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1:35 PM ET, November 18, 2017


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Associated Press:
Moscow meeting in June 2017 under scrutiny in Trump probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Earlier this year, a Russian-American lobbyist and another businessman discussed over coffee in Moscow an extraordinary meeting they had attended 12 months earlier: a gathering at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump's son …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and emptywheel
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Week 26: Donald Jr. and WikiLeaks Talk Dirty  —  If we've learned anything from months of scandal reporting, the Russians set their sights on two types of people wandering the halls of Trump Tower.  There were the self-promoters like Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort who they knew would cooperate based on direct or potential payouts.
Discussion: NBC News, CBS News and RedState
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:   Kushner received emails from Sergei Millian — an alleged dossier source who was in touch with George Papadopoulos
New York Times:
Top Russian Official Tried to Broker ‘Backdoor’ Meeting Between Trump and Putin  —  WASHINGTON — A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
NBC News:
Kushner failed to disclose outreach from Putin ally to Trump campaign  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to disclose what lawmakers called a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite” involving a banker who has been accused of links …
Discussion: Shareblue Media, AOL, NBC News and Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Mocking Franken Over Claims of Sexual Misconduct, Trump Joins a Debate He Started  —  WASHINGTON — Last fall, Donald J. Trump inadvertently touched off a national conversation about sexual harassment when a recording of him boasting about groping women was made public at the same …
Mike Cason /
Gov. Kay Ivey to vote for Roy Moore in U.S. Senate race
Discussion: New York Magazine and NPR
Annie Karni / Politico:
Aides give up on trying to control Trump's tweets
Discussion: Raw Story, ABC News and Axios
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sean Spicer Is Resetting His Post-White House Career Strategy  —  The former press secretary didn't land a lucrative TV news pundit job.  Now both Spicer and Washington super lawyer/agent Bob Barnett are distancing themselves from each other.  —  At first, Sean Spicer's exit …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Republican Governors' 2018 Dilemma: What to Do About Trump?  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — For nearly a decade, meetings of the Republican Governors Association were buoyant, even giddy, affairs, as the party — lifted by enormous political donations and a backlash against the Obama administration …
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller Accused of Sexually Assaulting Actress Aurora Perrineau
Discussion: Jezebel, Mediaite, The Root and
New York Times:
How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York's Subways  —  Disruptions and delays have roiled the system this year.  But the crisis was long in the making, fueled by a litany of errors, a Times investigation shows.  —  After a drumbeat of transit disasters this year …
Discussion: Mashable
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump still loves polls  —  The president often decries surveys showing him with slumping support as fake, but advisers say he can't stop himself from obsessively keeping track.  —  As a TV host, Donald Trump loved ratings.  As president, he loves polls—as long as they show him on the upswing.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kandace Redd / WXIA-TV:
Fire dept. refuses to remove confederate flag so county axes funding  —  TROY, N.C. - There's a Confederate flag battle going on in a small town in Montgomery County.  —  TROY, N.C. - There's a Confederate flag battle going on in a small town in Montgomery County.
Discussion: The Courier, The Root and Raw Story
Federal Register:
AGENCY:  —  Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.  —  ACTION:  —  Notice.  —  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has made a finding that the killing of African elephant trophy animals in Zimbabwe, on or after January 21, 2016, and on or before December 31, 2018, will enhance the survival of the African elephant.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
GOP chairman breaks with Trump on elephant trophy imports
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump halts Interior's elephant trophy decision
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Vox
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Greg Gianforte misled police after assault of Guardian journalist, report reveals … US congressman Greg Gianforte misled police after his assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs in May, falsely stating that Jacobs had initiated physical contact and that the “liberal media …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Focus group: Trump risking supporters by picking Twitter fights  —  President Trump's Twitter habits in the White House could be costing him a key demographic of voters ahead of elections in 2018 and 2020, according to an online focus group convened by former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Jake Tapper Would Prefer Not To Be So Agitated  —  Jake Tapper sometimes wakes up angry.  This may be a good thing for America.  —  Amid the chaos of the Donald Trump presidency, and the deep partisanship that filters through seemingly all aspects of American life in 2017 …
Ryan Collingwood /
Navy says it will hold Whidbey Island aircrew accountable for tracing giant phallus over Okanogan County  —  —  (509) 598-0014  —  Look!  Up in the sky!  —  It's a bird.  —  It's a plane.  —  No, it's a phallic skydrawing, and a military aircraft is the culprit.
Discussion: The Root, KRQE-TV and RT
Tegna / KREM-TV:
Graphic: Navy admits to being involved in obscene skydrawings spotted in Okanogan Co.
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Rep. Wilson's former intern caught on Grindr using racist epithets
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
‘A lot of boob stuff:’ Fla. Democratic Party chair apologizes after six women complain of ‘demeaning’ behavior
Discussion: RedState, Florida Politics and WTVR-TV