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4:05 PM ET, November 21, 2018

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Axios:
In a statement, Trump says the US will stand by Saudi Arabia whether or not Crown Prince MbS ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi  —  President Trump said in a statement today that whether or not Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder …
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Washington Post Global Opinions Editor Karen Attiah has called on Congress to investigate Trump and Kushner's financial ties with the Saudis  —  Washington Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah is demanding a congressional investigation of the Trump family's business ties with Saudi Arabia …
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and Fortune
Karen Attiah / Washington Post:
Trump's defense of Mohammed bin Salman puts truth-seekers and journalists who challenge governments in grave danger  —  Last Friday afternoon I went to the Belgian restaurant Brasserie Beck, a few blocks down the street from The Post.  It was the place I had my last lunch with my friend and Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Washington Post:
WaPo Publisher Fred Ryan: Trump statement on Khashoggi killing betrays “long-established American values”, puts personal and commercial ties before US interests
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
In tweet, Trump suggested he might attend WHCD in 2019 and insulted comedian Michelle Wolf; she replied, “I bet you'd be on my side if I'd killed a journalist”  —  Michelle Wolf fired back at Donald Trump on Wednesday after the president derided her as a “so-called Comedian.”
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
A Russian company, Federal Agency of News, has sued to stop Facebook from blocking it following a purge of accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency  —  (Reuters) - A Russian company whose accountant was charged by federal prosecutors for attempting to meddle in U.S. elections sued Facebook Inc …
The Daily Beast:
Fox Business Network has been one of Trump's key allies in the press, with sources saying he was involved in its formation as an adviser to Roger Ailes  —  A decade ago, The Donald advised Fox News on launching its business network.  Now the Fox Business Network advises President Trump.
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
By pushing the “link tax” in the EU, publishers are shooting themselves in the foot because better options exist by working with Google to drive traffic  —  Within Google, some call into question the validity of helping the media industry.  By lobbying the EU on the “link tax”, publishers are waging a rearguard battle.
Discussion: @badams
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
James Billington, the librarian of Congress for nearly three decades as digital technology rapidly expanded, dies at 89  —  James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress for nearly three decades, who led the nation's treasure house of knowledge into the digital age and added millions of books …
Discussion: @libnofcongress
Shawn Vestal / Spokesman.com:
Jeff Humphrey, son of NBC News correspondent Don Harris, who was killed at Jonestown 40 years ago, recalls his father's murder  —  shawnv@spokesman.com  —  (509) 459-5431  —  Forty years ago, as he prepared to leave his California home to cover growing concerns about a cult community in Jonestown …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen Holdings names David Kenny as CEO, replacing Mitch Barns, who is retiring; Kenny, an IBM SVP, sold the data assets of Weather Co. to IBM in 2015  —  Ratings and data company is under pressure to sell or spin off assets  —  Nielsen Holdings NLSN -.99% PLC appointed David Kenny …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Quartz AI Studio receives $249,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to create articles using AI, expects to work on six stories in 2019  —  Quartz has used artificial intelligence technology to help it promote articles through its AI-enabled chatbots.  Now the publication is looking …
 
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BuzzFeed says it is ending forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims, but any decision to broaden changes to all kinds of claims is still under review
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Analysis of 14M tweets from May 2016 and March 2017 found bots accounted for 34% of shares of articles from low-credibility sources but were only 6% of accounts
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