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Democratic Senators Challenge Whitaker Appointment in Court


The lawsuit by Richard Blumenthal, Mazie K. Hirono and Sheldon Whitehouse is the latest effort to get President Trump’s designation of Matthew G. Whitaker as acting attorney general declared unlawful.


Did a Tax Increase Tucked Into Trump’s Tax Cut Come Back to Bite Republicans?

Republicans capped a popular deduction for state and local taxes to pay for the tax bill. That may have hurt some House Republicans in the midterms.


Pakistan Angered by Trump’s Claim That It Does ‘Nothing’ for U.S.


President Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan traded criticism on Twitter after Mr. Trump defended his decision to withdraw hundreds of millions in aid.


Book Offers Firsthand Account of a Venomous Den Inside the White House


The new book, “Team of Vipers,” is written by Cliff Sims, a former aide in the White House communications office who had previously worked on the Trump campaign.

A $12 Billion Program to Help Farmers Stung by Trump’s Trade War Has Aided Few

The New York Times

Only $838 million has been paid out so far, despite a promised $12 billion in subsidies to farmers whose products have been retaliated against in the trade war.

Feature: Nancy Pelosi’s Last Battle


As she prepares to lead the House of Representatives again, the most powerful Democrat in Washington will have to navigate between a rampaging president and her colleagues’ plans for fighting back.


On Politics: Trump Says He Won’t Sit With Mueller


In a Fox News interview, President Trump also asserted he had no idea that his acting attorney general viewed the Mueller investigation skeptically.


News Analysis: Despite Evidence on Khashoggi, Trump Sticks With the Crown Prince. Why?

President Trump does not even want to listen to evidence that could shake his confidence in the Saudi royal, a decision driven by Middle East strategy and arms sales.


Charges of Vote Stealing in Florida Portend More Distrust in System for 2020

More than just a flashback to 2000, the Florida recount is an ominous dry run for messaging about vote-stealing that will further erode confidence in the election process.

‘Mr. President, That’s a Good One’: Congressman Replies to Trump’s Vulgar Tweet


In a tweet on Sunday, President Trump took aim at Representative Adam B. Schiff, a Democrat of California, calling him “little Adam Schitt.”


Migrant Caravan Is Just Yards From U.S. Border, but Long Wait Lies Ahead

As many as 10,000 Central Americans may reach Tijuana, Mexico, in the coming weeks. As the city scrambles to provide for them, a shelter has taken on the qualities of an overwhelmed refugee camp.

Mediator: The Facebook Movie Told Us What We Needed to Know About Mark Zuckerberg

Rewatching “The Social Network,” eight years later: What seemed like an underdog story at the time is now more of a warning.

Sunday, Nov 18


Tests Showed Children Were Exposed to Lead. The Official Response: Challenge the Tests


For at least two decades, the New York City Housing Authority routinely disputed tests that revealed lead in its apartments. Private landlords almost never do this.


If Not Pelosi, Who Should Lead? The Question Hovers Over a Simmering Rebellion

Among House Democrats, some strongly believe it is time for Nancy Pelosi to step aside for new leadership. But a serious challenger has yet to step forward.


Trump Says California Can Learn From Finland on Fires. Is He Right?


Like his earlier comments about California’s forest management, President Trump’s remarks about how Finland prepares for wildfires were somewhat misleading.


Trump Says He’s Unlikely to Sit for Interview in Russia Investigation

In a wide-ranging Fox News interview, the president also claimed to have had no idea that his acting attorney general viewed the Russia investigation skeptically.


Times Insider: Too Much Information About Disinformation?


The back story to “Operation InfeKtion,” our opinion department’s three-part video series on Russian disinformation.


A Democratic Rout in Orange County: Cisneros’s Win Makes It Four

With the election of Gil Cisneros to the seat held by the retiring Representative Ed Royce, Democrats have captured six Republican seats in California.


White Kansas Official’s ‘Master Race’ Comment Draws Calls for His Resignation

The Kansas official was addressing a black consultant when he used the phrase, prompting the governor to call for his resignation days later.

Saturday, Nov 17


Top White House Official Involved in Saudi Sanctions Resigns

The official, who had pushed for tough measures, resigned on Friday as the Trump administration wrestles with internal assessments about the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Andrew Gillum Concedes to Ron DeSantis in Florida Governor’s Race

The mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum, publicly congratulated Ron DeSantis in winning the governor’s race after a closely fought campaign and two recounts.


America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities

The midterms showed that there aren’t enough qualified poll workers and that accusations of political manipulation persist. Still, the situation has improved since Bush v. Gore.


Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

Tech giants have found key allies among Democrats for years, a bond strengthened through mutual interests and campaign donations. But a year of scandals has forced a reckoning in Washington.


Midterms Aside, Big Donors See a Leftward Path to Beating Trump

Even though moderate Democrats helped propel the party in the midterm elections, influential donors suggested that their priority in 2020 would be to back progressive appeals in Sun Belt states.


How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Bringing Her Instagram Followers Into the Political Process

The incoming congresswoman has given her followers the type of behind-the-scenes look at congressional orientation that’s not usually broadcast.

Trump Proposes a New Way Around Birth Control Mandate: Religious Exemptions and Title X

Women who are unable to obtain health insurance coverage for contraceptives through their employers could seek assistance at family planning clinics, the administration says.


Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?

The Times of Israel

Jewish communities stand more divided than ever on whether to embrace or denounce Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.


Evangelicals, Looking to 2020, Face the Limits of Their Base

In the aftermath of the midterms, some social conservatives advocate a softer approach to prevent an erosion at the edges of their support.


Ohio House Passes Bill to Criminalize Abortions of Fetuses With a Heartbeat

The measure would punish doctors who perform an abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, and would have few exceptions.


How the Trump Administration Stepped Up Pursuit of WikiLeaks’s Assange

As American spies worked to collect intelligence on Julian Assange, Justice Department prosecutors took steps that resulted in secret charges.