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5:35 PM ET, November 14, 2017

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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.
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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 …
al.com:
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.
Howard Koplowitz / al.com:
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 …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
The Latest: McConnell: GOP still hopes to keep Alabama seat
Discussion: Washington Times and ABC News
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Whether Roy Moore wins or loses, there is no good outcome for Senate Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.”
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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Los Angeles Times:
3 dead after shooting at elementary school in Northern California  —  Rancho Tehama School near Corning (KTLA)  —  Authorities said at least three people are dead following a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California on Tuesday morning.  —  Among the dead are the gunman, who was killed by police, authorities said.
Washington Post:
At least 4 dead after gunman ‘randomly picking targets’ shoots at California school and other locations, police say  —  Authorities said at least four people were killed Tuesday morning in Northern California after a gunman shooting at random opened fire at an elementary school and several other locations.
Discussion: Shakesville
Heidi Rene / KHSL News:
Tehama Sheriff's Office: Multiple deaths at school shooting in Tehama County  —  Tehama County Sheriff deputies are at the scene of a reported shooting in the area of Rancho Tehama in Tehama County at this hour.  —  UPDATE 10:25 a.m.: According to Enloe Medical center three people were transported by ground and one by helicopter.
Haleigh Pike / KRCR-TV:
Five dead, seven scenes being investigated after Rancho Tehama shooting
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
At Least 4 Killed in Shooting in Northern California
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
Fox News:
Shooting near California elementary school leaves several dead, children wounded
Discussion: Townhall.com and Faithwire
CNN:
‘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 …
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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.
Washington Post:
Senate GOP to add repeal of Obamacare insurance mandate into tax bill  —  Senate Republican leaders are altering their tax bill to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, a major change as they now try to accomplish two of their top domestic priorities in a single piece of legislation.
Discussion: New Republic
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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 …
Discussion: Axios
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Ashley Parker / Washington Post:   Trump's Asia trip was mostly free of incidents — until it wasn't
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump returns home from Asia with few clear wins
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Sessions casts doubt on need for Hillary Clinton special counsel  —  Trump allies have been clamoring for a new investigation of a 2010 deal that transferred some U.S. uranium production capacity to a company with Kremlin links.  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw cold water Tuesday …
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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 …
CBO's Publications:
Effects of legislation that would raise deficits by an estimated $1.5 trillion over the 2018-2027 period  —  Letter to the Honorable Steny H. Hoyer  —  Information about the effects of legislation that would raise deficits by an estimated $1.5 trillion over the 2018-2027 period …
Discussion: Vox, AOL and IJR
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Niv Elis / The Hill:
GOP tax bill could spur $25 billion in Medicare cuts: CBO
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Socialist’ doctor ‘assaulted’ Kentucky Senator Rand Paul because the congressman's trees were ‘in the way’ and were ‘devaluing his $740,000 home that he is desperately trying to sell’  — Rene Boucher, 59, told neighbor Rand Paul that he hadn't been able to sell his house …
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: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
 
 
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