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1:45 PM ET, November 19, 2018


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WHCA announces acclaimed author Ron Chernow as featured speaker for 2019 dinner  —  The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) is pleased to announce that Ron Chernow, one of the most eminent biographers of American presidents and statesmen, will be the featured speaker at its annual dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
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.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump targets Acosta ouster — again  —  After a federal court ruling on Friday restored the White House press pass of CNN's Jim Acosta, the West Wing moved almost immediately to once again contest his access, sources involved in the negotiations tell me.  —  What's happening …
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.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
TEAM OF VIPERS: Ousted Trump Aide Reportedly Nabs Seven-Figure Advance For White House Tell-All  —  You may not have heard the name Cliff Sims, but that didn't stop a publisher from shelling out SEVEN FIGURES to the former Trump aide for a tell-all book about his time in the White House, the New York Times reports.
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
3 takeaways from Trump's testy Fox News interview  —  President Trump sat down this weekend with one of the best interviewers in the business — Chris Wallace — for a segment on “Fox News Sunday.”  —  Wallace pressed Trump on many of the major issues of the day, including Trump's attacks …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:   The Daily 202: Trump's pattern of insulting war heroes continues with commander of bin Laden raid
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Brenda Snipes submits resignation as Broward elections supervisor  —  Broward Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda C. Snipes waves goodbye to the media, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the Broward Supervisor of Elections office in Lauderhill.  Broward County reported their recount results with 52 minutes to spare Sunday.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
'He's evolving': Once a sunny conservative, Rubio goes all-in on Trumpism
Discussion: Political Wire, Splinter and Axios
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 …
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.
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” …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Boing Boing
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 …
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 …
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Odd Supreme Court Grant in the Census Citizenship Question Case  —  Currently pending in the Southern District of New York is a case in which many States, counties, cities and private organizations have sued the Department of Commerce, seeking to enjoin the Department's plan to add …
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo:
Op-Ed from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  —  The Amazon transaction is an historic transformative moment for the entire New York City region.  I have done enough development work during my career to know there is no large development project that is accomplished without controversy …
Discussion: Curbed NY, Raw Story and Gizmodo
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Anti-vaccination stronghold in N.C. hit with state's worst chickenpox outbreak in 2 decades  —  Chickenpox has taken hold of a school in North Carolina where many families claim religious exemption from vaccines.  —  Cases of chickenpox have been multiplying at the Asheville Waldorf School …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
The Dick Cheney Dossier: Inside Adam McKay's Searing Exposé of D.C.'s “Ultimate Gamesman” in ‘Vice’  —  Christian Bale (who gained 45 pounds) and Amy Adams star in a satirical takedown of one of the most cunning figures in American politics as the director opens up about the current climate …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Elijah Cummings endured two painful years.  Soon he'll be more powerful than ever.  —  When the word of the Lord came to Elijah, it arrived on a slip of paper tucked in a stranger's bra.  —  In 2017, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings had been laid up in a Johns Hopkins hospital bed for two months …
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.
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Why Democrats Should Not Call the Georgia Governor's Race “Stolen”  —  There are three important reasons to cool this rhetoric, despite Brian Kemp's odious voter suppression efforts.  —  Many Democrats are understandably angry about efforts to suppress the vote in Georgia and elsewhere in the 2018 midterm elections.
Weekly Standard:
Phantom Voter Suppression in Georgia
No, Democrats Didn't Win The Senate.  But They Did Better Than It Seems.  —  The 2018 election has become a tale of divided government: the House broke for Democrats, but the Senate held for Republicans — and what's more, Republicans were even able to expand their majority in the Senate.
