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New Yorker:
Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore's Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall  —  Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, was born in Gadsden, a small city flanked by Interstate 59 and the Coosa River, an hour northeast of Birmingham.
Our view: Roy Moore grossly unfit for office  —  New sexual misconduct allegations against Roy Moore  —  Roy Moore simply cannot be a U.S. Senator.  Even if his party and many of its adherents still think it possible, it is unthinkable — for his state, and his country.
Anna Claire Vollers /
Gadsden locals say Moore's predatory behavior at mall, restaurants not a secret  —  Roy Moore's penchant for flirting with teen girls was “common knowledge” and “not a big secret” around Gadsden, according to some area residents.  —  The Senate candidate has denied any wrongdoing in the wake …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
GOP MULLS MOORE PROBLEM — TRUMP heads home — SESSIONS floats Clinton special counsel — REBECCA BERG joins CNN, JIM COMEY signs with Washington Speakers Bureau — ELI STOKOLS and ELENA SCHNEIDER engaged  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP is on his way back to Washington after 12 days in Asia.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Volvo pulls its ads from Hannity after Moore coverage  —  Volvo has pulled its advertisements from Sean Hannity's show on Fox News after his coverage of sexual misconduct allegations made against Roy Moore. … Volvo is the latest advertiser to pull its ads from “Hannity” …
Leada Gore /
50 pastors sign letter of support for Roy Moore  —  Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, shared a letter on Facebook indicating support from more than 50 Alabama pastors.  —  Moore's wife Kayla posted the letter to her Facebook page Sunday after days of controversy surrounding …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Amid Roy Moore Scandal, the Last Thing Alabama Democrats Want Is Help
Discussion: NBC News, Politico and New Republic
New York Times:
Roy Moore Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct by a Fifth Woman
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans repudiate Roy Moore's candidacy and urge him to leave the race
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation …
New York Times:
Justice Dept. to Weigh Inquiry Into Clinton Foundation  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Monday that prosecutors were looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate political rivals President Trump has singled out for scrutiny, including Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Mediaite and Just Security
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sessions faces grilling about Russia's outreach to Trump campaign
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Signal
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks  —  Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year's presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee's oldest son and campaign surrogate.
Richard Javad Heydarian / Washington Post:
This is how a superpower commits suicide  —  Richard Javad Heydarian is an author focused on Asian geopolitics.  He previously taught political science at De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University and served as a policy advisor at the Philippine House of Representatives.
Trump Kept One Eye on Re-Election in Asia With His Push for Deals
Discussion: Raw Story and New York's PIX11
Susan E. Rice / New York Times:
Susan Rice: Trump Is Making China Great Again
Discussion: NPR
Gary Baum / Hollywood Reporter:
Tom Sizemore Was Removed From Movie Set for Allegedly Violating 11-Year Old Girl  —  A dozen cast and crewmembers tell THR that the actor was sent home after the girl told her parents about the incident.  —  Actor Tom Sizemore was told to leave a Utah film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told …
Discussion: Mashable, RedState, Page Six and
Media Matters for America:
While Hannity was talking about Keurig, more advertisers distanced themselves from him  —  Update: More advertisers have dropped Hannity  —  BLOG ››› November 13, 2017 ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF  —  HELLOFRESH, HUBBLE Contacts, the SOCIETY …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Keurig CEO: Tweet regarding ‘Hannity’ created an ‘unacceptable situation’
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
I Believe Juanita  —  On Friday evening the MSNBC host Chris Hayes sent out a tweet that electrified online conservatives: “As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right's ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it's also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.”
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
A Trump Judicial Nominee Appears To Have Written About Politics On A Sports Website And Didn't Disclose It  —  After the Sandy Hook mass shooting, a commenter on a University of Alabama sports fan message board who later identified himself as Brett Talley wrote, “My solution would be to stop being a society of pansies and man up.”
New York Times:
Trump Judicial Pick Did Not Disclose He Is Married to a White House Lawyer
‘Nothing about it felt right’: More than 50 people describe sexual harassment on Capitol Hill  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Be extra careful of the male lawmakers who sleep in their offices — they can be trouble.  Avoid finding yourself alone with a congressman or senator in elevators …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
GOP megadonor Adelson publicly breaks with Bannon  —  Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the GOP's most prominent mega-donor, is publicly breaking with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon over his efforts to oust Republican incumbents in 2018.
Lawmakers, US allies seek assurance that Trump won't rashly launch nuclear strike  —  Trump: Mutual commitment to denuclearize NK  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)A decades-old presidential authority to use nuclear weapons is suddenly coming into question as US allies and some lawmakers …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Hot book by constant West Wing visitor Michael Wolff  —  Best-selling author Michael Wolff has spent months inside President Trump's West Wing (often unsupervised!), listening to senior officials pour out real-time accounts of their internal battles, maneuvering and frustrations.
Discussion: Political Wire
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
2016 Hate Crime Statistics Released  —  Report Details Offenses, Victims, Offenders, and Locations of Crimes  —  Today, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program released Hate Crime Statistics, 2016, its latest annual compilation of bias-motivated incidents reported throughout the U.S.
Associated Press:
Hate crimes rose for 2nd year in a row in 2016, FBI reports
Discussion: Politico
Raqqa's dirty secret  —  The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.  —  A convoy included some of IS's most notorious members and …
Discussion: Pakistan Today
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Jacopo Barigazzi / Politico:
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Jim VandeHei / Axios:
How American politics went bats**t crazy
Bruce Thain / New York Post:
Con artist jailed for claiming to have access to Hillary Clinton
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jingping to resolve case of UCLA basketball players accused of theft
Discussion: Politico
Robert Hutton / Bloomberg:
May Says U.K. to Retaliate Against Russian Election Meddling
Johnny / Granola Shotgun:
Mind the Gap  —  I spent the last several years on an extended …
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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Missouri Attorney General Launches Probe Into Google's Business Practices
Associated Press:
Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades
Discussion: Axios
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul: ‘No justification’ for ‘hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs’
Tom Sykes / The Daily Beast:
James Woods Named by Actress Elizabeth Perkins at #MeToo Rally
Discussion: Raw Story
Aric Jenkins / TIME:
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