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7:10 PM ET, November 19, 2018


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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 …
Benjamin Wood / Salt Lake Tribune:
Election update from Utah County widens Mia Love's lead to 1,516 votes
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Sixteen dissident Democrats vow to oppose Pelosi as next speaker
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
WHCA announces acclaimed author Ron Chernow as featured speaker for 2019 dinner
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.
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 …
Yeni Safak:   The audio recordings of the Khashoggi case will be released today or this week... A quake …
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” …
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: Splinter
Washington Post:   Trump administration officials suggested sharing census responses with law enforcement, court documents show
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  —  Matthew Whitaker's appointment as the special counsel's boss 'neither alters the special counsel's authority to represent the United States nor raises any jurisdictional issue.'  —  Robert Mueller's top attorney said Monday …
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Book Offers Firsthand Account of a Venomous Den Inside the White House  —  A firsthand account of the tumult inside President Trump's White House is scheduled to be published in January, the latest in a string of books that seek to decipher his unprecedented presidency.
Discussion: HuffPost, Fortune, Mediaite and Axios
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.
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
A $12 Billion Program to Help Farmers Stung by Trump's Trade War Has Aided Few  —  WASHINGTON — America's farmers have been shut out of foreign markets, hit with retaliatory tariffs and lost lucrative contracts in the face of President Trump's trade war.  But a $12 billion bailout program …
So, About Tuesday Night...  OK, it is time to talk about that thing that happened.  No, not the Jaguars blowing a 16-point lead in the 4th quarter - though I have plenty to say about that - I am talking about the election.  —  Before I get into it, this election was the third consecutive …
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
Jay Michaelson / The Daily Beast:
Thomas Farr Devised Ways to Keep Blacks From Voting.  Mitch McConnell Wants to Make Him a Judge.  —  A protégé of Jesse Helms wrote a law targeting minority voters with ‘surgical precision’ in North Carolina.  His nomination is part of a plan to pack the courts with extremists.
Vladimir Kara-Murza / Washington Post:
Putin is about to gain control of the world's main law enforcement organization  —  On Sunday, delegates of the general assembly of Interpol — the International Criminal Police Organization, the coordinating body for law enforcement from 192 countries — met in Dubai for their 87th annual session.
Discussion: Forbes and Bloomberg
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Embattled and in over his head, Mark Zuckerberg should — at least — step down as Facebook chairman  —  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg once set out a bit of digital-world wisdom that became his company's informal motto: “Move fast and break things.”  —  After the past week's developments …
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
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
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 …
Kyra Haas / PolitiFact:
Pumpkin pies, pilgrims and pre-existing conditions: PolitiFact's 2018 Thanksgiving dinner guide  —  The conversation may start out innocently enough, but there will be hints of what's to come after the turkey's been carved.  —  “I love all of you, regardless of your pre-existing conditions.”
BuzzFeed News:
A Lawyer With Conservative Ties And No Diplomatic Experience Is Being Vetted For US Ambassador to Mexico  —  WASHINGTON — Christopher Landau, a veteran appellate lawyer in Washington, DC, who does not have formal diplomatic experience, is being vetted as a potential nominee for US ambassador to Mexico …
Dan Williams / Reuters:
Airbnb to remove listings in Israel's West Bank settlements  —  JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Home-renting company Airbnb Inc <AirBnB Inc> said on Monday it would remove listings in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move Israel called a “wretched capitulation” to boycotters and Palestinians hailed as a step towards peace.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Founder's Big Idea to Revive BuzzFeed's Fortunes?  A Merger With Rivals  —  Jonah Peretti, the chief executive, says his company could eventually merge with other online publishers in order to negotiate better terms with tech platforms like Facebook.  —  BuzzFeed has long positioned itself …
Eugene Henderson / Daily Express:
University lecturers told DON'T USE CAPS as it frightens students  —  UNIVERSITY lecturers have been told not to use words in capital letters when setting assignments because it might frighten students into failure.  —  Staff at Leeds Trinity's school of journalism have also been told to …
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David French / National Review:
Brian Kemp Did Not Steal the Georgia Governor's Race
McConnell is lobbying Arizona's governor to name McSally as Kyl replacement
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Trump backs leniency for fentanyl dealers, MS-13 members, etc. Part One
Discussion: Conservative Review
Jane Coaston / Vox:
How California conservatives became the intellectual engine of Trumpism
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John DiStaso / WMUR:
Potential presidential candidate Cory Booker to return to NH for Democratic Party celebration
Discussion: Political Wire
James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
Gina Ortiz Jones concedes to Will Hurd in race for Texas' most competitive congressional district
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Meg Cunningham / ABC News:
After a 181-year ban, House Democrats aim to allow religious headwear on the floor
Discussion: CBS News, Daily Wire, Axios and Muslim Girl
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Racism, Redefined  —  Considering the curious case of Sarah Jeong …
Discussion: Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Odd Supreme Court Grant in the Census Citizenship Question Case
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
The Dick Cheney Dossier: Inside Adam McKay's Searing Exposé of D.C.'s “Ultimate Gamesman” in ‘Vice’
Discussion: Breitbart
Stuart Leavenworth / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Air pollution is shaving years from people's lives. Where is it claiming the most?
James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
The Truth About George Soros
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Lies Are a Virus, and News Organizations Are the Host
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Elijah Cummings endured two painful years. Soon he'll be more powerful than ever.
Discussion: Politico