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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.”
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.
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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.
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.
New Yorker:
Locals Were Troubled by Roy Moore's Interactions with Teen Girls at the Gadsden Mall
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Volvo pulls its ads from Hannity after Moore coverage
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Long Before Assault Allegations, Roy Moore Betrayed Conservatism
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Whether Roy Moore wins or loses, there is no good outcome for Senate Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Weigel / Washington Post:
In new TV ad, Alabama Democrat hits Roy Moore over ‘awful’ allegations
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.
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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.
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  —  CORNING, Calif. - Officials said they are investigating seven scenes in connection with the shooting that took place in Rancho Tehama, Tuesday morning that killed five people, including the shooter.
Washington Post:
At least 4 dead after gunman ‘randomly picking targets’ shoots at California school and other locations, police say
Discussion: KQED News and Shakesville
Sarah Heise / KQCA-TV:
4 dead, shooter killed near Tehama County school
Discussion: The Root
Jenna Harrison / ABC News:
Shooting reported at Northern California elementary school
Discussion: twitchy.com
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 …
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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.
Politico:
Sessions casts doubt on need for Hillary Clinton special counsel
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Jeff Sessions Displays Unsteady Recall on Trump-Russia Matters
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe.My.God.
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Sessions said he never lied about communications between Russia, Trump campaign
Discussion: Politicus USA and AOL
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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Elana Schor / Politico:
Members of Congress engaged in sexual harassment, lawmakers say
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Rand Paul to offer ObamaCare mandate repeal in Senate tax bill  —  (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he will propose amending the Senate GOP tax bill to repeal ObamaCare's individual mandate and create a property-tax deduction similar to that in the House bill.  —  “Today I am announcing my intention …
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Senate Plans to End Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Proposal
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and CNBC
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 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump has made 1,628 false or misleading claims over 298 days  —  For some reason, our year-long project analyzing, categorizing and tracking every false or misleading claim by President Trump had seemed like quite a burden in the past month.  Well, the numbers are in and now we know why …
Boston Herald:
College to name school for late journalist Gwen Ifill  —  BOSTON — A college in Boston will name one of its schools after the late Gwen Ifill (EYE'-ful), a co-host of PBS' “NewsHour” and veteran journalist who moderated two vice presidential debates.  —  Simmons College announced Tuesday …
Discussion: The Root
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).
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Watch a 10-Year-Old's Face Unlock His Mom's iPhone X  —  HACKING FACE ID, the facial recognition system built into Apple's iPhone X, isn't easy.  Unless, it turns out, you're a very specific hacker—say, a rare 10-year-old kid, trying to break into the phone of whichever of your parents looks the most like you.
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.
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”?
 
 
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David Dayen / The Intercept:
A Week After Virginia Election Sweep, Democrats Join Republicans for More Bank Deregulation
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House passes bill to curb presidential pensions
Discussion: Associated Press and IJR
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
ICE agents rebel, say Trump ‘betrayed’ them by leaving Obama's people in place
Discussion: RedState and bizpacreview.com
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
U.S. Hires Company With K.G.B. Link to Guard Moscow Embassy
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Quiet Californians will make the difference for GOP tax bill in the House
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
‘The Simpsons’ compares Kellyanne Conway to Joseph Goebbels
Discussion: IJR
The Daily Beast:
Before He Was Tapped By Donald Trump, Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett J. Talley Investigated Paranormal Activity
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
The ABA Jumps the Shark
Discussion: Instapundit
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
I Believe Juanita  —  On Friday evening the MSNBC host Chris Hayes sent …