Greg B. Smith / New York Daily News:
NYC's top watchdog fires back at Mayor de Blasio over his firing  —  The city's top watchdog charged Monday that Mayor de Blasio fired him in part to put the brakes on pending probes, describing the mayor as vindictive and at times unhinged in his fury at the Department of Investigation.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Trump's Lies Are a Virus, and News Organizations Are the Host  —  The news media today face an epistemic crisis: how to publish the president's commentary without amplifying his fabrications and conspiracy theories.  —  One flashpoint came several weeks ago, when President Donald Trump told Axios reporters …
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Maxine Waters wants to investigate Trump, but her party may resist  —  Rep. Maxine Waters is running into an unexpected obstacle in her bid to investigate a president who has mocked her as a “low IQ person”: members of the California Democrat's own party.  —  Waters, the incoming chairwoman …
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 …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
‘The man behind the curtain’: Interior's No. 2 helps drive Trump's agenda  —  David Bernhardt, deputy secretary of the Department of Interior, had just left McDonald's on his way to work last year when he started choking on his breakfast burrito.  —  His 2017 white Jeep Wrangler careened …
Rebecca Ungarino / CNBC:
Facebook is on track to post its longest losing streak ever, and some say there's more pain ahead  —  Facebook is facing a mountain of problems.  —  The social media giant's stock fell nearly 5 percent on Monday, hitting its lowest level since February 2017, as the social media company came under fire …
Exclusive poll: America sours on social media giants  —  Silicon Valley has a big and growing problem: Americans have rising concerns with its most popular products and a growing majority wants big social media companies regulated, according to new poll conducted by Survey Monkey for “Axios on HBO.”
Discussion: Breitbart and CNBC
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
The United States Is Becoming a Two-Tiered Country With Separate and Unequal Voting Laws  —  But the midterms showed that voting rights may finally be a political winner. … Phoebe Einzig-Roth, an 18-year-old freshman at Atlanta's Emory University, moved to Georgia in August and was excited to vote in her first election.
Yeni Safak:
The audio recordings of the Khashoggi case will be released today or this week... A quake will take place in the Saudi palace, and the crown prince will bite the dust... Counter-coup: The alliance that sold out Jerusalem may collapse  —  I guess the audio recordings of the moments during …
Kyle Smith / National Review:
Racism, Redefined  —  Considering the curious case of Sarah Jeong — the incoming New York Times columnist who turned out upon her hiring to have tweeted a series of blatantly racist remarks about the awfulness of white people but managed to retain her gig by claiming that she was merely imitating …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Stuart Leavenworth / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Air pollution is shaving years from people's lives.  Where is it claiming the most?  —  WASHINGTON  —  People could add years to their lives in California and other smog-plagued parts of the world if authorities could reduce particulate pollution — soot from cars and industry …
Greg Bluestein / politics.myajc:
A Libertarian runner-up picks a side in secretary of state race  —  Democrat John Barrow picked up a surprising endorsement in his Dec. 4 runoff bid for secretary of state: The third-place finisher who forced the race into overtime.  —  Libertarian J. Smythe DuVal on Monday threw his support behind Barrow …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Thompson / Politico:
2020 Democrats are dramatically changing the way they talk about race  —  Democrats thinking about running for president in 2020 are dramatically changing the way the party talks about race in Donald Trump's America: Get ready to hear a lot more about intersectionality, allyship, inclusivity and POC.
Discussion: Splinter
Andrew Malcolm / Hot Air:
So What Do You Think: Hijabs In Congress?  —  Elections do, indeed, have consequences.  —  And one of the most interesting and perhaps controversial consequences of Nancy Pelosi and Democrats being elected to take control of the House of Representatives come January is their planned rules change …
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The myth of stagnant incomes
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Kasie Dc / MSNBC:
Rep. DeGette: Pelosi challenger should ‘step up’ if they think they can do a better job
Six Bangladeshis Apprehended in 12 Hours at Texas Border
Associated Press:
In smoldering wildfire ruins, life goes on for a hardy few
Colin Woodard / Press Herald:
Maine's pioneering ranked-choice election likely to catch on nationally
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Charles J. Sykes / Weekly Standard:
A Speech in Search of a Candidate
Discussion: The Resurgent
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Finnish Biologist Corrects Trump On Rakes
Discussion: Raw Story, HuffPost and Politico
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Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Teenager Claims Body-Cams Show the Police Framed Him. What Do You See?
Discussion: The Root
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James Kirchick / Tablet Magazine:
The Truth About George Soros
Matthew Sedacca / New York Times:
Better Local Journalism, by Local Reporters, Is the Goal of a New Database
The Library of Congress:
Today in History - November 19
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
The Dueling Deities of Harvard
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
'If We Pass Medicare for All, I'm Going to Be Silent as a Lamb'
Des Moines Register:
EXCLUSIVE: How Trump administration pressure to dump 4-H's LGBT policy led to Iowa leader's firing
Discussion: CNN and Wonkette