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9:20 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: Politico and Mediaite
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Behind the scenes: Trump vs. Mueller  —  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 — and will resist doing so in the future …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller got some answers, but he's not done with Trump
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Top Trump officials saved the President from himself
Discussion: KTLA and IJR
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.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed News:
The White House Won't Say When Trump Formally Named Matthew Whitaker As Acting Attorney General
Discussion: The Daily Signal
CREW:   CREW Requests All Versions of Whitaker's Financial Disclosures
Tess Bonn / The Hill:
House GOP to hold hearing into DOJ's probe of Clinton Foundation
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Bloomberg:   Trump DOJ Chief Whitaker Received $900,000 From Right-Wing Group
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 …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senators demand Trump say whether Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing  —  The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is demanding a definitive determination from President Donald Trump about whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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!
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:   Trump's Crude Realpolitik
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:   Jailed Saudi women's rights activists said to face electric shocks, beatings and other abuse
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) …
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’
Max Read / New York Magazine:
The Decline and Fall of the Zuckerberg Empire  —  Mark Zuckerberg isn't the first person in human history to draw inspiration from Augustus Caesar, the founder of the Roman Empire, but he's one of a very few for whom the lessons of Augustus's reign have a concrete urgency.
Russia loses Interpol presidency vote  —  Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the Russian frontrunner who had been accused of abusing the international police body's arrest warrant system.  —  Mr Kim was chosen by Interpol's 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai.
Discussion: The Guardian
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
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
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
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 …
Harvesting in a trade war: U.S. crops rot as storage costs soar  —  (Reuters) - U.S. farmers finishing their harvests are facing a big problem - where to put the mountain of grain they cannot sell to Chinese buyers.  —  For Louisiana farmer Richard Fontenot and his neighbors, the solution was a costly one: Let the crops rot.
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
House Democrats Don't Know What to Make of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  Staffers and aides to party leadership say they love her enthusiasm.  But they're worried her approach will threaten caucus unity.  —  She came into Washington like a wrecking ball.  —  Just on Saturday …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Rory Cooper / Politico:   Want to Drain The Swamp? Build Congress a Dorm.
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 …
India Today:
American killed on Andaman island home to uncontacted people, body yet to be recovered  —  The murder took place on an island inhabited by the Sentinelese people, who are protected under Indian law  —  A rare photo of two members of the Sentinelese tribe, which is protected under Indian law …
Discussion: NPR
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Wall Street Journal:
Steve Bannon, Chinese Critic Create Fund to Investigate Beijing
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
What the Polls Got Right This Year, and Where They Went Wrong
A.C. Thompson / ProPublica:
An Atomwaffen Member Sketched a Map to Take the Neo-Nazis Down.  What Path Officials Took Is a Mystery.
Michael Burke / The Hill:
Trump administration paying undercover informants in migrant caravan: report
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
Michael Kranish / Washington Post:
As U.S. attorney, Whitaker imposed longer-than-usual drug sentences
Kadhim Shubber / Financial Times:
Facebook hires former US antitrust enforcer
James Oliphant / Reuters:
Democrats see rural gains bolstering fight for White House in 2020
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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
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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David J. Neal / miamiherald:
Man admits having sex with miniature horse, cops say. But he played it safe
Washington Post:
Romaine lettuce is not safe to eat, CDC warns U.S. consumers