The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Wing Leaders

Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal)

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House Republicans elected Representative Kevin McCarthy as minority leader. Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were each reelected to their respective positions as Senate majority leader and minority leader. House Democrats will vote for Speaker of the House later this month.

The Trump administration defended its choice to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass in a court filing, asserting that it has “broad discretion” to limit reporter access to the White House.

The Justice Department issued a memo stating that the appointment of Matt Whitaker’s as acting attorney general is constitutional. President Donald Trump chose Whitaker to replace Jeff Sessions last week.

Democrat Andy Kim officially defeated Republican Representative Tom MacArthur in New Jersey’s third district. Democrats have brought their House gains to a net total of 34 seats, and that number could increase as several more races are undecided.

Trump announced his support for The First Step Act, a criminal-justice reform bill that has already passed the House.

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Meet Peter Navarro: He’s the madman behind President Trump’s “madman theory” approach to trade policy, and one of the most important generals in the U.S.’s trade war with China. (Annie Lowrey)

Who Booted Scott Walker?: Early data shows that increased black and Latino voter turnout might have helped defeat Scott Walker in last week’s midterm elections. (Vann R. Newkirk II)

Part of a Broader Pattern: On October 25, a super typhoon struck the Northern Mariana Islands and left thousands homeless. U.S. media outlets barely covered it. (Alia Wong and Lenika Cruz)

Not All White Women: After the midterms, many progressives held white women responsible for several high-profile Democratic losses. But the actual results were more nuanced, argues Conor Friedersdorf.

Still Waiting: A dramatic intervention …read more

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Putting on Ayers

Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) and Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2)

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President Donald Trump is reportedly considering replacements for several senior-level administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Chief of Staff John Kelly. One name being floated as Kelly’s replacement is Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s current chief of staff.

CNN filed a lawsuit against Trump and several White House aides, after the administration suspended CNN journalist Jim Acosta’s press pass last week.

Trump named Neomi Rao, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to fill the seat vacated by Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hate crimes in America increased by 17 percent last year, even while overall violent crime fell very slightly, according to newly released data from the FBI.

At least 44 people are dead, and more than 200 people are still missing, as the Camp Fire—now the most destructive fire in California history—continues to blaze through the northern part of the state.

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This Is a Problem: President Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week. The move is unconstitutional, argues former deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo.

‘A New Kind of Centrism’: Even though they had some high-profile losses, progressives still see last week’s midterms as a victory for progressive thinking. (Elaine Godfrey)

Young and Blue: The House of Representatives is an “unfriendly environment for rising talent,” reports Elaina Plott. Why is it so hard for young Democrats to get leadership roles there?

Doomed Policies: President Trump reportedly plans to fire Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen for weak enforcement of his immigration policies. But Nielsen isn’t the reason why they’re failing, writes David A. Graham.

Becoming Michelle Obama: The former first lady’s new memoir is …read more

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: California Ablaze

Written by Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2) and Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

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Multiple wildfires have engulfed California. The Camp Fire in Northern California is now the deadliest wildfire in modern California history, with 29 confirmed dead. The Woolsey Fire raging in the southern part of the state has forced 265,000 people to evacuate in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Mississippi Democratic Senate candidate Mike Espy criticized his opponent Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith after a video emerged of her joking about attending a “public hanging.” Espy and Hyde-Smith will enter a runoff on November 27, and if Epsy wins he will be the state’s first black Senator since Reconstruction. Hyde-Smith has not apologized for her comments.

A Florida judged ruled against Senate candidate Rick Scott’s lawsuit alleging voter fraud in Broward County. In Georgia, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams filed a lawsuit on Sunday to block two counties from rejecting absentee ballots with minor mistakes, potentially pushing the election into a run-off.

Arizona’s Senate race has not been called, but Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema’s lead over Republican Martha McSally has widened.

Police officers responding to a shooting early Sunday morning in Midlothian, Illinois shot and killed the 26-year-old black security guard, Jemel Roberson, who was on duty at the bar. The Cook County Sheriff’s office has launched an investigation into Roberson’s death.

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California, Ablaze: Three of California’s five largest fires on record have occurred in the last three years. The worst is likely yet to come. (Robinson Meyer)

‘Institutionalized Terror’: What happens when a nation ends birthright citizenship? Jonathan M. Katz looks at a case study of one country that did: The Dominican Republic.

Trump 2020: Despite the the Republican Party’s recent losses in the House, here’s why President Trump has

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