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12:20 PM ET, November 18, 2018


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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
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 11-18-18: Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen. Roy Blunt  —  A rush transcript of a special edition of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” airing on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 on ABC News is below.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Quint Forgey / Politico:   ‘Smoking gun’ would help implicate Saudi prince, Senate Republican says
Trump calls CIA assessment of Khashoggi murder premature but possible
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Axios, and Deadline
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
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
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 …
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 …
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. …
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
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: Raw Story
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 and Political Wire
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
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 …
After a bumpy day of missing ballots, troubled Broward recount put on ice until the morning  —  Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes tries to explain to the canvassing board the discrepancy in vote counts during the hand count,  —  South Florida Sun Sentinel
New York Times:
Trump Cried ‘Fraud’ in Florida.  Ron DeSantis Said, Tone It Down.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Since Election Day, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been privately exhorting President Trump to Twitter-bomb his opponent, Sen. Bill Nelson, in hopes of muscling the incumbent Democrat out of a tight Senate race tangled in a recount.
Discussion: Florida Politics and Mediaite
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: Political Wire, Raw Story and RedState
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Discussion: Althouse
Joshua Kurlantzick / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Trump Proposes a New Way Around Birth Control Mandate: Religious Exemptions and Title X
Discussion: Mother Jones
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
Fresh sanctions on Iran are already choking off medicine imports, economists say
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
California fire: Death toll in and around Paradise grows to 76 with 1,276 still missing as Trump visits
Jim Carlton / Wall Street Journal:
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Washington Post:
Fight for House speaker explodes into national political campaign
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Abrams plans suit to seek cure to problems in Georgia's voting process
Discussion: Politico
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
House GOP women confront a political crisis — their party is mostly men