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10:20 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.
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.
Anna Claire Vollers /
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 …
Howard Koplowitz /
Mo Brooks sticking by Moore: GOP agenda ‘vastly more important than contested sexual allegations’  —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, is sticking with Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, arguing Monday that the conservative agenda is …
Joshua Caplan / The Gateway Pundit:
IT'S A FAKE!  Analyst Says Judge Roy Moore Signature Inside Gloria Allred Accuser's Yearbook Was FORGED  —  Known for his insightful take on politics, journalist and author Thomas Wictor believes Judge Roy Moore's signature in Gloria Allred accuser Beverly Young Nelson's yearbook is a forgery.
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
Alabama GOP Moves Toward Deciding Roy Moore's Fate Later This Week  —  As national Republicans ramp up the pressure to force Roy Moore to drop his Alabama Senate campaign, the small group of local GOP power players who will ultimately determine Moore's political fate are taking reluctant steps towards deciding whether to cut him loose.
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” …
Jennifer E. Duffy / The Cook Political Report:
Alabama Senate: One Hot Mess Moves to Toss Up  —  It's been five days since a Washington Post report detailed the stories of four women who allege that Republican nominee Roy Moore engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with them when they were between the ages of 14 and 18 years old and Moore was in his 30s.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
In new TV ad, Alabama Democrat hits Roy Moore over ‘awful’ allegations
Shaddi Abusaid /
Sen. Johnny Isakson to crowd: Roy Moore should step down
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
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.
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Sessions faces grilling about Russia's outreach to Trump campaign
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.
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.
Discussion: The Guardian
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   Trump's Asia trip was mostly free of incidents — until it wasn't
Susan E. Rice / New York Times:
Susan Rice: Trump Is Making China Great Again
Discussion: NPR
‘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 …
The Texas Tribune:   At the Texas Capitol, victims of sexual harassment must fend for themselves
Max Jaeger / New York Post:
De Blasio staffer says pizza from Chicago is better than New York  —  This was clearly a half-baked idea.  —  The press secretary for the mayor of New York City — America's pizza epicenter — took to Twitter to claim that a Chicago pizzeria makes better pies than all of New York.
James T. Areddy / Wall Street Journal:
Three UCLA Basketball Players Set to Leave China  —  President Trump says he spoke to China's Xi about the players  —  SHANGHAI—Three UCLA basketball players detained for a week in China were set to fly back home late Tuesday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said he had requested assistance …
The Daily Beast:
Before He Was Tapped By Donald Trump, Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett J. Talley Investigated Paranormal Activity … Brett J. Talley, nominated by President Donald Trump to the Federal District Court in Montgomery, Alabama, has never tried a case, is married to a White House lawyer …
New York Times:
Trump Judicial Pick Did Not Disclose He Is Married to a White House Lawyer
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:   A Trump Judicial Nominee Appears To Have Written About Politics On A Sports Website And Didn't Disclose It
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The ABA Jumps the Shark  —  Why did the group ask where a judicial nominee's children went to school?  —  Looks as if the American Bar Association picked the wrong judicial nominee to play politics with.  If Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are smart, they will use …
Discussion: Instapundit
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
I Believe Juanita  —  On Friday evening the MSNBC host Chris Hayes sent out a tweet that electrified online conservatives: “As gross and cynical and hypocritical as the right's ‘what about Bill Clinton’ stuff is, it's also true that Democrats and the center left are overdue for a real reckoning with the allegations against him.”
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, Page Six, RedState and
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