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4:15 PM ET, November 20, 2018


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The White House:
Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia  —  America First!  —  The world is a very dangerous place!  —  The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq's fragile attempt at democracy …
Washington Post:
Trump continues to question CIA conclusion that Saudi crown prince was responsible for Khashoggi's death  —  The statement from President Trump came after he said he would be receiving a full report on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month …
Discussion: The Root and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
In unusual statement disputing the CIA and filled with exclamation points, Trump backs Saudi ruler …
Discussion: The Week
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's statement smearing Jamal Khashoggi and giving Saudi Arabia a pass, annotated
Discussion: Mediaite
James Arkin / Politico:
Embattled Hyde-Smith posted photo of herself in confederate hat  —  Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith posed for a photo wearing a confederate soldier's hat and holding a rifle in a Facebook post that surfaced Tuesday.  —  Hyde-Smith took the photo during a 2014 visit to the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library.
Jackson Free Press:
Hyde-Smith Demanded No Audience, No Press for Tonight's Debate … JACKSON—U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith demanded there be no audience or outside press allowed at tonight's U.S. Senate debate and requested other restrictions, two sources familiar with the debate negotiations told the Jackson Free Press Tuesday morning.
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Walmart asks GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith for campaign donation back because of outrage over ‘hanging’ comments  — Walmart has asked Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi to return its campaign donation after outrage from actress Debra Messing over the lawmaker's controversial comments …
NBC News:
Midterms 2018: It was the Year of the Woman — for Democrats, not Republicans
Discussion: The Week, CNN and Politico
Washington Post:
Romaine lettuce is not safe to eat, CDC warns U.S. consumers  —  Romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat in any form, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday in a broad alert in response to a new outbreak of illnesses caused by a particularly dangerous type of E. coli contamination.
Centers for Disease Control:
Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce  —  CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.
Tom Elliott / Grabien News:
Obama Trashes Trump: ‘Confused, Blind, Shrouded with Hate ... Mommy Issues’  —  ‘We are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism, mommy issues’  —  Former President Obama took more veiled shots at his predecessor Monday night, suggesting that the reason the U.S. is not taking …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Pelosi amid leadership battle  —  Chicago (CNN)Former President Barack Obama offered effusive praise of Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday as the Democratic leader faces opposition to her bid for House Speaker.  —  “I think Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written …
Discussion: Axios
Khaleda Rahman / Daily Mail:
Obama suggests Trump is a confused, angry racist and has ‘mommy issues’ …
Discussion: Breitbart and Althouse
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
House Dems to investigate Ivanka Trump's email use  —  Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are planning to look into Ivanka Trump's use of a personal email account to determine whether she violated federal law.  —  A Democratic aide told The Hill on Tuesday …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   White House Briefings Are Democracy Theater. That's Why Trump Is Clamping Down.
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Ivanka's Email Scandal Has a Familiar Moral
Discussion: The Week, IJR and Fox News
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House Democrats plan to investigate Ivanka Trump's use of personal email for government business
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trump Fans Sink Savings Into ‘Iraqi Dinar’ Scam  —  The president's true believers are convinced he's going to make them millionaires with Iraqi currency.  —  Trump supporter Hayes Kotseos runs a North Carolina pool-maintenance company, but she's got a side bet that she thinks might make her fabulously wealthy: the Iraqi dinar.
Discussion: Raw Story
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump's Base Isn't Enough  —  There shouldn't be much question about whether 2018 was a wave election.  Of course it was a wave.  You could endlessly debate the wave's magnitude, depending on how much you focus on the number of votes versus the number of seats, the House versus the Senate versus governorships, and so forth.
