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8:55 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 …
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” …
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
GOP MULLS MOORE PROBLEM — TRUMP heads home — SESSIONS floats Clinton special counsel — REBECCA BERG joins CNN, JIM COMEY signs with Washington Speakers Bureau — ELI STOKOLS and ELENA SCHNEIDER engaged  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  PRESIDENT TRUMP is on his way back to Washington after 12 days in Asia.
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 …
New York Times:
Roy Moore Is Accused of Sexual Misconduct by a Fifth Woman
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Amid Roy Moore Scandal, the Last Thing Alabama Democrats Want Is Help
Discussion: NBC News, Politico and New Republic
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.
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.
Susan E. Rice / New York Times:
Susan Rice: Trump Is Making China Great Again
Discussion: NPR
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Hot book by constant West Wing visitor Michael Wolff  —  Best-selling author Michael Wolff has spent months inside President Trump's West Wing (often unsupervised!), listening to senior officials pour out real-time accounts of their internal battles, maneuvering and frustrations.
Discussion: Political Wire
‘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 …
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’
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.”
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 …
Trump Kept One Eye on Re-Election in Asia With His Push for Deals  —  President hit up leaders along the way to buy American weapons  —  Asia leaders offer warm words but few concessions to president  —  President Donald Trump had one question for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
A Trump Judicial Nominee Appears To Have Written About Politics On A Sports Website And Didn't Disclose It  —  After the Sandy Hook mass shooting, a commenter on a University of Alabama sports fan message board who later identified himself as Brett Talley wrote, “My solution would be to stop being a society of pansies and man up.”
New York Times:
Trump Judicial Pick Did Not Disclose He Is Married to a White House Lawyer
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.
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.
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
Discussion: Politico
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