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2:55 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
Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.  —  Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC.  —  With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.  —  As a guitarist, songwriter …
Daniel Kreps / Rolling Stone:
Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64  —  Musician who co-founded Australian rock legends in 1973 with brother Angus Young dies following battle with dementia  —  Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday at the age of 64.
AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dead at 64  —  Previous Next Show Grid Previous Next Hide Grid  —  Australian rock legend Malcolm Young, a founding member of the band AC/DC, has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.  —  Source: AAP  —  Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.
Discussion: AOL and Just Jared
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 …
Christopher Harress /
Some Alabama pastors stand behind Roy Moore, cite “war on men”
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Clinton blasts Trump, Moore for handling of sexual misconduct allegations
Discussion: RedState, Politicus USA and Mediaite
Annie Karni / Politico:
Aides give up on trying to control Trump's tweets
Discussion: Raw Story, ABC News and Axios
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
The Wrap:
‘Girls’ Writer Murray Miller Accused of Raping Underage Actress Aurora Perrineau (Exclusive)  —  “Passengers” star says she woke up in 2012 with Murray “on top of me having sexual intercourse with me”  —  Actress Aurora Perrineau has gone to police to accuse “Girls” writer …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Trump still loves polls  —  As a TV host, Donald Trump loved ratings.  As president, he loves polls—as long as they show him on the upswing.  —  He crowed on Twitter hours after landing back in Washington from his 12-day Asia tour about his Rasmussen number—46 percent—noting it was …
Discussion: Shareblue Media and 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
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Jenna Lifhits / Weekly Standard:
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John Bowden / The Hill:
Focus group: Trump risking supporters by picking Twitter fights
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Axios and Eschaton
Mike Cason /
Gov. Kay Ivey to vote for Roy Moore in U.S. Senate race
Discussion: NPR and New York Magazine
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Rep. Wilson's former intern caught on Grindr using racist epithets
Discussion: Raw Story
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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