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2:40 PM ET, November 21, 2018


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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Roberts criticizes Trump for “Obama judge” asylum comment  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is pushing back against President Donald Trump's description of a judge who ruled against Trump's new migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge.”  —  It's the first time that the leader …
Washington Post:   Rebuking Trump, Chief Justice Roberts defends judiciary as ‘independent’ …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rebuking Trump's criticism of ‘Obama judge,’ Chief Justice Roberts defends judiciary as ‘independent’
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Rep. Brian Higgins, in a reversal, will back Nancy Pelosi for speaker  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo reversed course Wednesday and said he will support Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to be the speaker of the House, delivering a devastating blow to a weakening rebellion …
Washington Post:
New York congressman who signed letter against Pelosi now says he'll support her  —  A House Democrat who signed a letter this week declaring his opposition to Rep. Nancy Pelosi as speaker reversed course Wednesday and said he would support her as Democrats enter the majority next year.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Stalemate on Trump's wall amid threat of shutdown
Discussion: SARAH PALIN
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   The time Nancy Pelosi saved Social Security
The Daily Beast:
House Intelligence Panel Hiring Money-Laundering Sleuths  —  One of President's biggest foes is taking steps to chase the Trump-Russia money trail.  —  The House intelligence committee's incoming Democratic majority is taking its first steps to follow Donald Trump's money, The Daily Beast has learned.
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
No, Trump isn't putting ‘America first.’ He's putting himself first.  —  President Trump's extraordinary response to the horrifying murder of Jamal Khashoggi has renewed attention to what is widely described as his “America first” doctrine.  But an error of logic has seeped into the coverage …
Wall Street Journal:   Trump's Crude Realpolitik
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
As controversy brews, Trump publicly ‘thanks’ Saudi Arabia
Ali Kucukgocmen / Reuters:
Turkey accuses U.S. of turning blind eye to Saudi killing of Khashoggi
Tara Copp / Military Times:
White House approves use of force, some law enforcement roles for border troops  —  The White House late Tuesday signed a memo allowing troops stationed at the border to engage in some law enforcement roles and use lethal force, if necessary — a move that legal experts have cautioned may run afoul of the Posse Comitatus Act.
Wesley Morgan / Politico:
Mattis: New White House directive doesn't change border mission
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 and Althouse
Ashok Sharma / Associated Press:   American killed by isolated tribe on Indian island
France 24:
US tourist killed by arrow-shooting Indian tribe
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Special counsel urges judge to order former Trump campaign aide to prison Monday as scheduled  —  Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III asked a federal judge Wednesday to order George Papadopoulos, a former campaign adviser to President Trump, to start serving time in prison on Monday as scheduled.
Discussion: Political Wire
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:   Mueller urges court to reject Papadopoulos' bid to delay his prison sentence
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Trump Is Losing His War Against the Courts
Discussion: Hullabaloo and New York Times
Washington Post:
British academic jailed for life in United Arab Emirates on spying charges  —  LONDON — The British government warned Wednesday of “repercussions” after the United Arab Emirates sentenced a British academic to life in prison on accusations of spying.  —  Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old student …
Josie Ensor / Telegraph:   British academic Matthew Hedges sentenced to life in prison by UAE court for ‘spying for UK government’
Nazia Parveen / The Guardian:   Matthew Hedges: British academic accused of spying jailed for life in UAE
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
Mississippi Senate Special: It's All About Turnout  —  Lost amid recounts in Florida, uncertainty in Georgia and a handful of uncalled House races is the special election run-off in Mississippi to fill the remainder of former Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's term.
Discussion: Roll Call, Weekly Standard and Reuters
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Ex-Facebook President Sean Parker Funded Race-Baiting Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith's Super PAC
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
You Snooze, You Lose: Insurers Make The Old Adage Literally True  —  Millions of sleep apnea patients rely on CPAP breathing machines to get a good night's rest.  Health insurers use a variety of tactics, including surveillance, to make patients bear the costs.  Experts say it's part of the insurance industry playbook.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dan Desai Martin / Shareblue Media:
Trump: Don't think about troops who can't spend Thanksgiving at home  —  As a result of Trump's racist pre-election border stunt, thousands of troops must spend Thanksgiving away from their families.  —  Many Americans feel sympathy for the thousands of troops who are missing Thanksgiving …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Democrats
The Guardian:
Steve Bannon's far-right Europe operation undermined by election laws  —  Exclusive: ambitious plan to campaign in EU elections would fall foul of laws in nine of 13 targeted states  —  Play Video  —  Steve Bannon's political operation to help rightwing populists triumph …
Discussion: New Republic
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 …
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:   Ban on female genital mutilation ruled unconstitutional
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
House Democrats Don't Know What to Make of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  —  She came into Washington like a wrecking ball.  —  Just on Saturday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced that she will be working with progressive activists to bring primary challenges against some of the more conservative Democrats …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Now entering the age of the influencer politician
Discussion: Axios
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
What did it take to launch the internet's most notorious neo-Nazi site?  A little help from Dad  —  The white nationalists mailed their donations in dribs and drabs: Sometimes a $10 check, sometimes as money orders, sometimes in cash — often in U.S. dollars, but also in British pounds and other foreign currencies.
Christine Lennon / Wall Street Journal:
What to Wear to Work—When You Work at Home  —  Working remotely—long the territory of slobby creatives—has become newly social thanks to co-working spaces and teleconferencing.  Here's how to upgrade your look without sacrificing comfort  —  I WAS STANDING in my closet …
Anna Massoglia /
Tax returns reveal one six-figure donor accounts for entirety of “dark money” funding Whitaker's nonprofit  —  A single six-figure donor accounted for 100 percent of funding raised by a nonprofit run by acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker before he became Jeff Sessions' chief of staff last year …
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 …
Emanuella Grinberg / CNN:
Judge notes ‘sad irony’ of men deciding abortion rights as he strikes Mississippi's abortion law  —  (CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Mississippi state law that sought to forbid most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, writing a sharply worded opinion with implications for states weighing similar measures.
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Jennifer Haberkorn / Los Angeles Times:
Midwest Democrat with a knack for winning over Trump voters seeks higher role in party leadership
Emily Langer / Washington Post:
James H. Billington, long-reigning librarian of Congress, dies at 89
Kristen R. Ghodsee / Washington Post:
What the socialist Kama Sutra tells us about sex behind the Iron Curtain
Discussion: Althouse
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Midterm elections show that Trump didn't realign the Rust Belt
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
‘We are in a state of chaos’: Milwaukee girl cut down by gunfire wrote of senseless violence
Sandhills Express:
Blast of snow for New England before record-cold Thanksgiving
Discussion: NPR and Breitbart
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Discussion: The Intellectualist and CNBC