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4:20 PM ET, November 17, 2017


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Kate Harding / Washington Post:
I'm a feminist.  I study rape culture.  And I don't want Al Franken to resign.  —  As a feminist and the author of a book on rape culture, I could reasonably be expected to lead the calls for Al Franken to step down, following allegations that he forced his tongue down a woman's throat …
Bill O'Neill:
Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males.  As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time.  In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females.
Tegna / KREM-TV:
Graphic: Navy admits to being involved in obscene skydrawings spotted in Okanogan Co. … WARNING: Some viewers may find the photos in this story offensive  —  OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. - Officials with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said one of their aircraft was involved in the obscene skywritings spotted in Okanogan County.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
There's a Digital Media Crash.  But No One Will Say It  —  Yesterday I appeared on a panel about digital publishers who are ‘pivoting to video’.  I've written about this before.  But in case you're new to it, there have been numerous cases over the last six months to a year in which digital publishers …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Daily Beast among digital sites eyeing sale
Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed Set to Miss Revenue Target, Signaling Turbulence in Media
Discussion: Splinter and Guido Fawkes
Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg:
Trump to Pay His Own Legal Bills, Set Up Fund to Cover Staff  —  Plan raises questions on whether paying staff bills is ethical  —  President's legal bills had previously been covered by RNC  —  President Donald Trump has started paying his own legal bills related to the Russia probe …
Discussion: KTLA and CNBC
Trump starts paying his own legal bills on Russia probe: attorneys
Discussion: Political Wire
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
South Carolina women's basketball team declines invitation to Trump White House
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Conservatives Reap the Whirlwind of Their War on the Media  —  All news is “fake news”—at least if you're a diehard Roy Moore supporter.  —  With sexual misconduct allegations continuing to mount against the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Moore has defied calls to drop out of the race …
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   White House Still Won't Say If Trump Believes Moore Accusers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Roy Moore's wife: Trump should thank us for taking the focus off of Russia
Discussion: Axios
Robert Windrem / NBC News:
Rob Goldstone ready to come to U.S. and talk to Mueller  —  The British publicist who helped set up the fateful meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians at Trump Tower in June 2016 is ready to meet with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's office, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
USA-TRUMP/PANAMA  —  Exclusive: How an alleged fraudster in Panama, working with Donald Trump's daughter, helped make Trump's first international hotel venture a success.  The broker was in business with a money-launderer and two criminals from the former Soviet Union.  Then he fled.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This remarkable, angry exchange between senators unmasks the GOP's tax-cut lies  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Late last night, just before the Finance Committee passed the Senate's version of the tax bill slashing taxes on corporations and the rich, a remarkable moment unfolded that perfectly captured …
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Hatch Blows Up On Dem Sen. Brown: Tired Of “That Crap” That Republicans Only Help The Rich
Discussion: IJR
Christal Hayes / Yahoo:
Republican Tax Bill Gives Private Jet Owners a Tax Break  —  If you're one of the lucky Americans who owns a private jet, don't fret.  Republicans have your back—in the form of tax breaks.  —  The new Senate tax bill will give those who own or lease private planes breaks on the amount …
Bob Bryan / Business Insider:
The Republican tax bill has a provision that would end a headache for private jet owners
Discussion: AOL
Vanity Fair Fashion Staff Nonplussed by New Editor's Personal Style  —  Radhika Jones joins the magazine next month with extensive literary and editorial experience.  —  WELCOME TO CONDÉ NAST: Radhika Jones is learning the ways of One World Trade.  Having been named the new editor …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘A lot of boob stuff:’ Fla. Democratic Party chair apologizes after six women complain of ‘demeaning’ behavior  —  TALLAHASSEE — Six former Florida Democratic Party staffers and consultants say that current party chairman Stephen Bittel has created an unprofessional workplace environment …
Roger Goodell has a Jerry Jones problem and nobody knows how it will end  —  THERE WAS A PAUSE.  It was Aug. 9, inside Roger Goodell's sixth-floor office at the NFL's Park Avenue headquarters in New York City — down the hall, past the executives' offices and his assistant's desk …
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Papadopoulos claimed Trump phone call and larger campaign role  —  George Papadopoulos claimed last year that Donald Trump telephoned him to discuss his new position as a foreign policy adviser to his presidential campaign and that the two had at least one personal introductory meeting that the White House has not acknowledged.
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Hillary Clinton on Trump's Election: “There Are Lots of Questions About Its Legitimacy”  —  A year after her defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton says “there are lots of questions about its legitimacy” due to Russian interference and widespread voter suppression efforts.
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Indiana candidate's DC-area home complicates Senate campaign  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A campaign stop for Rep. Luke Messer in his bid for Senate involves traveling from his family's home in suburban Washington back to Indiana, where he typically stays overnight with his mom.
Talal Ansari / BuzzFeed:
The NFL Is Investigating Jameis Winston For Allegedly Groping An Uber Driver In 2016  —  “The League has been informed that you may have been the victim of such a violation perpetrated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Jameis Winston.  The League takes allegations of this nature very seriously …
Trisha Thadani / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump administration has plans to wipe out work permits for H-1B spouses  —  The Trump administration has plans to stop granting work permits to spouses of H-1B holders, a move that would overturn a 2015 rule and affect thousands of foreigners currently in the United States …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Joe Williams / Roll Call:
Murkowski Tax Vote Contingent on Stabilizing Individual Health Insurance Market  —  Says Alexander-Murray Necessary Before Mandate Repeal  —  Senate Ethics Committee Could Get Real Busy, Real Soon JCT: Low-Income Households Worse Off Under New Senate Tax Plan Van Hollen Urges Freedom Caucus to Protect Medicare
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
House: Ratings Changes in Seven Districts as GOP Majority in Peril  —  If it wasn't already clear, last Tuesday's election results confirmed a political atmosphere that would seriously endanger the House GOP's majority in 2018.  In Virginia, turnout was up 20 percent over 2013 in localities won …
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Eoin Higgins / HuffPost:
Women On Clinton And Sanders Campaigns Allege Sexual Harassment
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John McLaughlin / Politico:
Why Putin Keeps Outsmarting Trump
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Jay-Z / New York Times:
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Discussion: Politico, emptywheel and Daily Kos
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Bans Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons for Life
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
The Russia investigation's spectacular accumulation of lies