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8:20 AM ET, November 21, 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 …
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Here's Why the New York Times Bombshell Report Could Be the Finishing Touch for Mueller's Obstruction Case  —  If special counsel Robert Mueller is seriously pursuing an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, then you can bet that information revealed …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Giuliani predicts Mueller won't subpoena Trump  —  President Trump delivered to Robert Mueller handwritten answers about pre-election dimensions of the Russia probe but did not answer questions about his behavior as president, including allegations of obstruction of justice …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
House GOP to hold hearing into DOJ's probe of Clinton Foundation
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Trump Answers Mueller's Questions on Russian Interference
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Mueller got some answers, but he's not done with Trump
Trump raised investigating Clinton with Rosenstein, Whitaker and McGahn
Discussion: New Republic
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's latest statement on Khashoggi was a betrayal of American values  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP on Tuesday confirmed what his administration has been signaling all along: It will stand behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even if he ordered the brutal murder and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:   Trump's Statement on Saudi Arabia, Explained!
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Accused of Torturing Women Activists in Widening Crackdown on Dissent
Discussion: Politico and Washington Press
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:   Jailed Saudi women's rights activists said to face electric shocks, beatings and other abuse
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:   Fox News' Shepard Smith on Trump Khashoggi Statement: He ‘Insulted the Murder Victim and Sided With the Saudis’
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Facebook President Sean Parker Funded Race-Baiting Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith's Super PAC  —  A spokesman for the Napster founder said he denounces Cindy Hyde-Smith's comments but isn't calling for a refund of the money he's given.  —  As embattled incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) …
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.
James Arkin / Politico:
Hyde-Smith apologizes ‘to anyone offended’ by public hanging remark  —  Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on Tuesday offered her first qualified apology to “anyone that was offended” by her remark that she would gladly attend a “public hanging” if one of her supporters invited her.
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:   Democrat Espy charges in debate that Sen. Hyde-Smith's public hanging comment gave Mississippi ‘another black eye’
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Embattled Hyde-Smith posted photo of herself in Confederate hat
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.
New York Times:
Matthew Whitaker Earned $1.2 Million From Group Backed by Undisclosed Donors  —  WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, was paid more than $1.2 million in the past few years by a group active in conservative politics that does not reveal its donors, according to financial disclosure statements released Tuesday.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Bloomberg:   Trump DOJ Chief Whitaker Received $900,000 From Right-Wing Group
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed News:
The White House Won't Say When Trump Formally Named Matthew Whitaker As Acting Attorney General
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Seth Fiegerman / CNN:
As problems pile up, Mark Zuckerberg stands his ground in exclusive CNN Business interview  —  New York (CNN Business)After spending much of this year apologizing for Facebook's many missteps, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was defiant in an exclusive interview with CNN Business on Tuesday.
Max Read / New York Magazine:
The Decline and Fall of the Zuckerberg Empire
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Judge dismisses female genital mutilation charges in historic case  —  In a major blow to the federal government, a judge in Detroit has declared America's female genital mutilation law unconstitutional, thereby dismissing the key charges against two Michigan doctors and six others accused …
Laura Ly / CNN:
Charges dropped in first federal genital mutilation case in US
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Brady McCombs / Associated Press:
Democrats flip Utah House seat as McAdams tops Rep. Mia Love  —  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Democrat Ben McAdams has flipped a U.S. House seat in deep-red Utah, defeating incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love by fewer than 700 votes in a race that took two weeks to settle.
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Week and The Hill
Associated Press:
South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Korea's Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol's president on Wednesday, edging out a longtime veteran of Russia's security services who was strongly opposed by the U.S., Britain and other European nations.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Russia loses Interpol presidency vote
Discussion: The Guardian
Los Angeles Times:
Election fraud scheme on L.A.'s skid row got homeless to sign fake names for cigarettes and cash, D.A. says  —  A forged signature swapped for $1 — or sometimes a cigarette.  —  The crude exchange played out hundreds of times on L.A.'s skid row during the 2016 election cycle and again this year …
Dennis Romero / NBC News:   Skid Row vote fraudsters preyed on L.A. homeless, authorities charge
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Stalemate on Trump's wall amid threat of shutdown  —  Congress just can't help itself: With a partial government shutdown potentially two weeks away, Democrats and Republicans are dug in, each side upping its demands and vowing not to buckle to the other.  —  President Donald Trump …
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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James Oliphant / Reuters:
Democrats see rural gains bolstering fight for White House in 2020
Caitlin Dickerson / New York Times:
The Price Tag of Migrant Family Separation: $80 Million and Rising
Mark Osborne / ABC News:
Comedian Michelle Wolf delivers one-liner in response to Trump attack
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Jordan Schachtel / Conservative Review:
Levin: You need a ‘negative IQ’ to compare Ivanka's email to Hillary's
Discussion: Politico
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump arrives at his comfort zone at ‘winter White House’
Travis Mitchell / Pew Research Center:
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 Earlier Items: 
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David J. Neal / miamiherald:
Man admits having sex with miniature horse, cops say. But he played it safe
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Pelosi sidelines challenger, wins praise from Obama amid speakership fight
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump: 'I can't imagine anybody else' other than myself for Time Person of the Year
Discussion: HuffPost, Mediaite and Townhall
Gary Trock / The Blast:
Actress Claims Michael Avenatti Dragged Her Across Apartment, Called Her An ‘Ungrateful B*tch’