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6:25 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 …
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
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 …
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's statement smearing Jamal Khashoggi and giving Saudi Arabia a pass, annotated
Wall Street Journal:   Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Women Activists in Widening Crackdown on Dissent
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   Fox News' Shepard Smith on Trump Khashoggi Statement: He ‘Insulted the Murder Victim and Sided With the Saudis’
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Khaleda Rahman / Daily Mail:
Obama suggests Trump is a confused, angry racist and has ‘mommy issues’ …
Discussion: Breitbart and Althouse
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, POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
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.
Washington Post:
Trump submits answers to special counsel's questions about Russian interference
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Associated Press:
Woman claims Avenatti dragged her by arm across floor
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
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.
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
2020 Democratic contenders already eyeing top staff in Iowa
Discussion: Axios and NY State of Politics
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 …
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 …
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, Splinter and
Cat Hofacker / USA Today:
Meet this year's presidential pardon turkeys: Peas and Carrots
Discussion: Washington Monthly, IJR and The Week
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Tayari Jones / New York Times:
100 Notable Books of 2018  —  The year's notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.  —  Show All  —  Biography  —  Comics/Graphics  —  Current Affairs  —  Essays  —  Fiction  —  Foreign Affairs  —  History  —  Memoir
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Discussion: Breitbart
Thomas Heath / Washington Post:
Tech giants that lifted stock market to historic highs now leading the way down
Washington Post:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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”
Discussion: Boing Boing
Christian Shepherd / Reuters:
Beijing pioneering citizens' ‘points’ system critics brand ‘Orwellian’
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Reihan Salam / National Review:
The Inexpensive Earned-Income Tax Credit
Discussion: Mother Jones
Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Sturgeon aims for ‘coalition’ to stop May's Brexit deal
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Feds have paid undercover informants in migrant caravan
Ben Shapiro / National Review:
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