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7:15 PM ET, November 20, 2018

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New York Times:
Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton …
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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 …
Washington Post:
Trump defends daughter Ivanka's use of personal email for government work  —  President Trump defended his daughter Ivanka's use of a personal email account for government business Tuesday as an incoming House committee chairman said the panel would investigate whether she violated federal law.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump's emails, and the many things Trump attacked Obama and Clinton for and then did
Discussion: Bloomberg, Politico and CNN
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   White House Briefings Are Democracy Theater. That's Why Trump Is Clamping Down.
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 …
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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
Mark Landler / New York Times:
In Extraordinary Statement, Trump Stands With Saudis Despite Khashoggi Killing  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump declared his unswerving loyalty to Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, on Tuesday, saying that the prince's culpability in the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi might never be known.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   Fox News' Shepard Smith on Trump Khashoggi Statement: He ‘Insulted the Murder Victim and Sided With the Saudis’
Washington Post:
Trump's latest statement on Khashoggi was a betrayal of American values
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Mediaite and CNBC
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's statement smearing Jamal Khashoggi and giving Saudi Arabia a pass, annotated
Discussion: Vox and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:   Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Women Activists in Widening Crackdown on Dissent
Washington Post:
Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots and undisclosed funders paid Matthew Whitaker $1.2 million  —  In the three years after he arrived in Washington in 2014, Matthew G. Whitaker received more than $1.2 million as the leader of a charity that reported having no other employees, some of the best pay of his career.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Matthew Choi / 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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones, FOX 61 and Gothamist
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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.
John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump submits written responses to special counsel Robert Mueller  —  President Donald Trump has submitted his answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, the president's attorneys told ABC News.  —  “The President today answered written questions submitted by The Special Counsel's Office.
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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: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Trump submits answers to special counsel questions about Russian interference
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump submits written answers to Mueller
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and twitchy.com
Washington Post:
Trump submits answers to special counsel's questions about Russian interference
Discussion: Political Wire
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: NBC News
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CNN:   Trump raised investigating Clinton with Rosenstein, Whitaker and McGahn
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
2020 Democratic contenders already eyeing top staff in Iowa
Discussion: Axios and NY State of Politics
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.
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Associated Press:
Woman claims Avenatti dragged her by arm across floor
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Marcia Fudge vouched for man now accused of killing ex-wife  —  Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge sent a letter several years ago supporting a former state lawmaker and judge in Ohio who is now accused of killing his ex-wife, an incident that could play out in the contest over the next speaker of the House.
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Pelosi amid leadership battle
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Pelosi sidelines challenger, wins praise from Obama amid speakership fight
Discussion: Axios and Townhall
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
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Khaleda Rahman / Daily Mail:
Obama suggests Trump is a confused, angry racist and has ‘mommy issues’ …
Discussion: Breitbart and Althouse
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
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 …
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WXYZ-TV:
Fmr. MSU President Lou Anna Simon charged with lying to police in Nassar investigation
Discussion: Daily Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Megyn Kelly Nears Deal to Leave NBC News With Entirety of $69 Million Contract  —  Former Fox News anchor had served about half of 3-year contract when her NBC show was canceled over ‘blackface’ remarks  —  Megyn Kelly is nearing a deal with Comcast Corp.'s CMCSA -3.72% NBC News to walk away …
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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: twitchy.com
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Sarah Zimmerman / Politico:
Most turkeys live only a few months after a presidential pardon
Discussion: Splinter
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump: 'I can't imagine anybody else' other than myself for Time Person of the Year  —  President Trump said Tuesday that he “can't imagine” anyone other than himself being named Time's Person of the Year.  —  A reporter asked Trump as he prepared to depart the White House for his Mar …
Discussion: Townhall, Mediaite and TIME
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.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Will Fox Business Network Take Action After Lou Dobbs Tells Judge to “Go to Hell”?  —  “That's generally not a good idea,” a lawyer guest told the ever-controversial host on Monday night.  —  Lou Dobbs is the Sean Hannity of Fox Business Network, a highly rated conservative gladiator …
 
 
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Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
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NBC News:
Mother of U.S. diplomat hurt in ‘health attack’ speaks out
Discussion: Breitbart
The Intercept:
Lobbyist Documents Reveal Health Care Industry Battle Plan Against “Medicare for All”
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Christian Shepherd / Reuters:
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Immigration hawks fear DOJ staff exodus
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
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Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
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