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10:15 PM ET, November 22, 2017


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Two More Women Accuse Sen. Al Franken Of Inappropriate Touching  —  One woman told HuffPost that Franken had grabbed her backside at an event honoring women.  —  Two more women have told HuffPost that Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) touched their butts in separate incidents.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Two additional woman accuse Franken of groping
Discussion: RedState and Balloon Juice
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton apologizes for graphic online photo  —  Texas Congressman Joe Barton released a statement Wednesday apologizing for a graphic nude photo of him that circulated on social media earlier this week.  He announced his re-election bid earlier this month.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
GOP congressman Barton apologizes for nude selfie
Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:   Joe Barton apologizes for explicit photo, but doesn't plan to resign
Elaina Plott / Washingtonian:
Roy Moore's Communications Director Resigns  —  John Rogers confirms he's left the Alabama Senate candidate's campaign.  —  John Rogers has resigned as communications director from Roy Moore's Senate campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter.  —  Reached by phone on Wednesday, Rogers confirmed his resignation.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Legal complaint filed over Kellyanne Conway's comments on Roy Moore race  —  A prominent government ethics expert has filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, alleging that she violated federal law Monday by appearing to oppose Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's Democratic opponent.
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Roy Moore campaign refuses to substantiate claims about accuser  —  Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign refused Wednesday to substantiate a key claim it made as part of an effort to raise doubts about one of the candidate's accusers.  —  The campaign has claimed to have found documents …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:   Former Alabama police officer: We were told to make sure Moore didn't hang around cheerleaders
Howard Blum / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive: What Trump Really Told Kislyak After Comey Was Canned  —  During a May 10 meeting in the Oval Office, the president betrayed his intelligence community by leaking the content of a classified, and highly sensitive, Israeli intelligence operation to two high-ranking Russian envoys, Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Lavrov.
Eve Fairbanks / BuzzFeed:
Mark Halperin Poisoned Our Politics  —  Reports of sexual harassment destroyed his reputation and his career.  But I want to talk about the deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics.  —  In mid-2005 I packed two duffel bags and took a train to Washington …
New York Times:
Trump Organization Will Walk Away From Its Struggling SoHo Hotel in New York  —  The announcement came on his television show, “The Apprentice.”  Donald J. Trump would open his second luxury hotel in New York, a “work of art” in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan that would become “an awe-inspiring masterpiece.”
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Mike Flynn business partner Bijan Kian now subject of Mueller probe  —  WASHINGTON — A former business associate of Michael Flynn has become a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for his role in the failure of Flynn's former lobbying firm to disclose its work on behalf …
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Ethics lawyer says Conyers mistreated her during her years on Capitol Hill  —  A high-profile Washington lawyer specializing in congressional ethics said Wednesday that Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) harassed and verbally abused her when she worked for him on Capitol Hill in the 1990s …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Ethics lawyer: Conyers summoned me to his office while wearing underwear
Discussion: RedState
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
The Degrading Ritual of Sarah Huckabee Sanders's Pre-Thanksgiving Press Briefing  —  The President of the United States is a bully who makes a mockery of his office, democratic institutions, and the English language.  So is his press secretary.  On Monday, during the last briefing …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
WaPo columnist: Sanders humiliates the media daily
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
CNN:   How Sarah Sanders humiliated the press
Kelley Paul / CNN:
Since the attack, my husband Rand Paul hasn't taken a single breath without pain  —  Kelley Paul is the wife of Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.  —  (CNN)The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day.  Since November 3, my husband, Rand Paul, has not taken a single one without pain.
Duane Patterson / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Hillary Rodham Clinton on “What Happened”  —  Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton joined me for an in-depth conversation about her new book, “What Happened”:  —  The audio:  —  11-22hhs-clinton  —  The transcript:  —  HH: So pleased to welcome Hillary Rodham Clinton to the program.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel May Be Looking To Buy  —  In a federal bankruptcy court filing on Wednesday, lawyers for venture capitalist Peter Thiel objected to the ongoing sale process of, arguing that the billionaire has been unfairly excluded from bidding for the assets of the defunct news website.
