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9:20 PM ET, November 14, 2017


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Bill Riales / WKRG-TV:
LISTEN: Curious Robocall Seeks ‘Damaging’ Information on Moore  —  UPDATE 3:31 p.m. (WKRG) — The Executive Editor, Marty Baron, of the Washington Post released the following statement:  —  “The Post has just learned that at least one person in Alabama has received a call from someone falsely claiming to be from The Washington Post.
The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon And Allies Have Second Thoughts About Roy Moore, Sources Say … Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon is keeping the door open to ditching Roy Moore as the sexual-assault allegations against the Alabama Republican Senate candidate continue to pile up.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC cuts off Moore  —  The national party pulls out of a fundraising pact with the Alabama candidate, further isolating him.  —  The Republican National Committee is withdrawing its support for besieged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, leaving him increasingly isolated as he confronts charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers.
Bob Grip / WALA-TV:
Exclusive FOX10 Poll: Undecided voters may hold key to Moore/Jones race  —  Undecided voters may decide the Alabama U.S. Senate race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore.  The FOX10 News/Strategy Research statewide poll of 3,000 likely voters, taken on November 13, shows Moore leading Jones 49% to 43% with 8% undecided.
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
McConnell Says Roy Moore Should Abandon ‘Collapsing’ Senate Bid  —  Senate majority leader wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to seek his old Alabama seat  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell deepened his bid to persuade Roy Moore to drop out of the race …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Roy Moore challenged Alabama law that protects rape victims, documents reveal  —  Cases were among 10 where Moore, as Alabama's top judge, dissented from court's majority view and sided with alleged offenders, Guardian review finds … Roy Moore challenged the scope of an Alabama law …
Associated Press:
The Latest: McConnell: GOP still hopes to keep Alabama seat
Discussion: Politico, Washington Times and ABC News
Howard Koplowitz /
Mo Brooks sticking by Moore: GOP agenda ‘vastly more important than contested sexual allegations’
Brian Naylor / NPR:
Ryan, Sessions Add To GOP Voices Saying Moore Accusers Are Credible
Discussion: WHNT-TV and Politicus USA
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
If Republicans believe Roy Moore's accusers, why not Trump's?
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Alabama GOP Moves Toward Deciding Roy Moore's Fate Later This Week
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Whether Roy Moore wins or loses, there is no good outcome for Senate Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed:
Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments “To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016”  —  The FBI is scrutinizing more than 60 money transfers sent by the Russian foreign ministry to its embassies across the globe, most of them bearing a note that said the money was to be used “to finance election campaign of 2016.”
The Daily Beast:
Troll Smearing Roy Moore's Accuser Stole Dead SEAL's Identity … The rightwing blog The Gateway Pundit pushed a single-sourced rumor from the anonymous Twitter account @Umpire43 that claimed one of Roy Moore's accusers was offered $1,000 by The Washington Post to go public with her claims.
Eileen Sullivan / New York Times:
What Is the Uranium One Deal and Why Does the Trump Administration Care So Much?  —  What is Uranium One?  —  Uranium One, with headquarters in Canada, is one of the world's largest producers of uranium with holdings in the United States.  It is a subsidiary of the Russian nuclear agency, Rosatom.
Media Matters for America:
Fox News' Shepard Smith debunks Uranium One lie peddled by his own network  —  SHEPARD SMITH (HOST): What is Uranium One?  Uranium One is the name of a South African-based mining company.  Back in 2007, it merged with Eurasia Energy, based in Canada.  And in 2010, the mining arm …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Sessions Insists ‘Factual Basis’ Will Determine Appointment of Counsel, Not Trump
Redding Record Searchlight:
Five people confirmed dead in Rancho Tehama shooting  —  Five people have been killed, including the shooter, in a small community about 15 miles southwest of Red Bluff.  —  Undersheriff Phil Johnston with the Tehama County Sheriff's Office said there were seven shooting scenes and there may be more victims.
Los Angeles Times:
3 dead after shooting at elementary school in Northern California  —  Rancho Tehama School near Corning (KTLA)  —  Authorities said at least three people are dead following a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California on Tuesday morning.  —  Among the dead are the gunman, who was killed by police, authorities said.
Washington Post:
At least 4 dead after gunman ‘randomly picking targets’ shoots at California school and other locations, police say  —  Authorities said at least four people were killed Tuesday morning in Northern California after a gunman shooting at random opened fire at an elementary school and several other locations.
‘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 …
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
EXCLUSIVE: Voice of America Reporter Posts Racist Reddit Memes While Receiving Taxpayer Money  —  While posting on his Reddit account UncleSam4200, Voice of America reporter Josh Fatzick bragged on the infamous pro-Trump subreddit r/TheDonald that he worked in Washington media …
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Trump in Asia: A break from the past but uncertain results  —  In his travels across Asia, President Donald Trump offered himself as a sharp break from presidents past.  He pushed regional leaders to reshape trade deals to America's liking, opted against spotlighting human rights abuses …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump returns home from Asia with few clear wins
Discussion: Politico
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump said he would strike one-on-one trade deals. That's not happening.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Bryan Cranston: ‘There may be a way back for Weinstein’  —  Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has told the BBC there may be a way back for Harvey Weinsten and Kevin Spacey, if they show they are “truly sorry”.  —  Speaking to the BBC's Will Gompertz, he added “it would take a society to forgive them”.
Discussion: IndieWire, Mediaite and TheBlaze
Niv Elis / The Hill:
GOP tax bill could spur $25 billion in Medicare cuts: CBO  —  The GOP tax bill could trigger automatic cuts worth $136 billion from mandatory spending in 2018, including $25 billion in Medicare cuts, if Congress doesn't find another way to offset its deficit increases, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Tim Elfrink / Miami New Times:
Founder of Florida's Biggest Megachurch Accused of Molesting a 4-Year-Old … The call came from California.  A woman told Coral Springs Police she had recently learned something terrible: A South Florida man had molested her daughter for years.  It began when the girl was just 4 years old.
Discussion: Raw Story
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo:
Arianna Huffington Ignored Sexual Misconduct at The Huffington Post  —  When Susan Fowler rocked Uber's world with a meticulous account of the company's sexual harassment and gender discrimination issues, the ride-sharing service turned to its only female board member to help clean up its culture (and its image).
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
Advertisers Delete Tweets Around Calls to Boycott Sean Hannity  —  Advertisers are sending mixed messages in response to calls for a boycott of Sean Hannity.  —  An effort to pressure companies that advertise on Mr. Hannity's program on Fox News appeared to gain momentum in recent days based …
Stan Van Gundy / TIME:
Detroit Pistons Coach: Athletes Who Protest Are Patriots  —  Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7, safety Eric Reid #35, and linebacker Eli Harold #58 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel before a game against the New Orleans Saints with the U.S. flag unfurled in honor of the armed services on Nov. 6 2016 …
Discussion: Deadspin, The Daily Caller and WOOD-TV
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Russia's ‘irrefutable evidence’ of US help for Isis appears to be video game still  —  The Russian defence ministry used social media to claim US connivance in Syria - using screenshot from AC-130 Gunship Simulator, online sleuths say  —  Russia's defence ministry has tried to pass off …
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