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2:40 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: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Trump says U.S. stands by Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi murder  —  President Trump said in a statement today that whether or not Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the U.S. will stand by Saudi Arabia.  —  Why it matters …
David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
Pompeo handed Riyadh a plan to shield MBS from Khashoggi fallout, says source  —  US Secretary of State gave Mohammed bin Salman a roadmap to insulate himself from the scandal, a senior Saudi source tells MEE  —  Mike Pompeo met MBS in Riyadh on 16 October, two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi's murder (Reuters)
Adam Edelman / NBC News:   In unusual statement disputing the CIA and filled with exclamation points, Trump backs Saudi ruler …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump's statement smearing Jamal Khashoggi and giving Saudi Arabia a pass, annotated
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.
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette and Political Wire
NBC News:
Midterms 2018: It was the Year of the Woman — for Democrats, not Republicans
Discussion: Politico, CNN and HuffPost
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Walmart withdraws donations to Cindy Hyde-Smith after criticism
Discussion: CNN, Vox and Daily Kos
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:   Walmart requests refund after US senator's ‘hanging’ remark
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 …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business last year  —  The discovery alarmed some advisers to President Trump, who feared that his daughter's practices bore similarities to the personal email use of Hillary Clinton.  — Carol D. Leonnig, Josh Dawsey -
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: Washington Post, IJR and Vox
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
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
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.
Dow plunges more than 550 points, erases 2018 gains as Target and tech shares slide
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
2020 Democratic contenders already eyeing top staff in Iowa  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Andrew Turner was driving Iowa's Democratic candidate for state auditor back to Des Moines last month when a potential presidential contender called to make an introduction.  It was one of many such overtures the 23-year-old has fielded.
Discussion: Axios and NY State of Politics
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump's Base Isn't Enough
Discussion: The Nation
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.
Kevin Robillard / HuffPost:
Rep. Seth Moulton Faces Friendly Fire Back Home For Opposing Pelosi  —  The rising Democratic star says making Nancy Pelosi House speaker would be “failing the American people.”  Some in his Massachusetts district call him sexist.  —  AMESBURY, Mass. Over his four years in Congress, Rep. Seth Moulton has earned plenty of praise.
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
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
Khaleda Rahman / Daily Mail:
Obama suggests Trump is a confused, angry racist and has ‘mommy issues’ …
Discussion: Althouse and Breitbart
Michael Sykes / Axios:   Zinke calls current forest management principles “unacceptable”
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Nicholas Pugliese /
While NJ commuters were stranded on highways, Gov. Phil Murphy dined at swanky restaurant  —  Thousands of commuters were still stranded on unplowed roads or waiting at a paralyzed Port Authority Bus Terminal when Gov. Phil Murphy and his wife settled into dinner at an upscale restaurant in Middletown during last Thursday's storm.
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.
Discussion: WGN-TV
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 …
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Charlie Cooper / Politico:
Sturgeon aims for ‘coalition’ to stop May's Brexit deal
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Marcia Fudge vouched for man now accused of killing ex-wife
Discussion: Washington Post and RedState
Tayari Jones / New York Times:
100 Notable Books of 2018  —  The year's notable fiction …
Ben Shapiro / National Review:
Vice Is Just More Anti-Conservative Vitriol
They're prepping for a race war. And they see Trump as their ‘ray of hope’
Discussion: Raw Story
Rajeev Syal / The Guardian:
Clement Attlee took in Jewish child refugee who fled Nazis
 Earlier Items: 
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Ben McAdams claims victory over Mia Love in Utah's 4th Congressional District
Washington Post:
In blow to Trump's immigration agenda, federal judge blocks asylum ban for migrants who enter illegally from Mexico
Christina Tkacik / Baltimore Sun:
5-year-old girl, sister of Taylor Hayes, is shot in West Baltimore, expected to survive, police say