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11:05 PM ET, November 24, 2017


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Michelle Kosinski / CNN:
Tillerson's senior team planning to skip Ivanka Trump's India trip  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — A Senior State Department official told CNN: “They (Tillerson and his staff) won't send someone senior because they don't want to bolster Ivanka”  —  (CNN)Days ahead of what should be a major moment …
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves  —  WASHINGTON — Of all the State Department employees who might have been vulnerable in the staff reductions that Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has initiated as he reshapes the department, the one person who seemed least likely …
Discussion: Raw Story
Barbara McQuade / The Daily Beast:
If Flynn Is Cooperating With Mueller, Then Case Against Trump Gets Much More Serious … The report by the New York Times that Michael Flynn has withdrawn from a joint defense agreement with President Donald Trump might indicate that he is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Trump taps Mulvaney to head CFPB, sparking confusion over agency's leadership  —  President Donald Trump on Friday named White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, setting up a legal clash over who is in charge of the controversial agency.
Key developments:  —  Coordinated attack: Gunmen fired on people fleeing after explosions took place at the mosque.  The attackers also opened fire on ambulances, witnesses said.  —  The target: The mosque, located in northern Sinai, is known as the birthplace of an important Sufi cleric.
Associated Press:
The Latest: Egypt says death toll in mosque attack up to 200
Discussion: NPR and Axios
Carol Robinson /
Thanksgiving night fight shuts down Alabama's largest mall 40 minutes early  —  Thanksgiving night fight shuts down Riverchase Galleria mall early  —  Shoppers getting an early start on Black Friday deals had their Thanksgiving trek to the Riverchase Galleria cut short when fights broke out in the mall.
Discussion: WKRG-TV, Mediaite, Law & Crime, IJR, AOL and Splinter
Denise Hollinshed / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis Galleria reopened after protest and arrests on Black Friday
Discussion: RT, Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Mueller might be the one who's ‘draining the swamp’  —  President Trump famously promised that, if elected president, he would “drain the swamp” — upending the culture in Washington that favors the well-connected.  —  It is special counsel Robert S. Mueller III whose work seems …
Discussion: Raw Story
Emily Goldberg / Politico:
Time says Trump is ‘incorrect’ after president says he rejected Person of the Year overture  —  President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that Time called to tell him that he was “probably” going to be named the magazine's person of the year, but that he turned the offer down, an account Time later disputed.
Miranda Green / CNN:
Rep. Kathleen Rice: Ethics committee's accountability ‘not real’  —  Dem lawmaker calls on Conyers to resign  —  Washington (CNN)Rep. Kathleen Rice said that the congressional ethics committees being proposed as a way to investigate serial sexual assault offenders on Capitol Hill are “not real” and “not accountable.”
Discussion: and Business Insider
Todd Spangler / Detroit Free Press:
New John Conyers accuser: He showed up to a meeting in his underwear
Twitter Has Suspended Another 45 Suspected Propaganda Accounts After They Were Flagged By BuzzFeed News  —  The social media giant is facing serious questions over its efforts to deal with fake propaganda accounts after BuzzFeed News uncovered a network directly connected to the Russia-linked accounts Twitter submitted to Congress.
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos's Net Worth Just Broke $100 Billion  —  Amazon founder's net worth has risen $33 billion this year  —  Bill Gates was last person to attain 12-figure fortune in 1999  —  Jeff Bezos is the world's newest $100 billion mogul.  —  The Inc. founder's fortune is up $2.4 billion …
Washington Post:
States prepare to shut down children's health programs if Congress doesn't act  —  Officials in nearly a dozen states are preparing to notify families that a crucial health insurance program for low-income children is running out of money for the first time since its creation two decades ago …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Sheriff Arpaio pursued case to hurt Sen. Flake, lawsuit says  —  PHOENIX (AP) — A federal lawsuit set to go to trial next month marks the latest legal action brought against former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio over allegations that he pursued a trumped-up criminal case to get publicity and embarrass an adversary.
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
GOP deficit hawks fear tax plan is secret budget-buster  —  The GOP has yet to resolve an internal clash over whether expiring tax cuts will really expire, potentially threatening the party's push for a desperately-needed legislative achievement.  —  On one side are the White House …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
New dynamic score shows the Senate tax bill raises debt by more than advertised10 minutes ago
Discussion: Daily Kos and Business Insider
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Ben Shapiro, a Provocative ‘Gladiator,’ Battles to Win Young Conservatives  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Benjamin Shapiro strode down the aisle of a packed auditorium at the University of Utah like a prizefighter walking toward a ring.  He was dressed in a dark suit jacket and a gray shirt and was followed closely by a bodyguard.
Discussion: Politico
North Korea digs DMZ trench after recent defection  —  North Korea appears to be fortifying its border in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) with the South, days after a soldier defected by running across.  —  A US diplomat to South Korea has tweeted a picture showing workers digging a trench.
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
What to Read Now  —  Holiday shopping.  As you read this, people are jostling each other in stores across the land.  I have a different suggestion for holiday shopping: Buy a subscription — for yourself or as a gift — to a publication that does great work and that needs more help than, say, The New York Times.
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Associated Press:
House to vote next week on required anti-harassment training
Discussion: Politico
Gale Holland / Los Angeles Times:
Malibu church pressured to end homeless dinners, with some saying it lures needy to upscale city
Discussion: KTLA
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
LAPD chief expects more high-profile Hollywood sex crime allegations
Associated Press:
Police: US diplomat shot in foot outside Rio de Janeiro
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
James S. Robbins / USA Today:
Hijab Barbie: Perfect Christmas gift for non-Muslim parents who want to stick it to Trump
Sharon Noguchi / Mercury News:
San Jose: Muslim teacher wearing head scarf repeatedly bullied by students
Discussion: Raw Story
John Bowden / The Hill:
Eminem angry Trump ‘not paying attention to me’
Chris Kudialis /
‘A great stocking-stuffer’: Deals on recreational marijuana enter Black Friday frenzy
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
Spiegel Online:
The End of the End of History  —  The collapse of coalition talks …
Wall Street Journal:
Requiem for a Hit Man
Marie Solis / Newsweek:
Discussion: The Hill, NewsBusters and Axios
Peter J. Boyer / Weekly Standard:
Linda Tripp: 'It's a Day Late, and It's a Dollar Short'
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jerusalem Post:
Discussion: and Washington Post
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
How Dem insiders rank the 2020 contenders
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Why Putin's Foes Deplore U.S. Fixation on Election Meddling
Discussion: Motherboard
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
Here's your leftover turkey: The case for Hillary Clinton 2020