Andrew Gillum concedes Florida gubernatorial race

Andrew Gillum concedes Florida gubernatorial race

It’s for good this time. Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded his historic race to become Florida’s first black governor Saturday evening — for good this time. Gillum, a Tallahassee mayor who had elicited national excitement in a year of banner Democratic candidates, had previously conceded the race on election night, only to withdraw that when Florida announced a recount for the gubernatorial race. Saturday, Gillum gave a short speech, congratulating his opponent, Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis,…

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Trump skipped Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day because he was “extremely busy”

Trump skipped Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day because he was “extremely busy”

The president reportedly wishes he had a “rare do-over” on those cemetery visits. In a rare expression of a regret, President Donald Trump has admitted that he made a mistake by not visiting Arlington National Cemetery on the Monday after Veterans Day, a presidential tradition. Why didn’t he go when he had the chance? According to a transcript of his conversation with Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace from an interview set to air Sunday,…

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Turkey: Khashoggi’s dismembered body possibly carried through Istanbul’s airport

Turkey: Khashoggi’s dismembered body possibly carried through Istanbul’s airport

If true, it would show the Saudi operation was far bolder than known to date. HALIFAX — Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar just said that the team sent to kill Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi may have carried his dismembered body parts through Istanbul’s international airport. At the Halifax International Security Forum, an annual gathering of leading defense officials from around the world, Akar said it was “possible” that 18 men — not 15,…

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The host of You Must Remember This on writing a book as essential as her podcast

The host of You Must Remember This on writing a book as essential as her podcast

Karina Longworth tells us all about her new book, Seduction, which is one of the best nonfiction reads of the year. Karina Longworth’s Hollywood history podcast, You Must Remember This, is one of the most essential listens out there for film fans. Longworth is a (terrific) film critic by trade; in each episode, she dives into a story from the movie industry’s past, revealing the truth behind legends, unearthing the hidden stories that weren’t reported…

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CIA reportedly concludes that Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the Saudi crown prince’s orders

CIA reportedly concludes that Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the Saudi crown prince’s orders

Anonymous CIA officials say the agency has “high confidence” that Mohammed bin Salman is behind the journalist’s murder. The CIA has reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month — directly contradicting the Saudi government’s claim that he was not involved, not to mention the US president’s inclination to believe Riyadh. The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi was a columnist, was first to report the…

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Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes

Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes

Nancy Pelosi has an unexpected (and unwelcome) ally in her bid to lead the incoming Democratic majority. President Donald Trump waded into the Democratic House leadership battle again Saturday morning, throwing his weight behind the woman he’s spent the last few months demonizing: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Trump tweeted that he could get the longtime leader of the Democratic caucus “as many votes as she wants in order for her to be Speaker of the…

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HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail

HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail

Envisioning an S-Bahn for the Chesapeake Bay region. Amazon HQ2’s arrival in Crystal City, Virginia, in the inner suburbs of Washington, DC, is going to be paired with some useful investments in transportation infrastructure in the immediate vicinity of the new office complex. But while the ideas currently on the table are sound (adding an exit to a metro station, a pedestrian bridge to another, etc.), the region really ought to think bigger. Washington, Baltimore,…

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Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition

Elite library sorters race to process books in cutthroat competition

Also: Aaron Sorkin talks To Kill a Mockingbird, a fanfic writer talks going pro, and the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects. Welcome to Vox’s weekly book link roundup, a curated selection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of November 11, 2018. At Le Monde, Aurélien Delsaux, Sophie Divry, and Denis Michelis have written an…

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The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.

The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.

The ingredients that fueled the deadly wildfire were brewing for years. Residents only had minutes to flee. PARADISE, CALIFORNIA — Brook Jenkins moved to the town of Paradise to escape a rough neighborhood in nearby Chico and raise her three children in an idyllic small town, filled with trees. Paradise isn’t next to a forest; it’s in a forest. Trees run between houses like gargantuan picket fences. “It was peaceful up there,” Jenkins said. “It…

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a giant prologue for some other movie

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a giant prologue for some other movie

The second film in the new Harry Potter franchise gets lost in an empty labyrinth of subplots. As a deeply jaded Harry Potter fan, I sometimes have to make a conscious effort to focus on the positives. So I think it’s worth noting that I didn’t have to try too hard to find some positives to focus on in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The second installment in the Harry Potter prequel series is…

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