Discussion: The Nation
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
2020 Democratic contenders already eyeing top staff in Iowa
Discussion: Axios and NY State of Politics
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A turkey has spent more time on-camera in the briefing room this month than the press secretary  —  An unidentified turkey about to be pardoned by President Trump appeared in the White House press briefing room on Tuesday, surprising the assembled media.  The bird quickly put the members …
Discussion: Politico and
Cat Hofacker / USA Today:
Meet this year's presidential pardon turkeys: Peas and Carrots
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gary Trock / The Blast:
Actress Claims Michael Avenatti Dragged Her Across Apartment, Called Her An ‘Ungrateful B*tch’  —  Michael Avenatti is accused of attacking his girlfriend and dragging her around the apartment floor while calling her an “Ungrateful f*cking bitch,” this according to the declaration submitted by Mareli Miniutti.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump privately praises Matt Whitaker's “courage”  —  President Trump has been telling people privately that he's impressed by the “courage” acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is showing in the face of burgeoning legal challenges and questions about his history of publicly criticizing the Mueller investigation.
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Immigration hawks fear DOJ staff exodus
Discussion: Raw Story
Harry Litman / Los Angeles Times:
Mueller might soon bring charges that even Trump die-hards can't trivialize  —  Commentators predict the next chapter of the Department of Justice's Russia investigation at their peril, but there is good reason to expect one or more blockbuster developments in the next few weeks.
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and POLITICUSUSA
Chicago Tribune:
Gunman in Mercy Hospital attack had threatened to shoot up Chicago Fire Academy, officials say  —  Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez, on the force for less than two years; two hospital employees; and the gunman are dead after a shooting at Mercy Hospital in the 2500 block of South Michigan Avenue on Nov. 19, 2018, in Chicago.
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Feds have paid undercover informants in migrant caravan  —  The 4,000 migrants have used WhatsApp text message groups to communicate along their journey, and DHS personnel have joined those groups to gather info.  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is gathering intelligence …
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Proclamation Targeting Some Asylum Seekers  —  LOS ANGELES — A federal judge on Monday ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting asylum claims from migrants no matter where or how they entered the United States, dealing at least a temporary setback …
Washington Post:
In blow to Trump's immigration agenda, federal judge blocks asylum ban for migrants who enter illegally from Mexico
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Glamour Magazine to Cease Regular Print Publication  —  Yet another women's magazine is moving away from print.  —  Condé Nast, the legacy publisher of glossy and aesthetically rich magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, announced on Tuesday that it was ending regular print publication of Glamour.
Eric Rosenbaum / CNBC:
The Dow may drop another 2,000 points before the stock market selling is done: CNBC CFO survey  — The Dow will drop to 23,000 before it ever reaches above 27,000 again, according to just over half of CFOs on the CNBC Global CFO Council in a recent survey.  —  The Dow plunge isn't anywhere near done.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
McConnell Feels the Heat From the Right to Bring Criminal Justice Bill to a Vote  —  WASHINGTON — In the past three years, Senator Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, blocked a Democratic Supreme Court nominee for more than a year, pushed through an army of conservative judges …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Don't Let Russia Lead Interpol  —  The international law-enforcement organization is dangerously close to losing its legitimacy.  —  Imagine an alternative history of New York City in which John Gotti becomes police commissioner and obtains arrest warrants for the U.S. attorneys who prosecuted the Gambino crime family.
Lansing State Journal:
Ex-MSU President Lou Anna Simon charged with lying to police about Nassar investigation  —  Simon resigned in 2018 after 13 years as MSU president over the handling of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar  —  CHARLOTTE - Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police …
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Tech's ‘FAANG’ stocks have lost more than $1 trillion and counting from highs amid tech rout  — The FAANG stocks — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google-parent Alphabet — all fell to begin Tuesday trading.  —  The five “FAANG” stocks collectively lost more than $1 trillion …
Ben Shapiro / National Review:
Vice Is Just More Anti-Conservative Vitriol  —  The same Left that despises President Trump despised George W. Bush long before him.  —  This week, The Hollywood Reporter featured a lengthy paean to the new anti-Bush film Vice.  This particular film is dedicated to the apparent evil …
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Christian Shepherd / Reuters:
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Sturgeon aims for ‘coalition’ to stop May's Brexit deal
Joe Kennedy III / STAT:
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David Hodari / Wall Street Journal:
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Rajeev Syal / The Guardian:
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Christina Tkacik / Baltimore Sun:
5-year-old girl, sister of Taylor Hayes, is shot in West Baltimore, expected to survive, police say