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12:30 PM ET, November 15, 2017


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Bill Riales / WKRG-TV:
LISTEN: Curious Robocall Seeks ‘Damaging’ Information on Moore  —  UPDATE 3:31 p.m. (WKRG) — The Executive Editor, Marty Baron, of the Washington Post released the following statement:  —  “The Post has just learned that at least one person in Alabama has received a call from someone falsely claiming to be from The Washington Post.
Steve Deace:
Judge Roy Moore initiates first legal action against media for defamation, starting with local outlet Alabama Media Group.  —  UPDATE....similar version of this letter also sent to Washington Post.
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Limbaugh: Moore was a Democrat at time of sexual misconduct allegations  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday criticized Republicans for distancing themselves from Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, while saying that Moore was a Democrat at the time he allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon And Allies Have Second Thoughts About Roy Moore, Sources Say
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC cuts off Moore
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Fox News's Shepard Smith debunks his network's favorite Hillary Clinton ‘scandal,’ infuriates viewers  —  Fox News anchor Shepard Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal,” infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought to work for CNN or MSNBC.
Alvin Chang / Vox:
Sean Hannity has become the media's top conspiracy theorist  —  How far he's gone down the rabbit hole.  —  A few days ago, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore was accused of initiating sexual encounters with four girls between the ages of 14 and 18 decades ago, including one encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Even Sean Hannity has had it with Roy Moore, gives candidate 24 hours to explain ‘inconsistencies’
Discussion: HuffPost, Salon and Automotive News …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Bill Clinton should have resigned  —  What he did to Monica Lewinsky was wrong, and he should have paid the price.  —  Many years ago, when I was a high school student making my first visit to Washington for a two-week summer camp for weird politics dorks, the dominant news story …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Kennedy, Clinton, and Weinstein: A Convenient Reckoning
Brandy Zadrozny / The Daily Beast:
‘Unsafe and Just Plain Dirty’: Women Accuse Vice of ‘Toxic’ Sexual-Harassment Culture … In the summer of 2015, Phoebe Barghouty was 23 years old and had a new master's degree in journalism from Stanford—but little other experience—when she landed what most of her peers would consider a dream job …
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and Page Six
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Biden leads Trump in prospective 2020 matchup  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden would lead President Donald Trump in a 2020 general election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.  —  Only 35 percent of voters would choose to reelect Trump in 2020, the poll shows …
Discussion: AOL, IJR, Business Insider and TheBlaze
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Biden Would Beat Trump if 2020 Election Were Held Right Now
Discussion: Vox
New York Times:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Doesn't Recall  —  The House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, at which Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced more than five hours of questions, was supposed to be about oversight of the Justice Department.  —  The committee's Republicans appeared to have missed that memo.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Good for Shep Smith
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
New York Times:
Zimbabwe's Military, in Apparent Takeover, Says It Has Custody of Mugabe  —  HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe's military said early Wednesday that it had taken custody of President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state and one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, in what increasingly appeared …
Discussion: and
Washington Post:
Zimbabwe's military takes over country, says President Mugabe is ‘safe’
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Porn star, Coolio launching 2020 White House bid  —  A porn star and a rapper say they have what it takes to win the White House in 2020.  —  Cherie DeVille, who's starred in such videos as “Ass Planet” and “Hot Tub Hottie,” says she was inspired to run for office out of her “personal frustration for the current political climate.”
Discussion: RedState
Kyle Swenson / Washington Post:
His brother died mysteriously when they were toddlers.  Years later, a Facebook photo changed everything.  —  It was an old photo, the original sharp black and white tones worn down into the same muddy gray as television static.  —  The young man, David Dearlove, sits against a brick wall …
Discussion: Telegraph
Associated Press:
Democrats add to win column in deep-red Oklahoma  —  FILE- In this June 8, 2017, file photo, Anna Langthorn, chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, speaks during an interview at state party headquarters in Oklahoma City.  The recent success of Democrats in deep-red Oklahoma amid continuing …
Discussion: Washington Blade and Balloon Juice
Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
Democrat pulls off special election victory for Senate seat in west Tulsa County
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue Media
Bethany Mandel / New York Times:
Roy Moore Reminds Me of My Rabbi  —  In 2014, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Rabbi Barry Freundel led the congregation of his Washington synagogue in pursuit of humble repentance before God.  Ten days later, he was arrested and charged with dozens of counts of voyeurism.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
'It's a Disgrace': New York G.O.P. Fund-Raiser Quits Over Tax Bill  —  Steve Louro, a Republican donor who hosted an event for Donald J. Trump at his Long Island home last year, abruptly quit his post as regional finance chairman for the state's Republican Party on Tuesday over objections …
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Inside Scott Walker's comeback strategy  —  (Matthew DeFour/Wisconsin State Journal/AP)  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  GREEN BAY, Wis. — Scott Walker hit political rock bottom in September 2015, soon after his presidential campaign flamed out.  It was depressing to be one of the first candidates …
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Nearly 1.5 million sign up for ObamaCare in first 11 days  —  Nearly 1.5 million people signed up for ObamaCare in the first 11 days of open enrollment, nearly 500,000 more than at the same time last year.  —  According to numbers released Wednesday by the Trump administration …
Discussion: Politico
Cleve R. Wootson Jr. / Washington Post:
‘Who are they gonna believe you or me?’:  Texas prosecutor fired after drunken Uber tirade  —  In what is probably Exhibit A for a one-star passenger rating, a Dallas assistant district attorney was fired after she drunkenly insulted and threatened an Uber driver, then said police officers …
Sam Baker / Axios:
The GOP makes another run at repealing the individual mandate  —  Senate Republicans' latest tax proposal includes a proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate.  It's a risky maneuver, but one that GOP leaders waded into with at least an outward projection of confidence …
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Associated Press
WBUR Poll Finds Warren And Baker Are Up Big Over Their Challengers 05:26  —  Play  —  One's a Democrat, the other a Republican.  But both incumbents seem to be sitting pretty, at least at this early stage of their respective re-election campaigns.  —  Now less than a year before Election Day 2018 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Page Six:
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI … Anthony Scaramucci is shopping a new book on his time in politics.  —  Sources tell Page Six exclusively that the shortest-ever-tenured White House communications director has been meeting with publishers about a planned tome that's being repped by Trident Media Group …
Discussion: Axios
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Courthouse arrests of immigrants by ICE agents have risen 900% in New York this year: Immigration Defense Project  —  Sightings of ICE agents at courthouses across the state have surged from 11 to 110, compared with last year, advocates say.  —  In 2016, the Immigrant Defense Project documented 11 arrests …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Rick Stengel / Politico:
What Hillary Knew About Putin's Propaganda Machine  —  I was a magazine guy.  —  After eight years as managing editor of Time, I left at the end of 2013 to become under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.  It's a fancy title, but that job is one of the few …
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