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12:30 PM 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 …
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Leading Alabama news site: Moore ‘grossly unfit for office’  —  Roy Moore: Allegations are completely false  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)A leading news website in Alabama is calling on the GOP to pull its support of Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct.
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.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Gingrich on Roy Moore: Amazing how fast ‘lynch mob’ can form
Discussion: IJR
David Weigel / Washington Post:
In new TV ad, Alabama Democrat hits Roy Moore over ‘awful’ allegations
Leada Gore /
Kayla Moore posts support from 50 pastors; 2 ask for their names to be removed
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 says he never lied, has ‘no clear recollection’ of proposed Trump-Putin meeting
Discussion: Axios
The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Has Nominated 480 People So Far in His Presidency.  80% of Them Are Men. … On Monday morning, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Alex Azar for the role of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.  —  It was, in many ways, a predictable choice.
The Daily Beast:
Before He Was Tapped By Donald Trump, Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett J. Talley Investigated Paranormal Activity
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump judicial nominee wrote about paranormal activities: report
Discussion: RedState and New York Times
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.
The Don Jr - WikiLeaks Emails Are Underwhelming
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 …
‘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 …
Union of Concerned Scientists:
1992 World Scientists' Warning to Humanity  —  World Scientists' Warning to Humanity (1992)  —  Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this appeal in November 1992.  The World Scientists' Warning to Humanity was written …
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
U.S. Hires Company With K.G.B. Link to Guard Moscow Embassy  —  MOSCOW — When President Vladimir V. Putin in July ordered American diplomatic missions in Russia to slash their staff by 755 employees, the State Department said it would need time to assess the “impact of such a limitation and how we will respond to it.”
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.”
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
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump's Asia trip was mostly free of incidents — until it wasn't  —  MANILA — President Trump departed for a five-country, 12-day swing through Asia facing one overarching question: Could he avoid what The Onion satirical website jokingly predicted would be a “bizarre, easily avoidable international incident”?
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.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
‘One Tree Hill’ Cast, Crew Accuse Showrunner Mark Schwahn of Sexual Harassment (EXCLUSIVE)  —  The cast members and crew of the drama series “One Tree Hill” have written a letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment and offering support for their former colleague, Audrey Wauchope.
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