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6:50 AM ET, November 14, 2017


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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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Cruz pulls support from Moore: Allegations merit ‘criminal prosecution’ if true
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:
Fifth Woman Accuses Senate Candidate Roy Moore of Sexual Misconduct
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Moore expulsion idea splits Senate Republicans
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Roy Moore is an embarrassment. Doug Jones deserves to win.
Ashley Remkus /
New Roy Moore accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, claims he assaulted her in locked car when she was 16
Brian Beutler / Crooked Media:
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Boing Boing
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  —  House Democrats have already signaled they have questions about Sessions' accuracy.  —  After months of dismissing questions about the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 election, Jeff Sessions on Tuesday …
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.
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence denies knowing about Trump Jr. WikiLeaks contacts  —  Trump Jr. alerted top campaign officials about his communications; Pence seemed to dismiss idea of contact in October, 2016.  —  Vice President Mike Pence was not aware of communications between WikiLeaks and President Donald Trump's son …
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Trump Jr. corresponded with WikiLeaks ahead of election
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic and Hullabaloo
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
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.
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.
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’
New York Times:
Trump Judicial Pick Did Not Disclose He Is Married to a White House Lawyer  —  WASHINGTON — One of President Trump's most controversial judicial nominees did not disclose on publicly available congressional documents that he is married to a senior lawyer in the White House Counsel's Office.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Group of N.F.L. Owners Warns Jerry Jones and Threatens Penalties  —  Several fellow owners of N.F.L. teams have given Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a cease-and-desist warning, threatening to punish him over his efforts to block a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell …
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
Associated Press:
Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation's diversity.
Discussion: Axios
Tegna / 10NEWS:
‘Transracial’ man born white feels like he is Filipino … TAMPA, Fla. — Riding in a flamboyant purple vehicle, Ja Du shows up to a coffee shop to open up about his new identity.  —  Ja Du, born a white male named Adam, now considers himself a Filipino.  Turns out the purple ride …
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Root, AOL and IJR
New Jersey Online:
Menendez trial in turmoil as jurors admit hearing explosive comments  —  Gallery: The trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.  —  NJ Advance Media for  —  NEWARK — Seven of the 16 jurors and alternates in the trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez raised their hands …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Menendez jurors tell judge they're deadlocked
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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Missouri Attorney General Launches Probe Into Google's Business Practices
New York Times:
Congress Struggles to Confront Sexual Harassment as Stories Pile Up
Victor Davis Hanson / American Greatness:
From One Frenzy to the Next  —  America is in another of its Salem moments.
Discussion: American Digest
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul: ‘No justification’ for ‘hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs’
U.S. Department of Justice:
Production Company Registers Under the Foreign Agent Registration Act as Agent for the Russian …
Discussion: Mashable and IJR
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Tom Sykes / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: Raw Story
John Ziegler / Mediaite:
Is No One Seriously Concerned About Media's New Standards on Reporting Abuse Allegations?
Discussion: The Federalist
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China
Aric Jenkins / TIME:
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