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4:30 PM ET, November 15, 2017

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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
NRSC poll: Moore trails Jones by 12  —  Republican Roy Moore is trailing Democrat Doug Jones by 12 points in the Alabama special Senate election, according to a poll conducted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee after five women accused Moore of pursuing them as teenagers.
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Bannon sticking by Moore ‘through thick and thin’  —  Steve Bannon is not backing away from Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama Senate candidate facing a slew of accusations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with teenagers.  —  Two sources close to the former White House chief strategist …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
CNN:
Trump takes cautious approach on Roy Moore  —  Steve Bannon comments on Roy Moore accusations  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)It's been five days since the White House said President Donald Trump believes Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore should drop out if the allegations …
Discussion: Raw Story
Lauren Walsh / WBMA-TV:
Former Gadsden Mall employees share stories, concerns about Roy Moore
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Even Sean Hannity has had it with Roy Moore, gives candidate 24 hours to explain ‘inconsistencies’
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Alabama's senior senator will ‘probably’ write in candidate rather than vote for Moore
Discussion: Axios and New York Magazine
HuffPost:
GOP Senators Believe Roy Moore's Accusers But Not Donald Trump's
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politicus USA
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.
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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Good for Shep Smith  —  I was going to do this as a column for tomorrow, but since Shep beat me to the punch I'll do it as a Corner post.  Shep is right.  The Uranium One story is crap.  —  Now let me say that I have no problem believing that Hillary Clinton sold influence or the appearance of influence.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Politico
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson Opposes GOP Senate Tax Package  —  Wisconsin Republican says plan unfairly benefits corporations over other businesses, says he finds bill's process ‘offensive’  —  WASHINGTON—Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) said he opposes the Senate Republican tax package …
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Watch CEOs admit they won't actually invest more if tax reform passes
Discussion: CNBC
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Christopher Steele believes his dossier on Trump-Russia is 70-90% accurate  —  The respected ex-MI6 officer told Guardian journalist and author Luke Harding that his FBI contacts greeted his intelligence report with ‘shock and horror’ … Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Politicus USA
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Luke Harding / The Guardian:
How Trump walked into Putin's web
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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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
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Inside the Breitbart Embassy, Where Steve Bannon Entertains Elites and Plots His Populist Takeover  —  When Steve Bannon was the chief strategist and senior counselor to President Donald Trump, he spent his days and often long into his nights in an office on the first floor of the West Wing …
Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times:
Rancho Tehama gunman killed his wife and hid her body under their home, authorities say  —  A rampaging gunman killed five people in Rancho Tehama, including his wife, whose body was found hidden beneath the floor of their home, authorities said Wednesday.  —  A rampaging gunman killed five people …
Discussion: AOL, Business Insider and The Root
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Associated Press:
California gunman's wife found dead; death toll climbs to 5
Discussion: CNN and Axios
The Hill:
House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump  —  Six House Democrats on Wednesday launched the latest official effort to oust President Trump, introducing five new articles of impeachment revolving around the central theme that the president is a danger to the country.
Discussion: Axios, ABC News and IJR
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Six Democrats demand Trump impeachment hearings
Discussion: Vox
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 …
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.
Discussion: Snopes.com
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
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Leahy Berates Federal Judicial Nominee Over Joke Tweet About Marrying Bacon  —  Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) on Wednesday grilled Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett over a tweet he sent in 2015 saying he would support a constitutional right to “marry bacon.”
Nick Penzenstadler / USA Today:
Taxpayers pay legal bill to protect Trump business profits  —  Taxpayers are footing the legal bill for at least 10 Justice Department lawyers and paralegals to work on lawsuits related to President Trump's private businesses.  —  Neither the White House nor the Justice Department …
Bloomberg:
Amazon's Cashierless Store Is Almost Ready for Prime Time  —  The Amazon Go team is said to have worked out many of the technical bugs and is starting to hire store-related personnel.  —  For the past year, Amazon employees have been test driving Amazon Go, an experimental convenience store in downtown Seattle.
Discussion: AOL, The Verge and Gizmodo
Agence France-Presse:
North Korea ‘sentences Trump to death’ for insulting Kim Jong-un  —  Regime-run newspaper says US president is ‘hideous criminal’ after he said North was a ‘cruel dictatorship’ and Kim ‘short and fat’  —  North Korea's state media has criticised Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-Un …
Neil Strauss / Rolling Stone:
Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow  —  Inside the inventor's world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars - and hopefully find love along the way  —  It's mid-afternoon on a Friday at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
New money: Mnuchin and Carranza now on the dollar bill  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza are now on the money, literally.  —  The two officials took a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on Wednesday to see firsthand …
Discussion: Axios
Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
How a New Inflation Measure Would Raise Taxes on the Middle Class  —  Switch to chained consumer-price index would shift burden after several years as people move into higher brackets  —  Tucked into Republicans' tax overhaul bill is a technical tweak to how inflation is measured.
Discussion: The Atlantic and Axios
Jack Torry / The Columbus Dispatch:
Cordray quits federal post to run for Ohio governor  —  Jack Torry Dispatch Washington Bureau @JackTorry1Jessica Wehrman Dispatch Washington Bureau @JessicaWehrman  —  WASHINGTON — Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will step down as the head of a consumer watchdog agency by the end …
Discussion: Morning Consult and NBC News
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Collins Warns GOP That Mandate Repeal Will Hike Premiums, Slam Middle Class  —  Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has crunched the numbers on repealing Obamacare's individual mandate, and she does not like what she sees.  —  The morning after Senate Republican leaders gave their blessing for the tax bill …
 
 
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Fox News:
Illegal immigrant charged in 2015 murder of New York socialite
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Stuart Clark / The Guardian:
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Isaiah Seibert / The Hill:
Alec Baldwin: 'I'd be a good president'
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senate approves Trump's Army pick
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Dem senator: ‘Super close’ on bipartisan deal on guns
Discussion: IJR
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
This Tax Bill Is Now a Health Care Bill
Discussion: Vox and twitchy.com
Dara Lind / Vox:
The Trump administration rejected 4,000 “late” DACA renewals.  Some were sitting in its mailbox at the deadline.
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Discussion: IJR and Washington Times
Martha MacCallum / TIME:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and TVNewser
Randy Krehbiel Tulsa / Tulsa World:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue Media
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
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Discussion: RedState
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
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