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10:45 AM ET, November 15, 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.
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Limbaugh: Moore was a Democrat at time of sexual misconduct allegations  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday criticized Republicans for distancing themselves from Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, while saying that Moore was a Democrat at the time he allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
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.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump faces wrenching call on Moore  —  President Donald Trump is returning from Asia to a political maelstrom in the United States — one that could force him to decide whether to push out Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Hail Mary attempt to save the Alabama Senate seat Sessions once held.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC cuts off Moore
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Inside Scott Walker's comeback strategy
Brandon Conradis / The Hill:
Moore: 'I'm being harassed by media'
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Fox News's Shepard Smith debunks his network's favorite Hillary Clinton ‘scandal,’ infuriates viewers  —  Fox News anchor Shepard Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal,” infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought to work for CNN or MSNBC.
Alvin Chang / Vox:
Sean Hannity has become the media's top conspiracy theorist  —  How far he's gone down the rabbit hole.  —  A few days ago, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was accused of initiating sexual encounters with four girls between the ages of 14 and 18 decades ago, including one encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
Discussion: IJR, New York Times and Washington Post
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Even Sean Hannity has had it with Roy Moore, gives candidate 24 hours to explain ‘inconsistencies’  —  Fox News host Sean Hannity has given up defending Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, telling viewers Tuesday night the judge has “24 hours” to explain conflicting answers to the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Discussion: HuffPost, Salon and Automotive News …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Bill Clinton should have resigned  —  What he did to Monica Lewinsky was wrong, and he should have paid the price.  —  Many years ago, when I was a high school student making my first visit to Washington for a two-week summer camp for weird politics dorks, the dominant news story …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Kennedy, Clinton, and Weinstein: A Convenient Reckoning
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
How Roy Moore's Misdeeds Are Forcing an Awakening on the Left
Discussion: The Federalist, and Axios
New York Times:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Doesn't Recall  —  The House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, at which Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced more than five hours of questions, was supposed to be about oversight of the Justice Department.  —  The committee's Republicans appeared to have missed that memo.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Appointing a second special counsel could rattle Justice Department
Media Matters for America:
Fox News' Shepard Smith debunks Uranium One lie peddled by his own network
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Politicus USA
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Ivanka Trump scores win with Senate plan to double child tax credit  —  Ivanka Trump notched a policy victory late Tuesday night when the latest revisions to the Senate tax bill proposed doubling the child tax credit.  —  Trump, the president's older daughter and a top White House adviser …
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Obamacare Noses Into the Tax Debate, Bringing Along Baggage
Discussion: Washington Post
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
His brother died mysteriously when they were toddlers.  Years later, a Facebook photo changed everything.  —  It was an old photo, the original sharp black and white tones worn down into the same muddy gray as television static.  —  The young man, David Dearlove, sits against a brick wall …
Discussion: Telegraph
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Pentagon to Pay for Surgery for Transgender Soldier  —  WASHINGTON — An active-duty service member underwent gender transition surgery Tuesday in the first such procedure approved under a waiver allowing the Pentagon to pay for the operation.  —  The patient is an infantry soldier …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Pentagon Approves Gender-Reassignment Surgery for Service Member
Discussion: Towleroad
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.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr. / Washington Post:
‘Who are they gonna believe you or me?’:  Texas prosecutor fired after drunken Uber tirade  —  In what is probably Exhibit A for a one-star passenger rating, a Dallas assistant district attorney was fired after she drunkenly insulted and threatened an Uber driver, then said police officers …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, ABC News and WCTX-TV
Dallas Morning News:
Dallas prosecutor fired after accusing Uber driver of kidnapping her in rant after night at bar
Sam Baker / Axios:
The GOP makes another run at repealing the individual mandate  —  Senate Republicans' latest tax proposal includes a proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.  It's a risky maneuver, but one that GOP leaders waded into with at least an outward projection of confidence …
Associated Press:
Senate GOP intent on scrapping health mandate in tax bill
Discussion: Politico
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
'It's a Disgrace': New York G.O.P. Fund-Raiser Quits Over Tax Bill  —  Steve Louro, a Republican donor who hosted an event for Donald J. Trump at his Long Island home last year, abruptly quit his post as regional finance chairman for the state's Republican Party on Tuesday over objections …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
Bethany Mandel / New York Times:
Roy Moore Reminds Me of My Rabbi  —  In 2014, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Rabbi Barry Freundel led the congregation of his Washington synagogue in pursuit of humble repentance before God.  Ten days later, he was arrested and charged with dozens of counts of voyeurism.
Discussion: Mashable
New York Times:
Zimbabwe's Military, in Apparent Takeover, Says It Has Custody of Mugabe  —  HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe's military said early Wednesday that it had taken custody of President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state and one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, in what increasingly appeared …
Discussion: and
Russia posts video game screenshot as ‘proof’ of US helping IS  —  Russia's Ministry of Defence has posted what it called “irrefutable proof” of the US aiding so-called Islamic State - but one of the images was actually taken from a video game.  —  The ministry claimed the image showed …
WBUR Poll Finds Warren And Baker Are Up Big Over Their Challengers 05:26  —  Play  —  One's a Democrat, the other a Republican.  But both incumbents seem to be sitting pretty, at least at this early stage of their respective re-election campaigns.  —  Now less than a year before Election Day 2018 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Rick Stengel / Politico:
What Hillary Knew About Putin's Propaganda Machine  —  I was a magazine guy.  —  After eight years as managing editor of Time, I left at the end of 2013 to become under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.  It's a fancy title, but that job is one of the few …
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Discussion: IJR and Political Wire
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Tim Elfrink / Miami New Times:
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