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1:35 AM ET, November 21, 2018


 Top Items: 
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
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Matt Whitaker Suggested Trump Administration Should Prosecute Hillary Clinton  —  Did Trump know this when he picked him to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general?  —  The New York Times dropped a major story on Tuesday evening: “President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring …
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
House GOP to hold hearing into DOJ's probe of Clinton Foundation
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Julian E. Barnes / New York Times:   Trump's Statement on Saudi Arabia, Explained!
Washington Post:
Trump's latest statement on Khashoggi was a betrayal of American values
Discussion: New York Times, Politico, Vox, Mediaite and CNBC
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.
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.
James Arkin / Politico:   Hyde-Smith apologizes ‘to anyone offended’ by public hanging remark
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:   Democrat Espy charges in debate that Sen. Hyde-Smith's public hanging comment gave Mississippi ‘another black eye’
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:   Walmart requests refund after US senator's ‘hanging’ remark
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.
Bloomberg:   Trump DOJ Chief Whitaker Received $900,000 From Right-Wing Group
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
Washington Post:
Democrat edges out Republican Rep. Mia Love in Utah
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Trump Answers Mueller's Questions on Russian Interference  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump laid out for the special counsel his defense in the investigation into possible ties between his associates and Russia's election interference, the president's lawyers said in a statement on Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and Vox
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump: 'I can't imagine anybody else' other than myself for Time Person of the Year
Discussion: Mediaite, Townhall and TIME
Washington Post:
Trump submits answers to special counsel questions about Russian interference
Discussion: emptywheel and Talking Points Memo
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
Jordan Schachtel / Conservative Review:
Levin: You need a ‘negative IQ’ to compare Ivanka's email to Hillary's  —  On his radio show Tuesday evening, LevinTV host Mark Levin defended Ivanka Trump from the media smears attempting to connect her private email use to Hillary Clinton's use and illegal scrubbing of an email server on which she discussed classified information.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
House Dems to investigate Ivanka Trump's email use
Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump's email use spurs bipartisan calls for investigation
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Pelosi sidelines challenger, wins praise from Obama amid speakership fight  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in an unmistakable show of political strength Tuesday, cut a deal to sideline a potential challenger, won new confidence from her party's resurgent left flank and earned high praise …
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Pelosi amid leadership battle
Discussion: Politico, Washington Times and Axios
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: Axios and Political Wire
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Townhall, TheBlaze and KTLA
David J. Neal / miamiherald:
Man admits having sex with miniature horse, cops say.  But he played it safe  —  A Marion County man was arrested Monday afternoon after he admitted to having sex with a miniature horse — repeatedly, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.  —  In addition to ponying …
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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Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
‘Dream come true’: Migrant caravan LGBTQ couples celebrate mass wedding
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Haitian immigrants revived America's turkey town. This Thanksgiving together might be their last.
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump arrives at his comfort zone at ‘winter White House’
Travis Mitchell / Pew Research Center:
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Rory Cooper / Politico:
Want to Drain The Swamp? Build Congress a Dorm.
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Megyn Kelly Nears Deal to Leave NBC News With Entirety of $69 Million Contract
The Intercept:
Lobbyist Documents Reveal Health Care Industry Battle Plan Against “Medicare for All”
Discussion: Boing Boing
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump's Base Isn't Enough
Discussion: NBC News
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Feds have paid undercover informants in migrant caravan
Discussion: The Week