Pete Jones / CNN:
Sebelius: The Clinton White House doubled down on ‘abusive behavior’ and it's fair to criticize Hillary Clinton  —  (CNN)As a wave of stories unfold about sexual harassment and assault by men in power, a senior Democratic leader says her party should reflect on how it handled such charges …
Discussion: IJR, Mediaite and Althouse
Jason Marks / WAVY-TV:
Mom charged after putting recording device in daughter's backpack  —  NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The mother of a Norfolk student turned to 10 On Your Side after she was charged by police.  —  “I tried to be fair, but it's not fair,” said Sarah Sims.  “There is nothing fair about this.”
Discussion: The Root, theGrio, WISH-TV, Raw Story and WATE-TV
Ken Klippenstein / The Daily Beast:
Accused Nazi War Criminal Is a ‘Lifelong Republican’ Who Gave Thousands to GOP … A Minnesota man accused of committing war crimes when he commanded a Nazi-led unit during World War II contributed thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee, a Daily Beast review of federal campaign records found.
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Minutes after saying he's hard at work, Trump goes to his golf club for the 50th time  —  In addition to his demand on Wednesday morning that Americans give thanks to him, Trump wants America to know that right now, he is not simply on yet another vacation at his Florida resort.
Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
Here Are the White House Visitor Records the Trump Administration Didn't Want You to See
Discussion: Daily Kos
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
Alabama Senate hopeful Doug Jones defended man with ties to KKK, Holocaust deniers  —  The Democratic nominee in the heated Alabama Senate race once defended a man in court who has ties to the Ku Klux Klan and Holocaust deniers, complicating his record on the campaign trail as a civil rights champion.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
YouTube Is Addressing Its Massive Child Exploitation Problem  —  After BuzzFeed News provided YouTube with dozens of examples of videos — with millions of views — that depict children in disturbing and abusive situations, the company is cracking down.  —  Across YouTube, an unsettling trend …
Continuing Transparency on Russian Activity  —  A few weeks ago, we shared our plans to increase the transparency of advertising on Facebook.  This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy.
Eric Beech / Reuters:
Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record.
Discussion: Axios
Annys Shin / Washington Post:
Anita Hill and her 1991 congressional defenders to Joe Biden: You were part of the problem  —  On Nov. 16, Anita Hill sat down at The Washington Post offices with five current and former Democratic lawmakers: Nita M. Lowey (N.Y.), Barbara A. Mikulski (Md.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) …
Discussion: Axios
Anthony Tommasini / New York Times:
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Silver-Maned Baritone From Siberia, Dies at 55  —  Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the charismatic Siberian baritone who won critical acclaim and devoted fans around the world for his burnished voice, uncanny breath control and rueful expressivity, died on Wednesday in London.  He was 55.
Discussion: The Guardian
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
37 of 38 economists said the GOP tax plans would grow the debt.  The 38th misread the question.  —  An overwhelming majority of academic economists say in a new survey that the Republican tax proposals would cause America's debt to grow by one critical measure.
Aída Chávez / The Intercept:
The Young Turks and Reporter Abruptly Part Ways Following Sexual Assault Allegations  —  The progressive online news outlet the Young Turks abruptly cut ties with reporter Jordan Chariton, according to an email obtained by The Intercept, after initially placing him on administrative leave following allegations …
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
WaPo Reporter Goes Rogue, Gives Strategy Briefing to Secret Dem Donor Conference  —  National reporter Janell Ross helped donor group craft liberal economic message without notifying superiors  —  Washington Post reporter Janell Ross gave a presentation at a secretive California gathering …
Discussion: RedState, NewsBusters and Fox News
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Discussion: AOL, Deadline and IndieWire
Devin Henry / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump and congressional leaders to hold talks to avoid shutdown
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
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Daily Mail:
Sean Spicer was so sure Trump would lose that he was shopping for TV jobs BEFORE the 2016 election
Discussion: Political Wire
Amber Ferguson / Washington Post:
Watch: Brazilian cop with his infant on his arm kills two robbers in gun battle
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
 Earlier Items: 
George Joseph / ProPublica:
Extreme Digital Vetting of Visitors to the U.S. Moves Forward Under a New Name
Discussion: Axios and Gizmodo
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
Conservatives have a breathtaking plan for Trump to pack the courts
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
NY AG probing ‘massive scheme’ to influence FCC with fake net neutrality comments
Sandee LaMotte / CNN:
A portrait of pain  —  The Kennedy clan closely guarded …
Discussion: Business Insider and AOL
Tory Newmyer / Reuters:
The Finance 202: There is something very strange about the GOP tax plan
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Jason Zengerle / New York Times:
The Voices in Blue America's Head