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House Democrats plan to investigate whether President Trump abused White House power by targeting — and trying to punish with "instruments of state power" — The Washington Post and CNN, incoming House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff said in an interview for "Axios on HBO."
Schiff brought up two avenues of inquiry with a press-freedom theme, aimed at investigating possible administration actions to target two of the nation's highest profile corporations.
1) Schiff said Trump "was secretly meeting with the postmaster [general] in an effort to browbeat the postmaster [general] into raising postal rates on Amazon."
2) Schiff said Congress also need to examine whether Trump attempted to block AT&T’s merger with Time Warner as payback to CNN.
Schiff’s warning comes amid the tensest showdowns between the presidency and the press in our lifetimes. Trump, who calls much of the media "the enemy of the people" and "fake news," this week took the extraordinary steps of revoking the press credentials of a CNN correspondent and berating another CNN correspondent for asking "stupid" questions.
Be smart: Some senior White House officials were uncomfortable with Trump’s fixation on his inaccurate belief Amazon was ripping off the U.S. Postal Service.
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In Northern California, the death toll from the Camp Fire in Paradise, the most destructive fire in California history, surged to 23 people, with more than 100 still missing in Butte County, the L.A. Times reports.
In Southern California, the Woolsey fire "has burned 83,000 acres, claimed two lives, destroyed more than a hundred homes and forced 260,000 people to evacuate across a wide swath of Los Angeles and Ventura counties," per the L.A. Times.
"The razor-thin margins in the races of U.S. Senate, agriculture commissioner and the governor’s race caused Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to order mandatory machine recounts in all three statewide races ... after all counties submitted their unofficial results," the Miami Herald reports.
If you doubt that every vote counts ... "Republican Ron DeSantis led Democrat Andrew Gillum in the race for governor by 0.41 percent (33,684 votes) [out of more than 8.2 million cast]."
P.S. AP advisory after the recount order: "The Associated Press is retracting its call in the race for Florida governor. The AP had declared Republican Ron DeSantis the winner over Democrat Andrew Gillum."
Over 60 heads of state and government attended ceremonies today at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to commemorate the 14 million who died from 1914 to 1918 in World War I, which ended 100 years ago today.
Above, Europe embraces peace: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are head to head yesterday after a ceremony in the Glade of the Armistice in Compiègne , north of Paris.
Below, Macron welcomes President Trump to the Élysée Palace in Paris yesterday.
How's this for a lead? This is what we call rising to the occasion. AP's "WAR IS OVER" bulletin from 100 years ago today:
To prevent war with China, study World War I ... Graham Allison, the Douglas Dillon professor of government at Harvard Kennedy School, for the WashPost:
Waiting for the caravan ... The midterms are over. "But the 5,600 American troops who rushed to the brown, dry scrub along the southwest border are still going through the motions of an elaborate mission that appeared to be set into action by a commander in chief determined to get his supporters to the polls, and a Pentagon leadership unable to convince him of its perils," the N.Y. Times' Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Helene Cooper report:
"There is no mess hall, just the brown, prepackaged M.R.E.’s."
"Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican fixture in California who represented Orange County for 15 terms, has lost his bid for re-election. ... The Associated Press called the race [late yesterday], with Harley Rouda receiving 52 percent of the vote to Mr. Rohrabacher’s 48 percent," the N.Y. Times Adam Nagourney reports.
Why it matters: Rohrabacher's defeat underlines the Republican Party's "setbacks in a part of the state that was long a symbol of its political dominance."
John Lasseter, the powerful Disney Animation chief who stunned the industry in June by stepping down because of #MeToo transgressions, "has been looking to reenter the entertainment business just months after his ouster," the WashPost's Steven Zeitchik reports:
"Lasseter recently met with officials from at least one agency, WME Entertainment, where in a two-hour meeting at the firm’s Beverly Hills headquarters, he gave his side of the accusations and outlined his hopes for his next act."
On the cover of today's redesigned N.Y. Times Sunday Business section (and tomorrow, "Business Day" will become just "Business"!) ...
"The movie capital is ... mired in a profound malaise," the N.Y. Times Brooks Barnes reports:
"In the 100-year history of Hollywood, rarely if ever has so much upheaval arrived so fast and on so many fronts."
"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson appeared on the "Weekend Update" segment to apologize to former Navy SEAL and congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) — and brought Crenshaw with him, per Variety.