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10:50 PM ET, November 19, 2018


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Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business last year  —  Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules …
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Troops at U.S.-Mexican border to start coming home  —  The 5,800 troops who were rushed to the southwest border amid President Donald Trump's pre-election warnings about a refugee caravan will start coming home as early as this week — just as some of those migrants are beginning to arrive.
New York Times:
Trump's Border Stunt Is a Profound Betrayal of Our Military  —  The president used America's military not against any real threat but as toy soldiers, with the intent of manipulating a domestic midterm election.  —  Mr. Adams is professor emeritus at American University's School of International Service.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
Madeline Buckley / Chicago Tribune:
Multiple people, including police officer and shooter, wounded in ‘active shooter’ attack at Mercy Hospital: Officials  —  Chicago police and Fire Department crews at the scene near Mercy Hospital, where multiple people were reported shot Monday afternoon.  (Madeline Buckley, Chicago Tribune)
Associated Press:
The Latest: 4 dead in Chicago hospital shooting  —  CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a Chicago hospital (all times local):  —  The Cook County Medical Examiner's office says it has been notified that four people have died in the shooting at Chicago's Mercy Hospital & Medical Center.
Richard Ray / NBC Chicago:
Chicago Officer Among 4 Dead in Shooting at Mercy Hospital
Discussion: NBC News
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Nancy Pelosi's Last Battle  —  As she prepares to lead the House of Representatives again, the most powerful Democrat in Washington will have to navigate between a rampaging president and her colleagues' plans for fighting back.  —  Four days before the election that would return …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pelosi's bid for speaker imperiled as public opposition grows  —  Sixteen Democrats vowed Monday to oppose Nancy Pelosi for speaker on the House floor, throwing the California Democrat's bid to reclaim the gavel in serious jeopardy.  —  In a highly anticipated letter that went public Monday …
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
Pompeo handed Riyadh a plan to shield MBS from Khashoggi fallout: Source  —  US Secretary of State gave Mohammed bin Salman a roadmap to insulate himself from the scandal, a senior Saudi source tells MEE  —  Mike Pompeo met MBS in Riyadh on 16 October, two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi's murder (Reuters)
Exclusive: After Khashoggi murder, some Saudi royals turn against king's favorite son  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Amid international uproar over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, some members of Saudi Arabia's ruling family are agitating to prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from becoming king …
Gary Trock / The Blast:
Actress Files for Domestic Violence Restraining Order Against Michael Avenatti  —  UPDATE  —  6:04 PM PT: Michael Avenatti just responded to The Blast's story, tweeting, “I look forward to a full clearing of my name and disclosure of all of the facts.  I have NEVER abused a woman or committed domestic violence against anyone.
William Browder / Washington Post:
The world can't let Russia run Interpol.  My experiences show why.  —  William Browder is the author of “Red Notice” and an activist who spearheaded the Global Magnitsky Act.  —  Early last month, the wife of Meng Hongwei, a Chinese national and the president of Interpol, reported that her husband had disappeared on a trip to China.
Discussion: and Forbes
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Putin is about to gain control of the world's main law enforcement organization
Discussion: Bloomberg
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN asks for emergency hearing after Trump threatens to revoke Acosta's press pass again  —  (CNN)The White House has issued a new warning to CNN's Jim Acosta, saying his press pass could be revoked again at the end of the month.  —  In response, CNN is asking the U.S. District Court for another emergency hearing.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Acosta decision could make it easier for White House to kick reporters out
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
FBI now classifies far-right Proud Boys as ‘extremist group’, documents say  —  Group is now designated ‘with ties to white nationalism’ according to report produced by Washington law enforcement  —  The FBI now classifies the far-right Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism” …
Jack Crowe / National Review:
Women's March Founder Calls on Leaders to Step Down amid Accusations of Bigotry  —  Theresa Shook, founder of the Women's March, called on leaders of the liberal political-protest movement to step down on Monday amid widespread backlash against their refusal to condemn anti-Semitic and homophobic allies.
The Daily Beast:
Senate Democrats Sue To Block Matt Whitaker From Serving as Attorney General  —  This is now the second legal action seeking to stop the now-acting AG from serving any longer  —  A group of Senate Democrats is suing to block Matt Whitaker from serving as acting attorney general on grounds …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Mueller says powers still intact amid DOJ overhaul
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Says in Interview He Is the Sole Arbiter of Truth  —  The conservative movement has long dismissed the value of neutral expertise — environmental scientists, arms control analysts, budget forecasters, or any other meddlesome nerds who question the simple verities of right-wing politics — as biased.
Tara Bahrampour / Washington Post:
Trump administration officials suggested sharing census responses with law enforcement, court documents show  —  Trump administration officials have discussed ways to circumvent the confidentiality of census responses, according to documents filed Friday in a California legal challenge to adding …
Discussion: CNN and Splinter
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
A Former FBI Lawyer Is Dropping Big Hints About Trump Obstructing Justice  —  Most of the public fascination surrounding the legal ordeal of President Trump has attached itself to whether (or, more accurately, how successfully) his campaign colluded with Russia.
