …
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Orange County goes blue, as Democrats complete historic sweep of its seven congressional seats
Discussion: Breitbart
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Democratic Rout in Orange County: Cisneros's Win Makes It Four
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Democrat Cisneros nabs GOP House seat in Southern California
Discussion: Splinter and Axios
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.
National Review:   The Brexit Crisis  —  After what seem like years of a phony war …
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 …
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.
WRAL-TV:   Rift Widens Between Facebook and Democratic Allies
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Rise of big cities push Texas to swing-state territory — maybe by 2020  —  SAN ANTONIO — For a quarter century, Republicans have dominated Texas politics so much that the Democratic minority has often been an afterthought.  The big political battles in Austin have been fought between conservative …
Daily Mail:
The DOG accused of a hate crime after fouling outside a home in just one of 2,500 cases probed over two years  —  We all know it's irritating, unsightly and unhygienic, but one case of dog fouling has been logged by police as a racist hate crime.  —  The incident is among numerous alleged …
Anthony W. Orlando / Washington Post:
Is Trump country really better off under Trump?  No. It's falling further behind.  —  Two years have passed since Donald Trump made his famous campaign promise in disaffected regions across the country: “We are going to start winning again!”  For many voters who felt that they had lost ground …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and Raw Story
Ted Mann / Wall Street Journal:
GE Seeks Power Sales in Iraq, but Report Spotlights Corruption Concerns  —  Study prepared for the company illustrates its dilemma as it tries to work in a nation with both a demand for turbines and pervasive bribery  —  General Electric Co. learned from a consultant's report this past summer …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump considering changes at ‘three or four or five’ Cabinet positions  —  President Trump said Sunday he's considering making a change to as many as five Cabinet positions amid speculation that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen Nielsen and White House chief of staff John Kelly could depart imminently.
Discussion: Politico
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Inside the Flat Earth Conference, Where the World's Oldest Conspiracy Theory Is Hot Again  —  Thanks to YouTube, an idea discredited thousands of years ago attracts die-hards, grifters, and trolls.  They even have their own convention.  —  DENVER—"In five years, everyone will know the Earth is flat …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
The Daily Beast:
Trump Claims He ‘Did Not Know’ Whitaker's Views on Russia Probe  —  President Trump claims he “did not know” about acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's previous criticisms of the ongoing Russia investigation but has no problem with them now because he “happened to be right.”
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
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 …
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David Eggert / Associated Press:
GOP Legislatures try to curb Democratic governors' power
Discussion: Axios and POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
Trump Cried ‘Fraud’ in Florida. Ron DeSantis Said, Tone It Down.
Discussion: Florida Politics and Mediaite
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These Americans Are Done With Politics
Discussion: Althouse
Salena Zito / Washington Examiner:
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was forgotten once, but never again
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Joshua Kurlantzick / Washington Post:
Unfixable?  —  Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
Fresh sanctions on Iran are already choking off medicine imports, economists say
Martin Cizmar / Raw Story:
‘God will not bless America’: Texas pastor curses nation after ‘Godless’ Democrats win midterms