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7:20 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Brandon Conradis / The Hill:
Moore: 'I'm being harassed by media'  —  Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday railed against the media as the Alabama Republican finds himself under increasing pressure due to a spate of sexual misconduct allegations.  —  “Why do you think they're giving me trouble?
Discussion: Raw Story
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
If Republicans believe Roy Moore's accusers, why not Trump's?
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: CANNONFIRE and Politicus USA
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
‘Lock Her Up’ Becomes More Than a Slogan
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Trump officials defend fossil fuels, nuclear power at UN climate conference
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Sessions denies lying on Russia, pleads hazy memory
Discussion: IJR
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.”
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
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: twitchy.com
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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.
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/The_Donald that he worked in Washington media …
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.
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Washington Post:
At least 4 dead after gunman ‘randomly picking targets’ shoots at California school and other locations, police say
New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Trump, Jr., Problem  —  With his Fifth Avenue-redneck persona and his affinity for the alt-right, Donald Trump, Jr., has sometimes been described as a chip off the old block.  But his relationship with his father hasn't always been a smooth one.
Discussion: Mother Jones, CNN, The Atlantic and TalkLeft
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC News Booker Matt Zimmerman Fired Amid Misconduct Claims  —  The allegations of inappropriate conduct were recently brought to the attention of human resources.  —  Matt Zimmerman, a veteran of NBC News, has been fired amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with two women at the news division.
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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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
China Could Sell Trump the Brooklyn Bridge  —  There is a saying — “When you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there” — and it perfectly sums up the contrast between China's President Xi Jinping and President Trump.  —  Xi has been brilliant at playing Trump …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, American Thinker and Gizmodo
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
iea.org:
World Energy Outlook 2017  —  Global shifts in the energy system  —  Four large-scale shifts in the global energy system set the scene for the World Energy Outlook 2017: the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mother Jones
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CNN:
People for sale: Where lives are auctioned for $400  —  Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — “Eight hundred,” says the auctioneer.  “900 ... 1,000 ... 1,100 ...” Sold.  For 1,200 Libyan dinars — the equivalent of $800.  —  Not a used car, a piece of land, or an item of furniture.  Not “merchandise” at all, but two human beings.
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
Australia Votes for Gay Marriage, Clearing Path to Legalization  —  MELBOURNE, Australia — A solid majority of Australians voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a historic survey that, while not binding, paves the way for Parliament to legally recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples.
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Paul Karp / The Guardian:
Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Vox and Joe.My.God.
Associated Press:
Senate GOP intent on scrapping health mandate in tax bill  —  Senate Republicans are intent on scrapping the Affordable Care Act's requirement that Americans get health insurance, targeting a repeal of the individual mandate to help finance deep tax cuts in their tax overhaul.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Democrats add to win column in deep-red Oklahoma
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CNBC:
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Pentagon to Pay for Surgery for Transgender Soldier
Discussion: New York Times, Vox and Axios
Tom Fitzgerald / WTTG-TV:
Congresswoman says at least 2 current members of Congress have sexually harassed staffers
Tim Elfrink / Miami New Times:
Founder of Florida's Biggest Megachurch Accused of Molesting a 4-Year-Old
Discussion: Raw Story
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump said he would strike one-on-one trade deals. That's not happening.
Los Angeles Times:
USC had many warnings about medical school dean's behavior but took little action
BBC:
Bryan Cranston: ‘There may be a way back for Weinstein’
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Matt Friedman / Politico:
Menendez attorney, judge quarrel as jurors go back into deliberations
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo:
Arianna Huffington Ignored Sexual Misconduct at The Huffington Post
Discussion: RedState and The Daily Caller
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Reflections of an Affirmative-Action Baby
Boston Herald:
College to name school for late journalist Gwen Ifill
Discussion: The Root