Discussion: Lawfare and emptywheel
Hill Reporter:
Exclusive: Carolyne Cass Admits Mueller Rape Report Has False Information She Didn't Want Published  —  In an exclusive interview with HillReporter, alleged Mueller rape accuser Carolyne Cass opens up and tells us that she does not know if Mueller was actually the person who raped …
James Fredrick / NPR:
Shouting ‘Mexico First,’ Hundreds In Tijuana March Against Migrant Caravan  —  The message for the migrant caravan was clear from marchers on Sunday in Tijuana, Mexico: We don't want you here.  —  “We want the caravan to go; they are invading us,” said Patricia Reyes, a 62-year-old protester, hiding from the sun under an umbrella.
Lawrence Richard / SARAH PALIN:
YIKES: Ocasio-Cortez Fumbles Basic Civics TWICE In 1 Statement  —  Email address:  —  Leave this field empty if you're human:  —  New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez again proved that her transition into the political fray has been bumpy, to say the least, as she recently fumbled basic civics twice in one sentence.
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Did a Tax Increase Tucked Into Trump's Tax Cut Come Back to Bite Republicans?  —  Republicans capped a popular deduction for state and local taxes to pay for the tax bill.  That may have hurt some House Republicans in the midterms.  —  President Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut was supposed …
Discussion: Raw Story
McConnell is lobbying Arizona's governor to name McSally as Kyl replacement  —  Dog steals show during concession speech video  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is leveraging his political power to try to convince Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to choose Rep. Martha McSally …
Discussion: Hot Air
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Steyer takes step toward 2020 presidential bid  —  If he can't impeach Donald Trump, he may try to oust the president the old-fashioned way.  —  Former billionaire investor, climate activist and impeachment agitator Tom Steyer will take several steps toward a 2020 presidential bid Tuesday.
David French / National Review:
Brian Kemp Did Not Steal the Georgia Governor's Race  —  Claims to the contrary wrongly undermine faith in our elections.  —  When is it acceptable to question the legitimacy of an American election outcome?  The proper answer is “almost never.”  Or, more precisely, never …
Washington Post:
White House discusses possible Trump visit to troops in Iraq or Afghanistan  —  President Trump has begun telling advisers that he may visit troops in a combat zone for the first time in his presidency, as he has come under increasing scrutiny for his treatment of military affairs and failure …
Discussion: Raw Story
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
Big foreign cyber attack targets Italian certified email accounts  —  ROME (Reuters) - Unknown hackers gained access to thousands of Italian certified email accounts, including those of magistrates and security officials, in a major cyber attack earlier this month, a senior official said on Monday.
Dennis Pillion /
EPA regional admin Trey Glenn resigns after indictment  —  Onis “Trey” Glenn III has resigned from his position as Region 4 Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after being indicted on ethics charges in Alabama.  —  Glenn submitted a letter of resignation dated Nov. 18 …
Washington Post:
Trump administration prepares to add Venezuela to list of state sponsors of terrorism  —  The Trump administration is preparing to add Venezuela to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in what would be a dramatic escalation against the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro …
Associated Press:
AP cameraman shot during Gaza protest  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Witnesses and medical officials say an Associated Press cameraman has been shot and wounded while covering a demonstration in the Gaza Strip.  —  Rashed Rashid, 47, was hit in the leg Monday during a weekly protest next to the Israeli border.
David Siders / Politico:
Beto O'Rourke blows up the 2020 Democratic primary  —  Sparked by his narrow defeat in a Texas Senate race, Beto O'Rourke is scrambling the 2020 presidential primary field, freezing Democratic donors and potential campaign staffers in place as they await word of his plans.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook Is Suggesting Questionable Comment Prompts On Live Videos About Shootings And Sexual Assaults  —  Facebook appears to be testing a new tool that prompts users to comment on live video streams — including those involving sensitive situations like shootings and sexual assault — using suggested text and emojis.
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Donald Trump must bust Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google monopolies like Teddy Roosevelt.
Discussion: Power Line
Alexander C. Kaufman / HuffPost:
Bernie Sanders To Host A Climate Town Hall, Amplifying Progressive Calls To Cut Emissions
Discussion: Common Dreams
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed News:
There's No Looking Away From This Year's California Fires
BuzzFeed News:
A Lawyer With Conservative Ties And No Diplomatic Experience Is Being Vetted For US Ambassador to Mexico
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Embattled and in over his head, Mark Zuckerberg should — at least — step down as Facebook chairman
Kyra Haas / PolitiFact:
Pumpkin pies, pilgrims and pre-existing conditions: PolitiFact's 2018 Thanksgiving dinner guide
 Earlier Items: 
Jane Coaston / Vox:
How California conservatives became the intellectual engine of Trumpism
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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John DiStaso / WMUR:
Potential presidential candidate Cory Booker to return to NH for Democratic Party celebration
Discussion: Political Wire
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Odd Supreme Court Grant in the Census Citizenship Question Case
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Founder's Big Idea to Revive BuzzFeed's Fortunes? A Merger With Rivals
WHCA announces acclaimed author Ron Chernow as featured speaker for 2019 dinner