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11:50 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.
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.
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 …
Howard Koplowitz /
Mo Brooks sticking by Moore: GOP agenda ‘vastly more important than contested sexual allegations’
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
If Republicans believe Roy Moore's accusers, why not Trump's?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Associated Press:
The Latest: McConnell: GOP still hopes to keep Alabama seat
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.”
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
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
‘Lock Her Up’ Becomes More Than a Slogan
Associated Press:
Sessions denies lying on Russia, pleads hazy memory
Discussion: IJR
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.
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
Washington Post:
At least 4 dead after gunman ‘randomly picking targets’ shoots at California school and other locations, police say
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: New York Magazine
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
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.
Matt Ford / The Atlantic:
Did Donald Trump Jr. Cross the Line With WikiLeaks?
‘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 …
Tom Fitzgerald / WTTG-TV:
Congresswoman says at least 2 current members of Congress have sexually harassed staffers
Discussion: Political Wire
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, Shareblue Media and Gizmodo
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 …
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
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
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
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
Andy Blatchford / Canadian Press:
‘It is a personal and official insult’: Duterte lashes out at Trudeau over drug war criticism  —  Justin Trudeau was the first leader attending this week's ASEAN summit who has publicly said he brought the issue with the Filipino leader.  Duterte is highly sensitive to such criticism.
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 …
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
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 …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Reflections of an Affirmative-Action Baby  —  In 1991, the African American Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter wrote a book called Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby.  I remember reading part of it at the time.  Little did I realize that the book's title applied to me.
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
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Devin Henry / The Hill:
Trump officials defend fossil fuels, nuclear power at UN climate conference
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Pentagon to Pay for Surgery for Transgender Soldier
Discussion: New York Times, Axios and Vox
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Vox and Joe.My.God.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump said he would strike one-on-one trade deals. That's not happening.
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Discussion: The Root
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U.S. Hires Company With K.G.B. Link to Guard Moscow Embassy
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